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Chain of Gold

(The Last Hours #1)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  39,123 ratings  ·  7,135 reviews
Chain of Gold, a Shadowhunters novel, is the first novel in a brand-new trilogy where evil hides in plain sight and love cuts deeper than any blade. .

Cordelia Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, a warrior trained since childhood to battle demons. When her father is accused of a terrible crime, she and her brother travel to London in hopes of preventing the familys ruin. Cordelias
Hardcover, 672 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Jen SERIOUSLY!! I especially like the commenters who have it on their "to read" list, though they feel it's absolutely necessary to voice how much they…moreSERIOUSLY!! I especially like the commenters who have it on their "to read" list, though they feel it's absolutely necessary to voice how much they cannot stand the thought of this book/series, or Clare's other books/series coming out. Some people get over themselves. We don't care if you don't want to read it, or the many reasons why you don't think it should have ever been written. Really. We don't. After reading the fiftieth comment from someone who is all about being negative and ugly about it, I'm just done. If you don't like the idea of this book/series, then don't f*cking read it. Easy.(less)
Arthur Herrera Cassie LOOOVES making us hurt. I guess I'm only alive in this world because I need to finish all the 18 (and, probably, over 10 companion…moreCassie LOOOVES making us hurt. I guess I'm only alive in this world because I need to finish all the 18 (and, probably, over 10 companion novels/compilations/manuals) books from the Shadowhunter Chronicles + Magisterium Series (and subsequent novels of when Call and whoever is still alive go to the Collegium, which is pretty obvious that will be published after book 5 (The Enemy of Death)) and to see its portrayals into movies/TV series, so I can kind of thank her for that LOL(less)
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Hour Long Reading Vlog drops tonight at midnight EST! <3

cordelia @ james: stupid boy think that i need him

ARC given to me by my amazingly kind friend - Isabella!

1.) City of Bones ★★★
2.) City of Ashes ★★
3.) City of Glass ★★★
1.) Clockwork Angel ★★★
4.) City of Fallen Angels
2.) Clockwork Prince ★★★★
5.) City of Lost Souls ★★★★
3.) Clockwork Princess ★★★★★
6.) City of Heavenly Fire ★★★★★
*.) The Bane Chronicles ★★★
*.) Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy ★★★
1.) Lady
Aug 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases
2.5 stars

Oof this book. Its objectively a hot mess. Objectively pretty bad, as it is:

- 50% drama
- 20% misunderstandings
- 20% escamotage from a beautiful episode
- 10% actual things happening

Like, my rational side (which is 90% of my own personality) would give this one 2 stars and the series a goodbye 👋
BUT. It was fun. DRAMATIC FUN BUT FUN. I was honestly the popcorn.gif the whole time or most of it. I rolled my eyes a couple of times, but lord, I was entertained.

If you want a break down of
Mar 28, 2013 marked it as to-read
You know what this means?


Update: First review for this book. Claiming it! (27/03/13)

Edit 10/05/15 Since writing this review I've fallen out of love with Clare's novels, and in fact most novels I used to love (*shakes fist* "curse you, maturity!"), but I'm strangely proud that this semi-positive review is one of the top liked reviews amongst all these nasty reviewers... Seriously, why are you wasting your time with such redundant commentary? If I'd created a world as
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am absolutely broken
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it

How does she keep thinking of new and PAINFUL ways to keep people apart? Love it.
Dec 13, 2018 marked it as to-read
You can't imagine how long I have waited for this. Will and Tessa's story will live on.
My new favourite book in the Shadowhunter Chronicles? I think so.

I will never get over the fact that I got to read this early. What a dream come true. This was one of my most anticipated releases and it did NOT disappoint.

Wow I loved everything about this book. The characters (hello new favourite character Cordelia Carstairs <3), the angst, the QUOTES (so many good quotes), the setting (1900s London), the plot (super engaging and love the antagonist), EVERYTHING! It's also so satisfying
Nasty Lady MJ
Apr 03, 2013 marked it as ca-ching
Recommends it for: Uber Fans
Note December 18, 2018: With much regret I requested that GR freezes the comments for this review. I am tired of constantly getting alerts and having to delete harassment. I really don't know why people can't get it into their thick heads that this is my review. They can disagree with it, but they don't have to come on here and attack me. God, just grow up already.

Disclaimer: Fanbots and trolls will be blocked. I don't care if you think I'm mean to Cassandra Clare. I really doubt she's read
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, queer
me: I'm never gonna read a Shadowhunter book again
me: Mortal Instruments is a MESS
me: never
me: the Infernal Devices finale s u c k s
me: nope
me: the Bane chronicles are so bad I cried
me: n e v e r
me: I'm so gonna read this book

Fellow reader, after giving up Shadowhunters for good...I fell victim to them once more. And surprisingly, I think I enjoyed myself?

Let's state the obvious, I really liked CC's writing style in CoG, her period Shadowhunter novels just have that romantic
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Me: ahahaha I'm so over Cassie Clare. She's really just milking this series. Gosh when will she stop with the recycled tropes?!
Also me: I would die a thousand deaths for Will Herondale and his babies

[ a list of the short stories that feature the crew from Chain of Gold can be found at the end of this review ⤵]

The Shadowhunters of the London Institute have had 10 years of peace. The younger generation have been raised surrounded by love and with little exposure to the hardships their parents
By the Angel 5 Stars!

We do not get to choose when in our lives we feel pain, said Matthew "It comes when it comes, and we try to remember, even though we cannot imagine a day when it will release its hold on us, that all pain fades. All misery passes. Humanity is drawn to light, not darkness.

I want to make this very, very clear that I am very much a Cassie Clare fan, The Infernal Devices is my favourite series and holds a very special place in my heart, so you can imagine my pure delight when I
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Cordelia Carstairs with Cortana. I love it!!!

James Herondale, son of William Herondale!!!!!
chan ☆
Nov 08, 2020 added it
Shelves: 2020, ya-fantasy
my official review:

matthew is my king

james is an idiot

grace is probably the spawn of satan

cordelia is a baddie b

also cassandra really took the idea that "everyone is a lil gay" and RAN with it. i applaud her.
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
My heart stopped beating when I saw this cover.
It's so gorgeous I want to marry it. <333


I've been dying to read more about James Herondale ever since I read "The Midnight Heir" in "The Bane Chronicles".

I love all those Herondales and Carstairs and Lightwoods and Blackthorns.
Gosh just give me all those awesome Shadowhunters!
I need them like I need air to breathe! <333

I genuinely hope Cassie Clare never stops to write those books because it certainly
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
3.75 stars - This book is exactly what I wanted right now. Ive only previously read The Infernal Devices, but I enjoyed this for the same reason I enjoyed that series: its follows a bunch of beautiful people in love and theres barely any plot. The fantasy world is a fun but fairly unimportant backdrop to the angst and romance of the characters. And I couldnt be happier! I go into these books with those expectations and I am not disappointed. These are the book equivalent of a CW tv show (and I ...more
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was desperate to read this book.

Ive been part of the world of the Shadowhunters for more than ten years, The Infernal Devices being my favorite saga. I clung to the memories of the London Institute, of holy water and blood, of crushed hearts and clockwork angels and faded parabatai runes through happy times and difficult times, ever since I finished Clockwork Princess. When my hands touched Chain of Gold, when I breathed in its pages and sank into the familiar lives of the Nephilim, it felt
Whitney Atkinson
If you're a Cassie Clare fan, ignore this review because you're gonna love the book. But if you're like me, with not enough brain cells to fathom rereading every Shadowhunter book and every little novella in between, you should probably read this book with the Shadowhunters wiki page pulled up in another tab.

I'll give this book its credit where it's due: I think Chain of Gold features my favorite cast of characters yet. Usually in Cassandra Clare worlds, I'll only be able to locate two or three
Apr 03, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 00-ugh
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Here We Go Again.

First, I want to make clear to everyone that I Looooove TMI and TID, Loved them. But there's already The Dark Artifices coming and now this?

The thing about lots of books in a series is that, for them to work well, the author has to built this whole excellent world that is just so well written and so thought of that you can't help but want continue to be in it - for example Harry Potter. The Nephilim world is amazing and I've loved learning more and more about it and I can't
Feb 21, 2014 marked it as to-read
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By the Angel. She's done it again.

Like the proverbial 'rabbit-out-of-a-hat' trick, Cassandra Clare has whipped out another series based in the Shadowhunter world...this time, taking us on an unnecessary journey through the married life of Will and Tessa.

At the end of Clockwork Princess I was like:
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But nope. Cassandra Clare decided that our fanfiction and daydreams weren't good enough - so she concocted a way to drag out continue the stories of two of our favourite characters.

Tara ☽
Me reading this book was just like: *waiting for Matthew POV* *waiting for Matthew POV* *waiting for Matthew POV* *waiting for Matthew POV* *waiting for Matthew POV* *waiting for Matthew POV* *waiting for Matthew POV* *waiting for Matthew POV* *waiting for Matthew POV*


Three whole books starring Will Herondale as a DILF? Sign me tf up 👀 👀 👀
K. Elizabeth
Jul 31, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: owned, reviewed
See's William Herondale in the synopsis. *Screams*
Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! I waited too long to start this one! And as you can guess, Im slapping at my face for three hours for my illogical delaying decision!
This is brilliant, unique, captivating!

Im not gonna give so much away! But that cliffhanger broke my heart into millions of pieces! Im still screaming and I am literally craving more! The characterization, balanced pacing, writing style, world building are fantastic!
My favorite books of the author are Clockwork Princess and Lady Midnight.
Natalie Monroe
Feb 22, 2014 marked it as never-ever-ever-reading-this
Dear lord, will someone take this woman's pen away!?

April (Aprilius Maximus)
1.) City of Bones ★★★★
2.) City of Ashes ★★★★
3.) City of Glass ★★★★
4.) City of Fallen Angels ★★★
5.) City of Lost Souls ★★★.5
6.) City of Heavenly Fire ★★★★

1.) Clockwork Angel ★★★★★
2.) Clockwork Prince ★★★★★
3.) Clockwork Princess ★★★★★

1.) Lady Midnight [TBA]
2.) Lord of Shadows [TBA]
3.) Queen of Air and Darkness [TBA]

1.) The Red Scrolls of Magic ★★★★.5

1.) Chain of Gold ★★★★★

*.) The Bane Chronicles ★★★★
*.) Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy [TBA]
*.) Ghosts of the Shadow Market ★★★★

Sol ~ TheBookishKing
when i tell you i sobbed during the entire short story at the end, i'm not lying

i never knew i could love characters as much as i love these kiddos, and now im crying again writing this good bye folks

rtc when im emotionally stable
Lucy Tonks
Chain of Gold: ☆☆☆☆☆


this kids have such a complicated love life, and i didn't really expected some of those, let's say complications...

I just want this teens to be happy.

cassie, you really are a devil playing with our hearts...

but this has to be my favourite shadowhunters' book so far.

First read: March 9th 2020 - March 11th 2020
Second read: July 30th 2020 - August 2nd 2020
Kevin (Irish Reader)
The Infernal Devices nostalgia is real with this one!!

This is now my favorite Cassandra Clare book yet! I absolutely love and adore these characters so much! It brought back all the same emotions I had while reading The Infernal Devices and it made me so happy! I think the London institute is by far my favorite.

This book also had so much action and lots of demon fights, which is what I always look for with Cassandra Clare books! I loved every character so much! Anna Lightwood was definitely my
Lucy Qhuay
Apr 03, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: need-you-now

Update: July, 16th 2013

So, today I read The Midnight Heir, the fourth installment in The Bane Chronicles. I loved it, by the way.
And I only have two things to say:
1 - James Herondale...

2 - Grace Blackthorn...


I'm already seeing everything in my mind:
son of
bad boy extraordinaire,

Davina Herondale
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-favorites
The only good thing about social distancing bc of Covid-19 during spring break is I have so much time to read lets gooo

This book? GOOD BOOK

I literally can't talk about anything without spoiling it

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"Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments

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