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Publisher's Summary

Jace is now a servant of evil, bound for all eternity to Sebastian. Only a small band of Shadowhunters believe he can be saved. To do this they must defy the Clave. And they must act without Clary. For Clary is playing a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing is not just her own life but Jace's soul. Clary is willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

©2012 Cassandra Clare LLC (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"The Mortal Instruments series features a rare marriage of extremely intricate, fast-paced plotting with ample digressions into the emotional lives of characters we’ve come to care about deeply.... With a movie in the works, this is an excellent time for new readers to jump on board one of the most enjoyable series in YA. Smart, fun, and epic, these books are addictive for all the right reasons." ( Locus)
"The new queen of fantasy." ( The Wall Street Journal)

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  • Dilja
  • 21-12-16

Amazing story but revolting narration

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The story is so amazing but it has been horrendously ruined by disgusting narration. They overact everything. The woman has a boring voice to listen to but additionally you can hear the static noise in the background. Also the man... seriously? it is revolting to listen to someone swallow their saliva... I almost couldn't finish listening to the story and I grit my teeth while trying to hold back the bile.

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  • Paolo
  • 26-03-18

Enjoyable romance with violence

This continues the story of Jace, Clary, Simon and Sebastian. Can't wait for what should be the series final.

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  • Megan
  • 19-04-15

Seriously good

I do not know how Cassandra manages to maintain the suspense through 5 books but she does it and more. She continues to build her characters who evolve and grow in complexity, inhabiting a world that is alive and vibrant and a little weird. Onward to book 6!

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  • Holly
  • 04-09-14

Eloise Oxer has ruined this for me.

What did you like best about City of Lost Souls: Mortal Instruments, Book 5? What did you like least?

Unfortunately I couldn't get more than twenty minutes in. Nothing to do with the writing, I wouldn't have got this far into the series if I didn't enjoy it, but the narrator is so painful to listen to, I'm going to have to wait until a better reading is found.

What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Lost Souls: Mortal Instruments, Book 5?

See above.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Grant was fine, though I preferred the gentleman from the previous book. Eloise on the other hand... Slow speaking, painfully slow. Dreary, stressing words seems more important than the story. The voice was so monotonous, I couldn't follow the story. She seems to breath words to attempt to make it more mysterious where it is just plain irritating. The last word in every sentence is breathed long, frankly weird.

Was City of Lost Souls: Mortal Instruments, Book 5 worth the listening time?

I may keep trying as I want to hear the book, but I certainly will avoid the narrator in future books.

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Other ratings are based on previous books, and expectations for this book.

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  • Lucy Troup
  • 28-01-19

struggled with performance

love Cassandra Clare but really struggled with Eloise Oxer. Found her so grating that I nearly stopped listening ☹️

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  • Leahncraig
  • 04-12-20

Eloise oxer ruined this book

Narration was so bad I ended up downloading the Simon and Schuster version that has a different narrator for this and city of heavenly fire I just couldn't listen to eloise over her voice just goes through me I would suggest finding somewhere you can download the simon and Schuster version don't waste your money on this. The story of course is fantastic I love all of Cassandra Clare's shadowhunter novels

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  • audz
  • 01-11-20

Narrators were awful

I really enjoyed the story but only stuck with it cos of that. The Narrators were really painful to listen to Eloise is bland and boring, Grant was marginally better to listen to.

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  • Justin
  • 04-12-16

Good but tedious in parts

The whole series is amazing and the story has moved on however some of the clary and jace scenes are very tedious and quite boring in parts

Am looking forward to the next part :)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-21

Narrators are bad.

The last ones were much better. This woman has a weird whispering way of speaking, not enough emotion in her performance.

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  • megan
  • 22-01-21

love it!

love, love, love this book series.
Not a fan of how the narrator's are reading this book though.

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  • Redsauce
  • 08-12-20

Love the story

GreAt story, love the book however i didn’t much like the narrators, their pronunciation of names and words were off, and they just didn’t capture me in the same as the narrator from the first books did

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  • Darren Clark
  • 06-10-20

Inconsistent narration

The female narrator is SIGNIFICANTLY better than the woman who read the last book. Her voice acting is entertaining and suits the characters.

The male voice is also good but you can occasion hear him swallowing and clearing his throat (yuck and yuck).

The main thing that is irritating me is that they’re pronouncing frequently used words differently to the previous narrators. Examples: Stele, ichor, and most annoyingly they’re pronouncing Maryse as ‘Maurice’ as opposed to ‘Mayriss’ from previous books. Took me a while to twig who they were talking about!

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  • antony d tarquini
  • 10-05-20

Love the story hate the narrating

Ok so, I love this series and I love this story and I love the way grant reads but Eloise makes it sound like a try-hard horror story even lines like “there was no clock” she makes the sentences drag on and she practically hisses it also with her all the character’s sound the same and it rlly drags on otherwise I defo recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-19

ok series bad performance

terrible narration from the female voice really didn't enjoy it and the pronounceation change of names really got to me

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  • Calvin
  • 14-01-18

Love this series

Loved all the books so far. Hope the last one is a great finale! Some areas of the story dragged on a little, but that's normal in books!
Not a fan of Eloises narrating, she's got a lovely voice but was a bit slow and drab.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-04-21

Poor narration

Female narration was not great for this book as her tempo was too slow and she had difficulty with different voices for the characters. The male’s narration was better

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  • Laura
  • 30-01-20

AMAZING BOOK... Awful narrator

This Actual book is amazing! like the rest. But don’t bother buying it in here. The female narrator is terrible. I was only able to listen to 30 minutes of it before I had to go and buy the physical book to be able to read it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-01-20

Love the story, hate the narration

Out of all of the books in the series so far, this has got to be the worst narration. The female narrator is too slow and irritating, pronunciation is off putting.
The male is better, but I definitely think the narrator in the 4th book was easier to listen to, and changed voices to capture the accents of different characters, this one doesnt seem to. It's a shame they couldnt have had the same narrators and kept consistency over the series. I wish I hadn't paid for the audio narration; as I wont be using it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-10-18

Love these books the Female Narration 👎🏽

Love these stories can’t wait for my credits to get another one BUT the female Narration in this one is truly TERRIBLE it makes it extremely hard to listen to even for a fan who’s read the books years ago watched the series n now listening to the audio books. SMH 🤦🏽‍♀️ it’s that bad I’d be stoked if the re recorded it 🙏🏽

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  • Kerry
  • 17-04-18

Another great story

Love the Casandra Clare books. The only thing about this book is the narration. I found the narration by Eloise Oxer incredibly painful to listen to.. otherwise a good book..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-01-18

frustrating

I love the story but the pronunciation was really frustrating and inconsistant with previous books

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  • Olivia
  • 13-05-17

Couldn't put it down.

Wow. Just wow. I read this book in one sitting. The way it was written was to die for. And the brilliance of two voices just makes the book that much better. Cannot wait for the finale