Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare

Hi Everyone! It’s Becky, again. I have been a fan of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter books for many years and Chain of Iron was one of my most anticipated books of the year.

Title: Chain of Iron
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Last Hours
Other books reviewed by this author: The Lost Book of the White, Chain of Gold, The Red Scrolls of Magic, The Queen of Air and Darkness, Lord of Shadows
Note: I listened to the audiobook.

Summary: The rest of the Shadownhunters Community think Cordelia Carstairs and James Herondale have found their happily ever after, but looks can be deceiving. Cordelia is marrying the man she has loved for years, but James is in love with Grace Blackthorn and is only marrying Cordelia to protect her reputation. Cordelia dreams of happiness with James, but she knows she will never win his heart. Grace Blackthorn is hiding a dark family secret that may rip apart the Shadowhunter’s world and help bring on a new evil that is killing Shadowhunters. Can Cordelia, James, and their friends defeat the new threat and save the London Institute and find their way to happiness?

Review: Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about this book. I have been reading about Clare’s Shadowhunters for almost a decade. I enjoy the descriptions of magic and the mythology in the series world-building. Also, I enjoy all the angsty drama Clare puts into her novels. I am completely hooked on Cordelia and Jamie’s romance. I spent the book’s hefty length hoping they overcome the odds and find true happiness. I am also hooked on Clare’s world-building. Her Last Hours Series takes place at the turn of the 20th century in England, and I felt as if I was there as she described the town and clothes. It was like I was reading a well-researched regency romance which was great. However, I did have some issues with Chain of Iron. There was a lot of unnecessary drama. There are many, many characters, and I had a hard time keeping them straight, which makes me care very little about the issues in their lives. I just finished reading 500 pages in this world, and I can’t remember if Thomas is Matthews’s cousin or brother or close family friend and what are their backstories. Clare has built a world of intricately connected storylines, which is great, but I have don’t enjoy a book if I have to google the character’s family tree. Also, this book felt like it had middle book syndrome. The ending was anti-climatic with drama that wasn’t necessary. I know I will appreciate this book more once I read the end of the series, but I prefer a book to stand on its own, even if it is a part of the series. Don’t get me wrong. I did enjoy this book, and I am excited to read the final book in this trilogy, but I don’t think the next book will be as high on my TBR list as Chain of Iron.

Final Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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