Chain of Iron

Margaret K. McElderry/S. & S./. (Last Hours: Bk. 2). Mar. 2021. 688p. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781481431903.
Gr 9 Up–In this sequel to Chain of Gold, James, Cordelia, Lucie, Matthew, and the rest of their friends must figure out who is killing Shadowhunters. In the previous novel, Cordelia was able to fatally wound Belial, one of the Princes of Hell and James’s maternal grandfather, but James fears they have not seen the last of him. Grace and Lucie are secretly working together to reunite the ghost of Jesse with his body, which had been preserved all these years by Tatiana. Cordelia and James have entered a sham marriage to protect Cordelia’s reputation, living together, playing chess, and enjoying one another’s company. While Cordelia loves James, the boy’s heart is still bound to Grace for as long as he wears her bracelet. The more time he spends with Cordelia, however, the weaker the bracelet becomes. New romances blossom while friendships are tested amidst secrets and murder in Edwardian London. Characters have various skin tones.
VERDICT Fans of the “Shadowhunters” novels will not be disappointed with the second installment of Clare’s latest trilogy and will eagerly await the concluding novel. Recommended for all young adult collections.

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