Chain of Gold
by Cassandra Clare
YA Fantasy, Romance, Historical Fiction
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.
I have a lot of feelings about this book. I mean a lot, a lot, a lot.
I will try my best to properly articulate myself on this post to give you a semi-coherent review because all I really want to say about Cassandra Clare’s new book is WOW.
I’m not sure I’ve ever read anyone else who is as quite as good a storyteller as Clare is. Not only are we delved back into a world we all love so much, Clare dives deeper into the history of the Shadowhunters than she ever has before.
Set in 1903 after the events of the Clockwork War, this new book centres around Cordelia Carstairs, Lucie and James Herondale, Matthew Fairchild and many other of their friends. It’s all about the children from The Infernal Devices trilogy and I think it’s a wonderful path Clare has decided to go down! There is so much more in the gap between TID and The Mortal Instruments to explore so I’m so happy Clare has decided to go into more detail about these characters!
This was possibly my favourite Cassandra Clare novel. It just showcases how much her writing has improved after every book she’s written, and it’s only going to improve more. She creates such a strong cast of characters in this book. They are all different in their own ways but they all seem to fit together like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. To name a few, I am obsessed with Cordelia, Lucie, Anna and Matthew. Thomas as well, and I’m so looking forwards to the next instalment to learn more about his storyline! However, there wasn’t a character in this book that I didn’t like reading about. The way Clare writes them makes them resonate so well with the reader.
As for the setting of Edwardian London, I thought it was absolutely perfect. It’s clear that Clare has done a lot of research for this book, because from the very first pages I felt I was immediately immersed in the world of Cordelia. All the descriptions were so vivid, it was like the book was coming to life before my eyes. I would love this book to be adapted to screen so I could see all the visuals.
If you are weary in any way to read this book and start a new trilogy, I urge you not to be. This was the most fun and this is already shaping up to be Cassie’s best trilogy yet. The characters are so multi-dimensional that you can’t help root for them, and the plot keeps you completely hooked from the get-go.
This is a definitive addition to the world of Shadowhunters and I cannot wait for Chain of Iron next year!!! (No, like…seriously… a whole year?!)