City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments)
|Cover artist||Cliff Nielsen|
|Series||The Mortal Instruments|
|Genre||Young adult, fantasy, urban fantasy|
|Publisher||Margaret K. McElderry|
|May 8, 2012|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Pages||544 pp (hardback, first edition)|
|Preceded by||City of Fallen Angels|
|Followed by||City of Heavenly Fire|
City of Lost Souls is the fifth book in the The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. It follows the books City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, and City of Fallen Angels. City of Lost Souls was released on May 8, 2012. The sixth and final book in the series, City of Heavenly Fire, was released on May 27, 2014.
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Simon returns to his home only to find that he is barred from entering. His mother believes he is not the real Simon, and has actually murdered her real son. Simon receives a call from a distraught Clary who explains that Jace has gone missing and is untraceable.
Jace, last seen with Sebastian, is still missing. Clary and the rest of the group solicit the Seelie Queen for help. The Queen agrees to help, but demands the return of two Faerie rings which allow the wearers to communicate telepathically. Clary, desperate to find Jace, agrees. Later, when searching for the rings in a Shadowhunter library, Clary sees Jace and Sebastian enter and, while hiding, observes them conversing like old friends before leaving with some books.
That night at Luke's home, Clary wakes up to find Jace lying next to her in bed. He informs her that he has returned to ask her to come with them, because he still loves her. Shortly after, Sebastian enters the room, much to Clary's displeasure. They are interrupted by Jocelyn's screams as she discovers Sebastian in her home. A fight breaks loose, in which Luke is stabbed and severely wounded by Sebastian. Jace and Sebastian disappear, promising to come back for Clary. After some contemplation, Clary decides to join Jace and Sebastian with the intention of spying on them, whilst using the Faerie rings to communicate with Simon. Over time, Clary realizes that Jace is possessed and is acting much like Sebastian rather than himself.
Meanwhile, Jace manages to revert to his true, non-possessed self for when the rune that controls him is temporarily severed due to an earlier fight. Jace uses this time to explain Sebastian's plan to Clary. He tells her that Sebastian wants to use Lilith's blood to create an army of dark Shadowhunters using the second Mortal Cup. Jace tells Clary that he will turn himself into the Clave; he'd rather tell them Sebastian's plan and die rather than be controlled by Sebastian. However Clary, desperately wanting him alive, calls Sebastian in and gets him to heal their binding rune.
Simon and the others summon the angel Raziel. Raziel gives Simon a blade of Heaven named Glorious, but in return strips Simon of the Mark of Cain. Clary is searching Sebastian's room when she finds her faerie ring. She tells Simon Sebastian's plan, and informs Simon to come to the Seventh Sacred Site. Sebastian catches her when she is halfway through explaining. She destroys the Faerie ring in order to drop all pretenses and Sebastien reveals his true intentions. A fight between Clary and Sebastian ensues, which involves Sebastian attempting to rape her. In the end, Clary goes against her will to the "Seventh Site" to watch. In the midst of battle, Simon gives Glorious to Clary, who tries to hunt down Sebastian. Unable to reach Sebastian, Clary uses the Angel blade and stabs Jace, believing that it won't kill him as his heart is more good than evil. Jace is set alight, leading the others to believe that he is dead.
The battle ends when most of Sebastian's dark Shadowhunters have been killed, and Sebastian flees. After discovering that Jace is alive, his family takes him back to the Institute to heal. Clary is eventually allowed to visit Jace. She learns that after being stabbed by Glorious, he now has "sacred fire" inside him, which causes him to burn anything he touches when he gets an adrenaline rush. Magnus breaks up with Alec because Alec considered Camille's offer to strip Magnus of his immortality, though Alec ultimately refuses the offer. Magnus reluctantly walks away, leaving a heartbroken and distraught Alec behind. After setting out to kill Camille for causing Magnus to break up with him, Alec discovers Maureen instead, revealing to him that she has killed Camille in order to gain leadership over her vampire clan by vampire law.