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Chain of Gold, 1 Hardcover – Illustrated, 3 March 2020
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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 London in hopes of preventing the family's ruin. Cordelia's mother wants to marry her off, but Cordelia is determined to be a hero rather than a bride. Soon Cordelia encounters childhood friends James and Lucie Herondale and is drawn into their world of glittering ballrooms, secret assignations, and supernatural salons, where vampires and warlocks mingle with mermaids and magicians. All the while, she must hide her secret love for James, who is sworn to marry someone else.
But Cordelia's new life is blown apart when a shocking series of demon attacks devastate London. These monsters are nothing like those Shadowhunters have fought before--these demons walk in daylight, strike down the unwary with incurable poison, and seem impossible to kill. London is immediately quarantined. Trapped in the city, Cordelia and her friends discover that their own connection to a dark legacy has gifted them with incredible powers--and forced a brutal choice that will reveal the true cruel price of being a hero.
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- Publisher : Margaret K. McElderry Books; Illustrated edition (3 March 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 592 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1481431870
- ISBN-13 : 978-1481431873
- Reading age : 14 - 17 years
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 4.57 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 144,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I loved it and will read it again shortly! Thank you Cassandra for enriching my free time!
Reviewed in Australia on 30 December 2021
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This is a book that will give you all the feels [squealing with delight at new characters to love. Cordelia, James, Lucie, Matthew, Kit, Thomas, Jesse, Grace etc and seeing the ones we already know Will, Tessa, Jem, Gabriel etc. Crying out no that can’t be especially the end. New ships to love, yes you will have new ones to love as well as the new ones]
I loved the build in this story and the way it felt like we knew the characters even though we have just really met them except little tasters before. I cannot wait till the next one as I feel like I need more.
It will be a book I am going to read again and again. At the moment I feel will be in my top 3 reads for 2020.
It's no secret that Cassandra Clare is one of my favourite authors. Having said that, it doesn't mean her books aren't sometimes without faults for me. Her previous series, The Dark Artifices was very hit and miss for me so, admittedly, I was a bit nervous going into a new series: especially one primarily centred around the Herondales who I care very little for. Yet Chain Of Gold feels like the reset the Shadowhunter world really needed.
Cassandra Clare's ability for storytelling, world building, and her ever improving writing technique is just a fantastic combination for a book. Where I had issues with info dumping in previous books, it felt balanced perfectly here and there was just enough for you to pick up the relationships between new and existing characters without feeling lost an overewhelmed. As always with Clare's books, the first few hundred pages are more about establishing everything and setting the scene before things got going. This worked well when things did start to go down because I had become so relaxed that suddenly all the bad stuff became an even bigger shock.
What amazes me about the shadowhunter world is that even with the amount of books out there, Clare is yet to really repeat anything. Each book has another corner turn that was impossible to predict and Chain Of Gold had me pacing the floor several times.
It feels more like this is a book someone could use as their first entry to the shadowhunter world compared to those comments made about The Dark Artifices but with these characters I was reminded deeply why I am so fond of returning to the shadowhunter world.
Chain of gold really had a lot to live up to. And I can confidently say it exceeded all my expectations. It was a FANTASTIC read with loveable new characters, and classic characters from books past (that was everything! I am here for Father Will Herondale! 😂)
Now the waiting for the second book begins!