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Review: Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Title: Chain of Gold

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy

In short: Good main characters, too many side characters.

No spoilers

I think I’m done with Shadowhunters. Officially done. It’s gotten so out of control with all the characters and the different time periods that I’m finding it kind of hard to follow it at all. With this in mind I’ll try and be as fair as I can in this review because there were still a few good parts in it.

So, I’ll start at the start. Chain of Gold follows several Shadowhunters characters, but I guess the story is mainly about Lucie and James Herondale and Cordeila Carstairs as they get up to the usual Shadowhunter mischief.

Okay. So I don’t remember that plot all that well. But I think something happened with some demons and some princes of hell. It was anti-climatic. Honestly, the way the characters pine after each other was more entertaining than the plot. Which it should. Stories are always better when you like the characters. And I did like the main characters. (I’m still confusion about the lineage of the side-characters, I think it has something to do with all their names and their deeds being unmemorable.)

I loved Lucie and Cordelia and the cute lil stories between them. I also thought the parabatai relationship between Matthew and James was cute. However am frustrated at the fact that James is a big doofus for not seeing Cordeila as his one and only (she clearly is – it basically says in the first couple of pages). Apart from that the best side character was Anna. (Honestly why is this book not about her?) 

So. I liked the characters. But the plot?

I wasn’t really all that impressed by it. The book was very, very long. Yet it felt like not much at all happened. It was just your stock standard Shadowhunter book with some demons causing havoc and Shadowhunter teens somehow having to the ones investigate the cause of it all. I wasn’t surprised at all about what happened which made this book kind of boring to me. I wanted something unexpected and out of the box. But it just didn’t happen.

I’m rating this book 3/5 stars.




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