Chain of Thorns, the final book of The Last Hours trilogy, by Cassandra Clare, isn’t set to hit shelves until next year, but fans of the series are already jumping with excitement in their Edwardian boots. Today was the reveal of the cover for the book, which features Grace Blackthorn in a grandiose pear green ball gown that brilliantly stands out in the dark golden backdrop of Blackthorn Hall.
This cover complements the previous two covers with ease as all three feature the main females of the story, though some fans may argue the likeability of this character. Regardless, Grace’s presence in the story does play a significant part in the story, as do all of Clare’s cover characters, and Clare does give reasons on her Instagram as to why we have such a complex/gray character on Chain of Thorns.
As beautiful as the cover is, fans know this is barely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to reading up on the lives of Shadowhunters, especially when it comes to the final book of the series, and this will likely be no exception as Clare has proven time and time again.
Shadowhunters fans can get more excited in two more weeks when they reveal the OTHER SIDE of the jacket for an alternative cover with a different character and backdrop!
For those curious wanderers to this post, Chain of Thorns is not only the third and final book of The Last Hours trilogy, it is also the latest book in the Shadowhunters books, a collection of series that chronicle the lives of specific groups of Shadowhunters (humans with angel blood who live to protect normal humans from demons who invade the world), sometimes in different time periods. All books are written by Cassandra Clare, with several short stories co-written by varies other authors and friends of Cassie. The Last Hours takes place during the Edwardian period, while its direct predecessor takes place during the Victorian period. Other Shadowhunters books, with the exception of Clare’s short story collections, take place during more modern times.
About Chain of Thorns:
Cordelia Carstairs has lost everything that matters to her. In only a few short weeks, she has seen her father murdered, her plans to become parabatai with her best friend, Lucie, destroyed, and her marriage to James Herondale crumble before her eyes. Even worse, she is now bound to an ancient demon, Lilith, stripping her of her power as a Shadowhunter.
After fleeing to Paris with Matthew Fairchild, Cordelia hopes to forget her sorrows in the city’s glittering nightlife. But reality intrudes when shocking news comes from home: Tatiana Blackthorn has escaped the Adamant Citadel, and London is under new threat by the Prince of Hell, Belial.
Cordelia returns to a London riven by chaos and dissent. The long-kept secret that Belial is James and Lucie’s grandfather has been revealed by an unexpected enemy, and the Herondales find themselves under suspicion of dealings with demons. Cordelia longs to protect James but is torn between a love for James she has long believed hopeless, and the possibility of a new life with Matthew. Nor can her friends help—ripped apart by their own secrets, they seem destined to face what is coming alone.
For time is short, and Belial’s plan is about to crash into the Shadowhunters of London like a deadly wave, one that will separate Cordelia, Lucie, and the Merry Thieves from help of any kind. Left alone in a shadowy London, they must face Belial’s deadly army. If Cordelia and her friends are going to save their city—and their families—they will have to muster their courage, swallow their pride, and trust one another again. For if they fail, they may lose everything—even their souls.
Have you pre-ordered your copy yet? Pre-ordering gets your the Special Collector’s First Edition, which includes the reversible jacket, 10 interior illustrations beautifully done by Alexandra Curte, and an additional short story.
You can pre-order Chain of Thorns at the following at Amazon or Barnes & Noble, and for a limited time, LitJoy is running a special exclusive edition, with some other additions! The publication date is set for January 31, 2023.