What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the Lilith’s magic has bound 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?
Loving a book is not hard. If you read books regularly, the probabilities of finding a book that you love are very high. You’ll probably find a book that will make you think of it when you’re waiting for the money to come out of the ATM for no apparent reason. You’ll find a book that will force you to stay up late when you have to be up and ready by 7a.m. the next morning. You’ll find that book and you know you really love it when you reach the last page and you think “Goddammit, why does this book have two blank pages after it ends when they could have more of the story for me?”
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clara had that effect on me, as every single one of the previous books of the series did. It made me feel guilty when I was too tired to keep my eyes open to continue reading. It made me want to cry, it made me laugh, it made me feel sick, upset, happy and broken. It made me feel everything a great book should make you feel.
Anyone who knows me well also knows that The Mortal Instruments is one of my two favourite book series (the other one, as you might have guessed already, is *gasp* Harry Potter). And it is so because none of the books I’ve read until now has let me down. They’re just perfect. Damn, I really do dare to say that because it’s the absolute truth.
The characters are more alive than some people I know. They’re incredible in their many ways of being a person or a magical being. Even the bad guys are incredible at being bad. In the end, they’re your own enemies because you’ve inevitably bonded with the good ones. There’s no way around it. That’s when you know if a writer can build characters well enough. It’s when the characters become your friends, it’s when you see yourself and the people you know in them and when you feel like there’s something missing if you’re not reading about them any longer.
There is no need to get into the story in order to write this review. If you don’t know anything about the books, you should do a bit of research here, maybe read some excerpts. Perhaps that will make you curious. If not, that probably means you’re into more ‘serious’ books but I have a secret to tell you. All the stories are true.