Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Last Hours #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by: Walker Books
Release date: 03/03/2020
Summary: 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.
This was my most anticipated release of the year, so I was so excited to finally get my hands on a copy and dive in. As I expected (and hoped) I ended up absolutely loving it. It was everything I wanted it to be. The Infernal Devices is my favourite Shadowhunter series, so the idea of a series following the children of the TID characters really drew me in (TBH the name Cassandra Clare is enough to draw me in).
There was actually a small part of me that was a bit worried going in to this book because I didn’t love The Dark Artifices as much as TID or TMI, and I really didn’t want to feel the same about this one. I think my main problem with TDA was that I just really didn’t connect to the characters. In Chain of Gold, I absolutely fell in love with the characters, and I definitely did connect to them. I feel like by the end of the series, Cordelia could definitely be one of my favourite characters in the Shadowhunter world, and I am obsessed with James, Christopher, Thomas and Matthew’s friendship. Also, the 4 boys are so precious and I love them with all my heart and I NEED MORE.
I got so emotional over seeing the TID characters again. Every time Jem or Will or Tessa was mentioned, I got all emotional and nearly started crying. EVERY TIME. I also loved being able to catch up with Gideon, Gabriel, Sophie, Cecily, Charlotte, Henry and, obviously, Magnus. I can never get enough of Magnus Bane. It was also really interesting getting to see more of Tatiana Blackthorn, and what became of her after the events of TID.
…she did not love James because he was beautiful: he was beautiful to her because she loved him.
I really adored all the relationships in this book. The main romance was so perfect and adorable and it made me feel all squishy on the inside. I can’t wait to see where the relationship goes. After the way it was left at the end of Chain of Gold, I cannot wait to get the next book to see where it goes.
I also really love the Parabati relationship in the Shadowhunter books. James and Matthew’s relationship as Parabati was so precious. Matthew is so flippant and sarcastic with everyone else, but with James he is the most caring, protective Parabati and friend on the planet.
This is new for me, but I want to touch on the weapons in this book. We get to see Shadowhunters using different weapons, which I found very interesting to read about. There were characters using weapons from other cultures that they had picked up on their travel year, and one of the main characters used spears, which I loved. I also found it so fascinating to see Cortana being used by an ancestor of Emma Carstairs. Knowing that Cortana is passed down the Carstairs family is one thing, but actually seeing that in action and seeing someone else use Cortana was really cool.
The last 150 pages had me absolutely on the edge of my seat. It was such a stressful last 150 pages, and it ended on a cliff hanger that left me absolutely dying for book two. The fact that I now have to wait for at least a whole year is KILLING ME.
I have seen a few people wondering if they need to have read other Shadowhunter books before reading Chain of Gold, so I am going to share my opinion on the matter. I am so glad that I read Ghosts of the Shadow Market before CoG. It added so much context and backstory, and made my reading experience richer. I wouldn’t say you NEED to read Ghosts of the Shadow Market first, or any of the other Shadowhunter books before reading Chain of Gold, because CoG does a really good job of explaining aspects of the world that are introduced in the other books, but I definitely think it helps, and gives you more context, to have read the other Shadowhunter books. It is worth noting that Chain of Gold will spoil you for aspects of The Infernal Devices, as it follows the kids of the characters in TID.
Basically, I loved this book and you should read it ASAP.
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