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"Chain of Gold" by Cassandra Clare

5 out of 5 stars

Published by Simon and Schuster

624 pages

Genre: YA fantasy

Format: ARC and Final Copy

Read in 20 days

Read in 5 sittings

Sat on TBR for 1 day

"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." (Goodreads)


The plot follows a similar style to a typical Cassie Clare novel, and I loved it. The plot takes you on a journey full of twists and turns and leaves you on your toes the whole time. I was constantly surprised and couldn't predict anything. (+1)

Cassie yet again did a great job at expanding a world I thought I knew so much about. I learned so many new things about the Shadowhunter world, and nothing felt like a cop-out. (+1)

The writing style was the same as her other novels. Cassie is amazing at describing some of the fastest action scenes so vividly so I was never confused. She also does an amazing job of throwing a couple of one-liners that had me laughing out loud. (+1)

The story was organized and I was never confused. (+1)

The characters, yet again, are amazing. Cassie brings in a fresh cast of new young shadowhunters, but still leaving plenty of room for some of my favorite characters of all time. I thought the dynamic of the old and new characters was perfectly balanced. (+1)

My favorite part was all of the new characters. It took a bit of a learning curve to remember everyone's name and face, but by halfway I had figured out who everyone was.

I did not have a least favorite part.

Any fan of Cassie Clare will love this one, and any new fans will be swept into the magical world of shadowhunters. If you are looking for a new series, I will always recommend any of Cassie Clare's books!

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