This has been one of my most anticipated reads for 2020 and I must say that I am obsessed! It took me 9 days to finish the book because I didn’t want to binge it in one sitting but it was such a joyful ride!
This review may contain mild spoilers.
Welcome to London in the Edwardian era, a time when artistic beauty and pleasure are wildly sought out. For years, the peace between the Nephilim and the Downworld has been stable, so James and Lucie Herondale have grown up only listening to stories of great deeds and love conquering all.
James is a hopeless romantic and he thinks he has found his one great true love in the face of Grace Blackthorn. Newly arrived in London, Cordelia Carstairs wants to prove herself to be a hero by saving her family from ruin.
But James, Cordelia and their friends are thrown into an adventure of dark and mysterious powers, solving true crime and finding the price of heroism and the cost of love.
I need to start off by saying that this book has characters you might be familiar with if you have read Ghosts of the Shadow Market. We are back to London in the late 19th – early 20th century and we are set about 20 years after the events of The Infernal Devices trilogy.
As far as I know it’s not necessary to have read The Infernal Devices but you would find it easier to understand the plot if you have, especially since many of the characters from The Infernal Devices appear throughout Chain of Gold and we meet their children.
What I liked: The plot was really well laid out and I enjoyed the dynamics between this new generation of Shadowhunters. The introduction of Cordelia was done in a great way and it’s funny how I kept thinking how much she reminds me of Emma (funny because Cordelia is Emma’s ancestor, yet we first met Emma). The interactions between the Merry Thieves brought me so much joy, and I came across a meme saying that they all share (1) brain cell which I 100% agree with. To be honest – my favorite is definitely Thomas Lightwood, and I am curious to see what will happen with Matthew’s character development.
What I didn’t like about the book: I didn’t dwell on this in my Goodreads review but the Blackthorn storyline really bothered me. I don’t like Grace Blackthorn and while I understand that she hasn’t had an easy time, I can’t agree with any of her actions. Same goes for Tatiana Blackthorn who in my eyes is as big of a villain as Zara what’s her face (from the Dark Artifices).
I found the book easy to read and I will keep recommending Shadowhunter books to anyone willing to listen. (lol)
A quote: “We do not get to choose when in our lives we feel pain,” said Matthew. “It comes when it comes, and we try to remember, even though we cannot imagine a day when it will release its hold on us, that all pain fades. All misery passes. Humanity is drawn to light, not darkness.”
My rating of the book: 5/5 stars and I am putting it out in the Universe that I need an arc for Chain of Iron.
Have you read Chain of Gold and what did you think of it?