The Red Scrolls of Magic: A Review


Title : The Red Scrolls of Magic

Author : Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

Series : The Eldest Curses Trilogy (#1)

Pages : 350

Publisher : Simon and Schuster

Goodreads 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.


Contains mild spoilers for City of Glass (TMI #3)

Cassandra Clare’s newest book (co-written with Wesley Chu), The Red Scrolls of Magic is a YA Urban Fantasy book, and the first volume of her newest trilogy, The Eldest Curses.

Red Scrolls of Magic features the shadowhunter Alec Lightwood and the warlock Magnus Bane, both already well known among the fans of Clare’s works, and for being among the most popular couple (a.k.a most shippable fictional Couple ever) in contemporary fiction.

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Clare sticks to her narrative style: the book is written in third person with the focus shifting between characters (in this specific case, from Magnus and Alec’s points of view), and an accessible language, but not overly simplified, with the typical doses of humor fans have come to know and love whereas Magnus is regarded.

The plot revolves around the trip Magnus and Alec take to Europe shortly after the war against Valentim is over, and Alec, in an outburst of desperate bravery, had just revealed his true feelings for Magnus in front of the whole Clave, including his very conservative parents.

Their trip was supposed to be a period Magnus and Alec would use to get to know each other better, but radical changes are made to their plans when one of Magnus’ long term friends warns him that the Spiral Labyrinth is after him and that he is accused of creating a demon cult. Together, Magnus and Alec must prove the warlock’s innocence. But they are not alone in their task, since they rely upon the help of already known characters such as the vampires Raphael Santiago and Lily Chen and the shadowhunters Aline Penhallow and Helen Blackthorn.

The book makes for a light and entertaining read, better advised to those who are already familiar with the main series, and with beautiful LGBTQ+ representation, which was Clare’s main goal in sharing Magnus and Alec’s story.

Overall it’s a tale that is action packed yet funny and sexy , quite like Magnus himself😉

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