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?
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"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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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!
"Eloise Oxer has ruined this for me."
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.
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.
I may keep trying as I want to hear the book, but I certainly will avoid the narrator in future books.
Other ratings are based on previous books, and expectations for this book.
"the best book in the series so far!!"
very unexpected twist at the end. fantastic!! I can't wait to devour city of heavenly fire!!!
This series just gets better and better! can't wait to download the next one! it isn't predictable
"Fantastic book can't wait to listen to the final"
I can't wait to listen to the final chapter absuluity fantastic best storyline jase hero
I was a bit worried at first as Eloise Oxer's narration was extremely stiff during the opening lines, but she soon seemed to fall into a comfortable narration and I was able to focus on the story rather than the narration (Grant Cartwright was fine from the start).
Eloise Oxer is totally the wrong person do the narrating, she has not got the voice for the job. I takes a lot of will power to continue listening , for this reason alone I wouldnt recommend this audio version of the book.
All Mortal Instruments books are adventurous and exciting, you just lose yourself in the plot.
Not the best in the series, though enjoyable enough.
When reading a book in a series, ideally the readers should be the same throughout, but sadly they chop and change for this one. Pronunciation of names at least should be consistent, though, and they're not. Eloise Oxer pronounced Maryse so differently to all previous readers that it was confusing as to who she meant, and even uses different pronunciations for Amatis within the same scene. Not what I'd expect from a professional, and spoils the book.
The storyline itself has become a bit convoluted at this point, and frankly the over emphasis on Jace and Clary's special snowflake romance is getting repetitive - how many more reasons can there be to split them up? Clare's fanfic roots are showing.
Overall, though, it's worth a listen - the secondary characters are the best part, with Simon's storyline easily the most interesting. Fingers crossed that the next book breaks out of the formula a little.
That Woman's voice meant I could not listen to this the whole way through....
"I loved this amazing installment to the story"
Loved this installment loved that Izzy finally admitted liking simon could put it down I was drown to the intense of the story can't wait to see wahh happens next
"Great Book if played at speed 1.25x"
The story kept a great pace and I loved digging deeper into each character, Simon & Magnus especially!
Nope not on your nelly! I don't know if it was a recording issue that distorted Eloise Oxter so badly or if the poor woman actually read the book like that but each word is painfully stretched out when played at normal speed. However crank it up a notch to 1.25x and she sounds perfectly normal - Grant Cartwright doesn't suffer from the speed up too badly either.
The story left me wanting more, the narraters not so much.
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