City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

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The fifth book of Clare’s Mortal Instruments series find Jace and and Sebastian irrevocably bound to each other, much to Clary and co.’s misery. Though the Clave has promised to find Jace, other matters arise and the intensity surrounding Jace’s search is lessened. Unsatisfied, Clary (unsurprisingly) sets out to find Jace on her own. Meanwhile, the rest of the Lightwoods, Frays, etc. frantically search for a weapon that will sever the bond between Jace and Sebastian without killing Jace. While it seems that there will be no way to separate the two, Clary learns more about Sebastian’s demonic plans and must find a way to save Jace, get back to her family, and stop Sebastian before the Nephilim world is forever changed.

Wow! So much better than the fourth book. The Jace/Sebastian drama is intense, and I loved how the author thought to pair the good guy with the bad guy instead of just putting them at constant odds with each other. Very unique. I also thought some good points were raised about the health of the Jace/Clary relationship. Maybe not popular points, but points worth talking about. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the conclusion.

Rating: 4/5

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