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Book review: Cassandra Clare’s “City of Lost Souls”

I have to admit that I like the trailer.

However tumultuous her time in the Harry Potter fandom may have been — allegations of plagiarism that people can still read about online — there is no denying the fact that Cassandra Clare has done pretty well for herself since then.

Not only have all four books in her “The Mortal Instruments” series skyrocketed up the New York Times Bestseller list, filming of its movie adaptation is also udnerway, with Jamie Campbell Bower and Lily Collins starring as Jace Wayland and Clary Fray respectively.

Even the lackluster reception from both fans and critics to “Clockwork Angel” and “Clockwork Prince”, the two books in her “The Infernal Devices” series, has not prevented both books from lording it over atop the bestseller lists.

This year, Clare adds another volume to “The Mortal Instruments” series with “City of Lost Souls”, the fifth installment in the ongoing adventures of Jace Wayland and Clary Fray. Will Clare’s winning streak continue with this new novel? Or will her literary luck finally fizzle out?

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Book review: Cassandra Clare’s “Clockwork Prince”

Cassandra Clare has certainly made a name for herself ever since gaining popularity – and a certain level of infamy – as a writer of Harry Potter fanfiction.

Not only did she start a bestselling series with her “The Mortal Instruments” books, Sony Studios has just recently cast Jamie Campbell Bower of “Sweeney Todd” and Lily Collins of “The Blind Side” as Jace Wayland and Clary Fray, respectively, in the upcoming movie adaptation of her work.

But it hasn’t all been smooth sailing. Aside from the plagiarism debacle that hounded her during her days of writing fanfiction, her latest series hasn’t been met with as much fanfare as “The Mortal Instruments”. “Clockwork Angel”, the first in her new “The Infernal Devices” series, has received lukewarm reviews at best from fans and critics alike.

In “Clockwork Prince”, the second book in her “The Infernal Devices” series, Clare returns to the adventures of Tessa Gray, William “Will” Herondale, and James “Jem” Carstairs in Victorian era England. Will this new book signal a return to form? Or will it just be further proof of her slow decline?

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