Jace and Clary. Clary and Jace. In this the fifth book of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series we continue the journey, angst, drama, and intrigue as Clary, Jace, Simon, Izzy, and Alec come to terms with their roles as Shadowhunters (and one vampire) fighting evil where they can find it or it finds them. The City of Lost Souls has the Shadowhunters are all a buzz trying to find Jace as he disappeared at the end of the last novel when he was abducted by Sebastian.
I am finding the last few books in this series similar in the general outline with the evil characters changing and their methods altered, but there is a sameness. That’s not necessarily a really bad thing, but it isn’t good. I try to remind myself that this series is written for the younger crowd (though the sexual situations, though not graphic, are more than I would want a teenager in my house read) when I want to critique the book. The series has become “Soap Operaesque” yet I have already purchased the sixth, and last(?) book. It may be time to end this opera or better yet have the kids mature and let some of the other characters be in the spotlight.