Wednesday, February 09, 2022

Chain of Iron: A Very Frustrating Read 😩 [Book Review]

"It’s never a tragedy to love somebody."


My rating: 4.5 / 5 ★

And I was no longer afraid. I knew I would be able to come home, because of you. That you would lead me back. You are my constant star, Daisy.

If I have to be honest, Chain of Iron is by far the most frustrating book that I've ever read. It took me months to get through halfway of it, then I had to put it down (or else risk ripping it apart), read something else in between before continuing it back and finishing it.


But did I still enjoy it? Yes. Yes, I did. In fact, I enjoyed it immensely.


If I were to compare Chain of Iron with Chain of Gold, the first book in The Last Hours trilogy, this one was a lot more draggy, especially during the first half of the book. But I cannot really hate it either because these were the parts where Cordelia and James got married, and there were a lot of cute domestic moments of them. I adored it, yet at the same time it felt exhausting to read too. I needed more actions, more James and Cordelia realising their true feelings, and less, well, less keeping everything to themselves. I cannot count how many times I wanted to yell to everyone to stop keeping secrets.


And there were a lot of secrets being kept. James kept a lot of truths between his relationship with Grace from Cordelia; Cordelia kept a lot of things from James and Lucie, but instead shared things with Matthew; Lucie kept everyone in the dark about Jesse; Matthew kept secrets about why he turned to drinking from James—the secrets were endless! Forgive me if I were to say that this is a very frustrating book to read.


But I have so much love for the Merry Thieves, and despite all the secrets being kept, when they needed to fight the demons, they fought hard together. The demon that went on a murdering spree in Chain of Iron was quite difficult to figure out its identity—I had some guesses, and some were true, some were hilariously wrong. I believe the mystery of it, combined with Clare's beautiful writing style, were what made me still fond of this book despite the burning frustrations. Along with the beloved Merry Thieves of course.


Cordelia and James' relationship was forlornly lovely. Despite their feelings for each other growing, the happy ending is still far from their reach. What's worse was Lucie and Jesse's relationship though. It's nice to see Lucie learning more about her powers, but the situation with Jesse kept getting grimmer. All I want is for these characters to be happy IS THAT SO HARD, CASSIE (ΰ²₯﹏ΰ²₯)


It's also surprising that I find myself warming up to Grace as well. I pretty much hated her in the first book, but in Chain of Iron, the reasons why she acted the way she did was unraveled, and I pitied her. I would not say I love her now, but I do want to root for her. I also want her to be friends with Christopher too, somehow. Christopher is one of the only characters that did not frustrate me and the way he excitedly talked about his experiments with Grace in that one scene was really adorable. He really is too precious.


Despite the frustration this book brought me, it still broke me to pieces and I have no regrets going through all that pain. I will be needing the ending, Chain of Thorns, real soon though. I need this agony of waiting to end, and I want Daisy to have her happy ending °(°ΛŠΠ”Λ‹°) ° OR ELSE.


Many thanks to Pansing for sending me this review copy in exchange for an honest review. Chain of Iron is available in all good bookstores! Please read it so we can go through the same pain 


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Title: Chain of Iron
Series: The Last Hours #2
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Walker Books
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Historical Fiction
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: March 2nd 2021
Pages: 571

Synopsis (Goodreads): 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.

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Till next time ♡ Love, Aishah Humaira'

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