Chain of Gold
ISBN: 9781406390988
Published: February 2021
From internationally bestselling author Cassandra Clare comes the first novel in a brand new Shadowhunters trilogy. Evil is hiding in plain sight and the only thing more dangerous than fighting demons is falling in love. Cordelia Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, a warrior trained since childhood to battle demons. When her father is accused of a terrible crime, she and her brother travel to Edwardian London in hopes of preventing the family’s ruin. Cordelia’s mother wants…

It is a Shadowhunter’s job to kill demons but when a type of demon that nobody has ever seen before starts attacking the Shadowhunters of London and there is no antidote for their poison, it can make the job difficult. These new demons start appearing shortly after Cordelia Carstairs arrives in London with the mission of making friends with the children of powerful Shadowhunters in hopes to help her father escape punishment for planning an expedition that went horribly wrong. She also plans to begin training with her future parabatai (fighting partner) Lucie Herondale.

Cordelia, Lucie, James (Lucie’s brother) and James’s friends Matthew, Thomas and Christopher take the matters of the demon into their own hands making for an action packed fantasy adventure with a lot on the line and a few things going wrong.

There are vividly described fight scenes as well as Shadowhunter politics, family drama and impossible romance. The characters are endearing, easy to care about and so diverse in their personalities and experiences. Every word in this book serves a purpose and the last hundred or so leave a lot of questions unanswered which no doubt are leading into the next book in this series. An excellent read for any Shadowhunters fans or anybody wanting a historical fantasy page-turner.

Review by Genazzano FCJ College student

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