The Red Scrolls of Magic

CLARE, Cassandra & . 368p. (Eldest Curses: Bk. 1). S. & S./Margaret K. McElderry Bks. Apr. 2019. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781481495080. POP
Gr 8 Up–After winning a battle against evil enemies, Magnus Bane, a powerful warlock, and his new Shadowhunter boyfriend, Alec Lightwood, travel to Europe for a romantic trip to celebrate and test the waters of their new relationship. However, their fun is interrupted in Paris by chaos and rumors of a demonic invasion led by a cult, the Crimson Hand. Magnus is horrified to learn that he might have founded the murderous cult himself as a joke years earlier. He lives in constant fear that he will lose Alec. Many are suspicious of the warlock, wondering if he really is the one behind the killings. Alec will do anything to help clear his lover's name, even if it means keeping secrets from his family and friends. As they unlock Magnus's old memories and track the elusive cult, the warlock dreads Alec discovering the unsavory details of his past. Chronologically, Alec and Magnus's trip takes place during the fourth book of the "Mortal Instruments" series "City of Fallen Angels." Readers will want to be familiar with the other Shadowhunter stories, including the "Infernal Devices" series, because other characters from the books make appearances and there are some spoilers. With her usual dry humor and suspenseful action, Clare takes readers on a rollicking trip.
VERDICT Themes of acceptance, self-worth, and compassion are well represented, making this selection an important addition to libraries that already have the author's other books.

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