Are you a big fan of the shadowhunters world? Have you been waiting for the next shadow hunter book for a while now? Well, I’ve got good news for you! Chain of gold Cassandra Clare in now out its A great read and a wonderful addition to the shadowhunters realm with new and familiar amazing characters and a wonderful plot that make everyone fall in love with the book instantly. The story focused mainly on relationships and romance, but there were some great twists and unique powers to emphasize the fantasy element.
Chain of Gold is a young adult-urban fantasy-novel by Cassandra Clare. It is the first book in The Last Hours, which is chronologically second in The Shadowhunter Chronicles. The book follows the events that occur in the London area in 1903, focusing on the residents of the London Institute. The chapter titles, like in The Infernal Devices, are all taken from the poetry of the Victorian and Edwardian era that the characters would be familiar with, and the book title was taken from the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations.
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Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare eBook Details
- Book Title: Chain of Gold
- Previous Books: Non
- Series: The Last Hours #1
- Author: Cassandra Clare
- Publish Date: March 3, 2020
- ISBN: 9781481431897
- Formats: PDF/Epub
- No. of pages: 672
- PDF File Size: 9 MB
- Epub File Size: 3 MB
- Genre: Fantasy Fiction
- Language: English
- File Status: Available for Download
- Price: Free
Chain of Gold Cassandra Clare Summary
From #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cassandra Clare comes the first novel in a brand-new trilogy where evil hides in plain sight and love cuts deeper than any blade. Chain of Gold is a Shadowhunters novel.
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.
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare Book Characters
Cordelia Carstairs — a Shadowhunter arriving in London trying to make powerful friends in order to save her family from disgrace. She is brave, loyal, selfless, and determined, and wields the mythical sword known as Cortana. She has been in love with James since the two were children. Unlike her older brother, Alastair, she is well-liked by the other characters. She has long dark red hair, black eyes, and light brown skin.
James Herondale — Cordelia’s childhood friend and crush, who is very popular and handsome. He is intelligent and introverted, and struggles with his demonic heritage on his mother’s side. He has the ability to travel into the shadow realm, though he has difficulty controlling this ability. While he falls in love with Cordelia, he has been in love with Grace for several years due to the fact that she is manipulating his emotions with the help of a seemingly harmless bracelet he has worn for a while. He has pale skin, black hair, and gold eyes.
Lucie Herondale — Cordelia’s soon-to-be parabatai and James’s younger sister. Lucie is a lively young girl who is very talkative, protective, and friendly. She is an aspiring writer and writes an ongoing novel known as “The Beautiful Cordelia”, which she sends to Cordelia to read every month. She has the ability to see all kinds of ghosts and command them to do her bidding. She has pale skin, brown hair, and blue eyes.
Matthew Fairchild — James’s parabatai, who is cheerful, flirtatious, and sometimes considered scandalous by many of the London Shadowhunters. He is very fashionable and idolizes Oscar Wilde. While he is usually kind, he is often drunk and holds an extreme grudge against Alastair Carstairs. He also considers himself a murderer after indirectly causing his mother, Charlotte, to have a miscarriage; he keeps this secret from most people, even his family and friends. Matthew has dark gold hair and green eyes; he is also bisexual. He has complicated feelings for Cordelia.
Thomas Lightwood — James’s friend, a gentle young man who recently returned from his travel year in Spain. Thomas used to be small and sickly and was often considered meek, though this changed after he had a growth spurt. He is considered the “one with the kind heart” in his friend group, though he does enjoy teasing his friends. Thomas is very tall (at 6’5, he is the tallest of the characters) with broad shoulders, sandy brown hair, and hazel eyes. He also has complicated feelings for Alastair Carstairs.
Christopher Lightwood — James’s friend and Thomas’s cousin, an absent-minded young man with the mind of an inventor. He gets distracted easily, though he is intelligent and well-meaning. He is fond of experimenting, though many of his experiments end up going awry. Christopher has dark brown hair and eyes described as the color of lilacs; he usually wears thick glasses.
Alastair Carstairs — Cordelia’s stern older brother, who was in a secret relationship with Charles Fairchild for the majority of the book. He is grumpy and arrogant but holds a soft spot for Thomas and cares for Cordelia. Due to his insecurity about his Persian heritage, he distanced himself from his culture and bullied others to avoid getting bullied himself, though he has regrets about this. He has naturally black hair that he dyes blond for most of the book, light brown skin, and black eyes. He is gay.
Anna Lightwood — regarded as a bit of a bohemian, Anna is a quite popular with the ladies but disapproved of by the older generation for her lifestyle choices and for dressing like a man. She acts as an older sister to the others and often does her best to look out for and assist them. She is genderqueer, and dates women, though she does not like to commit after having her heart broken by Ariadne Bridgestock, her first love. Like Matthew, Anna is very stylish. She has black hair and blue eyes.
Ariadne Bridgestock — the adopted daughter of the Inquisitor. She was engaged to Charles Fairchild, though he later breaks it off. Ariadne is secretly a lesbian and has a history with Anna. She is determined to win Anna back after initially losing her due to her engagement with Charles.
Grace Blackthorn — the mysterious adopted daughter of Tatiana Blackthorn whom James is in love with. She seems meek and frail but is actually quite cold and calculating.
Tatiana Blackthorn — a maddened woman who seeks revenge and to resurrect her dead son.
The London Enclave — governing body of the local Shadowhunters, which consists of Will Herondale, Tessa Gray, Charles Fairchild, Henry Branwell, Gabriel Lightwood, Gideon Lightwood, Sophie Collins, and Cecily Herondale.
Brother Zachariah — a Silent Brother, and the former parabatai of Will Herondale, who acts as a kind of uncle to James, Lucie and the others. He is also a first cousin to Cordelia and Alastair.
Barbara Lightwood — The eldest child of Gideon Lightwood and Sophie Collins. Growing up, Barbara had the perfect Sight, the ability to see past glamours. She has an understanding with Oliver Hayward, whose family runs the York Institute. Barbara was very affectionate and protective over Thomas—to the point where he found it smothering—and was often considered more gentle than her sister. She was somewhat of a romantic, and wanted to become a dutiful wife rather than a strong Shadowhunter. During a demon attack in Regents Park, Barbara was bitten and collapsed. In her final moments, she was delirious and lashed out, clawing at Oliver who had been crying by her bedside. This unknowingly spread the infection to Oliver who fell ill and died shortly after. Thomas and the others dedicated themselves to not only making a cure but finding and putting an end to the demon attacks in her name.
Eugenia Lightwood — The second child of Gideon Lightwood and Sophie Collins. Like Barbara, Eugenia was very affectionate and protective over Thomas, to the point where he found it smothering and wants to become a dutiful wife rather than a strong Shadowhunter. She is considered stubborn and rebellious. Eugenia was seemingly dubbed “ruined” as she had apparently been found alone with a gentleman whom did not later propose to her. She was in Idris, hiding from her shame when she heard the news that her sister Barbara had died of demon poison. She collapsed upon hearing it and her mother and father traveled via Portal to be with her while they grieved, though she returned to London after the quarantine had been lifted and attended an Enclave meeting in the London Institute with them to discuss the full of what had happened between the attacks that had killed Barbara and a few others.
Charles Fairchild — an ambitious young man hoping to succeed his mother as Consul, and Matthew’s older brother. He is self-conscious about his reputation and is in a secret relationship with Alastair Carstairs for most of the book.
- Hypatia Vex — a warlock who owns the Hell Ruelle.
- Malcolm Fade — High Warlock of London, succeeding Ragnor Fell.
- Magnus Bane — a powerful warlock, and old friend of Will Herondale’s.
- Jessamine Lovelace — the ghost guardian of the London Institute.
- Jesse Blackthorn — Tatiana’s deceased son and Grace Blackthorn’s adoptive brother. His spirit can only be seen by his mother, Grace, and Lucie.
Chain of Gold by Cassandra clare Book Review
Once again, Cassandra Clare swept me off my feet and threw me in the Shadowhunter’s world. I emerged days after with a deep sense of satisfaction and a NEED to get the next book already.
I’ve been part of the world of the Shadowhunters for more than ten years, The Infernal Devices being my favorite saga. I clung to the memories of the London Institute, of holy water and blood, of crushed hearts and clockwork angels and faded parabatai runes through happy times and difficult times, ever since I finished Clockwork Princess. When my hands touched Chain of Gold, when I breathed in its pages and sank into the familiar lives of the Nephilim, it felt like I returned home after a long, bittersweet journey. And yet… And yet a part of me, a guilty part of me wishes that The Last Hours trilogy would remain a distant hope, an expectation rather than a fact.
A part of me wishes it were never written.
“Whither thou goest, I will go, James. Even unto the tedious suburb of Highgate.”
The Shadowhunters have grown soft. Demonic activity is scarce, leaving room for frivolity and other mundane pleasures. But old debts must be paid, and a terrible storm is brewing, aiming to destroy the Nephilim once and for all. In the center of this new conspiracy, there is one of mixed heritage. Half angel, half demon, James Herondale and his friends shall fight, lie, bleed in order to uncover the mystery behind the irregular massacres and the poison that has infected the London Enclave, before it is too late.
“We don’t always love people who deserve it.”
I can hear my younger self shouting expletives. You were gifted with more time with Will, she says. With Edwardian Shadowhunters. With demon-slaying and cosmic friendships and did I mention Will and Tessa as parents? It is true, my soul rejoiced and clenched and drowned in nostalgia and longing. The tether that binds it with the world of the Nephilim remained firm, and I fell in love with the new generation (with James and Lucy and Cordelia and Matthew and Thomas and Christopher and Anna and Jesse), I loathed some evil spawns (Grace and Charles), I am confused about my feelings for others (yes Alastair, that’s you) and in general, I was lost in a place where I always found myself. And yet, there are reasons Chain of Gold felt discordant. Like Cassandra Clare was playing a song she has mastered but missed a couple of notes, and I can attribute it to two factors.
First, the Shadowhunters Chronicles are no strangers to death. Many beloved characters have perished, leaving fresh wounds in their wake. However, I never wanted to experience such losses through the eyes of the teenagers I once rooted for so deeply. Will, Tessa, Sophie, Gideon, Cecily, Gabriel, Henry, Charlotte, they went through so much that it seems unfair to witness their lives unfold in a manner that will break them. I would prefer the ideal picture I built in my head about their happily ever afters free of revenge, pain and loss. The price of watching them become parents is simply too steep.
Second, a famous ingredient of the Shadowhunter Chronicles is teenagers rebelling against the adults who refuse to listen. In the past, the Clave has been a de facto enemy, the corrupt or scared or stubbornly ignorant authority that forces our valiant heroes to sneak, steal and lie in order to save the world. Now, the Clave consists of said heroes. That’s why all the secrets and unnecessary risks seem so mind-numbingly stupid. It’s Will Herondale . It’s Tessa Gray . It’s Charlotte Branwell . It’s Gabriel and Gideon Lightwood . Why, by the Angel, did Cassandra have to present lame excuses and misguided promises in order to keep the parents in the dark? They would assist, they would dive into danger headlong because they value and trust their children. Instead their children lied to their faces, withheld vital information and that was a stab in the heart. A betrayal to the heroes of The Infernal Devices.
“Did you expect more fear? Then you do not know my father. You do not know my mother. You do not know my family, or me.”
On a more cheerful note, Chain of Gold was equal parts painful, engaging and amusing, as expected. The relationships tangled as ever. And the characters? They were shooting stars. Vibrant. Burning brightly and fiercely, with love being their greatest strength and most dangerous weakness.
The Merry Thieves are heart stealers. The leader, the scientist, the libertine, the kind one, with the addition of the Beautiful Cordelia (slay Queen, slay) and none other than the aspiring author, ghost-whisperer Lucie, they are all my cinnamon rolls who must.be.protected.at.all.costs. As for the romances? You didn’t expect simple, did you? Forbidden, hopeless, devastating, that’s Cassandra Clare’s way, and the road ahead is paved with suffering and pain. And even though I mentally prepared myself to deal with it, there are already cracks in my armour that will eventually leave me exposed to the tragedies which are bound to happen.
Chain of Gold was the beginning of a powerful story of revenge, blood and love which will undoubtedly wreak uni
About the Author
Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Shadowhunter Chronicles. She is also the co-author of the bestselling fantasy series Magisterium with Holly Black. The Shadowhunter Chronicles have been adapted as both a major motion picture and a television series. Her books have more than fifty million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and three fearsome cats. Visit her at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.
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