Chain of Gold
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Cassandra Clare

Audiobook narrator

Finty Williams

Release Date March 3, 2020

Cordelia Carstairs

The Last Hours
 1  2  3
Preceded by
The Infernal Devices
(Clockwork Princess)
Followed by
Chain of Iron

Chain of Gold is the first installment of The Last Hours trilogy by Cassandra Clare.


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.[1]

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.[2]


Part One

Prologue: Days Past: 1897
  1. Better Angels
  2. Ashes of Roses
  3. This Living Hand
  4. Half Sick of Shadows
  5. Fallen With the Night
  6. No More of Mirth
  7. Fall of Songs
  8. No Strange Land
  9. Deadly Wine
  10. Loyalty Binds
  11. Talismans and Spells
  12. The End of It
  1. Blue Ruin
  2. Among Lions

Part Two

  1. The Whispering Room
  2. Legion
  3. The Hollow Sea
  4. Darkness Stirs
  5. All Places Hell
  6. Less Than Gods
  7. Burn
  8. The Rules of Engagement
  9. No One Who Loves

Epilogue: Chiswick House, London



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The frontispiece in first editions by Cassandra Jean.

Special content


  • 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".[7]
  • 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.[8][9]
  • The book was initially slated for release in 2018.[10][11] 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.[12] An initial release date of November 19th of 2019 was announced in December,[13] but the release was pushed back due to Cassandra Clare's health problems and need for surgery during the writing phase of the book.[9]
  • 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.[14]
  • This book is told from several characters' point of view; namely, Cordelia, James, Lucie, Tessa, Thomas, Matthew, Anna, Magnus, and Tatiana.


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