Chain of Iron

The Second book in Cassandra Claire’s The last Hours series

Synopsis: Cordelia Carstairs seems to have everything she ever wanted. She’s engaged to marry James Herondale, the boy she has loved since childhood. She has a new life in London with her best friend Lucie Herondale and James’s charming companions, the Merry Thieves. She is about to be reunited with her beloved father. And she bears the sword Cortana, a legendary hero’s blade. But the truth is far grimmer. James and Cordelia’s marriage is a lie, arranged to save Cordelia’s reputation. James is in love with the mysterious Grace Blackthorn whose brother, Jesse, died years ago in a terrible accident. Cortana burns Cordelia’s hand when she touches it, while her father has grown bitter and angry. And a serial murderer is targeting the Shadowhunters of London, killing under cover of darkness, then vanishing without a trace. Together with the Merry Thieves, Cordelia, James, and Lucie must follow the trail of the knife-wielding killer through the city’s most dangerous streets. All the while, each is keeping a shocking secret: Lucie, that she plans to raise Jesse from the dead; Cordelia, that she has sworn a dangerous oath of loyalty to a mysterious power; and James, that he is being drawn further each night into the dark web of his grandfather, the arch-demon Belial. And that he himself may be the killer they seek.

I’m not sure why I always feel the need to put these books off for so long!! I think it’s because I know if I devour it as soon as it comes out I’ll have to wait longer before the next one comes.. and if I put it off for as long as I can then I won’t have to wait as long for the next one? I don’t know.. either way after reading these I always regret waiting so long to do so! But at the same time I already regret reading it so fast because the next one doesn’t come out until November of 2022! That’s over a year away!

These books get me every time. But this time it got me quick! I cried by chapter 4…that’s got to be a new record for a Cassandra Clare book for me! Usually I can make it at least half way through without sobbing like a baby.

I loved everything about this book, it was fast paced, packed with adventure, mystery, lies and drama! it had so many characters that I love and adore. There was even a steamy love triangle —or three— in the story. It’s just got everything you could ever want in a book.

This story is tearing my emotions and my heart into to pieces! The feelings that you feel for these poor kids is real, it tugs at your heart and your mind and your soul! I just want everything to work out for them! Although I can’t decide how I want things to work out anymore. I thought I loved one relationship dynamic, but now.. I don’t know I might be jumping ships… ugh I just can’t get over the ending! What!? Why such a cliffhanger? I need the next book, I need to see what happens! I need to know that they’re all okay!

I don’t know how she does it, when authors write a bunch of books there’s always hits and misses, but with her I feel like they’re all hits… or at least all the Shadowhunter world ones are (I haven’t read her other series) my only complaint about the book is that there wasn’t enough Jem in this one. Now excuse me while I go sit in a corner and impatiently wait for the next book.

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