REVIEW: Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare
Red Scrolls of Magic:
This book follows Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood as they go on their first holiday together. This book takes place between City of Glass and City of Fallen Angels chronologically. Magnus Bane finally takes his shadowhunter boyfriend on a lavish vacation. Well that was the plan anyway. When they arrive in Paris, they get the news that something that Magnus did in the past is now coming back to haunt him. He finds out that he accidentally started a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand. He only meant it, as a joke well people didn’t take it that way. Magnus and Alec must now find out who is the new leader of the Crimson Hand and stop them from tearing the shadow world apart by igniting chaos and hate crimes.
One of my favourite parts about this book is that we get to see more time with Malec in those early days. Malec although a very famous ship in the shadowhunter chronicles, their story was never enough for me. We got their relationship in the later books and it was developed more but in the early days, the Jace/Clary story and stopping the doom of the world was more important.
In addition to this, I loved how it was explained how Aline and Helen met each other. I could so imagine it in my head. Those two will always be a favourite of mine. But what is so sad about it is the fact that we know what happens to them, how they are exiled because Helen is half fae and since the fae was on the side of Sebastian Morgernstern. It wasn’t their fault but it was the better option to keep them both together.
One let down though, is that we only get Jace and Isabel on the phone. They only talk to Alec via the phone and it was so sad that we didn’t get to see them appear in person. But I’m happy that they were included in the book.
I pre-ordered the Waterstones edition of the book and it is gorgeous. The entire book has red love runes all other it. I’m so happy I got this edition as I have all of the other editions that match. It is truly gorgeous.
Overall 4 out of 5 stars.