Author: Cassandra Clare
Chain of Gold is the first book in The Last Hours trilogy, set in the Shadowhunters' universe, where evil lurks in plain sight and love cuts deeper than a blade.
Cordelia Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, a warrior trained from childhood to fight demons. When her father is accused of a terrible crime, she and her brother travel to London to prevent the family's ruin. Cordelia's mother wants to marry her off, but the young woman is determined to be a hero and not a bride.
Cordelia reunites with childhood friends Jame and Lucie Herondale and enters their world of elegant balls, secret meetings and supernatural encounters, where vampires and witches mingle with mermaids and sorcerers. Meanwhile, she tries to hide her love for James, who has sworn to marry someone else.
But Cordelia's new life is turned upside down when a series of terrifying demonic attacks devastate London. These evil beings are unlike any Shadowhunters have ever faced - they walk in broad daylight, attack with an incurable venom, and seem impossible to kill. London is immediately quarantined.
Trapped in the city, Cordelia and her friends soon discover that a dark legacy has given them extraordinary powers. Powers that will force them to make a terrible choice and discover the true price of being a hero.