Rating – 4.75 out of 5
In Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare, Cordelia Carstairs is looking to put her mark in the shadow hunting world. She, along with her brother Alistair and her friends James and Lucie Herondale, embark on saving London from the newest dark threat and find themselves at the center. Finding family secrets, hidden powers, and looking for the cause of the turmoil take the teens to their limits and beyond.
“Do not let those who cannot see the truth tell you who you are. You are the flame that cannot be put out. You are the star that cannot be lost. You are who you have always been, and that is enough and more than enough. Anyone who looks at you and sees darkness is blind.” ― Cassandra Clare, Chain of Gold
Chain of Gold is the first book of Cassandra Clare’s that I have read, and I am into the shadow hunters. The demon-hunting scenes were written well and thrust me into the action. I was engaged from the moment that the book began in the shadow-hunting world and I came out wanting to read more about the world that Clare has created. The story has many twists which left me with questions that I hope are more completely answered in the rest of the series.
To be honest, I thought the whole book should have been centered around Anna, a side character who seemed much more interesting than the main character, Cordelia. What goes on in her loft is a story in and of itself that I hope is more centered as this series goes on. While this was set in Victorian England, it is nice to see a prominent LGBTQIA character in Anna.
You should read this book if you’re looking for a dark mystery/adventure with interesting victorian teens at the center.
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