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City of Lost Souls
COLS cover
Author/s Cassandra Clare
Cover artist Cliff Nielsen
Narrator Molly C. Quinn
Release Date May 8, 2012
Publisher McElderry Books
Cover Jace Herondale & Clary Fray
Series The Mortal Instruments
Preceded by
City of Fallen Angels
Followed by
City of Heavenly Fire
Release order
Released after
Clockwork Prince
Released before
Clockwork Princess

City of Lost Souls is the fifth novel in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

Description Edit

The demon, Lilith, has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing, but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father, Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.

No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay away – not from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s dying magic has brought – Jace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentine’s evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Will the Shadowhunters hesitate to kill one of their own?

Only a small band of Clary and Jace’s friends and family believe that Jace can still be saved – and that the fate of the Shadowhunters’ future may hinge on that salvation. They must defy the Clave and strike out on their own. Alec, Magnus, Simon and Isabelle must work together to save Jace: bargaining with the sinister Seelie Queen, contemplating deals with demons, and turning at last to the Iron Sisters, the reclusive and merciless weapons makers for the Shadowhunters, who tell them that no weapon on this Earth can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. Their only chance of cutting Jace free is to challenge Heaven and Hell – a risk that could claim any, or all, of their lives.

And they must do it without Clary. For Clary has gone into the heart of darkness, to play a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing the game is not just her own life, but Jace's soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she even still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?

Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

Plot Edit

Story begins with Simon, who comes home and finds that his mother has marked the door with holy signs so he can't enter. After an argument with her, he starts to go to Jordan's, but Clary calls him, distraught, and tells him that Jace is missing.

The real beginning of the story is set two weeks after the rooftop scene from City of Fallen Angels. Jace and Sebastian are still missing, and the Clave used the Mortal Sword to drag any kind of information from Clary, but without success. After being cleared from any wrongdoing, Clary, Alec, Isabelle and Simon go to the Seelie Queen to find any kind of help. For information about Jace, the Seelie Queen requests two faerie rings by which their wearers can telepathically communicate with each other. In the process of taking them from the Institute, Clary saw Jace and Sebastian talking, almost like they're friends, even brothers. When they left, she portaled to the meeting place and told everyone what she saw. Everyone was pretty alarmed about that fact, but after Jace's and Sebastian's appearing in Luke's house, and near death of Luke in the process, Clary took extreme steps: she voluntarily follows Jace and Sebastian to their safehouse alone, risking her life.

Meanwhile, Magnus, Jocelyn, Alec, Isabelle, Maia, Jordan and Simon are trying to figure out a way to cut the connection between Jace and Sebastian, which binds them in such way that if you kill one, you kill the other as well. Jocelyn and Isabelle go to the Iron Sisters, experts in weapons. There, they learn that only a weapon from Heaven or Hell can sever that connection. Simon raises the angel Raziel, who, rather grudgingly, gives him Glorius, sword of the archangel Michael, but demands stripping the Mark of Cain from him. By allowing that, Simon is left without any supernatural protection.

Throughout the storyline there is a reoccurring theme that foreshadows what is next for the Shadowhunters. Raphael Santiago is one of the first to tell Simon Lewis that “There is a great darkness coming. It will sweep the Earth with fire and shadow.” There will be no more Shadowhunters, and “even the angels will be destroyed”. Then there is Magnus Bane telling Simon Lewis about his dream of a “City all of blood, with towers made of bone, and blood running in the streets”. Magnus Bane also says that “the darkness is coming. A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without order and where the light is as darkness ”. Clary Fray also has dreams that foretell what is to come. In one dream there Simon is crying, and she also sees human bones and canals filled with blood.” Sebastian (Jonathan Morgenstern) only reiterates what is to be expected when he tells Clary “this world will be consumed by hellfire” and at the end in the battle, there is Jeremy Pontmercy who tells Jocelyn Fray “Blood will run in the streets of every city. The world will burn, "that the dark Shadowhunters will rise from the ashes as the "Phoenix Triumphant". The question remains of who is going to be the real Phoenix.

Chapters Edit

Part One: No Evil Angel

  1. The Last Council
  2. Thorns
  3. Bad Angels
  4. And Immortality
  5. Valentine's Son
  6. No Weapon in this World
  7. A Sea Change

Part Two: Certain Dark Thing

  1. Fire Tests Gold
  2. The Iron Sisters
  3. The Wild Hunt
  1. Ascribe All Sin
  2. The Stuff of Heaven
  3. The Bone Chandelier
  4. As Ashes
  5. Magdalena
  6. Brothers and Sisters
  7. Valediction

Part Three: All Is Changed

  1. Raziel
  2. Love and Blood
  3. A Door Into the Dark
  4. Raising Hell


Characters Edit

Shadowhunters Edit

  • Clary Fray - a new Shadowhunter whose training is cut short when her boyfriend and trainer, Jace, is abducted by her brother. In an effort to save him, Clary makes a hasty choice with unknowable consequences.
  • Jace Lightwood - one of the most skilled Shadowhunters of his generation and the boyfriend of Clary, Jace's resurrection made him a target of Lilith and Sebastian's plans.
  • Sebastian Morgenstern - also known as Jonathan, Sebastian is the rather evil brother of Clary, and the son of Valentine and Jocelyn. Recently brought back to life, Sebastian binds himself to Jace and puts his plans into action.
  • Alec Lightwood - the eldest Lightwood and Jace's parabatai, Alec is in a relationship with the warlock Magnus Bane.
  • Isabelle Lightwood - Alec's beautiful younger sister, Isabelle is a strong and fierce Shadowhunter, who finds herself falling for Clary's best friend, Simon.
  • Jocelyn Fray - Clary's mother and Luke's fiancé. Their wedding postponed indefinitely, Jocelyn is racked by the guilt of her son's actions and concern for her daughter who has gone off with her boyfriend and brother.
  • Maryse Lightwood - the mother of the Lightwood children and head of the New York Institute.
  • Brother Zachariah - a Silent Brother who, for some reason, is unlike his other Brothers.
  • Amatis Herondale - Luke's sister who becomes involved in Sebastian's dangerous plans.
  • Iron Sisters - the forgers of the Nephilim's weapons whose aid 'Team Good' might just need to help a friend.

Downworlders Edit

Mundanes Edit

  • Elaine Lewis - Simon's mother who has shunned Simon upon finding out that he is a vampire.
  • Rebecca Lewis - Simon's sister who comes home from college in concern for Simon.

Others Edit

  • Raziel - the patron Angel of the Nephilim.
  • Azazel - a Greater Demon credited as the Forger of Weapons who 'Team Good' will cautiously summon for help.

Gallery Edit

Covers Edit

Trailers Edit

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City of Lost Souls - Book Trailer

City of Lost Souls - Book Trailer 200:30

City of Lost Souls - Book Trailer 2

Special Content Edit

  • In the United States:
    • Barnes and Noble: Stephen Herondale's letter to Jace written before he died.
    • Walmart: Contains the story "A Dark Transformation", about how Jonathan Morgenstern took the identity of Sebastian Verlac.
    • Costco: Contains the story "The Act of Falling", also known as Dirty Sexy Alley Scene, from City of Fallen Angels in Jace's perspective.
    • Target: Contains the story "A Question of Power", in which Alec and Camille talk about Magnus and his father.
  • In Canada
    • Indigo/Chapters: Contains Stephen Herondale's letter to Jace, written before he died.
    • Costco: Contains the story "The Act of Falling", also known as Dirty Sexy Alley Scene, from City of Fallen Angels in Jace's perspective.
  • In Australia and United Kingdom:
    • Walker Books UK: Contains the short story “A Dark Transformation,” about how Jonathan Morgenstern took over the identity of Sebastian Verlac.
    • Dymocks Booksellers: Contains the short story “A Dark Transformation,” about how Jonathan Morgenstern took over the identity of Sebastian Verlac.
    • Collins Booksellers: Contains the short story “A Question of Power,” in which Alec and Camille talk about Magnus and his father.
    • Leading Edge Booksellers (Independents): Contains the short story “The Act of Falling,” also known as the Dirty Sexy Alley Scene from Jace's perspective.
    • Booktopia: Contains Stephen Herondale's letter to Jace, written before he died.

Trivia Edit

  • The cover features Jace Lightwood, Clary Fray, and Paris as the background.
  • The models for Clary (Halle Arbaugh) and Jace (Judson Birza) on the book cover both reprised their roles for the book trailers of City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire. Judson is also the model for the repackaged US cover of City of Bones,[1] and Halle for the original covers of City of Fallen Angels and City of Heavenly Fire. In the trailer,Valentine and Sebastian Morgenstern were played by Johnathan Vane and Chris Schellenger, respectively.
  • The book is told from several points of views, namely: Clary, Jace, Simon, Sebastian, Alec, Isabelle, Luke, Jocelyn, Magnus, Maia, and Jordan's.
  • In this book, Jace finds a copy of A Tale of Two Cities with a faded inscription signed by "William Herondale"; this is the same book Will gave Tessa Gray in Clockwork Princess, though Will was said to have signed it with just "Will Herondale".

References Edit

Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunter Chronicles
The Mortal Instruments
City of Bones City of Ashes City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels City of Lost Souls City of Heavenly Fire
The Infernal Devices The Dark Artifices
Clockwork Angel Lady Midnight
Clockwork Prince Prince of Shadows
Clockwork Princess The Queen of Air and Darkness
The Bane Chronicles Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
What Really Happened in Peru Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy
The Runaway Queen The Lost Herondale
Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale The Whitechapel Fiend
The Midnight Heir Nothing but Shadows
The Rise of the Hotel Dumort The Evil We Love
Saving Raphael Santiago Pale Kings and Princes
The Fall of the Hotel Dumort Bitter of Tongue
What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything The Fiery Trial
The Last Stand of the New York Institute Born to Endless Night
The Course of True Love (And First Dates) Angels Twice Descending
The Last Hours
The Wicked Powers
The Secret Treasons

Start a Discussion Discussions about City of Lost Souls

  • Luke and Jocelyn's Wedding

    7 messages
    • wrote:No. They only got married in CoHF. Yep, the party in CoLS (or was it CoFA?) was just the engagement party. yep, I loved ...
    • The engagement party was in CoFA. It was that night when Lilith decided to go all crazy on us. And I did love the epilogue because of the weddi...
  • Wtf is wrong with Maureen the crazy little vampire

    20 messages
    • MRitaF wrote: Marilena14 wrote: I was wondering whats wrong with her too and then a crazy thought came to me...what if Lilith gave her her bl...
    • Yes, it would explain a lot. Yes, it does get confusing. :)

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