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  • A Highly Romantic Sequel

    I've missed this series so much and it was amazing to finally come back to it. Even more than before, Chain of Iron is a story about family, friends, and romance. Clare spends plenty of time with each character so the full impact of their arcs and choices are seen through. It truly was breathtaking to follow these strange families, both of blood and bond, on harrowing adventures that led to shocking twists and unexpected revelations. All of the characters were back in their elements. Cordelia has such a noble, brave heart, she really does seem like a fabled warrior of old. She is too good for this world and I miss her story already. Seeing James battle with his emotions and abilities is always compelling, and he showed a truly romantic side of himself. Matthew's arc is tragic and made for some surprising moments with James. Thomas and Anna are still two of my favourites, one trying to do the right thing while the other lives freely and for herself. Gets tangled in adventurous webs and uses incredible power. Even Grace, who I was never overly fond of for her actions, has a complicated backstory revealed that made me sympathize with her. Clare is a master of weaving beautiful words and detail to make every romantic scene more impactful. Little things carry heavy meaning and are enough to make readers swoon. Which makes it all the more devastating when she breaks the hearts of our beloved heroes. There were some shocking twists and expert reveals that I never saw coming and am eager to see how the plot lines round out. Since much of the plot revolved around the romantic and personal relationships of the main cast, at times the actual murder mystery plot felt a bit slow. But Clare is so good at making her characters feel like real people that I always found myself wanting to go back to the romance. This is a solid edition to the series, and fans of romance will find plenty to fall in love with here. Clare is an amazing writer and I definitely recommend this sequel and the series as a whole!

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  • Chain of Iron

    This book was nothing short of magical. Cassandra Clare is one of my all time favorite authors and this book is a stunning example or why. Summary: Cordelia and James are about to be married but what no one except for their closest friends knows that it's a sham to save Cordelia's reputaion. Only, Cordelia is actually in love with James and James is in love with Grace... unless they can break the love spell on James' bracelet Lucie knows the necromany is forbidden but her relationship with Jesse is strong enough for her to team up with cunning Grace Blackthorn in order to raise Jesse from the dead. And the price fro raising Jesse grows steadily higher Lucie has to question everything her morals and whether or not it's worth it to raise Jesse. The Lightwood siblings Anna and Thomas are both struggling with romantic feelings they know will end up breaking their hearts, but neither of them can deny the attraction they feel. And Matthew is compleatly fine... except he's definitly not, and as his friends come closer and closer to discovering the truth behind his addiction he has to decide whether or not to open up. And thats not even touching that fact that he's in love with someone he definitly shouldn't be. If the gang didn't have enough to worry about already a series of shadowy murders is ripping through the ranks of the shadowhunter and the murder might be right under their noses... My opinion: Wow wow wow. I loved this book soooo much. I loved the way the characters felt real, I feel in love with all of them. Cordelia is so loyal and brave, and her heartbreak feels so raw and real. James is still sweet and smart but he's cracking under the presure of his heritage and his unhealthy feelings for Grace. Lucie is that perfect mix of nïeve and capable and she really makes you root for her with her determination. Grace and Jesse were given more backstory and even though I don't like Grace, Clare really makes you empathize with her. Anna is wonderfully unique and tough and is keeping love at an arms length after Ariande broke her heart, and Ariande is just so sincere your heart bleeds. Christopher is wondefully brilliant and funny without meaning to be and he helps hold the fracturing brotherhood of merry theives together by just being hiself. Thomas is so loyal and kind and modest (he was one of my favorite characters) but the grief he feels from his sister's death is making him throw himself int danger more and more recklessly. I also really loved Alastair, he's the perfect morally gray character without really being morally gray and I really empathized with him and how the weight of his mistakes and the shadow of his father molded into the sort of jerkish yet protective brother. The only character I didn't like was Matthew. I understood him and felt bad for him but I still didn't really like him. Even with Matthew I really admired Clare's ability to make me literally cry from heartbreak without anyone dying. Its so beautiful that she makes you care so much that you feel every peice of everh characters pain (and there are so many characters so it's even more impressive how distinct and unique every character is). The romance in this book was spot on and I appriciated thta there was LGBTQ+ realtionships even though the story was set in a historical setting (unlike the inferal devices series) I really loved how the book was character driven but Clare also clearly put a lot of effort into the plot, and it shows. The plot twists were marvelous and the scenery of 1900 hundreds london was so dreamy that I was instantly swept up into it. I think this series might actually be my favorite of the series of the shadowhunter world simply because the characters and story are just so amazing and I kniw that I'll be on the edge of my seat bitting my nails till the next book comes out.

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  • Chain of Iron

    Fantastic ! An absolute page-turner full of revelations, secrets, murder and fighting

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  • Strong Beginning, Predictable Ending

    This book was highly anticipated for me and I have to say that I was mesmerized from the moment I opened the first page right up until 3 or 4 chapters from the ending. The end felt very flat to me, despite being emotionally charged and frustrating. Without spoiling, I will say that I hate a book that hinges on misunderstandings to propel the romantic plot forwards, it feels frustrating and avoidable, like it was done because the author felt as though they had to keep you coming back for more and didn't know how to keep you invested otherwise. The disappointing thing about that for me is that I was already invested in these characters- I didn't need a clear cut reason to come back for the next book, the vibrant characters alone did that. I think a bit of emotional payoff would have been really nice to see in this sequel after Chain of Gold left us with so little, so I can only hope that Chain of Thorns will deliver in a way Chain of Iron did not. Also no idea what was up with how choppy the POV cuts felt, maybe its a symptom of recently reading other split POV books that did it much more elegantly than Chain of Iron did, but it would have felt like a much smoother read without being broken up. Over all, the main plot line was satisfying, and answered questions leftover from COG. loved the direction Lucie and Jesse's story took, and Grace's character arc was perhaps the most compelling out of all the characters. I only wish the ending had of brought more satisfaction.

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