The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.”


I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book.

This series has really gone down hill in my opinion. I enjoyed the first three books for the most part but these past two books (you can check out my review for City of Fallen Angels here) I have had a ton of problems with.

Starting off with the characters. I don’t know how many times I have to say this but I thoroughly DISLIKE Clary. Emphasis on dislike. Originally, I hated her as a character but she did get a little better in this book but not enough for me to have her become my favorite character in this series.

I will say that this author has the ability to write great side character in my opinion. My favorite characters in this series (and have been since I read the first book) are Alec, Isabelle, and Magnus. I also really like Sebastian as our main villain. I also have had a mixed relationship as far as my liking for Jace. Overall, these side characters are done really.

As far as the romance, I HATED it. The romance between Clary and Jace has gotten so ridiculous to the point where I just don’t care anymore. I feel like since the I read the first three books, the plot of these past two books has been all about the romance. Yes, it is cute. But I feel like it doesn’t need the main focus of the plot.

As far as the plot, it wasn’t bad. Besides the romance taking over pretty much everything, there were scenes that I did like. It still had all of the aspects that I have made me enjoyed the previous books in this series. It is honestly the one thing that is keeping me interested in continuing on. If this book (and series in general) didn’t have a strong plot driving it forward, I probably would have DNF’d this series after book two.

Overall, I’m honestly not sure what I think about this book. Like I said, it had it strong parts and it had its weak parts. It honestly what just kind of a jumbled mess in my opinion. I only have one more book to go in this series so I’m hoping that I will finish it out on a high note and something will impress me in the last book.