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The first five books in the #1 New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

Enter the secret world of the Shadowhunters with this eBook boxed set that includes City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, and City of Lost Souls. The Mortal Instruments books have more than five million copies in print.

Topics: New York City, Demons, Vampires, Werewolves, Adventurous, Dark, Futuristic, Mystical, Anthology, New York, and Series

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ISBN: 9781442481015
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It got me hooked.After finishing the books all I could think about was the characters,the scenes kept playing in my mind.It was lovelymore
This books are so KOOL!!! don't take Jace because he is mine you could have Simon,Alexander, and Luke oh and Magnus. If you haven't read this book you are a fool because this books are so awesome and their like part of my life.more
I love this book???????????more
TMI ?❤?????more
I loooove this series, it's just so sad that it's ending. the movie though, what happened? even if you're not a fan of fantasy, you will still love this.more
i love every word of the books. Cassie Clare is freaking awesome.more
My favorite seriesmore
Melhor saga de todasmore
best series ever!more
So far it's really good best set I've read besides the Harry Potter series more
Love this series ????more
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Este libro esta muy bien more
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Get ready to be hooked best book ever and a great serious more
In book 5 of 6 in the Mortal Instruments series, we find Jace tied to Sebastian. Clary, Simon and the others are left trying to find a way to separate them without hurting Jace. I think the best part of this one is seeing how really, truly evil Sebastian is. Clare does creepy really well. While the other intertwining story lines may have left a little to be desired, I enjoyed this book more than book 4. I would recommend this only to readers who have followed the series because I'm not sure its good enough to be a stand alone novel. There were too many references to past plot points that aren't fleshed out in this book, but important to the flow. Interested to see how the whole thing wraps up.more
So.... this book was amazing. It was almost a five star book. Or, should I say it had a five star book within it? But why drag our attention from the story with superfluous characters and persistent side-plots? Who cares? It's like adding A1 sauce to a filet mignon, unnecessary and distracting. There were too many side plots, Maia and Jordan, Luke and Jocelyn, Isabelle and Simon, Simon and his fam, Magnus and Alec... And so on.... But, it was great all the same. I started it twice before I read it through, but when the novel finnally gets into the meat of the plot (it takes a while), the book was hard to put down.more
How in the world does she do it?

Continuing to amaze with her Shadowhunter world, author Cassandra Clare’s City of Lost Souls picks up where City of Fallen Angels left off. Jace and Sebastian have disappeared and no magic has been able to discover their whereabouts. When Clary, Simon, Isabelle, Alec and Magnus decide to continue the hunt for Jace on their own, none of them could predict that they would find Jace working alongside Sebastian in furtherance of his schemes. Determined to discover what has turned Jace onto the path of evil, Clary risks everything to join them and learns Jace and Sebastian are inextricably bound – what one wants, so does the other…what injures one, injures the other. Destroying Sebastian will destroy everything Clary holds most dear.

Relationships are front-and-center in this story, and it seems inevitable that Jace and Clary have once again hit an impasse. The thing is (and I may be drawn and quartered for this), I find myself not really caring how their relationship turns out. The reason is simple – their love is each character’s defining characteristic and any ending that doesn’t have them together is unthinkable. Jace and Clary will overcome all obstacles and be together at last; I have no doubts about this outcome. And so, I find myself drawn to the other relationships being played out – romantic or otherwise.

Isabelle and Simon, Jordan and Maia, Alec and Magnus – even Clary and Sebastian – the ties that bind these couples are on prominent display in City of Lost Souls. The sibling relationship between Clary and Sebastian is the most disturbing, with a serious “ick” factor by the finale. Evil is completely unable to have a healthy relationship, so Sebastian’s obsession with Clary is anything but. Insecurities run rampant in the romantic entanglements of the other couples. Jordan and Maia have some serious history to work through – after all, he is the one who turned her werewolf in a brutal attack. Isabelle and Simon are both unsure of each other; he believes he is nothing but a monster who has no way of winning the girl he loves, while she has trust issues stemming from her father’s infidelity. Alec and Magnus are the ones that concern me the most, however. Magnus has been around long enough to know what love is and to feel secure with his feelings, but Alec is in his first serious relationship – insecurity abounds. And that insecurity is about to create boulders in the rocky road of their relationship.

I love the daring places that Clare has taken her characters, and nothing exemplifies this more for me than Alec. Coming out in the first half of the series and falling in love with Magnus has made Alec one of my favorite characters. It took such strength to enter a relationship with another man against all Shadowhunter beliefs and to see him floundering with his fears of growing old and leaving his partner behind has made him all the more relatable. There is a brief scene in City of Lost Souls where Alec lays out all the slights he has encountered since coming out that resonates strongly. I can’t help but think of some of my friends who have had similar experiences. Bits of reality like this are what have made me connect so deeply with The Mortal Instruments.

Obviously it is not all love and romance in this book – Sebastian’s evil plotting threatens to tear the world asunder and he must be stopped at all costs. From raising demons and summoning angels, Jace’s friends will try everything they can to find a way to sever the ties between him and Sebastian so that he is not sacrificed when Sebastian is taken down. The Mark of Cain that Clary inscribed on Simon turns out to be pivotal, and I found it fascinating the way both Heaven and Hell responded to it. The instrument that is ultimately discovered, however, is about to change Jace in a way no one could foresee.

Cassandra Clare has managed once again to plunge us into the Shadowhunter world and give us answers, but then leave us with even more questions. A new war between Heaven and Hell is on the horizon with Clary, Jace and company once again standing in between. When Sebastian’s plans are revealed, the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Relationships are strengthened or torn apart, lives are lost, and no one is prepared for what is to come…

This thrilling installment in The Mortal Instruments series will leave fans screaming for more and with the final book, City of Heavenly Fire, not due until September 2013 the wait for a satisfying conclusion is going to be very long indeed.more
LOVED IT. it was much better than the last one (though it wasn't bad at all, it just seemed rushed and quickly put together) Simon and Iz were beyond cute, Magnus and Alex broke my poor little heart and also wtf is up with suddenly introducing a bunch of Mangus stuff in the second to last book?! I have a feeling it play a part in the destruction of Sebastian.

And what an evil, sick, twisted, little fuck Sebastian is, omg.

and Jace, my Jace. he's full of Heavenly fire and i love him and i want one of my own.more
My love for this series has been rekindled! While I did enjoy City of Fallen Angels, I still thought it was taking it too far and had hoped the series would end at book three. This, however, was brilliant and contained everything I loved about The Mortal Instruments in the first place! This one was an absolute rollercoaster of emotions and I'm sure any fans of the series will not be disappointed with the latest installment. I tried to read it as slowly as possible because I couldn't handle it being over for another while. Thankfully, there is over 500 pages so we do get a lot of action.

City of Lost Souls has a very different feel to the rest of the books and it's something that I wasn't sure I would like. Jace in particular really takes a back seat during the book and I was devastated about this at first! Jace has always been my absolute favourite character and in this book, he is ''possessed'' basically and well, a real jerk. I didn't like him at all when he was this ''other Jace'' and I missed his sarcasm and snarky remarks! Fear not though, because we do get some of the ''real Jace'' just not as much as in previous books. But honestly, I ended up not caring a whole lot in the end because everything else made up for it. Don't get me wrong, I still adore him but his absence wasn't as awful as I thought it would be.

With Jace gone for a lot of it, we get to know the other characters better. Characters I was never even that fond of before this one. Simon always annoyed me and I used to hate when the book would focus in on him but I loved him in this. I loved getting to know him and seeing a Simon who wasn't just pining after Clary the whole time. I was excited to see Simon and Isabella getting closer and was definitely rooting for them. And Alec and Magnus? Loved. We get a lot of exciting scenes with them together and I wanted even more! They were so fun to watch together but it's not all plain sailing either.

Cassandra Clare's writing continues to grab me and I find it a pleasure to read. I always find her books impossible to set down and this was no exception. The plot in City of Lost Souls is so intense and at times even terrifying. There is so much going on and it can be a bit overwhelming, too. By the end, I just didn't know what to think. I was so happy about some things and devastated about other things. This was another winner and I am so excited about the sixth book. It's just sort of sickening that it won't be out until 2014! I'm going to have to put the series out of my mind because other wise I'll go crazy during the wait.more
Apart from an egregious firearms error (shotguns fire shells, not bullets), more awesome and damn it I have to wait another year for the resolution? So not cool...more
Ahhh so freaking good! I love this series so much. Every single thing about it, is perfect. I honestly don’t know how I can write a review for a book that I enjoyed this much. What can I say about it other than I loved everything? There was nothing about it I didn’t like.If you haven’t read this series, you need to. Seriously, right now. Stop reading this and go pick up book one, City of Bones.more
As the series goes on I've realised that Mortal Instruments resembles more and more the pattern you see in shounen manga. A few protagonists the author thinks people should enjoy spending time with surrounded by a cast of people the reader actually cares about and wished got more time.Clary and Jace are some of the worst lead characters I can remember because Cassandra Clare thinks two people so in love they're ready to set the world on fire to be together is the pinnacle of romance. Jace makes a good point when he says he never realised how others felt when he put himself in danger until he saw Clary do it and yet they both continue to be arrogant, reckless teenagers and just seem to get more wrapped up in each other. Codependent relationships are not considered healthy but our author on this trip can't get enough of it.Meanwhile every other couple orbiting around the two star-crossed idiots are far more compelling to follow. Simon continues to be my favourite person in this and his relationship with Isabelle is touchy. They both continue to grow and test the waters to see how their relationship is going to work. Alec and Magnus are ripping it up as couple having troubles which is interesting as they're the only couple in the series who aren't trapped in the fairytale perfection the rest of the cast live in. They actually seem to be having problems which aren't just the contrived obstacles Clare keeps throwing in the path of Jace and Clary so they can finally have sex and have it be all the more amazing for having taken 6 books to happen despite being absolutely completely in love with each other the entire time. Alec and Magnus aren't a foregone conclusion which is just an exercise in tedious waiting for the resolution we all know fine well is coming along when the author can get over herself and actually finish the series.It's almost not worth talking about the plot with how utterly contrived it is. Cassandra Clare has never heard of foreshadowing as plot devices jump into existence when she requires them. Most of the fundamentals of the universe still haven't been explained despite having reached the penultimate book (I hope and pray it is anyway) and major institutions like the Iron Sisters just pop up out of nowhere because oh yeah we need some crafter or something to make this train-wreck of a plot keep going.All in all I continue to rate this series higher than it deserves because I love Simon and I've grown to like the other side characters. If Jace and Clary would just drop down a hole and disappear forever it would actually be a genuine 4 star series but until my wishes come true the Mortal Instruments continue to coast along on the power of how much I like Simon.more
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It got me hooked.After finishing the books all I could think about was the characters,the scenes kept playing in my mind.It was lovelymore
This books are so KOOL!!! don't take Jace because he is mine you could have Simon,Alexander, and Luke oh and Magnus. If you haven't read this book you are a fool because this books are so awesome and their like part of my life.more
I love this book???????????more
TMI ?❤?????more
I loooove this series, it's just so sad that it's ending. the movie though, what happened? even if you're not a fan of fantasy, you will still love this.more
i love every word of the books. Cassie Clare is freaking awesome.more
My favorite seriesmore
Melhor saga de todasmore
best series ever!more
So far it's really good best set I've read besides the Harry Potter series more
Love this series ????more
gxsteiuagsgsydjsgsidyd kyjzjshdhysgifys sjss syds sufs more
Este libro esta muy bien more
ntrrybio
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Get ready to be hooked best book ever and a great serious more
In book 5 of 6 in the Mortal Instruments series, we find Jace tied to Sebastian. Clary, Simon and the others are left trying to find a way to separate them without hurting Jace. I think the best part of this one is seeing how really, truly evil Sebastian is. Clare does creepy really well. While the other intertwining story lines may have left a little to be desired, I enjoyed this book more than book 4. I would recommend this only to readers who have followed the series because I'm not sure its good enough to be a stand alone novel. There were too many references to past plot points that aren't fleshed out in this book, but important to the flow. Interested to see how the whole thing wraps up.more
So.... this book was amazing. It was almost a five star book. Or, should I say it had a five star book within it? But why drag our attention from the story with superfluous characters and persistent side-plots? Who cares? It's like adding A1 sauce to a filet mignon, unnecessary and distracting. There were too many side plots, Maia and Jordan, Luke and Jocelyn, Isabelle and Simon, Simon and his fam, Magnus and Alec... And so on.... But, it was great all the same. I started it twice before I read it through, but when the novel finnally gets into the meat of the plot (it takes a while), the book was hard to put down.more
How in the world does she do it?

Continuing to amaze with her Shadowhunter world, author Cassandra Clare’s City of Lost Souls picks up where City of Fallen Angels left off. Jace and Sebastian have disappeared and no magic has been able to discover their whereabouts. When Clary, Simon, Isabelle, Alec and Magnus decide to continue the hunt for Jace on their own, none of them could predict that they would find Jace working alongside Sebastian in furtherance of his schemes. Determined to discover what has turned Jace onto the path of evil, Clary risks everything to join them and learns Jace and Sebastian are inextricably bound – what one wants, so does the other…what injures one, injures the other. Destroying Sebastian will destroy everything Clary holds most dear.

Relationships are front-and-center in this story, and it seems inevitable that Jace and Clary have once again hit an impasse. The thing is (and I may be drawn and quartered for this), I find myself not really caring how their relationship turns out. The reason is simple – their love is each character’s defining characteristic and any ending that doesn’t have them together is unthinkable. Jace and Clary will overcome all obstacles and be together at last; I have no doubts about this outcome. And so, I find myself drawn to the other relationships being played out – romantic or otherwise.

Isabelle and Simon, Jordan and Maia, Alec and Magnus – even Clary and Sebastian – the ties that bind these couples are on prominent display in City of Lost Souls. The sibling relationship between Clary and Sebastian is the most disturbing, with a serious “ick” factor by the finale. Evil is completely unable to have a healthy relationship, so Sebastian’s obsession with Clary is anything but. Insecurities run rampant in the romantic entanglements of the other couples. Jordan and Maia have some serious history to work through – after all, he is the one who turned her werewolf in a brutal attack. Isabelle and Simon are both unsure of each other; he believes he is nothing but a monster who has no way of winning the girl he loves, while she has trust issues stemming from her father’s infidelity. Alec and Magnus are the ones that concern me the most, however. Magnus has been around long enough to know what love is and to feel secure with his feelings, but Alec is in his first serious relationship – insecurity abounds. And that insecurity is about to create boulders in the rocky road of their relationship.

I love the daring places that Clare has taken her characters, and nothing exemplifies this more for me than Alec. Coming out in the first half of the series and falling in love with Magnus has made Alec one of my favorite characters. It took such strength to enter a relationship with another man against all Shadowhunter beliefs and to see him floundering with his fears of growing old and leaving his partner behind has made him all the more relatable. There is a brief scene in City of Lost Souls where Alec lays out all the slights he has encountered since coming out that resonates strongly. I can’t help but think of some of my friends who have had similar experiences. Bits of reality like this are what have made me connect so deeply with The Mortal Instruments.

Obviously it is not all love and romance in this book – Sebastian’s evil plotting threatens to tear the world asunder and he must be stopped at all costs. From raising demons and summoning angels, Jace’s friends will try everything they can to find a way to sever the ties between him and Sebastian so that he is not sacrificed when Sebastian is taken down. The Mark of Cain that Clary inscribed on Simon turns out to be pivotal, and I found it fascinating the way both Heaven and Hell responded to it. The instrument that is ultimately discovered, however, is about to change Jace in a way no one could foresee.

Cassandra Clare has managed once again to plunge us into the Shadowhunter world and give us answers, but then leave us with even more questions. A new war between Heaven and Hell is on the horizon with Clary, Jace and company once again standing in between. When Sebastian’s plans are revealed, the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Relationships are strengthened or torn apart, lives are lost, and no one is prepared for what is to come…

This thrilling installment in The Mortal Instruments series will leave fans screaming for more and with the final book, City of Heavenly Fire, not due until September 2013 the wait for a satisfying conclusion is going to be very long indeed.more
LOVED IT. it was much better than the last one (though it wasn't bad at all, it just seemed rushed and quickly put together) Simon and Iz were beyond cute, Magnus and Alex broke my poor little heart and also wtf is up with suddenly introducing a bunch of Mangus stuff in the second to last book?! I have a feeling it play a part in the destruction of Sebastian.

And what an evil, sick, twisted, little fuck Sebastian is, omg.

and Jace, my Jace. he's full of Heavenly fire and i love him and i want one of my own.more
My love for this series has been rekindled! While I did enjoy City of Fallen Angels, I still thought it was taking it too far and had hoped the series would end at book three. This, however, was brilliant and contained everything I loved about The Mortal Instruments in the first place! This one was an absolute rollercoaster of emotions and I'm sure any fans of the series will not be disappointed with the latest installment. I tried to read it as slowly as possible because I couldn't handle it being over for another while. Thankfully, there is over 500 pages so we do get a lot of action.

City of Lost Souls has a very different feel to the rest of the books and it's something that I wasn't sure I would like. Jace in particular really takes a back seat during the book and I was devastated about this at first! Jace has always been my absolute favourite character and in this book, he is ''possessed'' basically and well, a real jerk. I didn't like him at all when he was this ''other Jace'' and I missed his sarcasm and snarky remarks! Fear not though, because we do get some of the ''real Jace'' just not as much as in previous books. But honestly, I ended up not caring a whole lot in the end because everything else made up for it. Don't get me wrong, I still adore him but his absence wasn't as awful as I thought it would be.

With Jace gone for a lot of it, we get to know the other characters better. Characters I was never even that fond of before this one. Simon always annoyed me and I used to hate when the book would focus in on him but I loved him in this. I loved getting to know him and seeing a Simon who wasn't just pining after Clary the whole time. I was excited to see Simon and Isabella getting closer and was definitely rooting for them. And Alec and Magnus? Loved. We get a lot of exciting scenes with them together and I wanted even more! They were so fun to watch together but it's not all plain sailing either.

Cassandra Clare's writing continues to grab me and I find it a pleasure to read. I always find her books impossible to set down and this was no exception. The plot in City of Lost Souls is so intense and at times even terrifying. There is so much going on and it can be a bit overwhelming, too. By the end, I just didn't know what to think. I was so happy about some things and devastated about other things. This was another winner and I am so excited about the sixth book. It's just sort of sickening that it won't be out until 2014! I'm going to have to put the series out of my mind because other wise I'll go crazy during the wait.more
Apart from an egregious firearms error (shotguns fire shells, not bullets), more awesome and damn it I have to wait another year for the resolution? So not cool...more
Ahhh so freaking good! I love this series so much. Every single thing about it, is perfect. I honestly don’t know how I can write a review for a book that I enjoyed this much. What can I say about it other than I loved everything? There was nothing about it I didn’t like.If you haven’t read this series, you need to. Seriously, right now. Stop reading this and go pick up book one, City of Bones.more
As the series goes on I've realised that Mortal Instruments resembles more and more the pattern you see in shounen manga. A few protagonists the author thinks people should enjoy spending time with surrounded by a cast of people the reader actually cares about and wished got more time.Clary and Jace are some of the worst lead characters I can remember because Cassandra Clare thinks two people so in love they're ready to set the world on fire to be together is the pinnacle of romance. Jace makes a good point when he says he never realised how others felt when he put himself in danger until he saw Clary do it and yet they both continue to be arrogant, reckless teenagers and just seem to get more wrapped up in each other. Codependent relationships are not considered healthy but our author on this trip can't get enough of it.Meanwhile every other couple orbiting around the two star-crossed idiots are far more compelling to follow. Simon continues to be my favourite person in this and his relationship with Isabelle is touchy. They both continue to grow and test the waters to see how their relationship is going to work. Alec and Magnus are ripping it up as couple having troubles which is interesting as they're the only couple in the series who aren't trapped in the fairytale perfection the rest of the cast live in. They actually seem to be having problems which aren't just the contrived obstacles Clare keeps throwing in the path of Jace and Clary so they can finally have sex and have it be all the more amazing for having taken 6 books to happen despite being absolutely completely in love with each other the entire time. Alec and Magnus aren't a foregone conclusion which is just an exercise in tedious waiting for the resolution we all know fine well is coming along when the author can get over herself and actually finish the series.It's almost not worth talking about the plot with how utterly contrived it is. Cassandra Clare has never heard of foreshadowing as plot devices jump into existence when she requires them. Most of the fundamentals of the universe still haven't been explained despite having reached the penultimate book (I hope and pray it is anyway) and major institutions like the Iron Sisters just pop up out of nowhere because oh yeah we need some crafter or something to make this train-wreck of a plot keep going.All in all I continue to rate this series higher than it deserves because I love Simon and I've grown to like the other side characters. If Jace and Clary would just drop down a hole and disappear forever it would actually be a genuine 4 star series but until my wishes come true the Mortal Instruments continue to coast along on the power of how much I like Simon.more
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