Warning! There may be City of Lost Souls spoilers ahead!
After work on Tuesday, I rushed to the closest Barnes & Noble to pick up a book I waited on for far too long—City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare. I started reading it as soon as I got home, but, sadly, I wasn’t able to finish it until yesterday. (Lots of things kept getting in the way—work, my regular TV schedule, meetings, and my need for naps.) But finish it I did, and I was absolutely blown away.
Like the other books in Clare’s Mortal Instruments series (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, and City of Fallen Angels) and her Infernal Devices series (Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince), City of Lost Souls had me hooked before I even opened the book. And I think a part of me was reluctant to finish the book, partly because I wanted to prolong the time I spent with my favorite characters, and partly because I knew this book would end on a cliffhanger, and I’d have a long time to worry about how things would be resolved. How right I was.
I’m not going to tell you much about what happens in City of Lost Souls because I don’t want to spoil things for you. This series means too much to me to ruin it for other fans. I will say, however, that I am an emotional wreck after reading this book. Sacrifices and deals are made—or at least considered—that change the entire fabric of this world. The relationships between the characters have me tied up in knots, and I’m hoping against hope that things get better for everyone in the next book, City of Heavenly Fire. I even found myself hoping that there was some way to “fix” Sebastian. When you read this book, you’ll see why that hope was rather short-lived.
While reading City of Lost Souls, I was always for clues about what might happen in Clockwork Princess. (For those that don’t know, Clockwork Princess is the third book in the Infernal Devices, the prequel trilogy to Mortal Instruments.) I think I may have found at least one clue, but it’s so out there that I don’t want to say anything in case I’m wrong (but I don’t think I am). I also looked for things we might see in the next Shadowhunter series, Dark Artifices, which will take place a few years in the future at the Los Angeles Institute. Based on things I’ve heard from Cassie Clare and the YA blogging community, I encountered a few characters that I know I’ll see again.
In short, I LOVED this book just as much as everything else Cassandra Clare has written. I am totally invested in what happens to these characters that I’ve come to love and think of as my friends. (Most of my best friends are fictional characters.) I am eagerly anticipating the final book in the Mortal Instruments saga, City of Heavenly Fire, which won’t be released until March of 2014. (Yep. You read that right. Nearly two years away. Let the temper tantrum begin.) Clockwork Princess will tide me over for a bit, but it won’t be out until March 19th of next year, so I’ve still got about ten months to stew. Curses!
There is, however, something I’m looking forward to that will ease the pain of waiting. Cassie Clare is coming to South Carolinain November!!!! I got to meet her late last year during her Clockwork Prince tour (and she’s as awesome as you’d think she would be), and I was thrilled this week when I heard she’d be coming back to my fair state. She, along with dozens of other bestselling authors—including Holly Black, Stephanie Perkins, Gayle Forman, Margaret Stohl, Andrea Cremer, Kim Derting, and too many others to name—will be coming to Charleston for YALLFest (http://yallfest.org/), the Charleston Young Adult Book Festival. The event will be November 9-10, and I am so there! I’m so excited about this that I can barely contain my joy!
So, while the wait to find out what happens to Jace, Clary, Simon, Alec, Magnus, Isabelle, and even Sebastian, is way too long for me, there’s plenty going on that will tide me over (including hearing more about the middle-grade series by Cassie Clare and Holly Black that’s currently in the works).
If you’d like more information about all of Cassandra Clare’s amazing books, check out her website (http://www.cassandraclare.com/), her tumblr site (http://cassandraclare.tumblr.com/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/cassieclare), and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Cassandraclare). You may also want to check out my favorite fansite, Mundie Moms (http://mundiemoms.blogspot.com/). Also, if you haven’t seen it already (I’ve watched it about five thousand times), here’s the official City of Lost Souls book trailer. If this video doesn’t make you want to read this outstanding book, nothing will. Enjoy!