The first 17 chapters of Chain of Gold:
Everything after that:
(Ngoc: technically a 4.5 stars since Nish rated it 5 stars and I rated it 4 stars but we don’t do half ratings in this house).
Okay no we kid. We found this absolutely hilarious (and to be fair, above GIFs are 100% how we feel about Chain of Gold). But now that we’ve had a few months to gather our feelings into something semi-coherent and in light of the Chain of Iron cover reveal this week, we thought it’d be the perfect time to
express how much we love Christopher Lightwood finally review Chain of Gold.
Ngoc: Before we get into the juicy part of this post, I know there’s a fair few of you who are planning on reading CoG sometime in the near(ish) future (looking at you, Alexandra and Caitlin 😏). Fair warning – although Cassandra Clare predictably creates an amazing cast of characters, there are a lot of them and it’s pretty confusing. So to save you from looking up who’s who and accidentally spoiling yourself for the endgame couples (as I did), I’ve made you a non-spoiler family tree (unless you haven’t read The Infernal Devices, in which case it will be extremely spoilery).
Ngoc and Nish: It must first be said and be made clear – we both love, and would die for all the characters in CoG. But Christoper Lightwood takes the cake. He is a golden retriever in human form.
Christopher exploded into the room like a small cyclone. He was hatless and wore a frock coat that looked as if it had probably belonged to his father, made of herringbone with several holes burned into the cuffs.
Christopher we love you 3000
Ngoc: I have to say though, I think this is the first time I’ve started a new Cassandra Clare series and not immediately fallen in love with the MC. I think that’s part of Cordelia’s charm though – she’s not in your face like other YA fantasy leads *coughCelaenacough*. She’s steadfastly loyal, stubborn, and completely single-minded when it comes to saving those she loves. And she doesn’t really speak her mind often but when she does – you stop and listen.
“They need a muse,” said Anna. “Someone to be inspired by. Someone to know their secrets. Would you like to be a muse?”
“No,” said Cordelia. “I would like to be a hero.”
Nish: I really loved all the Merry Thieves and other characters, but I agree with Ngoc that it was more of a slow appreciation than falling for them instantly. The only exception to that rule may be James, who I loved basically on sight (which I attribute to who his father is). As president of the Will Herondale fanboy club, I feel like I already know James, and saw elements of his father in him. Moreover, I was ecstatic to get more Will and Tessa time. I wish it could always be Will and Tessa time. (Ngoc: Jem is there too, for those who love him as I do).
“You are not old” she said fiercely. “Even when you are eighty, you will be my beautiful Will”.
Nish: Another reason why Cassandra Clare is the absolute queen in my eyes is that I feel a hatred for her ‘villians’ I do not feel for many others, real or fictional. She does such a good job of writing and creating evil characters, juxtaposing them with characters I would die for, and thus ensuing chaos. Spoilers below demonstrated proof of such hatred for certain characters.
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And by certain characters, I mean Grace Blackthorn. My god did I hate her, as evidenced in my text chain between Ngoc and myself mid-read below.
Ngoc: As per usual, the banter between the characters is on point, and I honestly want a spin off where the Merry Thieves are just chilling and having a grand old time and nobody is in danger or dying or cursed, is that too much to ask?
Nish: And of course, this wouldn’t be a Cassandra Clare review if her writing style and skill wasn’t referred to at least once. Anytime I read a book by her I fall into a mini-book coma, because I just cannot get over how beautiful her writing is.
She tried to hold the memory of what it felt like to kiss him… but it slipped away and vanished with only the memory of sweetness.
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“I never quite thought of friendship like that – as something that makes you more than you are.”
“She had better love him back,” said Matthew. “He deserves it.”
“We don’t always love people who deserve it,” said Thomas quietly.
“Do not let those who cannot see the truth tell you who you are. You are the flame that cannot be put out. You are the star that cannot be lost. You are who you have always been, and that’s enough and more than enough. Anyone who looks at you and sees darkness is blind.”
“We do not get to choose when in our lives we feel pain,” said Matthew. “It comes when it comes, and we try to remember, even though we cannot imagine a day when it will release its hold on us, that all pain fades.”
Ngoc: CoG is not Cassandra Clare’s typical fast-paced, tragically angsty, betrayal-ridden rollercoaster ride of emotions topped off with her signature cliffhanger. There was plenty of action of course, and it wouldn’t truly be a Cassandra Clare book without a good dose of pining as well, but I liked that CoG was more focused on the world-building and character development than the shock factor.
Nish: Honestly I think CoG is a masterpiece. There are no filler scenes, and instead every chapter feels purposeful and important. Add that to bringing in other characters from much loved series like The Infernal Devices (as I said, Will and Tessa time thank you), and continuing to build on the Shadow world, and Cassandra Clare makes it almost impossible to want to leave. And with the rate I reread books I never have to.
Thanks for reading our Chain of Gold review! We would love to hear your thoughts if you’ve read it too (and apologies for this post being more a Cassie Clare fangirl post than a proper, coherent review, but honestly what were you guys expecting?!)
Signing off for real this time,