Publication Date: April 9th 2019
Series: The Eldest Curses #1
All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.
Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. As if it wasn’t bad enough that their romantic getaway has been sidetracked, demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping.
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.76
The Red Scrolls of Magic, also known as: Magnus and Alec being cockblocked for 350 pages.
I picked this up randomly during The Reading Rush and I absolutely loved this book!
In this book we follow Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood on a romantic European holiday during the timeline of The Mortal Instruments series. Only their plans are disrupted by a cult called The Crimson Hand which Magnus, allegedly, founded.
A whole book dedicated to Alec Lightwood! It was pretty obvious that I was going to love this book from the get go because I love him. He’s an awkward disaster and it’s crazy to see how far he’s come from this part of the timeline to later on. If there’s hope for him, there’s hope for us all.
Keeping on track with characters I love, the one and only Raphael Santiago has a cameo in this book. He’s probably my favourite side character from the entire Shadowhunter world and so any time he shows up I freak out.
This book reads a lot like a rom-com movie in terms of going. I know Shadowhunters was cancelled but I would no complain if, as a last Hurrah!, they get Matthew Daddario and Harry Shum Jr to do a movie revolving around this book. In fact I’d watch the shit out of that.
I loved the atmosphere of each city they went to, the descriptions of the places were so pretty and I was very jealous, especially when food was mentioned.
A random thing I loved was the mentions of the Jace and Simon friendship and a few people they were together. Clearly Cassandra Clare has been reading the fanfics.
Overall I had a great time reading this. It was a perfect light hearted read centring around two amazing characters. The final paragraph of the Epilogue made me gasp so loud that I woke up my cat and he sent me a very mucky look.
I highly recommend reading this after finishing Queen of Air and Darkness. This while help heal the hole the Dark Artifices leaves behind, trust me.