The Last Hours: Chain of Iron

By Cassandra Clare

The Shadowhunters must catch a killer in Edwardian London in this dangerous and romantic sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Chain of Gold, from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cassandra Clare. Chain of Iron is a Shadowhunters novel.

Cordelia Carstairs seems to have everything she ever wanted. She’s engaged to marry James Herondale, the boy she has loved since childhood. She has a new life in London with her best friend Lucie Herondale and James’s charming companions, the Merry Thieves. She is about to be reunited with her beloved father. And she bears the sword Cortana, a legendary hero’s blade. But the truth is far grimmer. James and Cordelia’s marriage is a lie, arranged to save Cordelia’s reputation. James is in love with the mysterious Grace Blackthorn whose brother, Jesse, died years ago in a terrible accident. Cortana burns Cordelia’s hand when she touches it, while her father has grown bitter and angry. And a serial murderer is targeting the Shadowhunters of London, killing under cover of darkness, then vanishing without a trace. Together with the Merry Thieves, Cordelia, James and Lucie must follow the trail of the knife-wielding killer through the city’s most dangerous streets. All the while, each is keeping a shocking secret: Lucie, that she plans to raise Jesse from the dead; Cordelia, that she has sworn a dangerous oath of loyalty to a mysterious power; and James, that he is being drawn further each night into the dark web of his grandfather, the arch-demon Belial. And that he himself may be the killer they seek.

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 14+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406358100
  • Published: 02 Mar 2021
  • Price: £14.99
  • Size: 229 x 152 mm
  • Pages: 576

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Customer reviews


'On Chain of Gold: For teenagers who might like to lose themselves in an Edwardian London overrun with demons [...] this story offers glamour, romance and peril.' Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times

'Featured in The Bookseller's March Previews 2021.' The Bookseller

'Simply put, Chain of Iron was everything that I had expected and absolutely then some! The pacing was completely edge of your seat enthralling and the beloved characters completely will keep you invested throughout! That completely wild ending too, it’s only encouraging all the heartache for book 3, which I cannot wait for, especially how things were left at the conclusion of Chain of Iron! There were so many moments throughout where I was inwardly cheering, especially when something happened that I’d been so eager to happen, it was so satisfying' Brooklyn the Bookworm

'What else can I say but I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! I think this series might be my favorite in the shadowhunters world. I have all my favorites from The Clockwork Devices series but I just love the energy of the merry thieves. Chain of Iron absolutely stole my heart, many tears were shed but it was all so worth it!' Booksaboutem

'Wow, what a roller coaster. The Last Hours is coming to be my favourite Cassandra Clare series yet (and that’s saying something - I love them all). The characters in this series are incredible!' Booked by Ari

'What can I say, other than Cassandra Clare has such a way with words.' Bookish Intoxication

'Chain of Iron is the second in the series, and somehow it was even better than the first. There’s a lot going on, but I enjoyed every single moment.' anjalikay

'There’s pain, love, and loss to be found between these pages and I highly suggest you keep a box of tissues nearby – the Angel knows you’ll need them! There’s no official date set for the next book, Chain of Thorns, but I would willingly battle 5 mandikhor demons to get my hands on a copy now!' Booktopia

'that cliff-hanger ending will have readers begging for the next book.' Book Girl Between the Pages

'All in all, I thought Chain of Iron was a fantastic book and a nice sequel to Chain of Gold.' Happy Indulgence

'Chain of Iron flowed seamlessly from Chain of Gold and damn, as soon as you pick it up, you honestly can’t put it down.' Blue Fairy Tales

'Rating: 5 out of 5!' Emma the Bibliophile

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