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The Red Scrolls of Magic

(The Eldest Curses #1)

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From #1 New York Times bestseller Cassandra Clare and award-winner Wesley Chu comes the first book in a new series that follows High Warlock Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood as they tour the world after the Mortal War. The Red Scrolls of Magic is a Shadowhunters novel.

All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who
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Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Isaac Jones Most people say publication order, but that means stopping in the middle of a series to read a different one, so in my opinion, the best order is:
City…more
Most people say publication order, but that means stopping in the middle of a series to read a different one, so in my opinion, the best order is:
City of Bones (TMI #1)
City of Ashes (TMI #2)
City of Glass (TMI #3)
(If you want to read The Shadowhunter's Codex, the best place to do so would be here)
Clockwork Angel (TID #1)
Clockwork Prince (TID #2)
Clockwork Princess (TID #3)
City of Fallen Angels (TMI #4)
City of Lost Souls (TMI #5)
The Bane Chronicles
City of Heavenly Fire (TMI #6)
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
(If you want to read A History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld, the best place to do so would be here)
Lady Midnight (TDA #1)
Lord of Shadows (TDA #2)
Queen of Air and Darkness (TDA #3)
That would mean you'd caught up, and should probably read the next books in publication order. That would be:
The Red Scrolls of Magic (TEC #1)
Ghosts of the Shadow Market
Chain of Gold (TLH #1)(less)
Emily A fan asked Cassandra Clare this on tumblr:

"I was wondering if this like whole series going to expand into something more with the eldest curses? Or…more
A fan asked Cassandra Clare this on tumblr:

"I was wondering if this like whole series going to expand into something more with the eldest curses? Or is it just going to be the main focus of TEC and not intermingle with a lot of the other book? Will it impact TWP?"

Her response:

"It’s not likely that TEC is going to contain any plot lines you absolutely have to be familiar with to read TWP or any other books. Like the short story collections, this is considered 'supplemental material' by my publisher — a story for existing fans that they don’t expect to sell on the same level as the mainline books like TDA or TLH . . . I do believe reading TEC will enrich the experience of reading TWP, but it’s not imperative to understanding the story."

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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I'm still figuring out exactly how I feel about this book as I just finished it, but for now I'm feeling slightly underwhelmed. That doesn't mean this book wasn't enjoyable, because at the end of the day it was a fun and adventurous story, but... that's about it. The plot of the book didn't really wow me and parts of it felt really random. I mostly just felt like the joke cult was such a weird plot point in the first place? Regardless, Magnus brought in all the sass that I live for and it was ...more
Melanie

ARC given to me by my amazingly kind friend - Heather at Bookables!

My reading vlog for this entire book, and my entire process of annotating, taking notes, and writing this very review, is live on my BookTube channel!



“It’s a classic love story. I hit on him at a party, he asked me out, then we fought an epic magical battle between good and evil side by side, and now we need a vacation.”

The Red Scrolls of Magic is the story that Magnus and Alec always deserved. My two precious boys, both
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Emma Giordano
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come!
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
Can I say that I absolutely love the COVER and the PROMISE of this book!!??

I'm such a sucker for Magnus and Alec! I adore their relationship and I just can't get enough of them!
And now there's going to be a trilogy?!

Oh boy, I'm so ready for this!
YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW READY I AM! XD

Ahh Cassie... you and your books!
I'm convinced they'll be the death of me! <333
Ashley Nuckles
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SO SO SO SO GOOOOD! I NEED MORE MALECCCC.
Elise (TheBookishActress)
This was a really cute and fun introduction to a murder-mystery-ish fantasy series about four gays teaming up to save the world and personally, I really love that for me

Aline and Helen are useless lesbian culture and Alec and Magnus and Aline and Helen are mlm/wlw solidarity and I think that’s wonderful.

I think I’m appreciating the dynamic between these two characters more and more over time. I love that Magnus is outwardly so confident and done-it-all-before and inwardly really just wants to
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I haven't finished TMI or even started TDA, yet here I am, drooling over this
C.G. Drews
the fact that we have been given a whole book of Malec is a GIFT and I am in appreciation right now. I think it's set after City of Fallen Angels, so it was a bit of a throwback too and heartily reminded me that (1) I really need to reread TMI because I remember so little lolol, and (2) I've missed the old crew so much! Isabel and Jace only spoke to Alec on the phone through this, but like the warm feelings of tHE OLD SQUAD just made me happy.

| PLOT |
So Magnus and Alec are off on a Europe
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Emily May
Jan 02, 2019 marked it as lost-interest  ·  review of another edition
Why not? I'll give it a go.
sandeep
5/5 Stars

“It’s a classic love story. I hit on him at a party, he asked me out, then we fought an epic magical battle between good and evil side by side, and now we need a vacation.”

Full review to come! :)
Kiki
Oct 02, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, I'm going to try this. And what of it?!

DON'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO. YOU'RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME!













Side note: why is everyone raving over the cover? It's really... Whoa, guys, it's bad. The colours clash, the font is amateur, the figures are drawn horribly (what is up with Alec's elbow?) and overall it looks like something I would have doodled on the inside cover of a textbook ten years ago during my emo phase. I'm not impressed.
Alex
Apr 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: absolutely-not, lgbtq, ugh
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(Warning: I get very angry in this review. If you don't like anger and/or criticism towards CC then kindly skip, thanks)

Listen, Magnus Bane is one of my favorite characters of all time. Even though I don't like Cassandra Clare and I strongly disagree with her writing, I just really love Magnus.

I don't particularly like Malec, because I hate big age differences in relationships, especially queer ones.
It's a stereotype and it's awful and predatory. It also seems out of character for Magnus to go
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Helena of Eretz ✰
I received a chapter sample of this at a Queen of Air and Darkness book signing.

I'm such Cassie Clare-trash that I bought this mini-Shadowhunter novel today! Seriously! It’s tiny!

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Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐
Out today, people!!!

4.5
WHAT THE WHAT?! That ending....???!?!?!

It literally pains me that I can't add quotes to this review but hey, I get it, it's an ARC and things are subject to change. Just know that I was highlighting like crazy the last 25%.
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I can't lie, when I first found out that Cassie was writing ANOTHER series based in the Shadowhunter world, I was a little peeved. I mean I love Magnus, I really do, but I was just like "how much longer can all this be drug out?!"...I'm sure I'm not
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Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
My actual rating is more 4.75 but I love Malec so we're bumping it up to 5 stars.

This was the best thing to happen to Malec shippers ever. It was adorable and so queer and so fun and I loooooved it. Magnus and Alec are pure and should be protected at all costs. Also, we got Aline and Helen's origins and that's truly all we could want.

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The only criticism I'd give is that the plot wasn't as strong as other Shadowhunter books, but I kind of liked that the romance was at the forefront.
Beth
3.5 Stars!

Just to start off, I adored, hands down ADORED seeing Magnus and Alec at the beginning of their relationship, they're one of my favourite couples out of all of the Shadowhunter series! So for that alone I'd of given it 5 stars, however I just can't.

Full Rtc


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Magnus and Alex trilogy oh hellllll yeahhhhhh
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09.04
I’m so jealous of all the reviews going up I ordered TWO copies, are either here? NOPE damn youuuuuuu
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I’m laughing so much! Guess whose copy just turned up, too
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SHIRLEY ♡
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
[4.5]

This was such a great book, I need book 2 NOW!!!
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Hollis
A warrior chosen by angels and a well-dressed demon's child, in love and intent on adventure through Europe. What could go wrong?

I have so many quotes I want to use in this review and there's no way this is going to be long enough to use them all. Woe.

It was very clear Alec had not been on a proper vacation before. He kept trying to plan the holiday as if they were going into battle.

Anyway, it's been a long (long) time since I read CITY OF BONES or any books from the main, or first spin-off,
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kav (xreadingsolacex)
disclaimer: i received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, this is no way impacted my review

Alec had been right about the darkness waiting in Magnus, and the pain waiting with it. All that darkness, and all that pain, and Magnus was somehow still a blazing riot of life and color, a source of joy for everyone around him. He was the reason Alec looked a mirror now and saw a complete person who did not have to hide.


The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley
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Iris
AJHGFDGGHJGFDGHJFDDSDGH SO MANY FEELINGS I LOVE IT SO MUCH IT IS PERFECTION MAGNUS AND ALEC ARE MY FAVOURITES OH MY GODDD SO GOOD AHHHHHHHHHH!! ALSO HELEN AND ALINE OMG MY HEART! JUST MY HEART IN GENERAL THIS BOOK OH MY GOD SO MANY FEELINGS MY SHIP SO MUCH PAIN SO MUCH FLAILING AHHHHGFHJKGFDHJ!!!

Coherent review to come hopefully??
Sol ~ TheBookishKing
“If only the world were a fairy tale, Nephilim.”

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I have finally got around to my most anticipated release of 2019 and it really didn’t disappoint! After the disaster that is Queen of Air and Darkness, I was really scared to read this but this reminded me of the Cassie Clare that I’ve loved all along.

Spoiler Free Overview
This book takes place I believe during City of Fallen Angels, but definitely after the war in City of Glass. It’s been so long since I’ve read The Mortal Instruments I’m not
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Emma
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars

Full review here

I must say that I enjoyed this book a lot more than I had expected. I’m not gonna lie, I wasn’t very excited about this book, just because it’s set in the recent past and so I already know that they’re going to be fine and nothing major is going to happen to them. But I was pleasantly surprised because I found it enjoyable and also because I think this book laid the ground for the next two in the series.

Alec and Magnus are very cute and I enjoyed reading about their
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♡ Dakota ♡ (Sarcasm is my middle name)
I know I don’t need to finish The Dark Artifices to read this but I like reading her series in Publication order... so... wtf am I going to do. *eye twitches*
Cory Marie
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though I tend to really like most books, I still try to be somewhat objective when reviewing them. Well, I’m just going to throw all of that nonsense out of the window right now because this book is about Malec- meaning, there is absolutely no way that I was going to rate it less than 5 stars.
☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
The Shadowhunter world never wants to let me go nooooo I wanna keep reading ...more
shannon ✨
THIS IS MEANT TO COME OUT ON MY BIRTHDAY WHEN I TURN 19
SQUEE

UPDATE - 14/JUNE / uhhhhh, i think this is the first time ive felt iffy about a shadowhunter cover?




REVIEW:

THANK THE LORD I HAVE FINISHED THIS. this has taken me forever to read!!
i don’t know what happened, i reckon it was a mixture of my reading mood and my mood in general as well as losing connection with the book itself sometimes.

but i did enjoy parts, i love malec, i adored seeing how aline & helen actually met. and THAT
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Athena ღ
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will never get enough of Malec ...more
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
Actual Rating: 4.5/5

If you thought it was not possible to love Magnus and Alec any more, you were wrong! This book was not really anything special story-wise. Taking place between City of Glass and City of Fallen Angels, it couldn't be anything completely epic or we would have heard about it before. It reads a lot like her short stories such as those in Ghosts of the Shadow Market and The Bane Chronicles, as filler. But at 350 pages it gives you a lot more space for character development, and
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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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“Everything about Magnus was strange, but nice.” 9 likes
“Alec, who was watching this back-and-forth as if sitting center court in a tennis match, raised a hand. “I’m sorry, but did you two used to date?”
That stopped the conversation dead in its tracks. Both Tessa and Magnus turned to him with identical looks of shock.
“You seem more horrified than I do,” Magnus told Tessa, “and somehow I am deeply wounded.”
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