Title: The red scrolls of magic.
Author: Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu.
Publisher: Simon & Shuster.
Page count: 350.
Release day: April 9th 2019.
Genre: YA, fantasy.
Rating: 4 stars.
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
All Magnus Bane
wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the
Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the
pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a
demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos
around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years
ago. As a joke.
Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. As if it wasn’t bad enough that their romantic getaway has been sidetracked, demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping.
Honestly I only read this because of Magnus and Alec, I mean favourite couple. I had actually no idea what the plot was about, I did recognize some things in Queen of air and darkness referencing to this one, which was fun ahha. Not that that says anything about the plot haha.
My rating mainly comes from my love for the Magnus and Alec moments! The plot was good but, honestly I think the dark artifices was better (than this one at least).
So obviously I loved Magnus and Alec, but there were also some other characters who we already know from the dark artifices! For some reason I cannot remember her name.. (such a fan..) but I mean the oldest Blackthorn sister and some others! There are of course also some new characters, who also have some interesting things!
The plot was also interesting, but really different from TMI and TDA. Those two have quite a logical relation (in my opinion), but this is like a totally different story. Which maybe does make sense, since it is supposed to take place somewhere near the end of TMI or beginning of TDA but in those series we never read anything from Magnus and Alec’s adventures. This also leads to my one problem I had, and that was with the time line. I got so confused about when this was supposed to happen?! Only near the end I finally got an idea, but it is still a guess haha.
But for the plot, I really liked that we want to more cities within Europe and explored different ways the Shadowhunters live! Also it was fun to learn more from Magnus’ past! After the ending I cannot wait until the sequel, which will come near the end of 2020..
My main reason for taking one star is that the timeline was a bit confusing to me, and because it just wasn´t AS good as TDA.
6 thoughts on “The red scrolls of magic!”
I just bought this one today. I’m looking forward to it! Great review
Thanks! I hope you enjoy! ☺️
I like Magnus’s snarky attitude in the original series which was an epic series to read. I was so exhausted by the last book, I had to take a break. I tried to read The Dark Artifices but wasn’t impressed by the first book so I haven’t continued it.
Agree hahah! That attitude definitely comes back in this one!
I totally see why, I had the same, also took some years off. Read TDA this year and really liked it!
You could, if you want, skip TDA and read this one, that won’t be a problem story wise and you will still get Magnus! 🙂
I’m soooo behind on my Clare books. Glad you enjoyed it!
Haha understandable, there are so many
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