(The Last Hours #2)
by Cassandra Clare
I think I preferred this book a little better than Chain of Gold but I really can’t tell which is better, I guess a story gets better as it progresses but for this, I won’t really say so. It was interesting but didn’t have as many captivating qualities as the other shadowhunter books, what I can say is that it was well written which made it easy to read. I kept on reading hoping it will get better and juicer but even the end was a little bit flat and the plot twists? I wasn’t flabbergasted at the reveals tbh I was just like okay what next.
Tbh the only thing that had me going was the love triangles or the love pentagrams as I have been calling them and even with so many triangles and all, there wasn’t so much satisfaction from it. I needed the Juicy drama, heartbreaks and all of that but what we got was still okay. I hope there are more definition and conclusion to these love triangles in the 3rd book.
It isn’t my favourite book or the best shadowhunter book in my opinion however, it is well written and has wonderful characters, I love all of them even the ones we’re supposed to not like, I also like how this is connected to the other shadow hunter books. You can see how this prompted the chain reaction of events in Lady Midnight.
You also get a back story into the shadow hunters, it is diverse and issues like addiction, grief and sexuality were addressed. I also enjoyed the fashion and loved seeing Magnus.
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.