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The Lost Book of the White

The Lost Book of the White

Book - 2020 | First edition
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Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood must recover a book stolen by warlocks Ragnor Fell and Shinyun Jung, who are being controlled by a Greater Demon.
Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood are living together in a fabulous loft; their warlock son, Max, has started learning to walk, and the streets of New York are peaceful and quiet-- well, relatively. Until the night that two old acquaintances break into Magnus's apartment and steal the powerful Book of the White. Now Magnus and Alec need to follow the thieves to Shanghai: they need some backup to accompany them, and they need a babysitter. Also, someone has stabbed Magnus with a strange magical weapon and the wound is glowing, so they have that to worry about too. As Magnus's magic grows unstable, will they be able to stop the demons flooding into the city? Before their kid completely wears out Alec's mom? -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, [2020]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781481495127
1481495127
9781481495134
1481495135
Call Number: y CLARE 2020
Characteristics: 368 pages ; 24 cm

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Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood must recover a book stolen by warlocks Ragnor Fell and Shinyun Jung, who are being controlled by a Greater Demon.


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With this series, it feels like Cassandra Clare is hearkening back to the TMI days, and in doing so, her writing becomes a little less...nuanced. But I do think that this is balanced by the humour and lightness of this series, versus the heaviness and angst of others.

Tons of fun as always. CC is always reliable for a good time infused with all the nostalgia of her earlier series.

Magnus, Alec, and Max are living happily in their NYC loft when one day, trouble finds them in the form of the greatest of the Greater Demons, an old foe, and an even older friend. They travel to Shanghai alongside Clary, Jace, Izzy, and Simon to face the demon and win back Magnus's soul, but find trouble lurking around every corner along the way.

I've read a few reviews talking about how this one feels more immature than her other series, and I do agree with that. It's like CC is hearkening back to the TMI days, and in doing so, her writing becomes a little less...nuanced. But I do think that this is balanced by the humour and lightness of this series, versus the heaviness and angst of others. To me, the point of TEC is nostalgia; we want to visit with our old friends, and nothing is ever too heavy while we do so. I know I'm not signing up for more heart-wrenching like I am with The Last Hours, and I'm okay with that.

For me, this was just a fun ride. The new location of Shanghai and the Institute there was interesting and colourful, and the demon realm this time was a lot of fun. Sammael as a villain was hilarious, and again, the lightheartedness of this series really shines through when it comes to the core struggle of Shadowhunters versus demons. I have this image of him in my head with his feather in his hat singing a jaunty tune and I just found him very entertaining.

I'm just happy that we have more content featuring our original Shadowhunters. I really enjoy every book of CC's that I pick up, and this was no exception. It wasn't her most exciting, her most intense, or even her most well-written, but it made me giggle, and I like a light fantasy like this every once in a while to break up all the angst.

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Bramblewood47
Sep 11, 2020

when did this come out!!! so excited!! Malec is my fave ship in the sieres!!

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"So far," said Magnus, "life seems to me to be a matter of choosing love, over and over, even knowing that it makes you vulnerable, that it might hurt you later. Or even sooner. You just have no choice. You choose to love or you choose to live in an empty world with no one there but you. And that seems like a truly terrible way to spend eternity."

"So far," said Magnus, "life seems to me to be a matter of choosing love, over and over, even knowing that it makes you vulnerable, that it might hurt you later. Or even sooner. You just have no choice. You choose to love or you choose to live in an empty world with no one there but you. And that seems like a truly terrible way to spend eternity."

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