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City of Lost Souls Hardcover – May 8 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; 1st edition (May 8 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442416866
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442416864
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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* "If a cliff-hanger can be considered satisfying, then this book delivers."--VOYA, *STARRED

"The action once again climaxes in a tense, lush battle sequence just waiting for digital cinematic treatment. . . . [A] goth-and-glitter pleasure."--Kirkus Reviews

"The Mortal Instruments series features a rare marriage of extremely intricate, fast-paced plotting with ample digressions into the emotional lives of characters we’ve come to care about deeply. . . . With a movie in the works, this is an excellent time for new readers to jump on board one of the most enjoyable series in YA. Smart, fun, and epic, these books are addictive for all the right reasons."--Locus (Gwenda Bond)

About the Author

Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Lady Midnight, as well as the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy. She is the coauthor of The Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy with Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, as well as The Shadowhunter’s Codex, which she cowrote with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than 50 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages, a feature film, and a TV show, Shadowhunters, currently airing on Freeform. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at

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Clare’s “City of Lost Souls” is book five in Cassandra Clare’s “The Mortal Instruments” series.
This novel picks up right where the last one left off- Clary embarks on a mission to find Jace and break him from the spell put on him by her evil-doing brother Sebastian. Isabelle, Simon, Magnus, Alec, Maia and Justin all play important roles in this quest too, while simultaneously dealing with their tumultuous teenaged relationships.
Werewolves, Shadowhunters, Vampires, warlocks, faeries and other characters of folklore are prominent in all of Clare’s “Instruments” series, and this novel is no different. Although the first novel was primarily the “Clary and Jace” show, her proceeding novels have allowed the reader to develop relationships with the other characters, particularly Simon, which I find has endeared me to her novels even more. Telling the story from several viewpoints gives a reader more than one character to root for (which is good in the Shadowhunter stories- since folks are always dying!).
One final book remains in this series, and then Clare embarks on the risky journey of a “prequel series” (The Infernal Devices). I look forward to seeing how this journey ends and discovering the new series. Popular, widespread YA novels like these tend to get old and sour fast, with repetitive storylines and plots that start out addictive and end with disappointment. I have hope that Clare’s “Instruments” will provide me with a satisfactory ending. After all, I initially disregarded her novels as yet another mainstream fad, and was quickly wrapped up by them, so surprises are always possible.
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Clary Fray is a shadowhunter. In her world demons, werewolves and vampires are in her ordinary life. Even though her best friend is a vampire, her soon to be stepfather is a werewolf, even her boyfriend is a part human part angle shadowhunter, yet Clary could never be happier. Finally she has her life on track, and was ready to see what it brought her. Unfortunately her life brought back her dead brother Jonathan (Sebastian), a powerful demon, and almost killed her best friend. Clary manages to survive the worst night of her life, but not without a cost.

It has been two weeks since the night on the rooftop. Two weeks since Jace told her that he would be right back. Jace has disappeared from the rooftop along with her brother Sebastian. In those two weeks Clary has been interrogated by the brothers to see if she had any idea of what happen that nigh on the roof, and if she was a part of it. The search for Jace and Sebastian has been the Clave top priority. But after two weeks other events have taken place, stopping their search for Sebastian and Jace. Not giving up Clary, Simon and the Lightwoods continue searching for Jace. Their fear is that there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other, as they are bonded together. If the Clave found out about this they will use Jace to kill Sebastian, not caring that Jace will die. While Simon and the Lightwoods figure out how to kill Sebastian and not Jace, Clary takes up her own suicidal plan in order to save her boyfriend. After all Clary was the one who ask the angle to return her love to her, this is what brought her brother back as well. Can Clary fix her mistake, or end up killing the person she loves the most in order to set the world in balance again?

Cassandra Clare is almost done with this series.
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This latest addition to the Mortal Instruments has the characters increasingly coming into their own power, maturity and dealing with the consequences of their actions. As all the previous books in this stream and the prequel, this is a richly written universe that keeps you hooked wanting more.
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CITY OF LOST SOULS (Mortal Instruments #5 YA) by Cassandra Clare

CITY OF LOST SOULS is the latest release (May 2012) from Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series. In their continuing war against the demons and Jonathan Morgenstern, Clary and the Shadowhunters must now face a new enemy that was once a respected member of their own. With Jace missing and presumably under the control of Sebastian (aka Jonathan), Clary's decision to go against orders will once again risk the lives of everyone she knows and loves.

Several weeks after the disappearance of Jace and Sebastian, Clary is frustrated when the Clave no longer place priority on Jace's recovery. When the Clave clear Clary of any wrongdoing or involvement in the missing duo's whereabouts, Clary decides it is time to cash in on the Seelie Queen's promise. Knowing that this is probably one of the biggest mistakes of her life, Clary is once again thrown into a world of misconceptions and double talk. But it is a stunned Clary who will find both Jace and Sebastian trolling the halls of the Institute looking for a secret to uncover an ancient power.

Once again Luke and his pack of werewolves, as well as the Isabelle, Simon, Alex and Magnus will have their hands full protecting the Shadowhunters and the others from Sebastian's cruel and evil ideals. But when a severely injured Luke lay dying from his wounds, it is Clary who will make the decision, to disobey the orders in search of the young man she once knew. With the help of Magnus Bane, Clary is propelled into an ever-changing dimension on the other side of the world.

Alec's relationship with Magnus begins to unravel as his jealousy and mortality shriek their reality with every passing day.
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