Goodreads rating: 4.47 - 53,658 ratings
My rating: 5
Setting: turn-of-the century London
First line/s: "Lucie Herondale was then years old when she first met the boy in the forest."
My comments: Twenty hours listening to the mesmerizing happenings in the Shadowhunters' world, where a new group of 16 to 18 year olds use their newly honed Shadowhunter skills to fight demons and learn more about downworlders. Cordelia Carstairs and her brother, Alastair, arrive in London to join their Shadowhunter family of cousins, aunts, and uncles who live there. James and Lucie Herondale, children of Tessa a Will, along with Cordelia, are the protagonists in this story. Because Tessa is half demon, James and Lucie are adapting to living with the quarter demon blood they have, untried and untested because no other half demons have ever had children. Matthew Fairchild is James's best friend and parabati, brother to Charles, who is now engaged to Grace, James's long time love - although it is a magical attachment that he is unaware of. Christopher and Thomas Lightwood, cousins, round out the group of friends. Characters are really well done and memorable, and the only questions you have about them are questions that have been left intentionally unanswered by the author. So much will happen in book two! I really, really liked this.
Goodreads synopsis: Chain of Gold, a Shadowhunters novel, is the first novel in a brand-new trilogy where evil hides in plain sight and love cuts deeper than any blade. .
But Cordelia’s new life is blown apart when a shocking series of demon attacks devastate London. These monsters are nothing like those Shadowhunters have fought before—these demons walk in daylight, strike down the unwary with incurable poison, and seem impossible to kill. London is immediately quarantined. Trapped in the city, Cordelia and her friends discover that their own connection to a dark legacy has gifted them with incredible powers—and forced a brutal choice that will reveal the true cruel price of being a hero