Many books in my book queue are part of a series, trilogy or saga. Each Sunday, I’ll share a book from a series. You can read along with me, or add the books to your own reading list. This week, I read “City of Lost Souls,” the fifth book in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. The last book, “City of Heavenly Fire” is set to be released in March 2014 and the movie based on the book series “City of Bones” will be in theaters in August.
In the second book of this “Mortal Instruments” cycle, Jace is possessed by Valentine’s son, Sebastian. The two go off to plot evil things and the Shadowhunters in New York are beside themselves. Clary follows Jace and Sebastian while Isabelle, Alec, Magnus and Simon stay behind to find a way to relieve Jace of Sebastian’s evil grip. Jordan and Maia are in a few scenes as well, attempting to work with the Shadowhunter group.
“City of Lost Souls” has plenty of adventure and excitement, especially toward the end. But it also contains a lot of scenes where people stand around and look at each other. And there are even more scenes of couples’ drama. I think the book was written with a movie in mind, unfortunately, and there were many times when the dialogue and narrative tiptoed dangerously into “Twilight”/”Fifty Shades of Grey” territory.
The most rational thing that happened was at the end, when Magnus broke up with Alec. Yeah, sorry if I’m ruining the story. Alec went behind Magnus’ back to Camille and asked how Magnus could lose his immortality so that he and Magnus could age together. I think it was a good reason for a breakup. Magnus is hundreds of years old, and despite going after an 18-year-old (gross) he actually exercised some degree of logic in conducting his relationship.
The Isabelle/Simon, Jordan/Maia and Clary/Jace relationships were just out of control. They sent the message that people are meant to be together, which isn’t true if you’re a cynic like me. Not only that, they sent the message that if you’re really serious about someone, you’ll do ANYTHING for them (let them drink your blood, forgive them when they hit you, travel to the ends of the earth, cut yourself, stab them with a really big sword — these are ALL actual examples from the book,) which just isn’t healthy.
The end of the story kind of reminded me of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” Some crazy evil was resurrected and there was the quintessential hospital scene that tied together a bunch of loose ends. It was good, but not satisfying, as there is still one more book in the series.
For as much fun as I poked at this series, I really did enjoy it. I love a good adventure where characters learn and grow, and it’s even more fun when supernatural creatures are involved.
That said, I found a new series that involves vampires. No, it’s not “Twilight.” I’ll give you all the details next week when I learn more about it.