Friday, April 26, 2019

My Thoughts: The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

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The Red Scrolls of Magic
(The Eldest Curses #1)
by Cassandra Clare
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& Wesley Chu
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Publication Date: April 9th 2019
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 350
ISBN: 9781481495080
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Review Copy from Publisher / Own

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From #1 New York Times bestseller Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu comes the first book in a new trilogy featuring the centuries-old High Warlock Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood after they survive the Mortal War.

Magnus Bane, a centuries old High Warlock, has taken possession of one of the great relics of the supernatural world, a powerful spell book of dark magic known as The Book of the White and there are many who want to claim it for themselves.

After the Mortal War where the part-human and part-angel Shadowhunters teamed with the part human-demon Downworlders to fight against the incursion of an army of demons, Magnus and his new lover, the mortal Alec Lightwood celebrate their survival and victory by escaping the supernatural battlefield of New York City by touring the world, but the world won’t leave them alone.

The first adult novel set within #1 New York Times bestselling author Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter series, The Lost Book of the White, written with award-winning science fiction author Wesley Chu, is a fantasy thriller that will give new readers a great way to enter the Shadowhunters world and give the millions of readers across the globe answers they’ve been looking for in this start of The Eldest Curses trilogy. (Goodreads)


I am a sucker for Cassandra Clare’s books, and I’m always excited when she has something new releasing. I absolutely couldn’t wait to get started on The Red Scrolls of Magic, which is the first book in the brand new Eldest Curses series, which she co-wrote with Wesley Chu. I am so thrilled to have read this book. It did not disappoint!

The Red Scrolls of Magic may be the beginning of a new series, but it’s set in the same world as Cassie’s other Shadowhunter books. This book actually takes place not long after the end of The Mortal Instruments series, and the story is all about Magnus and Alec. (Malec!) I love that the storyline for this book felt completely new, yet so familiar as well. I really enjoyed it, and I’m super curious to see where this story is going to go. I also really loved the setting for the book! I’ve read quite a few books lately that are set in Paris and other parts of Europe, and it’s so interesting to read about! Those are definitely places that I want to visit as well.

As I mentioned before, this book is all about Magnus and Alec. I have been SO curious about Magnus since I first met him in The Mortal Instruments series, and I am thrilled we are FINALLY getting to know more of his story. And oh what a story he has! We get to learn so much of Magnus’s past in this book, yet it still left me wanting to know more and more about him. I really enjoyed Alec in this story as well, and I loved watching the relationship grow between he and Magnus as the story went along. There are also a lot of new, and a few familiar, secondary characters in this story to get to know as well!

I also want to add that I switched between the print version of this book and the audiobook, which is narrated by the talented DB Wong, who did an excellent job with the voices and story. I very much enjoyed listening along as I read this book!

Overall; The Eldest Curses series is off to a great start with The Red Scrolls of Magic! I really enjoyed both the newness and familiarity of this story, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book to read more. I love Magnus and Alec, and I need more of their story asap! I will most definitely be keeping my eye out for The Lost Book of White and The Black Volume of the Dead!
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