BOOK REVIEW: RED SCROLLS OF MAGIC

The Red Scrolls of Magic Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu


Red Scrolls of Magic

Summary


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.


Analysis


I couldn't put the book down. Clare and Chu make a great team, bringing a much-needed voice to modern teen romance. In the acknowledgements, Clare notes that she created the couple for her friends and readers in the LGBTQ community, "My gay, lesbian, and bisexual friends searched in vain for representation of themselves in any kind of book they liked to read: swashbuckling fantasy adventures." So, a swashbuckling fantasy adventure she gave us.


Red Scrolls of Magic takes us on an adventure complete with fantastical parties, disastrous train rides, and the infamous Shadow Market as Alec and Magnus (Malec, to fans) travel through Europe to track down a mysterious cult leader. Follow their love story that began in City of Bones and deepens as they journey together through Venice, Paris, and Rome.


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