All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.
Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. As if it wasn't bad enough that their romantic getaway has been sidetracked, demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they've both been keeping.
The titles of each part and the epilogue refer to its corresponding setting.
Part I: City of Love
Part II: City of Masks
Part III: City of War
Epilogue: City I Call Home
- Magnus Bane — the High Warlock of Brooklyn, Magnus is vacationing with his boyfriend when rumors that he is the leader of a dangerous cult, the Crimson Hand, reach him.
- Alec Lightwood — a Shadowhunter on vacation with his warlock boyfriend Magnus, Alec must prove his boyfriend's innocence before the Clave could get wind of it and put him at risk.
- Shinyun Jung — a mysterious warlock who joins Magnus and Alec in their pursuit of the Crimson Hand.
- Helen Blackthorn — a half-faerie Shadowhunter of the Los Angeles Institute on her travel year who encounters Alec during her own investigation into the Crimson Hand.
- Aline Penhallow — a friend of the Lightwoods and daughter of the new Consul Jia who aids Alec in his efforts to help Magnus and meets Helen in Rome.
- Waterstones UK exclusive hardback special edition: This edition's cover is covered with love runes. It contains an excerpt about how Magnus and Catarina met.
- This story was later included as a flashback in The Lost Book of the White.
- Waterstones UK exclusive paperback special edition: This edition has sprayed red edges and contains an excerpt from The Lost Book of the White that includes the whole TMI gang.
- This passage was actually removed/rewritten by the time The Lost Book of the White was published and is now considered a deleted scene.
- Good Choice Readings Virtual Signings exclusive: Those who purchased the book through Good Choice Readings Virtual Signings received an exclusive letter that Magnus wrote Alec. The letter is the one Magnus had given with the notebook of stories he gave Alec in City of Heavenly Fire. The letter is written on a stationery with Magnus's monogram and the envelope it was in has his blue wax seal.
- The title refers to the Red Scrolls of Magic.
- The cover features Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood with Paris in the background.
- The book is told from the points of views of Magnus, Alec, and Shinyun.
- The book is set in Paris, Venice, Rome, New York, and Korea, with the titles of the three parts and epilogue of the book corresponding to each location.
- People who donated $10 to the Worldbuilders' 2016 Fundraiser got the chance to have their name used as a character in the book. The winner/s has/have yet to be announced.
- The book was initially set to be the third and final book in the trilogy before Cassandra Clare decided to switch the title order of the series.
- The Red Scrolls of Magic | Simon & Schuster
- The Red Scrolls of Magic on Amazon.com
- "I did write it as an extra" — Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
- For every $10 donated through this page, you get one chance to have your name as a character in the first book of the Magnus Bane trilogy, The Lost Book of the White (co written by Wesley Chu). — Crowdspire
- "... but as we wrote the books, it turned out that it was a better title for the second book, so it got changed. It doesn't mean anything for the plot or the story or the characters." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr