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Book Review: Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare, The Last Hours #2

★★★★★


COI was probably my second most anticipated release of 2021 (ACOSF had to take the first spot!) I adore the Shadowhunter's world and have really been enjoying the series set in the Victorian/Edwardian era. I'm not into historical fiction, but couple that with fantasy and I am very into it!

Chain of Gold was one of my top reads of last year so I had very high hopes going into COI and I was not disappointed. I think this set of Shadowhunters is probably my favourite yet, although I will admit that Emma and Julian from TDA are my all time favourites! The Merry Thieves are such a great group of friends, and I love how well they blend together and support one another.


James and Cordeilia's relationship makes my heart ache. I was very confused at the end of COG - I didn't understand what had happened between James and Grace - but all was revealed in COI and I was so relieved! It was so touching to see their affection for one another develop, although them both denying their feelings for the other was incredibly frustrating!


One of my favourite things about Cassie Clare's books is how they all link together and characters crop up in different stories! Magnus is one of my all-time favourite characters so it's amazing that he has been in all her different timelines. I was so excited to learn that CC was writing a series about the children of the main characters from TID and I love seeing Will, Tessa and co cropping up in TLH. COI had some great links to TDA interspersed as well, answering some questions I had after reading that series.


Cornelia is such a fantastic character. She is fierce and loyal, willing to sacrifice her own reputation to save her friends. I've grown particularly fond of the Carstair's family, and I secretly covet Cortana. I will admit though that I'm curious as to how Emma ends up with Cortana if Cordeilia had it - Cordelia is no longer a Carstairs, so did she gift it to Alastair's children instead? And if so, why didn't she pass it on to her own child? Hopefully these are questions that'll be answered in Chain of Thorns. I also think it is incredibly cool that Alec and Jace from TMI are very distantly related!


Needless to say, I am incredibly excited for Chain of Thorns and really hope that we don't have to wait too long for it to be published! I still have to catch up on the Eldest Curses series, Ghosts of the Shadow Market, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy and the Bane Chronicles, so I do have Cassie Clare books to tide me over until then which is a relief!

Read the summary below:


Cordelia Carstairs seems to have everything she ever wanted. She’s engaged to marry James Herondale, the boy she has loved since childhood. She has a new life in London with her best friend Lucie Herondale and James’s charming companions, the Merry Thieves. She is about to be reunited with her beloved father. And she bears the sword Cortana, a legendary hero’s blade.


But the truth is far grimmer. James and Cordelia’s marriage is a lie, arranged to save Cordelia’s reputation. James is in love with the mysterious Grace Blackthorn whose brother, Jesse, died years ago in a terrible accident. Cortana burns Cordelia’s hand when she touches it, while her father has grown bitter and angry. And a serial murderer is targeting the Shadowhunters of London, killing under cover of darkness, then vanishing without a trace.


Together with the Merry Thieves, Cordelia, James, and Lucie must follow the trail of the knife-wielding killer through the city’s most dangerous streets. All the while, each is keeping a shocking secret: Lucie, that she plans to raise Jesse from the dead; Cordelia, that she has sworn a dangerous oath of loyalty to a mysterious power; and James, that he is being drawn further each night into the dark web of his grandfather, the arch-demon Belial. And that he himself may be the killer they seek.