Cordelia Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, a warrior trained since childhood to battle demons. When her father is accused of a terrible crime, she and her brother travel to London in hopes of preventing the family’s ruin. Cordelia’s mother wants to marry her off, but Cordelia is determined to be a hero rather than a bride. Soon Cordelia encounters childhood friends James and Lucie Herondale and is drawn into their world of glittering ballrooms, secret assignations, and supernatural salons, where vampires and warlocks mingle with mermaids and magicians. All the while, she must hide her secret love for James, who is sworn to marry someone else.
But Cordelia’s new life is blown apart when a shocking series of demon attacks devastate London. These monsters are nothing like those Shadowhunters have fought before—these demons walk in daylight, strike down the unwary with incurable poison, and seem impossible to kill. London is immediately quarantined. Trapped in the city, Cordelia and her friends discover that their own connection to a dark legacy has gifted them with incredible powers—and forced a brutal choice that will reveal the true cruel price of being a hero (Goodreads, 2020).
The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare is a favorite of mine so I was excited to learn that she was continuing the story with The Last Hours. So far “Chain of Gold”, the first book in the series, has lived up to my expectations.
As a reader it’s always fun to read about characters who are also book lovers. In “Chain of Gold” James Herondale comes from a family of avid readers and is one himself. His love interest, Cordelia also loves books and that shared interest is what sparks their initial attraction. For me that just sounds so romantic and sweet being a bookworm myself.
Cassandra Clare’s books are always full of romance and adventure as well as broken characters that are in need of saving and “Chain of Gold” is no exception. Aside from rooting for Cordelia and James, I’m also looking forward to seeing if Thomas and Alistair will get their happily ever after. Though the Clave, the Shadowhunter ruling body, has always been more relaxed than the human society they protect they have always seemed to be plagued by homophobia. I’m curious to see how Thomas and Alistair will tackle these prejudices as well as the shocking revelation at the end of the book.
Then there is Matthew, James’ best friend and parabatai, who is plagued by his own demons. Just like Magnus Bane, who is a staple of Cassandra’s books and one of my favorite characters, I am a sucker for characters in need of saving. I pity Matthew for his pain and his unrequited love. I hope he is able to find some peace and happiness at the end of the series.
Finally, I was happy to see those who survived in the Infernal Devices living out their happily ever afters. For me re-visiting favorite characters is in some ways like catching up with old friends and it’s so rare that we get to do that.
This was a 5 out of 5 for me and one of my favorites of this year. If you are a fan of Cassandra Clare or enjoy historical fantasy then definitely check this one out.
Quotes that I Enjoyed:
People are only invincible in books,” said Cordelia.
“I think you will find most of the time, not even then, ” said Tessa. “But at least we can always pick up a book and read it anew. Stories offer a thousand fresh starts.”
Cordelia had thought a tattoo would be rather more like their Marks, but it reminded her of something else instead. It was ink, the way books and poems were made of ink, telling a permanent story.”
That’s everyone’s dream, isn’t it, really? Instead of many who give you little pieces of themselves-one who gives you everything.”