As much as I would love to read about Alec and Magnus, having rather enjoyed their characters to an extent throughout my early years of reading Clare’s earlier works, I’m no longer as ignorant as I once was about her as an author. And now, as an adult who knows better, I recently made the decision that I won’t be doing anything to further support an author whom I find deeply problematic. Past reviewing the books of hers that I have already read, I won’t be reading any more of Cassandra Clare’s work. Therefore, though I do adore the characters, I cannot bring myself to read another of her novels. Thus, The Red Scrolls of Magic is one that I will be avoiding. For a further understanding of why you can read my review for her very first novel, City of Bones.
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.
How do you feel about The Red Scrolls of Magic? Is this a book you have on your TBR? One you plan on reading? Is it one you’re going to pass up? Are you excited? Meh? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!