We’re almost there!
The wait for Chain of Iron has been agonizing, but we’re now only three days away! We can’t wait to see what Cassandra Clare has in store for the second installment of the Last Hours trilogy.
We know we’re not the only ones driving ourselves crazy trying to figure out what’s going to happen in this book. We also know that there’s no way we’d be able to predict every thing that’s going to happen. But we do know what we want to happen.
Here are just 10 of the things we want to see in Chain of Iron.
Starting off with the most obvious one, of course. We know James and Cordelia aren’t exactly getting married under the best circumstances, and we know the road ahead will not be easy, but we love these two, and we can’t wait to see how their dynamic changes after they get married and start spending so much time together. Yes, we expect there to be a lot of sexual and romantic tension, but we also just really want to see them becoming close friends.
Anna realizing that love is worth it
We love Anna so much, but she is breaking our hearts right now. No, we don’t blame Ariadne at all for what happened in Every Exquisite Thing. She was a kid! And she had every reason to be afraid of what might happen if she entered into a relationship with Anna! Still, the hurt it caused Anna was very real, and it very clearly had a long lasting impact on her.
The Anna we met in Chain of Gold clearly doesn’t think that relationships between women are possible. She’s resigned to her fate of having one-night stands with women and then watching them get married and have children, because according to Anna, that’s what women want. It’s so sad to watch, but Ariadne seems determined to prove her wrong, and we’re rooting for her.
Christopher getting the respect he deserves
Will this happen? Knowing the Shadowhunters, probably not. But we love Christopher and his inventions and we’re ready for him to save the day yet again.
Lucie doing… *long sigh*… Herondale shit
Lucie is clearly going to have a really important role in this book. We know she’s trying to raise her ghost boyfriend from the dead, and honestly? Good for her. I guess necromancy technically counts as “Blackthorn shit,” but it’s definitely a Herondale thing as well.
Lucie has extremely strong Herondale energy, and we’re ready for her to shine in this book. We are, however, also ready to be extremely exasperated by her all the time.
We barely got to see Ariadne at all in Chain of Gold, and we’re ready for that to change. We’re ready to see her thoughts about her family situation, about her sexuality, about Anna. Most importantly, though, we’re ready to get to know her as a character on her own.
Alastair’s redemption arc
I say “redemption arc,” but really, I’m not sure Alastair needs a redemption arc at this point, at least in the eyes of the reader. He was one of the best surprises of Chain of Gold, a standout thanks to his wit, his dedication to his family, and his willingness to call out the main characters whenever they were being ridiculous. He’s a complicated character, but in a good way.
That said, the characters don’t know nearly as much about Alastair as the readers do, and that means he has a lot of work to do if he wants to be friends with them. We know he’s going to have to do something to prove that he’s changed since his days at Shadowhunter academy, and we can’t wait to find out what that is.
DILF Will Herondale
It’s very strange when a book series goes on for so long that you get to see your middle school “book boyfriend” become a hot dad, but here we are. We weren’t sure what to expect from Will in The Last Hours, but as it turns out, fatherhood suits him well. Of course this isn’t his series, but we’re still excited to get a few more glimpses of him in this book.
Lucie and Cordelia as parabatai
Please, please let these girls become parabatai, or at least let us see them training for their ceremony. Their relationship is so wonderful, and we just want to see more of them together.Matthew taking steps toward recovery
We know that things are probably going to get a lot worse for Matthew in this book, but we hope to see at least a little bit of growth from him. Just enough that we can have hope going into the final installment of the series. If he at least realizes that he has a drinking problem and talks to someone about it, we’ll be happy.
All our favs being happy and alive
Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare comes out March 2nd, 2021.