Title: Chain of Gold
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: Book 1 of The Last Hours Trilogy
Quote: We don’t always love people who deserve it.
The London shadowhunters have had it easy since the destruction of the Infernal Devices, and demons have been scarce in the area. When demon attacks suddenly start occurring more frequently, the young shadowhunters, James and Lucy Herondale, Cordelia Carstairs, Matthew Fairchild, and others must convince the Clave that there is a bigger plot at work than they believe. Follow these young shadowhunters as they uncover secrets and do their best to solve the mystery of the inescapable plague that has come to light with the recent demon attacks.
This book was so good! I love Cassandra Clare books, and this one did not disappoint! This book was full of love, sarcasm, demons, and friendship. I am so glad that I read Ghosts of the Shadowmarket before starting this book because I already cared about the characters. I went in knowing their backstory, and it really made the book more satisfying for me!
Although you do not need to have read any other Shadowhunter books to understand the series, I do recommend at least reading the Infernal Devices series and Ghosts of the Shadowmarket to get the most out of the story. But if you just want a fun, dramatic read, then that’s totally fine and you’ll still have a good time reading the book!
Chain of Gold was full of amusing, sarcastic characters who were connected by both family ties and found family. The group was so close and amazing that I couldn’t help but fall in love with them- they fall themselves the Merry Thieves! 😍 The simultaneous complexity and simplicity of the plot was amusing- and fun to read because I could both predict aspects and be surprised by others.
All in all, I think this was a wonderfully written book– although it is mildly frustrating because we know more than the characters do which makes the bad guys super annoying! I really enjoyed reading it, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, YA story with fantastical elements like other worlds, magical devices, and terrifying demons.
There is so much to cover about this book! So to keep it short(er), I’m going to talk about each character and hopefully hit all the parts I really want to discuss…
James was so annoying when he had the bracelet on, and so wonderful when it was off! I see so much of Will and Tessa in him, and I love it! I can’t believe no one was suspicious of his bracelet/ behavior when he wore it, and I’m a little annoyed with them all for being oblivious! That being said, I love that even with the bracelet, James still loves Cordelia- sure he might say he doesn’t, but he totally does. I feel so bad for him having to deal with all this nonsense about his demon grandfather. Seeing the shadow realm sounds terrifying, and I am so worried for him– especially since he trusts Grace again (who I definitely don’t trust!!!)
Cordelia is wonderful, strong, and lovely! I adore her- and I love that she has Cortana! That sword is awesome, and she wields it so well! I feel bad for her because she believes James really loves Grace, and watching her pine after him is so upsetting! I laughed so hard when she ended up going out with Anna and Matthew- they are hilarious together, and I loved Cordelia’s dance of distraction. Her and James kissed afterward, and it was absolutely amazing! I hope we get more hidden kisses in the next book as they pretend to be married- which is a totally crazy idea🤦♀️.
Lucy is so sweet, supportive, and honest. I adore how different she is from Cordelia, but how perfect they seem together. I hope we get to see their parabati ceremony soon because I fully support them getting all those mind reading benefits! Lucy wanting to be a writer is so cute, and I love her story about fantasy Cordelia😂. Her ability to control ghosts is absolutely insane, and I can’t wait to see where that comes in during the rest of the books! Lucy and Jesse’s relationship was fascinating, and I’m really worried for what will come next for them- yes, I do think we’re going to see Jesse again.
Matthew breaks my heart. He is so sarcastic, drunk, and completely loyal to those he loves. Having read Ghosts of the Shadowmarket (SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T!!!), I know that he accidentally poisoned his mother and killed the baby she was carrying. He now blames Alistair for planting the doubts that caused him to search for a truth serum to give Charlotte- which then turned out to be poison. The fact that he has basically turned into an alcoholic because he won’t tell anyone what happened which in turn means he has never forgiven himself is absolutely heartbreaking. I don’t think his awful brother is helping the situation at all either! He is such a wonderful character, and I hope he figures everything out because he is such a loyal, perfect parabati for James. Oh, and I’m terrified Cordelia is going to accidentally break his heart!
Christopher is quiet, kind, and super smart. I am so proud of everything he accomplished with his experiments and the cure! I loved seeing him trying to create Fire messages- which we know end up working eventually! 😂 He is so creative and sweet, and I was horrified when he was attacked and taken to the Silent City. I’m so glad he’s ok and stronger now!
Thomas is strong, sweet, and has gone through a lot in this book! The poor guy lost his sister and then had to single handedly make the cure for everyone because Christopher was attacked and everyone else ditched him. He is such a calming presence, and I totally ship him and Alistair- although when Matthew told him that Alastair started the rumors about his family, I wanted to cry. I could feel Thomas’s betrayal, and I felt so bad for him because he liked and trusted Alistair.
Anna is wonderful, striking, and has a marvelously dry sense of humor! I loved every scene with her in it, and I find her hilarious. I desperately hope that her and Ariadne figure everything out and get back together. She broke Anna’s heart, but I can tell she still loves her. Oh, and I really hope she’s in the following books more because she is awesome!
Grace. I can’t decide if I feel bad for her or want to kill her. She is so frustrating, and I can’t tell how much of Tatiana’s evil plans she knows about! Grace is really a thorn in our side, and I honestly just want her out of the picture. Her adopted mother is literally plotting with a Prince of Hell, and Grace is still helping her (either knowingly or unknowingly)! I desperately want her to leave James alone with Cordelia during the next book- although I highly doubt it will happen.
My babies from other stories: Will and Tessa are absolutely amazing, and I adored seeing them trying to parent their headstrong children! The amount of support Jem gives the Herondales- even while in the brotherhood- is amazing and heartbreaking because we can see how much he loves them all. I loved that Magnus helped the kids and created a fake bridge! Hopefully he really does stick around for the rest of the series! Seeing Gabriel and Cecily together and raising kids was amusing, and I loved hearing all the youngsters talk about them! Gideon and Sophie lost their daughter, and I feel so bad for everything that they have had to face! Charlotte was barely in this book, but her support and power was wonderful, and I loved how helpful Henry was during the story!
Whew! There you have it- the majority of my thoughts! (Sorry it was long! I tried so hard to cut it! 😂) I loved this book, and I cannot wait to read the next one!
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Happy reading and stay safe! ❤️
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