Chain of Gold

The Last Hours, Book One

Cassandra Clare

Walker Books

March 2020

$27.99 AU

592p pb

ISBN: 978-1406390766

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Chain of Gold, by Cassandra Clare is a fantasy novel set in London during the 19th and 20th century. James and Lucy Herondale are the children of the famous Shadowhunters, Will and Tessa. Their friends, the Carstairs, move to London to redeem their family name, and life in London could never be better. Their lives change when thereís a demon attack that injures several Shadowhunters. Now with problems piling up, the families of Shadowhunters have to defeat this new threat while discovering new powers given from a dark legacy.

When I was given this book to review, I found the length intimidating, but I wanted to get into reading fantasy, so I took up the challenge. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. The story starts with a flashback which drew me in but from there it spiralled. As I continued the book, my confusion grew. The charactersí families were so complicated I didnít know who was related to whom. At some points, I struggled to follow the plot. There were some good parts, including the fighting scenes but most of the time, it felt like getting whiplash from how quickly the chain of events changed. For those young adult readers who want to read a fantasy novel filled with love, fighting and twists this oneís for you (as well as for those who are fans of the many other novels set in the world of the Shadowhunters).

Jirah, Year 10

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