The Red Scrolls of Magic

The Red Scrolls of Magic

From #1 New York Times bestseller Cassandra Clare and award-winner Wesley Chu comes the first book in a new series that follows High Warlock Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood as they tour the world after the Mortal War. The Red Scrolls of Magic is a Shadowhunters novel.All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who...

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  • C.G. Drews

    I think it's set after

    , so it was a bit of a throwback too and heartily reminded me that (1) I really need to reread TMI because I remember so little lolol, and (2) I've missed the old crew so much! Isabel and Jace only spoke to Alec on the phone through this, but like the warm feelings of tHE OLD SQUAD just made me happy.

    So Magnus and Alec are off on a Europe "vaca

    I think it's set after

    , so it was a bit of a throwback too and heartily reminded me that (1) I really need to reread TMI because I remember so little lolol, and (2) I've missed the old crew so much! Isabel and Jace only spoke to Alec on the phone through this, but like the warm feelings of tHE OLD SQUAD just made me happy.

    So Magnus and Alec are off on a Europe "vacation" except obviously that's a disaster and they end up hunting down a cult which Magnus may or may not have started. There's demons, doomed train rides, exploding houses, satanic rituals, blazing swords, and Alec charging into trouble the very second it blinks because he's a freaking Gryffindor and can't help himself. ALL THE GOOD STUFF. So so little relaxing was done. Magnus was very put out like 90% of the time. One of his meltdowns included being upset at the prospect of dying when everyone around him was so badly dressed.

    Magnus is everything.

    I mean, I love these two. I remember feeling like Alec was a bit whiny the first time I read TMI...which is why I desperately want to reread it. Because, look, Alec was a closeted gay kid absolutely buckling under the pressure of needing to be a great enough hero, a good enough person, someone everyone loved enough...that when they realised he was gay, the would still love him. And like punch me in the gut why don't you thanks. Alec resonates with me so much, and I know with so so many other readers. I'm SO glad more of his thoughts and perspectives are in this book. I simultaneously want to hug him and cry and also be in awe of him.

    And we know Magnus is the definition of "MOVE IM GAY" while in the midst of being a fabulous disaster. He's not perfect, he's foolish, he has an amazing arc about vulnerability in this book. And it just makes me love him more.

    Also every time they get romantic...it gets interrupted by like, demonic activity lmaoooo. Nothing like a demon here to spit on your love life. BUT!! The soft scenes, the gentle cuddling scenes, the kisses, the deepening relationship of two people who are learning to be vulnerable --- ajfldksad I loved it.

    Dude, no joke. This book is a CRACK UP. I laughed so much and the lines were golden. They also dragged Jace just the whole time for no reason and it was amazing. Also Magnus can't stop talking and his whole personality is basically just SHEDS GLITTER, WATCH OUT. omg I love him.

    There are so so many other characters who make an appearance! I SCREAM. Okay first off, most importantly, we get Helen Blackthorn and Aline backstory!!! I MEAN. MY GIRLS. Also the Blackthorns are mentioned, Raphael is here (being so pissy and antisocial I love him), Barnabus Hale is there, oh and Jonny Rook for a while. Tessa makes an appearance. And they mention so many others in passing it's just like one long moment of me, now turned into Captain America, looking up and saying "I UNDERSTOOD THAT REFERENCE."

    daaaamn how does Cassandra Clare actually keep this entire universe in her head. pls don't tell me she's anything short of a genius.

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    hi i'm obsessed and it was perfect HOW ARE YOU. I just love how it was so so funny, and it was really a good adventurous romp after how stressful QOAAD was. But it was also vulnerable and soft. And I love the killing demon scenes, but I also love just two worn out magical creatures flopped on a Venetian lounge, cuddling before the next scene of bloodstain and bruises. The balance? *clenches fist* too good. I loved this book so much.

  • sandeep

    Full review to come! :)

  • Melanie

    ✨ My reading vlog for this entire book, and my entire process of annotating, taking notes, and writing this very review, is live

    is the story that Magnus and Alec always deserved. My two precious boys, both t

    ✨ My reading vlog for this entire book, and my entire process of annotating, taking notes, and writing this very review, is live

    is the story that Magnus and Alec always deserved. My two precious boys, both trying to live in a world that wants them to be something they’re not, but together they are able to find happiness; it’s too pure. There is a reason why they are so many people’s favorite OTP and ship of all time, and I think this brand-new installment is going to make so many people happy.

    And this brand-new spin-off takes place during

    , when most of the Shadowhunter universe believes The Mortal War to be over. I do recommend that you read at the very least

    before picking this one up, because there are so many layers and elements that you just will not appreciate without knowing certain twists that are revealed in

    .

    Magnus and Alec are off trying to be romantic in Paris together, finally going on their very first vacation together, but a good friend soon informs them that they could potentially be in grave danger. A cult, The Crimson Hand, and their sacred book (yeah, you guessed it), The Red Scrolls of Magic, and the sacrifices they are making in the name of the cult leader. But the thing is, many people, including the Spiral Council, think that Magnus not only started this cult back in the day, but also that he is still leading it. Magnus also is discovering that someone or something has possibly tampered with his memories, yet he feels like there might be some truth in him starting the cult many moons ago.

    We get to see so much of Magnus’ past in this book, and so much of it is heartbreaking. I mean, if you have followed my reviews while I read everything by Cassandra Clare in 2018, you will know that Magnus has always been a favorite character of mine. But all the flashbacks in this book, in juxtaposition to the man we all know and love, it pulled at my heartstrings constantly while reading. Magnus Bane is a literary gift and I will thank all the higher powers for him and for Cassie Clare for creating him every single day.

    And this story is broken up in three parts that I will summarize in three sentences:

    - City of Love (Paris)

    - Romantic vacation quickly turns into a mission from Hell (factually).

    - City of Masks (Venice)

    - Best party ever, and holy moly cameos from above (literally).

    - City of War (Rome)

    - All the action, I’m living my best gay life, and the cliffhanger of all cliffhanger endings (truly).

    Like all the books in the Shadowhunter universe, bigotry and prejudices are at the forefront. How everyone looks at the Shadowhunters, who share blood with angels, is completely different than the Downworlders, especially Warlocks who share blood with Demons. And hatred will always breed the cruelest acts. The Shadowhunters and the Clave can be pretty closed minded over anyone who is deemed different, so Alec being gay AND dating a warlock is something that has shaken up many Shadowhunters.

    But Alec, unconditionally loving himself and Magnus, has started something beautiful, and because of it, many other Shadowhunters are learning to love and accept themselves. Aline and Helen are major side character in this book, and we even get to see them meet for the very first time. Friends, I don’t even have words. Not only are Aline and Helen my favorite queer ship in the Shadowhunter world, they are probably my favorite sapphic ship of all-time. Seeing the Asian girl get the Fae girl of her dreams? It just does something to me every single time. Also, speaking of Shadowhunter cameos, Lily Chen is also in the story, and she is the Asian pansexual love of my life, so I was truly living my best life with the entire cast of characters in this book.

    But, to me, this book was all about forgiveness and how sometimes forgiving someone is the most powerful move you can possibly make. We are all more than the mistakes of our parents and people that did horrible things who happen to share our blood. Everyone wants to be loved, and everyone is deserving of love, and sometimes that comes in the form of forgiveness And sometimes, beyond anything else, we need to forgive ourselves for past mistakes that we’ve made. Who you are in this moment means way more than who you were growing up, or even who you were last year. Sometimes people really do deserve second chances, and I hope you give yourself all the chances in the world to become the person you want to be.

    Overall, I loved this with my whole heart. These characters, all the queerness, the themes, the story, the mysteries, the twists; it was all amazing, especially knowing everything we know from all the other books that have taken place after the events in this one. And if you love the Warlocks in this world, then this is truly going to be the book for you! This was just a wonderful addition to the Shadowhunter world, and I think so many people are going to love it. Also, with all the Shadow Market activity and cameos, I really can’t wait to read the last two short stories in

    this June!

    And as always, I’m going to do a little mini character breakdown on my thoughts and feelings on all of the main characters in this book.

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    - Bi, Indonesian, High Warlock of Brooklyn. Magnus is truly going through some shit in this book, and my heart breaks for him. On top of everything, he is so scared to tell Alec who his real father is, and… my heart.

    - Gay, Shadowhunter, willing to protect Magnus at all costs. Me and Alec honestly have a rocky Shadowhunter history together, but I truly have grown to love him so much, and I love his love for Magnus. Alec is unsure of so many things, but he is never unsure about his love for Magnus.

    - Lesbian, Asian, Shadowhunter, love of my life.

    - Bi, Shadowhunter, half Fae, second love of my life.

    - Bi, Shadowhunter, annoying as fuck. And people are really going to dislike him because of the “I’m bi, so I want to sleep with everyone” stereotype.

    - Seeing her and Magnus talk about their love for Shadowhunters? Fuck me up, fam. Few things are better in the Shadowhunter universe than Magnus and Tessa’s friendship.

    - We meet this vampire and blood seller in the Paris Shadow Market and I seriously just want to know everything about it, because there is no way he isn’t going come more into play.

    - I had to list them with this character breakdown, because this phone call, and Simon trying to ask them for sex advice, was one of my favorite things in this book. The grapefruit suggestion almost took me out, honestly.

    - Be still, my heart. Johnny is normally at the LA Shadow Market, but he is at the Paris one and helps Magnus out a little bit. Also, I remember something that Johnny has in a TDA book and I can’t wait to see how he got his hands on this relic.

    - Korean, has a history with the cult, and is traveling alongside Magnus and Alec.

    - The smile I had on my face when I saw this sweetheart at the party. Ah, I can’t wait for him to be king already and to let my poor baby Kieran live his best life. Ah, my sweet Unseelie Princes, I can’t.

    - My jaw dropped, friends. Dropped. The High Warlock of LA is for sure in this book and throws the best party I’ve ever read about. And we know all the shit he was up to in

    , so I was honestly quaking.

    - Probably my favorite warlock (besides Magnus, obv) and I always smile over her, Magnus, and Ragnor Fell’s friendship. Give me a cameo from her in every Shadowhunter book, please.

    - Ace/Asexual, Mexican, vampire. Friends, I can’t cry anymore, okay? I always love seeing Raphael and Magnus and their friendship, but seeing Raphael and Alec bond and become friends, in the Raphael way, it truly broke me. And I just keep thinking about their son, and… I honestly am crying more? Wow.

    - My pansexual and Asian goddess. I would die for this woman and I want nothing more than for he to have her own full-length series. Also, seeing Helen and her kiss? Can officially confirm: Helen loves Asian women and I am truly living on cloud nine forever.

    - Warlock, runs the London Shadow Market. Seriously, this book is a warlock wet dream.

    - Warlock, LA Shadow Market runner, and always a treat to read about.

    - I’ve been screaming since

    to learn more about Magnus’ dad, and this book truly delivered. Yet, we have so much more to learn, and I think the next book is going to be everything.

    It is truly just a wild ride to see baby Magnus and baby Alec at the start of their new relationship, figuring out what they both want, what works, and what doesn’t, to seeing them married, seeing them as fathers, seeing them get the life they deserve, even if the world around them is still in chaos. To just know Alec becomes Consul of the Clave and is going to change the world for all Downworlder children. Friends, I am weeping at the honor of getting to see Magnus and Alec’s lives together. What a blessing, truly. Also, because I know people are going to be using the search engine on my blog to find this information: yes, Alec and Magnus do have sex for the first time in this book, but yes, Cassie keeps it totally YA and fades to black it before it becomes not PG13. (Also, friendly reminder: cis women, don’t fetishize m/m sex, thanks!)

    And I know I make a lot of jokes about Aline and Helen, but they truly make me happier than any other couple in all of these books. I had no idea that they were even going to be in this story, let alone letting us see them meet for the first time, and seeing Aline being the disaster gay she really is trying to ask Helen out. And with everything I said about Magnus and Alec and seeing them start out but knowing where their path leads in the future together, seeing Aline and Helen, and knowing all that they were forced to endure because of bigotry, it just takes everything to a whole other level.

    Overall, I just loved this completely. I laughed out loud, I cried over so many cameos, I smiled from pure happiness at my OTPs starting out their relationships, and I always wanted more of everything. I can’t wait to get my hands on

    , because I have a feeling that it’s going to be even better than this amazing series starter! Especially with that cliffhanger ending! Lord, hear my prayers.

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  • Ashley Nuckles

    SO SO SO SO GOOOOD! I NEED MORE MALECCCC.

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    Aline and Helen are useless lesbian culture and Alec and Magnus and Aline and Helen are mlm/wlw solidarity and that is the that on that

    ❤🧡💛💚💙💜

    *UPDATE nevermind I had an audible credit and I couldn’t wait. Happy pride, y’all.

    my library hold on this just expired so it’s going on hold, although there’s a good chance I’ll just buy a copy and finish, because I’m at 13% and absolutely

    it, it’s really sweet and a lot of fun.

    me: hated TMI, would burn it if given the chance

    also me: this book is ex

    Aline and Helen are useless lesbian culture and Alec and Magnus and Aline and Helen are mlm/wlw solidarity and that is the that on that

    ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

    *UPDATE nevermind I had an audible credit and I couldn’t wait. Happy pride, y’all.

    my library hold on this just expired so it’s going on hold, although there’s a good chance I’ll just buy a copy and finish, because I’m at 13% and absolutely

    it, it’s really sweet and a lot of fun.

    me: hated TMI, would burn it if given the chance

    also me: this book is exactly what I deserve and i will five star it

  • Emma Giordano

    Review to come!

  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

    Can I say that I absolutely love the

    and the

    of this book!!??

    I'm such a sucker for Magnus and Alec! I adore their relationship and I just can't get enough of them!

    And now there's going to be a trilogy?!

    Oh boy, I'm so ready for this!

    XD

    Ahh Cassie... you and your books!

    I'm convinced they'll be the death of me! <333

  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    I haven't finished TMI or even started TDA, yet here I am, drooling over this

  • Emily May

    Why not? I'll give it a go.

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    I'm still figuring out exactly how I feel about this book as I just finished it, but for now I'm feeling slightly underwhelmed. That doesn't mean this book wasn't enjoyable, because at the end of the day it was a fun and adventurous story, but... that's about it. The plot of the book didn't really wow me and parts of it felt really random. I mostly just felt like the joke cult was such a weird plot point in the first place? Regardless, Magnus brought in all the sass that I live for and it was ni

    I'm still figuring out exactly how I feel about this book as I just finished it, but for now I'm feeling slightly underwhelmed. That doesn't mean this book wasn't enjoyable, because at the end of the day it was a fun and adventurous story, but... that's about it. The plot of the book didn't really wow me and parts of it felt really random. I mostly just felt like the joke cult was such a weird plot point in the first place? Regardless, Magnus brought in all the sass that I live for and it was nice to see his vulnerable side with Alec. I loved seeing Alec find confidence in who he is and seeing him actively working on breaking down the things that hold him back. In conclusion, character wise, this book is on point! Plot on the other hand? It could use some work.

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