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Read: First official synopsis for ‘Chain of Thorns’

Credit: Tony Luong for The New York Times

You know what? Who even wants to read an intro, let’s just dive straight into the first synopsis for Cassandra Clare’s Chain of Thorns:

James and Cordelia must save London—and their marriage—in this thrilling and highly anticipated conclusion to the Last Hours series from the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cassandra Clare. Chain of Thorns is a Shadowhunters novel.

Cordelia Carstairs has lost everything that matters to her. In only a few short weeks, she has seen her father murdered, her plans to become parabatai with her best friend, Lucie, destroyed, and her marriage to James Herondale crumble before her eyes. Even worse, she is now bound to an ancient demon, Lilith, stripping her of her power as a Shadowhunter.

After fleeing to Paris with Matthew Fairchild, Cordelia hopes to forget her sorrows in the city’s glittering nightlife. But reality intrudes when shocking news comes from home: Tatiana Blackthorn has escaped the Adamant Citadel, and London is under new threat by the Prince of Hell, Belial.

Cordelia returns to a London riven by chaos and dissent. The long-kept secret that Belial is James and Lucie’s grandfather has been revealed by an unexpected enemy, and the Herondales find themselves under suspicion of dealings with demons. Cordelia longs to protect James but is torn between a love for James she has long believed hopeless, and the possibility of a new life with Matthew. Nor can her friends help—ripped apart by their own secrets, they seem destined to face what is coming alone.

For time is short, and Belial’s plan is about to crash into the Shadowhunters of London like a deadly wave, one that will separate Cordelia, Lucie, and the Merry Thieves from help of any kind. Left alone in a shadowy London, they must face Belial’s deadly army. If Cordelia and her friends are going to save their city—and their families—they will have to muster their courage, swallow their pride, and trust one another again. For if they fail, they may lose everything—even their souls.

Yeah, this is fine. I’m totally fine. *rocks back and forth*
What do you guys think? Sound off in the comments!

Chain of Thorns is published on January 31, 2023!

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6 Comments on Read: First official synopsis for ‘Chain of Thorns’

  1. Countess Grey // May 4, 2022 at 7:10 AM // Reply

    I‘m just – wow! BUT I am a firm believer in Jordelia (hoping that my fav Math will find happiness elsewhere…?) Asking for a friend: Can you apply for ARCs without being a bookish blogger??

    • I agree. Let’s hope Matthew will find happiness and sobriety somewhere else.

      I don’t think there will be ARCs since it’s the final book of the series. It’s been the same with TDA.

      • Countess Grey // May 4, 2022 at 2:05 AM //

        I cannot believe I started this series being utterly convinced that Matthew and Lucie would end up together…well, I don‘t dare making any predictions at this point because Cassie always has some surprise left!
        Ohhhh, that does make sense, thank you very much! I was already tempted to write to some publishers…;D

  2. I am devistated the release has been pushed back. But LOVING all the snippets we are finally getting. I am so keen to read Chain of Thorns. It is my favourite of Cassies so far!

  3. TLH has been my favourite series from the Shadowhunter world so far. But I must say that people cannot write a synopsis whitout being spoilery!!! The Fairstairs fandom will be celebrating after reading this!!!
    Another love triangle with a bunch of drama, just how we like it.

  4. We wish we didn’t have to wait until January!

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