Cassandra Clare’s long-anticipated Chain of Gold, the first novel in her The Last Hours trilogy, won’t be released until later this year, but thanks to a new and completely thrilling sounding synopsis, we have plenty of time to come up with even more theories.
This new synopsis can be found on Amazon.com (and Amazon pages from other countries) and it is very different from the one that I posted when I shared the Chain of Gold cover reveal:
From #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cassandra Clare comes the first novel in a brand-new trilogy where evil hides in plain sight and the only thing more dangerous than fighting demons is falling in love. Chain of Gold is a Shadowhunters novel.
Cordelia Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, a warrior trained since childhood to battle demons. When her father is accused of a terrible crime, she and her brother travel to Edwardian London in hopes of preventing the family’s ruin. Cordelia’s mother wants to marry her off, but Cordelia is determined to be a hero rather than a bride. Soon Cordelia encounters childhood friends James and Lucie Herondale and is drawn into their world of glittering ballrooms, secret assignations, and supernatural salons, where vampires and warlocks mingle with mermaids and magicians. All the while, she must hide her secret love for James, who is sworn to marry someone else.
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 an dark legacy has gifted them with incredible powers—and force a brutal choice that will reveal the true cruel price of being a hero.
I love that the focus is on Cordelia – go, Cordy! 😀
I also have loads of questions now:
- Why is falling in love so dangerous?
- Is Elias’ crime as bad as Tobias Herondale’s?
- Could we maybe see a certain magician from Learn About Loss?
- How are the demons able to withstand sunlight? Could this be related to the plague that’s mentioned in the previous synopsis (see below)?
- What dark legacy and what incredible powers? Does this mean that James and Lucie Herondale as well as Cordelia have unusual powers?
- What’s the brutal choice that’s mentioned in the last sentence?
The synopsis from Cassie’s US publisher Simon and Schuster:
From #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cassandra Clare comes the first novel in a brand-new trilogy that stars the Shadowhunters of Edwardian London. Chain of Gold is a Shadowhunters novel.
Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague.
James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love.
What do you think of this new description? Sound off in the comments below!
Chain of Gold is published on November 19 by McElderry (USA) and Walker Books (UK) respectively.