Title: Chain of Gold
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release date: March 3rd, 2020
This was an incredible step back into the Shadowhunter world for me.
I haven’t read any of the novels since City of Heavenly Fire Came out, and I’ve only gotten through about half of the short stories so these characters (besides the older generation from The Infernal Devices) were totally new to me.
I was a bit confused to start because there were so many new characters to get familiar with. If I didn’t already know the older ones, and the family names, this might have really hindered my enjoyment, but luckily I got invested pretty quickly. I did, however, take a quick pause a few chapters in to re-read “Nothing But Shadows” from the Shadowhunter Academy book and then to read “Cast Long Shadows” from Ghosts of the Shadow Market. I saw a reviewer recommend to at least read the latter before Chain of Gold for some pretty big character background. Having the background from that story definitely aided in my appreciation and sympathy for one of the main characters here.
Clare’s written has really just gotten stronger over the years, and there’s something about her books set in this time period that really shines. Plus, she still writes great banter between characters, and I find that lately I don’t enjoy dialogue in books as much as I ever do with Clare’s books. There’s just something that really works.
I loved meeting this new cast of characters and being thrown into this new world of trouble. Plotwise, this was great. I didn’t feel that it wrapped up to quickly, rather, it felt perfectly paced. The ending left me with so many feelings, and I truly can’t wait to read the next book in this series.