Chain of Iron
by Cassandra Clare
Published by Walker Books
Book 2 in the Last Hours trilogy
Part of the Shadowhunter universe
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.
RATED: 14+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Violence Young Adult Exciting
Some Steamy Scenes Fantasy
Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare is the second book in her Last Hours trilogy, and is another addition to her Shadowhunter universe. It centers around Cordelia Carstairs, who is now engaged to the person she has loved since she was a child. She has just wounded a prince of hell in battle, and she has found out her father is coming home. And her best friend, and James' sister, Lucie, is going to be her parabatai. She should be happy. But the engagement is a sham to cover up for a lie she told to protect James. Cortana, her legendary sword, doesn't feel right in her hands anymore, and she doesn't quite know how she feels about her father, knowing the truth about him. And Lucie is keeping secrets. On top of that, there is a murderer on the loose, targeting Shadowhunter's. Can Cordelia and her friends find the killer?
Oh boy. Chain of Iron exceeded my expectations. It's original in all ways except for one - two young men, who happen to be parabatai - in love with the same woman. *Cough cough* Will and Jem in love with Tessa *Cough cough* I have a prediction for the next book, but I will get to that. I was able to get over this though, because the story was so freaking good! It was fast paced, and exciting, and we got some answers to questions left from the last book. It flowed really well, and for a young adult book, there was just enough spice to it to entice the adult reader.
As with the last book, I will talk about my specific thoughts on specific characters and themes I liked/disliked. Spoilers will be hidden, but you can highlight the text between the arrows -------------------------------> yeah, that's the way! <------------------- if you have read the book already, or don't mind spoilers. So here we go!
James and Cordelia - So, my prediction before reading this book was that the wedding wouldn't happen. Something would happen in pure Cassandra Clare fashion that would delay it. And I was -------