Chain of Thorns


But you cannot fix someone. In the end, if they can be fixed at all, they must do the repairs themselves.”

Cassandra Clare


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.

My Review:

Once again I don’t know how Cassandra Clare does it. Such a complex cast of characters, yet I feel like I know and love them ALL. An even more complicated mystery. Everyone interconnects and small clues are scattered about. Yet she managed to keep my attention the whole 752 pages with her poetic writing, amazing chemistry between characters, and great character arcs. The banter between the merry thieves and between couples made my heart happy the whole way. I laughed, I cried, and I almost flung the book across the room. (It’s so massive, that throwing it would’ve caused more damage to my room than to it, so I decided against it). If you haven’t caught up with this series, what are you waiting for? It’s absolutely amazing!

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review, and all opinions on this blog are my own.

Life Update:

I’m currently reading Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun and really enjoying it. This series is hilarious and I highly recommend it as a palette cleanser in between more serious books.

I’ve been recently getting used to life as a stay at home mom, after leaving my job of 9 years as a 911 Dispatcher. It’s been tough getting used to sleeping at night like regular people for one. Being a regular person with a regular schedule is definitely an adjustment.

I’ve been enjoying the little things, like coffee in the mornings while I catch up on social media posts and cuddle with the dog on the couch. Also, my husband and I recently started playing pickle ball. He has been whooping my butt lately, but I’m getting better. I’ve been trying to be more present with the kids, especially on the way back from school when they take turns telling me all about their days.

I’ve been trying to heal and take it easy. One day at a time. I can’t heal 9 years of trauma in a few months. So I’ve been practicing being gentle with myself and giving myself grace.

How about you? How is life? Share anything you would like to share in the comments!

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