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 famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London … and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague. James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero … and falling in love.
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Page 80 something and I’m already hooked, and if staying up until 6:07 in the morning reading this book doesn’t show my devotion for this book I don’t know what will. I love that this is kind of like the infernal device sequel. That series was so important to me years ago. I hadn’t read it in a while though chain of gold definitely refreshed my memory on most of characters from that series that are in this book. Anyways I forgot how ethereal Cassandra clares writing is and I’m glad I have this book to remind me.
As gripping as ever
Cassandra Clare manages to effortlessly transport us back to the era of pre-Clary shadow hunters with no feelings of confusion or artifice. It feels entirely natural to step back in time to the space between the clockwork princess and the modern shadow Hunter books. Familiar names make the story feel like an old friend and create immediate affection for the characters, both new and revisited. Clare is an expert at portraying the complex relationships of humans, the need for faith but also the questioning curiosity that both frees and frustrated them. I am left desperate for one more page! The abundance of potential storylines makes me sure there is an equally absorbing sequel on the horizon... and I cannot wait!!