Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Chain of Gold (The Last Hours, #1)

by Cassandra Clare

From internationally bestselling author Cassandra Clare comes the first novel in a brand new Shadowhunters trilogy. Evil is hiding in plain sight and the only thing more dangerous than fighting demons is falling in love.

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 Edwardian 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 force a brutal choice that will reveal the true cruel price of being a hero.

Reviewed by Kelly on

5 of 5 stars

Tally ho pip pip. Warning, Chain of Gold may cause readers to speak in terrible British accents and use words like poppycock.

Venturing back into the world of the Shadowhunters was glorious, Chain of Gold continues the narrative of the Herondale family through their children, James and Lucy in Edwardian London. Lackadaisical Shadowhunters enjoying picnics in the parklands and lavish parties, contradictory to the commonly bustling streets of London. But trouble is brewing, chocks away old chap!

Regardless of my terrible British grammar, Chain of Gold is incredible, diverse and lavishly written. Compared to previous Shadowhunter releases, the Chain of Gold characters are beautifully written and dimensional, unreliant upon arrogance and their heroic capabilities. Unrequited love, enchantment and tumultuous love affairs, adventure was certainly afoot. One of the loveliest aspects of Cassandra Clare's novels is the chosen family aspect. Characters from various families, various generations, all caring for one another under the most austere of circumstances.

It's bloody brilliant!

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