tobenornottobethatisthequestion asked you:
As there have been no reviews of City of Lost Souls, how bad is City of Lost Souls on a scale of one to ten, do you think? :) “
By which I mean how painful is it?”
“More than Clockwork Prince? Less?”
You know, I don’t think it does the thing Clockwork Prince was designed to do, which is take a knife, shove it in, and twist it around. You can’t do that with every book! City of Fallen Angels introduced the troubles of the new series after the tranquility of the end of City of Glass. It broke people’s hearts because it took happily ever after and said it wasn’t so happy. But it also set up a big adventure — TMI are much more about the epic sweep of adventure (it is actually a possibility that the whole world will be destroyed) where TiD are much more about personal stakes (since we know the world is still here now, it probably wasn’t destroyed in 1878. So what we worry about there is the destruction of the characters and what price they will pay for the world’s safety and each other’s.) So while there are personal stakes and relationships and pain and happiness in CoLS they do exist in balance with a big adventure story.
“Just so I know how to equip myself appropriately: tissues/punchbag/chocolate/anger management classes…”
Holly comes in here to advise. I am not the best judge of my own work obviously — I don’t think writers often are — so she says: “I really think CoLS is pure, decadent fun. I have said before when I thought a book brought the pain in a big way (Clockwork Prince, anyone?) but I honestly think you guys won’t need many tissues at all. I mean, maybe a few…it’s still Cassie, but not too many!”
Sebastian looked at Jocelyn, his black eyes quiet and narrow. “If you were really a real mother,” he said, “a good mother, you would have known I was alive. There was a man once who said that mothers carry the key of our souls with them all our lives. But you threw mine away.”
Miss Clare, is there a Woolsey playlist? Or a Woolsey song? Is that something that exists in the dark and ostensibly confetti-covered abyss that is your mind?” —
“Werewolves of London”? :)
I’m happy people seem to like Woosley. He has unexpected and (I hope) awesome things to do in Clockwork Princess, so we will learn more about him.