by Cassandra Clare
May 8, 2012: Margaret K. McElderry
"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."
Someone described this book as glorious. Well it was. It is glorious. For those who have read the book and will come to agree with this. I think that word somehow significantly sum up the experience of the fifth installment of Mortal Instruments.
With how dark things turned out in City of Fallen Angels, Sebastian is out to burn down the world. The question is how? And Jace can still be saved? Even heaven and hell finds no peace as things go into their places revealing Sebastian's plans for revenge, and for both Jace and Clary.
There are so many feelings that I have for this book. First I love how some parts of it reminded the readers of the first three books, a sort of nostalgia. It was nice for me because it reminded me of my feelings then while reading.
Many things were happening in the book: the gang, aside from trying to find and save Jace also have to face their own individual issues. Clary ends up on her own; Simon is dealing with some personal problems of his own; issues with Magnus and Alec; Isabelle and her feelings; and Jordan and Maia.
For those familiar with the Infernal Devices series will be happy to find some things related to it here. Not really directly but hinting we'll get some surprises soon.
I'm happy that the end wasn't left hanging (in Cassie's sort of hanging way), but enough that it left me with my sanity intact to patiently wait for City of Heavenly Fire. Though it doesn't mean the way to the end is easy. Haha. Nothing is easy with Cassandra Clare's stories. This is just like as Gandalf put it, "the breath before the plunge."