Review: Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

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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 lota 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?!)


Review: Lord of Shadows, by Cassandra Clare


Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Walker Books
Release Date: May 23rd 2017
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 700

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

Yeah… I am not okay and I’m not sure I ever will be. I don’t want to start with mentioning the ending, but it just too brutal not to be acknowledged.
Because, oh my God. I’m wholly devastated.

I thought it would be hard for Cassie to live up to the beauty that is Lady Midnight, but with Lord of Shadows she managed to do it without fail. I cannot get these characters out of my head. One of my favourite things about Lord of Shadows is that it extended the focus onto several other characters – such as Ty, Kit, Dru and Diana. And I’m glad it did, because I now have an undying love for both Drusilla and Diana. There are so many ships within The Dark Artifices too!! Ty and Kit, my babies, Julian and Emma, Mark and Kieran!! (I love Cristina don’t get me wrong, but I don’t want her to end up with Mark)

The plot was so fantastically engaging and I love how Cassie incorporates so much mystery into all of her works that just leave her books incapable of being left alone. You just have to keep reading to find out what’s going to happen next, which I think is a skill of hers that she uses quite amazingly.

I also love the subtle references to Cassie’s other series, and the cameos from characters from The Mortal Instruments. It’s a great way to show how each series connects in the Shadowhunter world. This was definitely worth the wait and I kind of (like always) regret devouring it as soon as it was my hands because I seriously do not know how I’m going to survive two more years…

5 out of 5 stars for my most anticipated read of 2017!! Bring on Queen of Air and Darkness !!

Review: Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare


Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Walker Books
Release Date: March 8th 2016
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 698

In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

So I have been a massive Cassie Clare fan since a good few years ago. Obviously I devoured this as soon as it came out last year and I even met here when she toured in Ireland, but I took it upon myself to reread this beauty in anticipation for its sequel Lord of Shadows.

Lady Midnight follows the story of Emma Carstairs, a Shadowhunter determined to find out who or what killed her parents when she was younger. And on this quest with the help of her new friend, Cristina and her parabatai, Julian, she discovers the many secrets that are involved.

I just love Cassandra Clare’s books so much. Her characters are so so so diverse and amazing and unique, even though she has hundreds. I ship Julian and Emma so much, even though they’re parabatai and I really hope they find a way to break the “curse”. I especially ship Mark and Kieran because they’re both BEAUTIFUL creatures. I love all the Blackthorn kids and Diana and Cristina and her backstory and I love the many cameos from The Mortal Instruments characters.

It’s an engrossing rollercoaster of emotions from start to finish and I highly highly recommend this epic installation in the Shadowhunter universe. Cassie, without a doubt, is my favourite writer ever.

5 out of 5 stars!!

Review: City of Ashes, by Cassandra Clare


Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Walker Books
Release Date: March 25th 2008
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 453
Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

As I’ve stated before, I am in love with Cassandra Clare’s world of shadowhunters. I have read everything’s she written and decided to reread them all again because they are just, quite simply, outstanding.

I love how in this second book, we get more attached to the characters and see how much they develop. Especially Simon and his relationship (ew) with Clary. I love the new characters introduced too – especially Maia and the Seelie Queen.
Anyways, the plot was amazing as well. I love how well she writes Valentine as a villain and how she’s introducing the mortal instruments to the plot. I’d say I’m fascinated to read on but I already know what happens hahaha.

“We came to see Jace. Is he alright?”
“I don’t know,” Magnus said. “Does he normally just lie on the floor like that without moving?”

This was a great sequel to an amazing book and therefore totally deserves 5 out of 5 stars!

Review: City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare


Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Walker Books
Release Date: March 27th 2007
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 485
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

So ANYONE who knows me, knows that I am obsessed with Cassandra Clare’s books. I’ve fallen in love with her world and her characters and her writing and storytelling. She is, by far, my favourite writer. With Lord of Shadows being y most anticipated book of the year (decade), I decided to start a reread of all of her books. I’m starting with The Mortal Instruments but am going to skip ahead and read Lady Midnight before May 23rd.

So, City of Bones. The beginning of the Shadowhunter chronicles. It is a thrilling opener that follows Clary Fray, an amazing character, who finds out one day that her mother has been taken and learns about the world of Shadowhunters and downworlders.

We’re introduced to a group of amazing characters – Jace, Isabelle, Magnus and above all, Alec. My favourite character along with Malec, my favourite ship. I adore them and I adore this book.

The plot was fantastic, and there’s a plot twist almost around every corner, or chapter in this case. Really enjoyed rereading this as it’s a series I love and worship.

5 out of 5 stars!!

Review: Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy, by Cassandra Clare


So anybody who knows me will know how much I adore the Shadowhunter chronicles and how much I worship Cassie.

So, of course, I was more than happy to get my hands on a massive  copy of Tales.

And I was certainly not left disappointed!! It was so good. It actually made me like Simon as a character and appreciate him more. As I read The Mortal Instruments,  I didn’t particularly like Simon as a character as I found him a bit annoying to be fair, nor did I really care of his relationship with Izzy.

But after Tales, after ten amazing stores (including one Malec-centred one!! AKA. the one I read that caused me to nearly die with happiness), I’ve come to love Simon and come to ship Sizzy so so much!!

I cannot wait for Lord of Shadows! I am too excited!!!

5 out of 5 stars, ​like any other Cassie book I’ve ever read.