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  • The Second Best Generation of Shadowhunters

    This new series is actually a continuation of the next generation of the shadowhunter generation after Tessa, Will and Jem. I was worried about the characters not being distinct, but right off the bat the POVs were distinctive and all very much their own character and easy to follow along with. My second worry was family ties and keeping everyone straight. All the major families are back and with at least two kids to boot. That's a lot of characters to keep straight, but the first few chapters have sorted everyone out rather quickly. It will also be interesting to have a cast of characters with siblings. So far the Blackthorns and Lightwoods are the only shadow hunter MCs that are not only children. I'me very excited to see how that dynamic plays out. In the opening chapters we are introduced to quite the gang. The boys of the major families have formed their own sort of group that seems to have each other's backs while also having a grand time of things. Their easy camaraderie reminded me that of past (or present) shadowhunter relationships, but more because of the size of the group. James seems to have Will's looks but take after Tessa and is hopelessly in love with Grace, only no one knows and she didn't tell him she was moving to London. Meanwhile, Cordelia Carstairs has just arrived in London as well after a scandal and is hopelessly in love with James herself. Although we know who ends up marrying who, this already seems like a tragic mess and like it will be a fun to watch it all play out. Above all this though, there is the mystery of why there are fewer and fewer demons in London. The writing seems to be in line with more of The Infernal Devices Trilogy than that of The Mortal Instruments. It feels a tad more mature. The descriptions of London were on par as per the TID trilogy and it seems as if we'll be exploring the backdrop of London more than that of the previous trilogy which will be exciting. I also loved knowing how certain people would end up together but not knowing how they would get there. So many dang twists and turns. Also might be slightly obsessed with Anna Lightwood and Matthew Fairchild.

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  • Lots of Romance and Drama

    It's always exciting to re-enter the detailed and unique world of Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunter world, particularly when it's set in the 1900's. With new and familiar characters, the story focused mainly on relationships and romance, but there were some great twists and unique powers to emphasize the fantasy element. I liked many of the characters, and both Cordelia and James were strong leads and powerful warriors, yet Lucie's adventurous nature and Anna's bold personality stole my heart. I also would love to know more about Thomas, the towering, kind hearted friend of James. As with most Shadowhunter books, the romance was on point. There were some pretty steamy scenes, complex relationships and scenarios, and plenty of drama. Yet Clare's writing is so fluid and angelic that reading them always felt new to me. With dangerous enemies, lies, and some great action scenes, I'm very excited to see how this new generation of Shadowhunters react to whatever they face next.

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  • Clare does it again!

    I love the alternate universe Clare has created, along with all of the characters that populate it. She has a wonderful way of describing the world and making you care about the characters within it. Her story arcs are massive and intricate, yet slot together seamlessly through each of the series that have been written thus far. It’s always difficult to put her books down, so I often wind up waiting to read one of her novels until I have large chunks of time to devour it. Can’t wait for the next one...

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  • A fantastic new series in the Shadowhunters world

    I absolutely loved this book. The world building was amazing and turn of the century London made for an atmospheric and evocative setting. I loved the characters and became attached to them quickly. I particularly liked the characters of Cordelia, Lucie and Anna. The plot was engaging and complex with a chilling and clever enemy. I whipped through this 582 book like lightning. I couldn't put it down. There is no doubt that Cassandra Clare is a major talent in the fantasy genre. You don't have to read the Infernal Devices series first to understand Chain of Gold although I'm sure it would enrich your reading experience. I can't wait for the next installment in the series as there are definitely some unresolved problems.

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  • Could not put it down

    Cassandra Clare never disappoints. Her descriptions of 19th century London really place the reader in another world, and a combination of dynamic characters and a mysterious plot make this book enjoyable for everyone. The relationship between characters already leaves you heartbroken with great anticipation for the second part in the series.

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