Series: The Mortal Instruments #5
Published by Margaret K. McElderry (5.8.2012)
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 534 pages
Source: I own it
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The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.
What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.
There was a lot of focus on the couples – a little too much for me. I don’t mind romance, but this is the Shadowhunter world! I don’t care about who’s sleeping with who. I want action, dammit!
Maia and Jordan: I could really care less to tell you the truth. Not a big fan of Maia.
Simon and Isabelle: I love them together, and I’m glad they made progress (finally!).
Magnus and Alec: I hate Alec now. I never really liked him to begin with because he was a bit of a brooding asshat at times, but the meh/dislike has now turned into blatant hatred. If you didn’t know already, Magnus was one of my favorite characters in the other books – and he’s pretty awesome. And that’s why I hate Alec. I don’t really get excited for the guy-on-guy romance, but Alec proved to be unworthy of Magnus.
If you saw my status updates, you’d know that I had a lot of WTF moments in CoLS. Mainly with character behavior. Alec, definitely. Like I said, NOT worthy of Magnus. Jace, especially. Although he couldn’t really help it because of the whole binding thing. And this one was a shocker for me – Clary. I don’t usually feel disgruntled with her, even though she’s a bit selfish at times. Because even when she’s being selfish it’s usually with good intentions, particularly concerning loved ones. But DAMN Clary, really? I wanted to knock some sense in her a couple of times.
The one thing that struck me the most? Sebastian. Halfway through, I kept thinking, ‘Sebastian…is….growing on me?! WHAT IS THIS NONSENSE.’ But it’s true! In certain scenes I felt a swell of emotion – perhaps even affection – for him. Sure, he’s evil and sadistic, but there was something about him that endeared him to me. I felt sorry for him, mostly. I think he’s just lonely. Maybe part of him just wants to be loved. But nobody loves him because of what he is, even though he can’t really help it. Dawwww.
“There goes my Saturday.”
“My mother seems to have accepted it. But my father – no, not really. Once he asked me what I thought had turned me gay.”
“Turned you gay?”
“I hope you told him you were bitten by a gay spider,” said Simon.