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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, 624 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 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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Regan
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
WooooooooooWWWWWWW

How does she keep thinking of new and PAINFUL ways to keep people apart? Love it.
Hannah
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am absolutely broken
Melanie
REVIEW TO COME! <3
Hour Long Reading Vlog drops tonight at midnight EST! <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
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Giovanna
Aug 18, 2013 marked it as tbr-pile
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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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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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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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.
Kai
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, queer
me: I'm never gonna read a Shadowhunter book again
me: NEVER
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:
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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✨ A ✨
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
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Beth
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
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~Poppy~
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Cordelia Carstairs with Cortana. I love it!!!


James Herondale, son of William Herondale!!!!!
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
JEEZ!!!
My heart stopped beating when I saw this cover.
It's so gorgeous I want to marry it. <333

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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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Samantha
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
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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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: owned, 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.

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*


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Three whole books starring Will Herondale as a DILF? Sign me tf up 👀 👀 👀
Natalie Monroe
Feb 22, 2014 marked it as never-ever-ever-reading-this
Dear lord, will someone take this woman's pen away!?

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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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
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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C.G. Drews
There is so much I really admire about the Shadowhunter series. And Cassandra Clare. Honestly 💛having such a long-running series that spans centuries, with its own lore and histories and complex backstories, it's all phenomenal and special. And I appreciate that these books actually have diverse characters, with lots of queer representation. Chain of Gold was a very hyped book for me. I mean, of course!! I think The Dark Artifices will officially be my favourite forever, but I love being in the ...more
sandeep
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cant explain why but this book felt so different compared to the other shadowhunter books. Though I still absolutely loved it!

Oct 21, 2018

If the release date gets pushed back again istg I will-
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SHIRLEY ♡
So many questions,
So many theories,
And zero answers.












LOOK AT MY BABY CORDELIA !!! I LOVE THIS BOOK ALREADY AND I HAVENT EVEN READ IT YET.
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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.
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