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The Shadowhunters must catch a killer in Edwardian London in this dangerous and romantic sequel to the number-one New York Times best-selling novel Chain of Gold, from New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Cassandra Clare. Chain of Iron is a Shadowhunters novel.

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’ 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.

©2021 Cassandra Clare (P)2021 Simon & Schuster Audio

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As always, Cassie’s books are magical

This book was so good and it kept on edge throughout the whole story. I love EVERYTHING about it. And I would recommend it for ANYONE who wants a novel that leave them wanting more.

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Intense & Unnerving

This sequel to “Chain of Gold” was just as intense as it’s prequel. The plots of the various characters was challenging and I had to go back and listen to chapters again because I had missed something. I love audiobooks but they are difficultand when you miss something to go back and find what you’re looking for. It was very well done but I’m sorry I didn’t wait until the third book came out before I listen to these first two. I say that because when we are left on a cliffhanger, I can’t stand it especially when we have to wait over a year to find out what happens! A great read that makes me want to keep reading!

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Chain of Iron Didn't Disappoint

I love this book! Chain of Iron is the second book in the in The Last Hours series...what a ride..and just like Cassie Claire to leave us counting the days until the next book is released .. bring on Chain of Thorns!

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Ahhhhhhh!

As always Cassandra Clare delivers a super angsty book that has me counting down the days until the next book comes out. Best Author Ever!

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Hard to connect with characters but good book

Cassandra Clare has come a long a way. Her characters are solid and her consistency is a far cry better than it was in her earlier books. There are a lot of characters, so pay attention. It’s important to know who is related to whom.
Frankly, the story is slightly convoluted so hold on. I had to start and listen to several sections over again more than once to understand what was happening. Despite my own inability to listen attentively the first time, second,. eat.al., this book is well worth it.
I so prefer the nineteenth and early twentieth century shadowhunter stories to the more contemporary ones. I find the characters richer and more likable. There is an innocence and an obvious strain to whom they want to be. The contemporary shadowhunter stories jump right into Clarey’s “know it all” attitude and the Blackthorn’s superior distaste for anyone who is not them, with very little change through the whole series. This is my honest opinion. Again, this a credit to Clare’s growth in writing development and maturity.
The only downfall is that I don’t love and connect to any character like I have in the past. Despite Clare’s freshman literary skills in the the “Clockwork” series, it was hard not to fall in love with Will, Jem and Tess. Even though, for me, I wanted to connect with James, perhaps because of his parents, the emotional connection was missing. I almost felt something for Allister and even Matthew but not completely. There are simply too many characters to feel that closeness with.

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Cliffhanger ending was unfair!

I know that cliffhanger books are good. But the part Cassandra chose to do it, was just not right or fair! I love Cassandra Claire but this was like half way in the middle!

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Even better than Chain of Gold

The same characters are back and the action is better. No surprise we have a couple big cliffhangers, worth it. Don't want to give anything away so.....just read it!

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great as usual but

One thing bothers me, I just can't get past it. If a certain someone can talk to the dead, even that aren't ghosts, why not ask the dead who killed them.
Then the one who had the chance just spouting off nonsense about "I thought he was dead. His poor wife". Come on. His poor wife? You're dying. She's going to worry about that and not like "it was so-n-so, go get him! Avenge me! Oh here, take this, keep it safe"

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Long wait

Can’t wait for the third book to be released. I hate that I have to be stuck in such suspense until next year.

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Fantastic

Even better than Chain of Gold. brilliant story and narration. fast paced, stunning writing, epic world building and complex characters. I enjoyed this one from start to finish