Title: Chain of Gold
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical
Rating: 4.5/5 paws
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
“I never quite thought of friendship like that – as something that makes you more than you are.”
I think this goes without saying, but I loved this book so much! I will forever and always continue to read all of the Shadowhunters books that Cassandra Clare puts out and I will tolerate zero slander towards these books and this world so, just keep the coming Cassie.
Knowing that this series follows the children of the characters featured in The Infernal Devices series, I was soooo excited to read it. Will Herondale will forever and always be my number one book boyfriend (although his son is now giving him a run for his money…that sounded weird but let’s ignore it, thanks) and I couldn’t wait to be back in the world of the London Shadowhunters.
This book features so many amazing characters, and I think that was both a strength and a weakness of the novel. I’ve read every previous book plus all of the short stories set in this world so I was familiar with a lot of the newer characters coming into this series. However, I was still a bit lost for the first few chapters. I honestly had to write down a list of the families so I knew whose parents were whose and which siblings were related. Don’t get me started on the cousins, I think all of the kids in this book were cousins in one way or another honestly. I loved getting to read about such a big cast of characters, but it also felt like I wasn’t able to get to know all of the characters in the way I would have wished for because the focus of the book had to be split up into so many different directions. That being said, I loved what I did get to know about the characters and I’m absolutely obsessed with the Merry Thieves. James, Matthew, Christopher and Thomas make up one of my favorite friend groups that I’ve ever read about. It was so fun getting to see them plotting together with the help of Lucie and Cordelia. This book also gave me a newfound appreciation for characters that I had judged based on previous short stories, like Alistair, who had such a great redemption arc. I loved how his character was portrayed in this book and I’m really interested to see how he continues to develop throughout the series.
The romance was, as always, so extremely well done. Cassie comes up with the most creative obstacles for her couples in every series and this book was so full of tension. I have so many ships from this story I could fill up a whole marina.
The ending just about destroyed me and I’m fully okay with that. I need the next book ASAP so I can keep rooting for Shadowhunter kids who continue to get shit done while the adults who think they’re in charge make bad decision after bad decision until the true heroes save the day.
This book was full of action, mysterious demons, twists, turns and secret agendas and I loved every second of it!!
Comment below if you’ve read this book or any of Cassie’s other series!