The Mortal War is over, and Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most important of all—Clary can finally call Jace her boyfriend.
But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her. His mother just found out he’s a vampire and now he’s homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side—along with the power of the curse wrecking his life. And they’re willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other.
When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.
My Thoughts: Hmmm, I almost kind of wish this series would have ended with the third book. I thought this was a good story and it was nice to see all of the characters again but it just seemed almost unnecessary. We get to see some of the effects of the events of the last book in the story and some people mentioned in other books showed up in this one. I thought the addition of Kyle was a good one and hopefully we'll see more of him in the next book. It was kind of nice to add a fresh new character to the mix. I also liked that Simon moved to the forefront of the story; he seems like such an underrated character so it was good to see more of him. All that being said, the Jace and Clary angst is really starting to bug me. I am really tired of the whole thing; they just need to be together and be done with it. Why does it have to be so dramatic?! The climax of the story was interesting to say the least (definitely not what I was expecting) and OF COURSE there was a cliffhanger ending. City of Lost Souls ought to be pretty interesting what with all the freaky stuff that happened at the end of this book. Overall, this wasn't a bad book but I think I am ready for the story to be over. I don't like when I stop caring about the characters in a series. 3 stars.