Where I was disappointed with ‘City of Fallen Angels’, ‘City of Lost Souls’ definitely made up for it! I’m glad that I didn’t hang it up after the last book and kept pushing forward with the series. This fifth book was full of action and suspense.
This time around, Jace is under the influence of Sebastian, the guy we all love to hate. Clary is kind of along for the ride, hoping she can break through to Jace. Meanwhile, Sebastian just keeps getting creepier and creepier.
For the most part, Jace seems lost. He’s kind of like Sebastian’s “Stepford wife”/groupie. He seems entirely possessed with his adoration of all things Sebastian. It takes bromance to a whole new level.
However, being the diehard that she is, Clary refuses to give up on Jace. She focuses on the brief moments of clarity that he has in the midst of his mental enslavement. She knows that the real Jace is still in the shell that he is now.
Meanwhile, back at camp “good”, Simon, Magnus, Alec and all of the others, work on a way to fire Jace. There is plenty of action taking place on that front as well. Simon seems to be patching up his romantic relationship, while Alec seems to be wreaking havoc in his.
I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that I enjoyed the time with Jace and Clary. Finally, they get to spend some time together…even if it isn’t always the “real” Jace. It may have taken five books, but things finally heat up between the two.
Overall, this was another great book in the series. Things have definitely picked up and I’m mentally preparing for the good vs. evil showdown that is bound to happen in the final book. I’ll be starting the sixth, and final, book immediately.