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Reviewed by Alysha Allen for Readers' Favorite
Sebastian has kidnapped Jace and no one can discover where he has taken him to. The Clave has de-prioritized the search for Jace, and Clary must wait in painful anxiety for two weeks before she can even begin the desperate pursuit of her boyfriend, Jace. In dire urgency, Clary and a few friends visit the Seelie Queen to ask for her help in ascertaining where Sebastian is detaining Jace. But when Jace surprises Clary with his sudden and unexpected appearance at her house, Clary finds herself confused and stupefied by Jace’s startling condition.
An invitation is extended out to Clary to come with him and Sebastian as a potential cohort to her brothers’ diabolical plans. Clary must decide whether there is a boundary between honorability and abandoned immorality that can be crossed in the salvation for the one person that matters to her.
From the glassy emerald-colored waters of the Venice canals to the cobblestone and lantern-lined streets of Prague, Cassandra Clare introduces us with delirious and lustrous portrayal the lucent world of the Shadowhunters and the other fantastical creatures that live alongside them. In the "City of Lost Souls" there is a careful treatment of the characters which reveals with subtlety, the delicate passions, the tenacity, and the flaws which give so much substance and validity to the personalities of Clary, Jace, and Sebastian. There is a universal question prevalent in the story, of whether the blood which runs through our veins can make us corrupt and amoral or sane and righteous depending upon the characters of the people we share this blood with. This conflict of having a murderer of a brother and a villainous criminal of a father torments Clary and adds dimension and overall depth to this sparklingly-woven adventure of the fatal test of love and blood.