City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare (Book Review)


Title: City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Date Read: March 21, 2016

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Paperback

Pages: 592

Ratings: 535px-4_stars.svg

When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.


“Basia coquum,” Simon said. “Or whatever their motto is.”
“It’s ‘Descensus Averno facilis est.’ ‘The descent into hell is easy,” said Alec. “You just said “Kiss the cook.”
“Dammit,” said Simon. “I knew Jace was screwing with me.”


Just like City of Fallen Angels, this book started slow-paced and nothing really interest me on the first half of it, but as I read the other half I became interested on what is really happening and I enjoyed it. Don’t get me wrong, even though it was slow, Cassandra Clare’s writing is still fantastic.

So now Sebastian is alive and now he is somehow connected with Jace. That means whenever you hurt Sebastian, Jace will suffer too and vice-versa. The clave wants to kill Sebastian and since the magic of Lilith bound Jace together with him, they don’t even care if Jace end up dead too. They believe that they need to destroy the evil which is Sebastian even though it will also destroy a fellow innocent shadowhunter.


“I don’t care,” Clary said. “He’d do it for me. Tell me he wouldn’t. If I were missing-”
“He’d burn the whole world down till he could dig you out of the ashes. I know,” Alec said.”

Okay, Clary still annoys me a little bit though she became less whiny in this book which is a good thing. Simon and Izzy in City of Lost Souls ahhh – they’re still my my OTP in the mortal instruments series, they are so cute together. And we saw Maureen in the end (*spoiler ahead*) she said the she killed Camille, like whaaaat?? Let’s not forget about Jace who has heavenly fire inside him, okay now I’m intrigued on what will happen in City of Heavenly fire.

So sorry if I can’t make my review long enough, I just love The Mortal Instruments so much and it’s hard to review every singe book, you know what  I mean??

I heard that COHF has some spoilers from The Infernal Devices trilogy and I haven’t even read the Clockwork Angel yet. Some of my friends says that I should read TID first before reading City of Heavenly Fire and I’m totally doing it. It’s just that I don’t have the copies of TID in my shelf yet because I’m broke, that means I have to wait for me to have money for TID then I can read COHF. Ahhhh!













Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.


15 thoughts on “City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare (Book Review)

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed this one! I found it a little slow too, but the writing is so good that I was hooked throughout. It’s good to know that I’m not the only one who doesn’t like Clary! I find her unbearably annoying, and although she does get a little better in this book, I didn’t like her even in COHF. It was kind of repetitive with the stuff about Jace being bound, and the ending was so annoying too! It made it so much messier than it needed to be. Great review! ♥

    Denise | The Bibliolater

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  2. So, I haven’t read this series yet. I really am failing. But I was thinking of starting Cassandra Clare’s new series: Lady Midnight. I need some perspective. Start the new series or go with the original?

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  3. I haven’t read this series, but planning to read. I loved their show “Shadowhunters”. I’ve also heard that Jace’s character in the show is quite different from the book. But this series is my TBR list.

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