Tuesday, April 13, 2021

My Thoughts: Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare

Chain of Iron
(The Last Hours #2)
by Cassandra Clare

Publication Date: March 2nd 2021
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 656
ISBN: 9781481431903
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy / Historical
Source: Own

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The Shadowhunters must catch a killer in Edwardian London in this dangerous and romantic sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Chain of Gold, from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cassandra Clare. Chain of Iron is a Shadowhunters novel.

Cordelia Carstairs seems to have everything she ever wanted. She’s engaged to marry James Herondale, the boy she has loved since childhood. She has a new life in London with her best friend Lucie Herondale and James’s charming companions, the Merry Thieves. She is about to be reunited with her beloved father. And she bears the sword Cortana, a legendary hero’s blade.

But the truth is far grimmer. James and Cordelia’s marriage is a lie, arranged to save Cordelia’s reputation. James is in love with the mysterious Grace Blackthorn whose brother, Jesse, died years ago in a terrible accident. Cortana burns Cordelia’s hand when she touches it, while her father has grown bitter and angry. And a serial murderer is targeting the Shadowhunters of London, killing under cover of darkness, then vanishing without a trace.

Together with the Merry Thieves, Cordelia, James, and Lucie must follow the trail of the knife-wielding killer through the city’s most dangerous streets. All the while, each is keeping a shocking secret: Lucie, that she plans to raise Jesse from the dead; Cordelia, that she has sworn a dangerous oath of loyalty to a mysterious power; and James, that he is being drawn further each night into the dark web of his grandfather, the arch-demon Belial. And that he himself may be the killer they seek. (Goodreads)

Chain of Iron is the much anticipated second book in The Last Hours series by Cassandra Clare, and it’s also one of my top five most anticipated reads for 2021! I absolutely couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book and it did not disappoint!

The book starts off not long after where Chain of Gold leaves off and is full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing as you turn the page. (Yes, I am intentionally being vague, because I do not want to ruin any surprises for anyone!) The ending will leave you a little sad for a certain character, but you will still be desperately waiting for the next book… which is currently my MOOD!

One of my most favorite things about this series is the characters. I probably mentioned this in my review of Chain of Gold, but it’s still true now that I have read the second book. I LOVE all of the characters in this series, both old and new. The new set of teens remind me so much of the characters from The Infernal Devices, especially James, who is so much like his father. And yes, Lucie is so much like her mother AND father. And not only them, but Cordelia and Matthew and the rest of the Merry Thieves are just so awesome.

And I love more than anything that Jem, Tessa, and Will are in this series. They are some of my most favorite characters ever, and it’s so nice getting to see them as adults! (As well as Charlotte, Gideon, Gabriel, Cecile, Magnus, and the rest of the crew from The Infernal Devices! I really wish more books would have spin-off series like this. It’s so nice to catch up!

Overall; If can’t already tell, I really enjoyed Chain of Iron! It’s going to be a long, long wait until Chain of Thorns releases in 2022, but I’m already planning my re-reads of The Infernal Devices and The Last Hours before it’s released. It’s going to be epic!  Cassandra Clare fans, if you haven’t already checked this book (or series) out, you definitely need to do so!

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