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BOOK REVIEW: The Last Hours: Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare


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.

“The point of stories is not that they are objectively true, but that the soul of the story is truer than reality.

The Bookish Fae’s thoughts

It’s nice to see the characters from The Infernal Devices all grown up and have children. I also found it refreshing to see the Shadowhunters living peacefully in their daily mundane (lol) lives before tragedy struck. It’s so unlike TMI and TID where the MCs were thrown into an unfamiliar world, and TDA where the MCs still suffered from the effects of the war.

One thing I love about Cassandra Clare is that she always makes an effort to have diversity in her characters. With Chain of Gold, she has given us not just LGBTQ characters but also a POC main character in Cordelia Carstairs. Cordelia is the embodiment of unwavering loyalty. She finds a way to be kind and devoted to her friends and family no matter what happens. (Side note: I think Matthew Fairchild is falling in love with her.)

Lucie Herondale’s arc was amazing and I can’t wait how her character develops in the next books. Also, she is every single book-shipper and I love her to bits!

The Merry Thieves, as much as I love them, are like products of a TID fanfic. It’s like someone finished TID and thought “What if their kids are best friends?”. And that someone is Cassandra Clare.

The plot, as a whole, was good but that scene towards the end was a little anticlimactic. I have high hopes for the next books, though. That ending between James and Cordelia was both heartbreaking and exciting. My Lucie Herondale heart can’t handle THE DRAMA.


4.5 Stars

About the Author:

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

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