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The Red Scrolls of Magic is the first book of the The Eldest Curses trilogy, co-written by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu.


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.[1][2]


The titles of each part and the epilogue refer to its corresponding setting.

Part I: City of Love

  1. Collision in Paris
  2. Stars Spell Your Name
  3. The Crimson Hand
  4. Much Abides
  5. Shadow Market
  6. Clash by Night
  7. The Orient Express
  8. Speed of Fire
  9. Shinyun

Part II: City of Masks

  1. Labyrinth of Water
  2. Masks
  3. Tread Softly
  4. Dance Me to Your Beauty
  5. High Water
  6. Mori Shu
  7. The Red Scrolls of Magic
  1. Bitter Secrets

Part III: City of War

  1. The Treasures That Prevail
  2. Bound in Heaven
  3. Aqua Morte
  4. Fire in the Crimson Hand
  5. The Great Poison
  6. Helen Blackthorn's Blood
  7. Cursed Daughter
  8. Chains of Magic
  9. Old Sins
  10. Forged in Fire
  11. The Prince of Fools
  12. The Fool's Knight
  13. The Aftermath of Glory
  14. The Quality of Mercy

Epilogue: City I Call Home






International covers

Special content

  • Waterstones Exclusive Edition: This edition's cover is covered with love runes and it contains a bonus story of How Magnus and Catarina Met—which was later included as a flashback in The Lost Book of the White.[3]
  • Waterstones exclusive paperback edition: This edition has sprayed red edges and contains an excerpt from The Lost Book of the White that includes the whole The Mortal Instruments gang[4] that was later 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 pre-order: Those who purchased the book through Good Choice Readings Virtual Signings received the letter that Magnus wrote Alec in the notebook of stories he gave Alec in City of Heavenly Fire.[5][6]
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  • 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.[7] 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.[8]


Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunter Chronicles
The Mortal Instruments
City of Bones City of Ashes City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels City of Lost Souls City of Heavenly Fire
The Infernal Devices The Dark Artifices
Clockwork Angel Lady Midnight
Clockwork Prince Lord of Shadows
Clockwork Princess Queen of Air and Darkness
The Last Hours The Eldest Curses
Chain of Gold The Red Scrolls of Magic
Chain of Iron The Lost Book of the White
Chain of Thorns The Black Volume of the Dead
The Bane Chronicles
What Really Happened in Peru Saving Raphael Santiago
The Runaway Queen The Fall of the Hotel Dumort
Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale What to Buy the Shadowhunter...
The Midnight Heir The Last Stand of the New York Institute
The Rise of the Hotel Dumort The Course of True Love (And First Dates)
The Voicemail of Magnus Bane
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy Pale Kings and Princes
The Lost Herondale Bitter of Tongue
The Whitechapel Fiend The Fiery Trial
Nothing but Shadows Born to Endless Night
The Evil We Love Angels Twice Descending
Ghosts of the Shadow Market
Cast Long Shadows Son of the Dawn
Every Exquisite Thing The Land I Lost
Learn About Loss Through Blood, Through Fire
A Deeper Love The Lost World
The Wicked Ones Forever Fallen
The Wicked Powers
Companion books
The Shadowhunter's Codex
An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of Downworld
A Long Conversation
The Official Mortal Instruments Coloring Book
All the Stories are True: Classics Reimagined in the World of the Shadowhunters
Secrets of Blackthorn Hall
City of Bones: The Graphic Novel
The Mortal Instruments graphic novels
The Infernal Devices: Manga Series
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments