Chain of Iron Age Rating, Parents Guide, Chapters 2021
Chain of Iron Age Rating, Parents Guide, Chapters 2021

Chain of Iron is the Second installment in a brand-new trilogy of THE LAST HOURS. It is a young adult urban fantasy novel series by Cassandra Clare. Chain of Iron is a Shadowhunters novel.

The first book of The Last Hours trilogy was Chain of Gold which was published on 3 March 2020, and the most awaited third and final installment of the series, Chain of Thorns is coming in 2022.

”My father used to tell me that sometimes you cannot reconcile with someone else. Sometimes you have to find that reconciliation on your own. Someone who has broken your heart is often not the person who can mend it.”

― Cassandra Clare, Chain of Iron

After being dealt a horrible blow, Belial has slunk away to try to recover his strength, a process Jem thinks will take at least one hundred years. Belial’s absence means James no longer falls into the shadow realm, and the daytime demon attacks that were plaguing the Clave have ended.

Now Cordelia and James can focus on their upcoming wedding and on making the most of their agreed-upon one year of marriage. And yet, things are far from quiet. Shadowhunters are being killed in the wee hours of the morning. There are no signs of demonic activity at any of the crime scenes, which makes the killings all the more ominous. And things are not right among the Merry Thieves, either.

James is horrified to discover that he is seeing the recent murders in his dreams, and he fears that he may actually be committing the crimes. Lucie is about to pass the point of no return in her quest to bring Jesse back from the dead, and she’s not sure she wants to stop.

And everyone is worried about Matthew, whose appetite for a drink—and self-destruction—appears to be growing. This group of friends who have always been there for one another seems to be splintering apart. Will they be able to come together when they truly need?

“You cannot save people who do not want to be saved,” said Magnus. “You can only stand by their side and hope that when they wake and realize they need saving, you will be there to help them.”

― Cassandra Clare, Chain of Iron

Book NameChain of Iron
AuthorCassandra Clare
SeriesThe Last Hours
GenreFantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Date of PublicationMarch 2, 2021
No. of Page688
PublisherMargaret K. McElderry Books

Chain of Iron Age Rating

Chain of Iron rated 14+ for massive alcohol content and sexual content and violence. I will say it is totally depends on the maturity of a child, some kids of 13 year of age can also take this book easily. And just over 14 is great too!

Chain of Iron Parents Guide

The good thing about this book is that it tells you about friendship and following your heart and the characters learn and develop also it tells you TO BE YOURSELF. 
Straight and LGBTQ couples kiss passionately and begin to undress, and married adults kiss.
There is a scene where one LGBTQ couple undresses and has s3x and descriptions of orgasms. 
One male character seduces men and women. 
Shadowhunters fight with demons with blades flashing and ichor flowing before the demons disappear in a puff of ash. The main characters mourn one dead Shadowhunter.
Some detailed descriptions of chopped-off tentacles and demons are sliced in half.
Shadowhunters are stalked, stabbed, and killed by an unknown assailant. Some injuries to Shadowhunters healed magically.
Ghosts are summoned and remember their painful deaths.
There are many scenes of heavy drinking throughout the book, Elias continues to be an alcoholic he dies partially cause of it. He always carries a flask and drinks nonstop in front of his friend  Matthew who has issues with drinking, he doesn’t like it but barely confronts Elias about it.
Elias also drinks before driving and picks up a fight while drunk.
Other older teens drink in bars, at parties, and at the home.
The main character’s father is an alcoholic and escapes rehab.
An adult character smokes a tobacco pipe. A young woman smokes cheroot.
Anna smokes but not frequently it’s only described a couple of times.
The language used commonly such as “Bloody/bloody hell” and “bastard”, “damn,” “hell,” and “a**.”

Chain of Iron Summary

Cordelia Carstairs seems to have everything she ever wanted. She’s engaged to marry James Herondale, the boy she has loved since childhood. She has a new life in London with her best friend Lucie Herondale and James’s charming companions, the Merry Thieves. She is about to be reunited with her beloved father. And she bears the sword Cortana, a legendary hero’s blade.

But the truth is far grimmer. James and Cordelia’s marriage is a lie, arranged to save Cordelia’s reputation. James is in love with the mysterious Grace Blackthorn whose brother, Jesse, died years ago in a terrible accident. Cortana burns Cordelia’s hand when she touches it, while her father has grown bitter and angry. And a serial murderer is targeting the Shadowhunters of London, killing under cover of darkness, then vanishing without a trace.

Together with the Merry Thieves, Cordelia, James, and Lucie must follow the trail of the knife-wielding killer through the city’s most dangerous streets. All the while, each is keeping a shocking secret: Lucie, that she plans to raise Jesse from the dead; Cordelia, that she has sworn a dangerous oath of loyalty to a mysterious power; and James, that he is being drawn further each night into the dark web of his grandfather, the arch-demon Belial. And that he himself may be the killer they seek.

“When you want something very much, you are willing to accept the shadow of that thing. Even if it is just a shadow.”

― Cassandra Clare, Chain of Iron

Chain of Iron Chapters

Part One

  1. The Brightest Web
  2. All That Turns
  3. Bitter and Sweet
  4. A Good Name
  5. The King is Dead
  6. Things To Come
  7. Tread Lightly
  8. To Bring a Fire
  9. The Scars Remaining
  10. The Damned Earth
  11. Crowns and Pounds and Guineas
  12. Requiem
  13. The Wintry Wind
  14. The Flaming Forge
  15. Walk by Daytime
  16. Dark Breaks to Dawn
  17. Prophet of Evil (part two)
  18. Goblin Market
  19. Thine Own Palace
  20. Equal Temper
  21. Hell’s Own Track
  22. Heart of Iron
  23. Silken Thread
  24. He Shall Rise
  25. Archangel Ruined
  26. Older Than Gods
  27. Wake With Wings
  28. No Wise Man
  29. A Broken Mirror

“Love is not always a lightning bolt. Sometimes it is a creeping vine. It grows slowly until suddenly it is all that there is in the world.”
― Cassandra Clare, Chain of Iron

Chain of Iron Characters


  • Cordelia Carstairs — a young Shadowhunter about to enter into a false marriage with the man she secretly loves. She is the bearer of the sword Cortana, which burns her when she touches it, and must find a murderer who’s killing Shadowhunters.
  • James Herondale — the man Cordelia is engaged to and grandson of the Prince of Hell Belial who struggles with his demonic abilities.
  • Lucie Herondale — Cordelia’s soon-to-be parabatai who is hiding a secret from everyone she loves—she can control ghosts and is on a necromantic mission.
  • Matthew Fairchild — James’s parabatai and Cordelia’s close friend who is struggling with a mysterious incident from his past.
  • Thomas Lightwood — after being helpless to stop his sister’s death a few months before, Thomas is determined to find this killer on his own.
  • Christopher Lightwood — an inventor working on developing a new way of sending and receiving messages instantaneously and a gun that works on demons.
  • Grace Blackthorn — the adoptive daughter of the recently arrested Tatiana Blackthorn hell-bent on bringing her brother back to life.
  • Anna Lightwood — the group’s watchful eye and lively friend who wish to help her friends but is also fighting off the advances of an ex-flame who broke her heart.
  • Ariadne Bridgestock — the Inquisitor’s daughter determined to win back the woman she loves, Anna.
  • Alastair Carstairs — Cordelia’s brother that is trying to make amends for having hurt Thomas and Matthew as adolescents while helping his pregnant mother and dealing with the return of his alcoholic father.
  • London Enclave — the governing body of the local Shadowhunters, which consists of Will and Tessa Herondale, Cecily and Gabriel Lightwood, Sophie and Gideon Lightwood, the Consul Charlotte Fairchild and her husband Henry Fairchild, and the Inquisitor Maurice Bridgestock.


  • Hypatia Vex — a warlock who owns the Hell Ruelle.
  • Malcolm Fade — High Warlock of London.

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