Monday 15 April 2019

Book Review: The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu (YA Fantasy)

Title: The Red Scrolls of Magic (Eldest Curses #1)
Author: Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu
Simon & Schuster Australia

Publication Date: April 2019
YA Fantasy
Won in a Giveaway


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 Shadowhunters world has always been a bit hit and miss for me. I read City of Bones and thought it okay, but I didn't continue with the series; however, I adored the Infernal Devices trilogy, which is far more sophisticated and has a dash of steampunk. The only thing that kept me watching the Netflix Mortal Instruments series was Magnus Bane, which is why I entered the giveaway to win a copy of this book. I figured, with him front and centre, what could go wrong? And there were things I liked: the banter, the basic premise of the story and the idea of Magnus' parentage causing future problems, and the fact it was a quick, entertaining read. Nonetheless, I would have liked a little more depth at times, both from Magnus and Alec and especially from some of the side characters. The progression of the action was pretty predictable too. So, this was a middle-of-the-road read for me. I didn't dislike it, and I would read on in the series, but I don't see myself wanting to pick this up again and again for a reread. Once was enough. I am giving it three and a half stars. If you are a Shadowhunters fan, you'll enjoy it, I'm sure. If you are new to the world, my recommendation would be to head to Infernal Devices.

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