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Book Review: Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

*I feel like this goes without saying but Spoilers for The Infernal Devices*untitled

Series: The Last Hours #1

Publication Date: March 3rd 2020

Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world.

James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague.Read More.


My Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

592 pages. 2 days. 1 very tired reader.

I genuinely didn’t know anything about this book when I started reading besides the fact that it followed the kids of my Infernal Devices faves which just goes to show how whipped I am. It took me 150 pages to finally stop and ask “wait … what’s this about again?”.

I was nervous going into it. Would I like it as much as I liked the other series? Would it live up to the hype? Etcetera, etcetera … but oh my god I loved this!

Chain of Gold has a totally different vibe to the other series in my opinion. While The Infernal Devices is steampunk, The Mortal Instruments very 2010 genre defining YA and The Dark Artifices a more modern YA, this series is eerie and has more horror like themes which paired with the Edwardian England setting makes for a dark adventurous read.

This book was enjoyable the same way The Dark Artifices was enjoyable in that these characters have been raised in the Shadowhunter world instead of discovering everything for the first time. After reading God knows how many books in this series I enjoyed not being walked through the basics of the world for the millionth time.

I also enjoyed the familiarity between the characters. Much like in TDA they’re related and have grown up together. I actually made a mini family tree to have next to me in the beginning because there was a lot of characters related to other characters and my pea brain was struggling.

As always with the Shadowhunter series the characters were my absolute favourite aspect of the novel. Barely even a few chapters in and I was ready to die for them all. They all have so much personality.

The Merry Thieves (aka James Herondale, Matthew Fairchild, Thomas & Christopher Lightwood)? I love each and every one of them. Matthew, sweetie, you need therapy but I appreciate you’re love of Magnus Bane.

Anna Lightwood? An icon. We all deserve a cousin like Anna. Lucie Herondale? She can do no wrong. Alistair Carstairs? Honestly he deserves better and I’m looking forward to where his story goes. Cordelia Carstairs? She could stab me with Cortana and I would say thankyou.

And finally Jem Carstairs. The love of my life. Did I cry at every “Uncle Jem”? You bet your ass I did.

I have to admit that I could not wrap my head around the fact that William Herondale is a middle aged father with responsibilities. Maybe it was harder for me to grasp and accept because I started reading this straight after finishing Clockwork Princess but still, my brain would just not compute.

The representation in this rep was 👌 with characters of various backgrounds, nationalities, skin colours and sexual orientation. There was one character who I thought was radiating chaotic bisexual energy and them boom a couple of chapters later it was revealed they were, infact, bisexual and I loved that!

Chain of Gold is officially the gayest of the Shadowhunter books and cemented the Lightwoods as the gayest of the Shadowhunter families. Why was everyone so surprised and scandalised when Alec came out? Have you seen his ancestors!

I don’t really know what more to say about this book now that I’ve gushed about the characters. I did find the quarantine plotline hilarious and ironic. I also have so many theories and have no idea where this is going so that should be fun and most likely heart-breaking.

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