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In the world of book trailers, the clip below has Avatar-level production values. But it’s worth the big budget to please the legion of rabid fans who wait in eager anticipation for the fifth installment in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, coming your way May 8. The film version of the first book in the series, City of Bones, will star Lily Collins as Clary and Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace.

City of Lost Souls finds Jace freed from the demon Lilith’s captivity but horribly changed by her dark magic. Jace is now bound to the evil Sebastian, and the Clave must band together to break the impenetrable bond between them. Clary still believes that Jace, the boy she loves, can be saved — but she and her Shadowhunter allies in for a fight that will challenge both heaven and hell, and Clary must venture into the heart of darkness herself to save him. The new trailer focuses on Sebastian, and wow, we have every reason to fear his wrath.

What do you think? Is that how you picture Sebastian? What about the brief glimpse at Jace? (The actor who plays Jace in the trailer, and also appears on the book cover above, will appear at Cassie Clare’s book launch party in Naperville, IL on May 8).

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