Sorry I haven’t posted for a very long while. Things got kind of busy and crazy which means blogging was the first thing to go. But even though I wasn’t blogging, I have still been reading. I recently finished reading City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare. This is the fifth book in the Mortal Instrument series. I am very sad because the sixth and final book isn’t supposed to come out until next year, which is entirely too far away. I hate getting really invested and interested in a series that isn’t complete yet. I just want to know what happens.
But anyways, the Mortal Instruments series follows Clary Fray as she discovers some new things about her life. First she learns that she is a Shadowhunter, which means she is part of a line of humans that have some angel blood and battle demons and protect regular humans, or mundanes. She also finds out that her dad (Valentine) is one mean mamajama. He views the Clave (governing group of Shadowhunters) as being corrupt and wants to overthrow them, so he gets all buddy buddy with demons to basically have a genocide of Shadowhunters. Clary also finds out that her mother (Jocelyn) has been hiding all of this from her so she really has no idea about what happens in the Shadowhunter world. She makes a group of friends that help her understand this new world. And she falls in love with Jace Herondale (Morgenstern, Lightwood, Wayland…..he has lots of names). This creates its own set of drama especially when Clary thinks that Jace is her brother. Turns out he isn’t (he was just raised by Clary’s father as if he were his son), but they do have a shared bond of being more angelic than other Shadowhunters, which gives them enhanced abilities.
Clary does have a brother who also has many names, Jonathan Morgenstern or Sebastian. Sebastian is actually part demon because Valentine gave Jocelyn demon blood to drink while she was pregnant (but she didn’t know that is what is was). This gives Sebastian abilities that are even more enhanced. Jace kills Sebastian and Clary in directly kills Valentine. But then there is a ceremony and a spell that brings Sebastian back to life and connects him with Jace. This is where City of Lost Souls starts. Sebastian kind of kidnaps Jace mostly through a spell that binds there lives together so that if one is injured or killed, the other faces the same fate. Everybody wants to save Jace. Most of the book is spent trying to figure out how to sever the connections without killing Jace.
Ultimately, Simon, who is Clary’s best friend and a vampire and protected by the Mark of Cain, is able to get Glorious which is the sword of an archangel. Clary uses this sword to stab Jace. It burns all of the evil out of him which severs the connection to Sebastian, but does not kill either one of them. So they are able to save Jace but not capture or kill Sebastian. This means he is still on the loose with a plan to ally with demons, turn Shadowhunters in to part demon beings, and basically take over the world.
So now we have to wait to see how it turns out. But it’s not all bad news. The first book in the series, City of Bones, is being turned into a movie that comes out later this year. Also, Cassandra Clare wrote a second series, The Infernal Devices series, that is set in the same world but during a different time period. She also wrote The Shadowhunter’s Codex as a sample training manual of what Shadowhunters like Jace and Clary would have used to learn what to do when dealing with demons and in different situations.
- New character posters of Clary and Jace unveiled at WonderCon (tmisource.com)
- Cassandra Clare Talks THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, Her Hesitation About a Film Adaptation, Casting, the Last Book in the Series, and More (collider.com)
- Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments has become a movie that has EVERYTHING in it (io9.com)
- ‘Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ trailer: Now with more scary demons – VIDEO (insidemovies.ew.com)