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Chain of Gold

(The Last Hours #1)

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Chain of Gold is the first novel in a new trilogy that stars the Shadowhunters of Edwardian London.

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
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Hardcover, 544 pages
Expected publication: 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 need...to 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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    Giovanna
    Aug 18, 2013 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: 2020-releases
    People: "Emma and Jules and TDA!!!"
    Me: "I WANT JAMES HERONDALE"

    Khalia
    Mar 28, 2013 marked it as to-read
    You know what this means?

    MORE WILL HERONDALE!



    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
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    Melanie
    that last line though... rtc <3

    also....
    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 Midnight
    2.) Lord of Shadows
    *.) Ghosts of the Shadow Market
    3.) Queen of Air and
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    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
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    Nick
    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.
    Chloe
    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
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    Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    JEEZ!!!
    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
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    Beth
    May 12, 2016 marked it as to-read
    15.01.2020

    It is the year 2020, in less than two months Chain of Gold will be here, I will have at least four copies and two book boxes of this, and if you dare be terrible and not give these character ALL of the love I will Riot (Zoe will join me as well)

    —————
    13.12.18
    LOOK AT THAT COVER I AM IN LOVE!
    ————
    28.07.18
    So I’m reading TID (Clockwork Prince) and it’s just dawned on me.
    Page 300
    “We who are immortal, we are chained to this life by a chain of gold, and we dare not sever it for fear of what
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    Jude
    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
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    Booknut
    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.


    Katherine Elizabeth
    Jul 31, 2017 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: reviewed
    See's William Herondale in the synopsis. *Screams*
    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...


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    I'm already seeing everything in my mind:
    Featuring
    JAMES fucking HERONDALE,
    son of
    WILL fucking HERONDALE,
    bad boy extraordinaire,
    and
    TESSA fucking GRAY/HERONDALE.

    ✨ A ✨
    Nov 14, 2018 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: 2020-release
    14 December, 2018
    THIS HAS JUST GOTTEN REAL!! CORDELIA CARSTAIRS IS ON THE COVER AND I AM FREAKING OUT!! REALEASE DATE 19 NOVEMBER 2019
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    COVER RELEASE VIDEO WITH CASSIE AND CHRISTINE RICCCIO HERE




    17 Nov, 2018

    I kinda agree that Cassie is milking the Shadowhunter Universe. BUT I DON'T GIVE A DAMN. SHE CAN HAVE MY MONEY. HER BOOKS ARE GOLD TO ME. I spent my teen years reading Cassie's books and I will—and am spending my 20's doing the same. #shameless



    Whither thou goest, I will go



    10 May, 2017

    DOES THIS
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    Annie
    Apr 01, 2013 marked it as watch-list
    Shelves: 2010s-release
    Clare. Wat r u doing?

    Clare.

    STAHP.



    What is this? Now there's going to be a fourth series? (And the Infernal Devices wasn't even that good!) Oh God, it's like Warriors. IT JUST DOESN'T END.

    Clare just needs to get some new ideas already. Stop milking this cow; she's done. Get over it.

    I'll probably read Clockwork Princess eventually, just because I don't like reading only 2/3 of a trilogy. Even though I'm not all that thrilled to read it. I refuse to read TMI for various reasons.

    In case you don't
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    monet
    Apr 07, 2013 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: cassandra-clare
    6/4/2013

    hey you guys, I really don't know why you're complaining. THIS MEANS MORE WILL HERONDALE AND ALSO TESSA CAUSE THEY'RE STILL TOGETHER! YES YES YES MORE WESSA!!!

    omfg
    argh
    asdfghjkl
    willWILLwIlLHERONDALE
    aNEWseries


    And I have a theory, after reading the family tree for The Infernal Devices, that one of the mains are going to be Gideon and Sophie's lovechild Thomas Lightwood. Why? Because none if the other Lightwood children of theirs marry and Thomas does because it say 'See Extended Lightwood Family Tree' and then at the end of this
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    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Yes! It’s pre-ordered!! God!! That cover!! I thought the last book cover was beautiful! Help me! These beautiful covers are blowing my mind!

    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
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    Natalie Monroe
    Feb 22, 2014 marked it as never-ever-ever-reading-this
    Dear lord, will someone take this woman's pen away!?

    ✨    jamieson   ✨
    me, watching the release date get closer and closer



    THE COVER BETTER LIVE UP TO MY FAIRLY HIGH EXPECTATIONS
    ambsreads
    May 24, 2017 marked it as to-read
    GIMME GIMME GIMME GIMME

    i will buy and read every shadowhunters book every cassie needs to milk this cow forever
    Laurel
    Apr 07, 2013 marked it as never-will-i-ever
    Recommends it for: COWS FOR GRAZING
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    FUCKING CHRIST, CLARE.

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    I am so goddamn done that I'm almost Tumblr done.
    I'm done with this.
    I'm really really done with this woman.
    SHIRLEY ♡
    Dec 13, 2018 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: 2020-releases
    LOOK AT MY BABY CORDELIA !!! I LOVE THIS BOOK ALREADY AND I HAVENT EVEN READ IT YET.
    Lyanna (I need a Herondale in life)
    OKAY
    DEEP BREATHS
    DEEP BREATHS



    I have 2 reactions because I'm that kind of person, GET OVER IT
    LET'S BEGIN WITH THE POSITIVE

    Will Herondale
    WILL SEXY-AS-HELL HERONDALE
    WILL FUCKING HERONDALE

    AS. A. FATHER.





    and then there's
    JAMES HERONDALE



    JUST LOOK AT HIM WITH THE GOLD EYES AND OH fuck

    but back to Will Herondale
    WE GET MORE OF WILL HERONDALE



    AND BRO ZACHARIAH



    I NEED IT NOW



    NOW, MY NEGATIVE REACTION:

    I'd like to get this straight:

    Cassie Clare has 3 published series (TMI, TID & TBC), 1 unfinished (will
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    Jiana
    Dec 13, 2018 marked it as to-read
    Update 13/Dec/2018: HOLY! SHIT! HOLY SHIT!!!!! I think I'm hyperventilating look at this cover!!!!!! Okay, this is CC's best cover yet!!! I can't wait I'm going to pass out
    Katlyn
    Apr 06, 2013 marked it as to-read

    Why? Why don't you plan a fifth series because you seem to have some big dreams (that you couldn't hope to accomplish in a reasonable time frame.) You haven't even published one book in the Dark Artifices series and TMI isn't done. How about you get your head out of the clouds and actually finish the series you are working on. You need to stop talking about all these different spinoffs that will be published in seven years and just calm down.


    And to all those people freaking out about this being
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    Tara ☽
    Jan 22, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Three whole books starring Will Herondale as a DILF? Sign me tf up ...more
    Natalie (Never trust a duck)
    WILLIAM IS IN IT
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    Mary H
    Apr 04, 2013 marked it as to-read
    Haters gonna hate. If you don't like Cassie, don't like her books, cool. That's your opinion, and you are absolutely entitled to it. But don't get all in my face cause I'm a fan. Going to squee now!
    Leona  Carstairs
    Dec 13, 2018 marked it as to-read
    TAKE MY MONEY CASSIE, TAKE IT
    ℨαrα
    Dec 13, 2018 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: to-be-released
    THIS COVER IS SO STUNNING. The “my heart skipped a beat when I saw it” type of stunning. It’s tied with Lady Midnight as my favourite out of all the Shadowhunter covers.

    And Cordelia Carstairs (who is HALF PERSIAN. I didn’t know this, but I love that now) holding Cortana in Kensington Gardens. I am officially excited.
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