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‘City of Lost Souls’ official synopsis

City of Lost Souls is just under two months away from its May 8th release but fans are already dying to find out what happened after City of Fallen Angels‘ brutal cliffhanger.

Check out the official synopsis for the fifth book in the bestselling The Mortal Instruments series:

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 wrought—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 Faerie 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.

Thanks to Isha for the tip!

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15 Comments on ‘City of Lost Souls’ official synopsis

  1. I am so much more excited now! This synopsis is doing exactly what it’s supposed to do – make me want the book sooner! We can do it, guys. The wait will not kill us.

  2. Ok, it’s official.
    I am going to be hysterically crying throughout this entire book. I’m SOOOOO EXCITED, but this just sounds like it’s going to be…. emotional, traumatic, heart-wrenching, and utterly brilliant. I. Cannot. Wait.

    • I’m thinking the same thing! I’m planning on not dying till this book comes out! But after reading that, I think died twice! 😦 ohh JACE! ❤
      I can't wait for it! It's going to be AH-mazing!! ❤

  3. ugh cryiiiiing! my poor jace! there’s something i don’t understand though..what that means jace can’t stay away from clary?? i thought since he was “evil” now he wouldn’t care about her..someone help me i’m going crazy lol

    • Jace still loves Clary and that hasn’t changed. Cassie confirmed that much.
      And just because he’s bound to Sebastian it doesn’t mean that he’ll go all evil and demonic on everyone he loves! Remember – as much as Sebastian’s demon blood will affect Jace, he will still have some angel blood left in his system as well.
      I suspect that both Jace and Sebastian will have turned each other half good/half bad.

      • now that makes sense..because i was really confused by some teasers and i was going crazy lol

    • TeamEdwardJace // March 15, 2012 at 1:56 PM // Reply

      it means even though he’s under sebasatian’s influence, it proves that he still loves Clary.

  4. Poor Clary 😦

  5. This book sounds f*#@in’ brilliant!
    I have a feeling it’ll replace ‘City of Glass’ as my new favourite!

  6. Jace Lover // March 15, 2012 at 8:28 AM // Reply

    😦 Poor Jace! But it might be for the best for him to stay away from Clary considering the spoilers that I’ve read and what happened at the instetute in City of Fallen Angels

  7. TeamEdwardJace // March 15, 2012 at 1:59 PM // Reply

    I love this synopsis! It makes me want the book to come out even sooner! It’s going to be one of my faves and my fave of the series(making city of fallen angels my second fave possibly)! Based off the characters, the teasers and spoilers, snyposis and cassie’s amazing writing and mixing of multigenres it’s going to be awesome! it’ll be dark, heartwrenching, romantic, sensual with action and adventure, humor and sacfric. and it’s clear as cassie, the teasersm snypsois, and spoilers confrimed Jace stills loves, clary wants and desirse her(which is part of being in love)) and she loves him. deep down, jace is also still good and maybe sebsatian comes to care for his sister a little bit. I’m so excited!

  8. TeamEdwardJace // March 15, 2012 at 2:00 PM // Reply

    also, it seems that izzy and simon finally realize they’re in love with each other and they get together for real and maybe maia goes back with jordan! that’s awesome too!

  9. TeamEdwardJace // March 15, 2012 at 2:01 PM // Reply

    but i still fed bad for jace and clary and everyone, and clary be careful!

  10. No weapon on this earth? So… a lightsaber? 🙂

  11. OMG So excited!

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