Monday, May 4, 2020

My Thoughts: Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
Chain of Gold
(The Last Hours #1)
by Cassandra Clare
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Publication Date: March 3rd 2020
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 624
ISBN: 9781481431873
Genre: YA | Fantasy
Source: Own

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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. (Goodreads)

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare is the very first book in the brand new The Last Hours trilogy, and was one of my most anticipated reads for 2020! I’m pretty thrilled that the book is finally out and has been read. It was everything that I didn’t know I wanted, and so much more!

It’s a well-known fact by most of my social media followers that I am a HUGE fan of The Infernal Devices series by Clare. I love everything about the series, from the characters to the setting and storyline, and it’s definitely my most favorite series by her. Since Chain of Gold is a spinoff of that series, I just knew that it would quickly become a favorite as well, and it did!

The storyline for Chain of Gold picks up a good two decades after Clockwork Princess leaves off. Most of the characters from The Infernal Devices are in the story, and are older and wiser, and still much loved. Though, this time around they are the supporting characters in the story, and their children are the main characters. This in itself was pretty awesome, as I enjoyed seeing the characters I loved from the original series as parents, especially Will and Tessa. (And Jem and Magnus!)

I absolutely adored all of the new characters in the story. They were all interesting, and I can’t wait to get to know them more as the series goes along. (The only problem I had was trying to remember which character belonged to which parents!) James and Lucie are SO much like Will and Tessa, and I loved that about them so much. I was also completely fascinated with Cordelia as well, and I can’t wait to get to know more about them all!

I also enjoyed the storyline for the book. It was both familiar and new at the same thing, and I was absolutely fascinated by it. I’m super curious to see what’s going to happen with the storyline as the series goes along, and I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on the next book as soon as it releases!

Overall; if you can’t tell by this super gushy review, I *really* enjoyed Chain of Gold! The characters are wonderful and the storyline is fantastic, and I just know that this series is going to be another favorite of mine. I can’t wait to get my hands on Chain of Iron, which is currently set to release in March 2021!

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you liked it!
    I have to admit, as a huge Cassandra Clare fan myself, it actually wasn't my favorite by her 😭 I was disappointed by a bunch of things and it didn't work out for me.
    Still, I'm excited for the next book.


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