Parents' Guide to

City of Lost Souls: The Mortal Instruments, Book 5

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Bloody bestselling fantasy series gets steamier.

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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 12+

Good for Older Teens

By far the most mature in this series. The sex, drinking, drug use, and violence are all elevated. While entertaining for older teens, this may not be appropriate for your tweens or early teens.
age 13+


This book is less focused on the dark side and more of the relationships in the story. Mild language. Overall awesome!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (21 ):

There's something about Mortal Instruments 5 -- aka CITY OF LOST SOULS -- that's a little lost, waiting to build up to another finale in the next book.

After the death of a major villain (Clary's dad, Valentine) and an all-demons/Nephilim/werewolves/vampires-on-deck war of the ages in Mortal Instruments 3, Mortal Instruments 4 had a lot to live up to. The storyline got a little cultish and weird, but it was still quite exciting. And the ending was rather jaw-dropping.

In Book 5, Clary being forced to live with her super scary part-demon brother should be super scary, but for most of the time it's a pleasant tour through Europe (OK, with the occasional demon fighting, but still). And then there's the steamy filler. Yeah, it's great to see Maia and Jordan get together, and Isabelle think more seriously about Simon, but they're just tangents. That said, the main story does end in Cassandra Clare's usual spectacular fashion. She knows how to do a big finish while dropping all kinds of hints about the wild dangers to come in the next installment. You just need to wade through most of Europe and plenty of rumpled bed sheets to get there.

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