Chain of Iron

The Last Hours

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Author: Cassandra Clare

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In this second book in The Last Hours, following Chain of Gold, Cordelia Carstairs finds herself engaged to James Herondale, the boy she has loved since childhood. With her new life in London with her best friend Lucie Herondale and James’s charming companions, the Merry Thieves, the prospect of being reunited with her beloved father, and the legendary hero’s blade, Cortana, it seems she has everything she could want.

But in truth their marriage is a lie, designed to save Cordelia’s reputation and James is in love with the mysterious Grace Blackthorn, whose brother, Jesse, died years ago in a terrible accident. Also, Cortana burns Cordelia’s hand at the slightest touch and her father has grown bitter and angry. Meanwhile, 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. Worst of all, James fears that he himself may be the very killer they seek.