Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare
(The Last Hours #2)
Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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.
What I thought
I am having such a hard time writing this review because there is so much I want to say but I do not want to spoil this book for any of you. So here we go.
This is the second book in The Last Hours series which follows the children of the characters in the Infernal Devices series. So yes you do get some Will, Tessa, and Jem! Personally, I do not like the modern-day shadowhunter books, but I can not express how much I love these books. I have heard these books described as CW show where you have all these beautiful people that have angel blood running around. I believe it was Regan from Peruse Project who said that and I can’t agree more.
I love the ridiculous fun of these books. Yes, things happen, terrible things, but following these characters around is fun. Watching some of the drama unfold is fun. Can you guess all the plot twists? Yep, sure can! But for some reason that does not take away from the enjoyment of it. The way the author writes these books just pulls you in and you can not help but love the experience even though these books are huge.
I think what makes us all love these books is that the characters do have real-world problems and they are written in such a way that you relate to them. You may not even realize it at first then something happens and you just want to hug them and say that you understand. They are not alone. There are so many characters in this story and they are all so fleshed out that you feel for all of them. This might be why no matter how outrageous these books are we will keep coming back for more.
I don’t know how I am going to wait a whole year for the next book. That ending has me so excited because I think I know where this is all going to lead to!
My Rating: /5