Title: The Red Scrolls of Magic
Series: The Eldest Curses #1
Authors: Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Format: Kindle Edition
Length: 432 pages
Rating: 4/5 ★★★★☆
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.
A warrior chosen by angels and a well-dressed demon’s child, in love and intent on adventure through Europe. What could go wrong?
I did love this book but probably thanks to Wesley Chu here's why I won't be supporting CC anymore
I READ THIS BOOK IN TWO DAYS AND NO SLEEP (but the review is taking me so long)
Let me start by clearing up a few things:
- I’m not a Cassandra Clare fan, I don’t hate her but I’m really not a fan of her other works, as proved by my review of Lady Midnight
- My knowledge of the Shadowhunters’ world comes from the dubious sources of one of my best friends, the TV Show, and having only read Lady Midnight and City of bones (way back in my youth… like 2008)
- Lastly, I love fantasy and happy queer stories
With all this in mind, I still decided to pick up this novel…
and I f*cking loved it
The story takes place during Alec and Magnus’ vacation in Europe between City of Glass and City of Fallen Angels. That means that, while there’s a lot of action and we see a lot of characters, there can’t really be any significant growth since they have to go back to the main storyline. However I feel like this was handled pretty well by the authors are the characters never fell flat or came across as stagnant in the progress of the novel.
This new timeline also serves the purpose of bringing back beloved characters and taking a bit of the trauma out of our main characters (LET MY BABIES REST). Their relationship is brand new, Alec and Magnus are still learning about each other, still excited but unsure about their feelings
We get to see these two grow more comfortable with each other and with themselves in the relationship, we see way more of the Downworld than we are used to, considering that most novels are told from a shadowhunter’s perspective.
All in all, this is a great book that you can enjoy whether you are a Cassie Clare fan or not, because it’s about a demon slayer and a warlock, in love, traveling through Europe, and wrecking shit up; what’s not to love?
I've made this new banners so people can read without worries sorry for the extra media
Consent is king. I need to mention this first of all because it was so incredible to see so explicitly put. We all know age difference is a weird thing with immortals so Magnus takes care not to pressure Alec into doing anything he’s not ready for but it goes even further. There’s this point where they are getting into it and suddenly Alec whispered “wait” and that second Magnus gets off of him and puts his hands behind his back, quickly reassuring Alec that it’s okay. It was a moment but it was so earnest and caring that I needed to point it out.
Alec cares about the Law… as long as the Law protects Magnus. The moment this boy realized his Law didn’t care for one of his loved ones he straight up decided that the Law, something that had ruled his whole life since he was born, was wrong and had to be changed. If that’s not dedication I don’t know what is.
HELEN AND ALINE ARE SO IN LOVE AND CANON USELESS LESBIANS I LOVE THEM On a more serious note, I loved these two. We get to see how they met and we see them as two girls fumbling around each other but also as a couple of badasses who can handle any demon or cult fo whatever needs to be dealt with.
Shinyun was shady from the beginning and Magnus is too much of a cinnamon roll to notice when people are lying to him… It’s interesting though how Magnus’ mercy transfers a bit to Alec as well. He starts as a very closed off person, with clear lines between good and evil and now we can see him becoming softer. Not in a bad way, he’s more understanding of the hardships others may suffer that he never had to think of. Sure, Shinyun turned out to be a bitch (THAT ENDING THO) but I don’t believe this proves either Magnus nor Alec were at fault for believing in her.
…turns out JIMON is real?? I didn’t believe in it because the show doesn’t give it any backup but in the books the ship between Jace and Simon is mentioned quite a lot… I can’t say I’m against it
As I said before, the characters aren’t allowed much real growth. If this novel had come out with the original series I don’t think The Breakup would have happened like it did. Alec also feels much more mature than I remember him, and this may be because CC is now used to writing him as an adult more than a teenager.
One more thing I didn’t love was that they trust Shinyun too quickly, I know that’s in the things I did love but that was from another perspective, here I’m talking about meeting her in the train and Alec identifying her as his attacker but both him and Magnus just brushing it off right away?? Magnus is sweet and kindhearted but you’d think that after 400 years in this
bitch of an Earth he’s have developed a bit more of a mistrust in others
Alec kissed as he did all things, so dedicated and wholehearted he swept Magnus away.
Magnus was very experienced in treating the Nephilim. Since Shadowhunters, however loving, were all reckless lunatics.
Perhaps all love sailed too close to madness. The deeper the love, the more dangerous.
I don’t need Paris, or Venice, or Rome. I just want you.