♡ Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1), by Cassandra Clare
♡ Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 2nd, 2020)
♡ Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance
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.
reading Chain of Gold is like being lured back into a world so new yet so familiar, and discovering yet again its beautiful aspects, knowing that you’re going to be stabbed at the end, but hoping deep down that you would not.
saying this book hurt me is an understatement. it seriously stabbed me in the heart, and turned the dagger on the wound so it would hurt some more. as the characters fell in love with each other (and that Hurt, to say the least), i fell deeply in love with the story, without even me realizing so. the adventures of these families i read so much about take on a new turn; new mystery going in a new direction. Cassandra Clare builds her story around a final crescendo and one moment where eveything explodes. and it was done so well that i was in awe when i finished it.
in awe with the story, and with its characters. each one of them has a role, and the main ones were so deep that they felt real. i can safely say that cordelia, james, matthew, lucie and all of the other members of the Merry Thieves have taken a place in my heart and are now living there rent-free. their interactions are so funny and they are all so pure i want to give them the biggest hug.
Chain of Gold also felt nostalgic. we get new scenes of The Infernal Devices characters, and i was delighted, TID being one of my favorite series ever. i am now fighting the strongest urge to reread the trilogy all over again (not that it’s a bad idea, i just currently don’t have the books within reach *sigh*).
i could also see that the author’s writing style has improved so much. it is now much more fluid and easier to get through. i really was inside the book, unaware of my surroundings while reading it. and i can feel it improving even more in her next books.
i can safely say that Chain of Gold was one of my favorite books of 2020. i can’t wait to see how the story will unfold in the next books!
have you read Chain of Gold? are you planning to? what were your thoughts?