Chain of Gold is the first novel in a new trilogy that stars the Shadowhunters of Edwardian London.
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.
James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love.
Yeah, wow, I loved reading this book! I was planning on rereading the Infernal Devices series before reading this, but I ran out of time. Oh, well, it was sill so great to be in this world again, with the kids of the previous generation! It was so great!
We were in a few heads in this book. Cordelia and James, obviously, but also Lucy, and some of the gang. And there were several things going on at once, though some were different parts for the same quest. But it made for a lot of mini cliffhangers, jumping from perspective to perspective, right at the critical moment!
The main plot of this book is a unknown number of demons, who are poisoning Shadowhunters, and the efforts to defeat said demon(s). I loved how these characters took charge, just like their parents did before them, because Will comments, that he's now part of the Clave and still can't get it to do anything. And another person said that the young don't know to fear loss, and go straight in. And while I love spending time with TID cast, their kids deserve their time in the limelight!
On the family tree that came out with Clockwork Princess, and is on Cassandra Clare's website, has Cordelia and James together, Grace and Christopher, and Lucy and Jesse. While we know that parts of it were made up, I wonder how much of it's going to be true by the end of this series? Also, we don't have the Fairchild family tree, so I don't know if Matthew finds happiness, if he's Clary's direct ancestor, since there is Charles as well. But I don't want her descended from him, he's not kind in this book!
I can kinda see where this story is going. I know books have conflict to entertain, and this conflict that's coming, that we danced a little bit in this book, James' mask, that's going to hurt in the future. And hopefully it'll be more of a lancing a boil, letting out the bad, kind of pain, not one that kills!
Loved this book so much, it was fantastic, and the wait for the sequels is going to be evil!
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Last Hours #1, Shadowhunter Chronicles
Read: March 10th, 2020
Reason Why: Love her writing and this world! And it's a Historical Fiction 2020 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published: March 3rd 2020