Chain of Gold

S. & S./Margaret K. McElderry Bks. (Last Hours: Bk. 1). Mar. 2020. 624p. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781481431873.
Gr 8 Up–Clare fans will be eager to read the first installment in her new series featuring the children of the protagonists in “The Infernal Devices” series. James and Lucie Herondale, along with their friends, must save the world from a new kind of demon that is targeting Shadowhunters. Not only are these demons attacking during the day, they are also infecting Shadowhunters with a deadly poison. After being at peace for so long, the group must figure out why the demon attacks are starting up again and their connection to James and Lucie’s grandfather. James is determined to figure out which demon prince is his grandfather, and when he does, he learns that his grandfather wants something only he can give him. Still grieving the loss of her son, Tatiana Blackthorn seeks out dark magic and continues to hold a grudge against the Herondales. Saving the world from evil is a big job for the next generation of Shadowhunters, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time for budding romances, love triangles, and extravagant parties featuring Edwardian-era fashion. Readers familiar with “The Bane Chronicles” will recognize a few of the new characters. While prior knowledge of Clare’s books is not necessary, this will be most enjoyed by those who have finished “Infernal Devices.”
VERDICT The first novel in a planned trilogy, this is a purchase for young adult collections where Clare’s books are popular.
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