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Chasing a Good Read – City of Lost Souls May 21, 2012

Congratulations, Cassandra Clare. You have successfully lured me back 100% into The Mortal Instruments series.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I was disappointed in the fourth book and was a little worried that perhaps this series should have remained a trilogy.  I have completely changed my mind now as I realize that book four was merely a bridge to THE CITY of LOST SOULS.

In this fifth entry to the series, what I loved originally about these books has returned: great pacing, hilarious dialogue and most of all further development of characters I have grown to love.

Without having to exclaim “SPOILER ALERT”, I will just say that our most beloved characters: Jace, Clary, Simon, Isabelle, Alec and Magnus are finally back to center stage.  Each of their storylines well-fleshed out and luring us into yet another heart-stopping climax. At 534 pages, this book is packed with intriguing mysteries, and while many are solved by the conclusion, Clare has done an amazing job of keeping the reader guessing as to what will happen next.  This of course, has us all waiting for book six with bated breath. It also goes to prove that when written well, any series has the potential to keep a reader hanging on, well past a trilogy, as long as the characters continue to grow and change in unexpected ways.

Have you read CITY OF LOST SOULS? Do you agree with this review? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Rating: Absolutely worth chasing!

Amy

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2 Responses to “Chasing a Good Read – City of Lost Souls”

  1. Oh really? I’m the same, I was disappointed in the fourth book and I also had the feeling it should have stayed a trilogy, I’ve bought The City of Lost Souls but I haven’t worked up the desire to read it yet. This review gives me the courage to return! Haha! It’s good to see Cassandra’s back on form in this one! R.

    • When you start it be forewarned, she uses the first couple of chapters to do backstory in regards to book four, but after that she really kicks things into high gear. I think you will enjoy it.


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