I have to put a disclaimer right off the bat saying that I am extremely biased when it comes to anything Cassandra Clare. I see her name on a book and I’m already predisposed to LOVE it. I have been reading her books for about 10 years now and I’ve grown up with all her characters. So there is a sort of expectation that I’ve come to expect from Clare.
Chain of Gold has proven no differently. It was amazing! Hold please for the quick summary.
Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague.
James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love.Chain of Gold Summary
We see a new sort of “Brady Bunch” of characters that are all strong, smart, broken, and beautiful. The character development that happened in the book and there’s still so much more to go through (this is only book one!). The plot ( to me) flowed beautifully throughout. This generation of new heroes grew up surrounding by loving parents (*sighhhhh* WILL AND TESSA) with hardly any need for them to fight demons. Now moving on to one of the most badass main female characters I’ve seen for a while.
I’d like to introduce everyone to Cordelia Carstairs. She is fierce and loyal and just badass. I also loved that you saw some vulnerability to her and it’s in no way a “damsel in distress” vulnerability, but it’s the fact that she’s lonely. You learn the history and see the true power of Cortana start to unfold an it was fascinating.
James Herondale. Oh oh poor tortured, frustrating, beautiful James. To start off you can tell he is Wills’ son, he has that easy charm but then he is like Tessa in the sense that he is quite a calming presence. I loved seeing him with the shadows and how his relationships progressed. He stepped up to a “leader” role and you can see how much he cares.
Matthew is one of the most intriguing characters in the book. He is still shrouded by so much mystery that is only relieved little by little. He is also by far the most TORTURED of our Merry Thieves yet such a heart of gold.
The Merry Thieves are heart stealers. The leader, the scientist, the libertine, the kind one, with the addition of the Beautiful Cordelia 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 armor that will eventually leave me exposed to the tragedies which are bound to happen.
“People are only invincible in books,” said Cordelia.Cassandra CLare
“I think you will find most of the time, not even then,” said Tessa. “But at least we can always pick up a book and read it anew. Stories offer a thousand fresh starts.”
Chain of Gold was the beginning of a powerful story of revenge, blood and love which will undoubtedly wreak unimaginable emotional havoc. I am equal parts excited and terrified and I’m itching waiting for the release of the second book.
“No one can follow me into the shadows, not even you” ~James