|Chain of Gold|
|Release Date||March 3, 2020|
| Preceded by|
The Infernal Devices
| Followed by|
Chain of Iron
| Released after|
Ghosts of the Shadow Market
| Released before|
The Lost Book of the White
|“||Evil hides in plain sight and the only thing more dangerous than fighting demons is falling in love.||”|
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 a dark legacy has gifted them with incredible powers—and force a brutal choice that will reveal the true cruel price of being a hero.
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.
- Cordelia Carstairs — a young Shadowhunter arriving in London trying to make powerful friends in order to save her family from disgrace.
- James Herondale — Cordelia's childhood friend and crush, James struggles with his demonic of seeing another realm.
- Lucie Herondale — Cordelia's soon-to-be parabatai, Lucie is an aspiring writer who is more than thrilled to begin training for their parabatai ceremony.
- Matthew Fairchild — James's parabatai who is a cheerful but often intoxicated presence and appears to be keeping a secret.
- Thomas Lightwood — having recently returned from his travel year, Thomas is happy to be home and with his friends.
- Christopher Lightwood — with the mind of an inventor, he is often absent-minded and found experimenting in his or Henry Fairchild's lab.
- Alastair Carstairs — Cordelia's stern older brother, who has a secret of his own.
- Anna Lightwood — regarded as a bit of a bohemian, Anna is a quite popular with the ladies but disapproved of by the older generation for her life-style choices and for dressing like a man. Nevertheless she views the others as her underlings and often does her best to look out for them.
- Grace Blackthorn — the mysterious adopted daughter of Tatiana Blackthorn whom James is in love with.
- Tatiana Blackthorn — a maddened woman who seeks revenge and to resurrect her dead son.
- London Enclave — governing body of the local Shadowhunters, which consists of Will Herondale, Tessa Herondale, Charles Fairchild, Henry Fairchild, Gabriel Lightwood, Gideon Lightwood, Sophie Lightwood, and Cecily Lightwood.
- Brother Zachariah — a Silent Brother, and the former parabatai of Will Herondale, who acts as a kind of uncle to James, Lucie and the others.
- Hypatia Vex — a warlock who owns the Hell Ruelle.
- Malcolm Fade — High Warlock of London, succeeding Ragnor Fell.
- Magnus Bane — a powerful warlock, and old friend of Will Herondale's.
- Jessamine Lovelace — the ghost guardian of the London Institute.
- Jesse Blackthorn — Tatiana's deceased son and Grace Blackthorn's adoptive brother. His spirit can only be seen by his mother, Grace, and Lucie Herondale.
- First editions: The US first editions included colored frontispiece portraits of the main characters, drawn by Cassandra Jean, and the short story Fairy Tale of London.
- Waterstones exclusive editon: This edition included a letter from Ragnor Fell to Magnus Bane; as well as the above extras.
- Litjoy Crate exclusive: Those who pre-ordered through their Chain of Gold special preorder, received an exclusive letter from Lucie Herondale to Cordelia Carstairs.
- Though majority of the action takes place in 1903, the narrative moves back and forth in time, covering some things that happened in the "20 odd years since Clockwork Princess" (1878), with chapters subtitled "Time Now" and "Time Past".
- Cassandra Clare released ten short stories revolving around the characters from The Last Hours, including Matthew Fairchild, Thomas Lightwood, James Herondale, Lucie Herondale, Cordelia Carstairs, Anna Lightwood, and more. They were posted on her site and on her Tumblr to be read for free. One story was be released each month leading up to the publication of Chain of Gold.
- The book was initially slated for release in 2018. However the release date was switched with Queen of Air and Darkness's 2019 release due to writer's block with Chain of Gold and as agreed upon with the publisher. An initial release date of November 19th of 2019 was announced in December, but the release was pushed back due to Cassandra Clare's health problems and need for surgery during the writing phase of the book.
- The chapter titles, like in The Infernal Devices, are all taken from poetry of the Victorian and Edwardian era that the characters would be familiar with.
- This book is told from several characters' point of view; namely, Cordelia, James, Lucie, Tessa, Thomas, Matthew, Anna, Magnus, and Tatiana.
- ↑ Amazon.com: Chain of Gold (The Last Hours Book 1)
- ↑ Chain of Gold | Simon & Schuster
- ↑ "It’s very likely Fairytale will end up being the short story printed at the end of Chain of Gold for the special editions." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
- ↑ Cassandra Clare's August 2019 Newsletter
- ↑ "About the special edition of Chain of Gold" – Cassandra Clare on Instagram
- ↑ Description on Waterstones' site
- ↑ Description on Litjoy's site
- ↑ http://cassandraclare.tumblr.com/post/159325012584/hi-ms-cassandra-is-the-last-hours-going-to-pick
- ↑ http://cassandraclare.tumblr.com/post/160747016344/will-we-ever-get-more-stories-of-young-james
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 "Chain of Gold publication" — Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
- ↑ The Last Hours on Shadowhunters.com
- ↑ "2018 probably." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
- ↑ Cassandra Clare's September 2017 Newsletter
- ↑ "Coming November 19, 2019:" Cassandra Clare on Instagram
- ↑ "poetry the characters would have been familiar with." — CC on Tumblr