The fifth book in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare proves to be both highly satisfying and intoxicating for fans of this series, as well as Infernal Devices. This is a completely spoiler free review, so read on if you wish!
City of Lost Souls takes place almost right after where City of Fallen Angels left off: Sebastian has risen, and Jace has disappeared. But to where? And what is Sebastian planning? Clary is determined to find Jace - but when she does, he is not the same. Now, Clary has to figure out to get the real Jace back and destroy Sebastian before he gets away with his evil plan. The problem? Killing Sebastian might kill Jace.
What makes The Mortal Instruments so intriguing to me is the characters. Clare's character's are so well-written and designed that it almost feels as though they truly are real. (Jace. Jace can be real. I would love if Jace was real...) I also love how Clare doesn't stick just to one point of view...she bounces around, and it reads like a movie, which makes it even more exciting. In this book of the series, the character's lives get more complicated as Jace is basically compromised by Sebastian. Each one of them has to overcome some fear or some other obstacle before they realize that something has to be done. They connected beautifully together, even when they were in separate scenes, everything came together sensibly.
Of course, Clare left it open at the end as a major cliffhanger, but she also left us wondering...what's going to happen now? In the last few books I remember asking myself....OH MY GOD WHAT THE HECK WHY WOULD YOU END IT LIKE THAT? and now I'm asking myself..."Hmmm, this is interesting. Where is she going to take this?"
Which is what I love, especially since there are two books left in this series.
Truthfully, if I had to sum it up, remember how you felt when you read Order of the Phoenix in the Harry Potter series.