TITLE: The Red Scrolls of Magic

AUTHOR: Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

Rating: ★★★★★

PAGES: 368

PUBLISHER: Margaret K. McElderry Books


GENRE(S): Fantasy, Shadowhunters

The publisher kindly sent me a physical copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare - The Contented ReaderFrom #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 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.


This is probably one of my favourite books set in the Shadowhunter world. It is an epic start to a brand new trilogy and I can’t wait to read the rest!

The Red Scrolls of Magic follows Magnus and Alec as they travel around Europe following the events of the Mortal Instruments. However, they get involved in trying to stop a cult because Magnus is cited as the founder – one he started as a joke years ago.

Obviously I adore these characters, especially Magnus. From the very beginning Magnus has been my absolute favourite character in the Shadowhunter world. He’s just so sassy and I adore it. His relationship with Alec is so so sweet, and it’s nice to jump back in time to the beginning of their relationship.

Without giving away spoilers, we also see some other wonderful ‘fan favourites’ from the Shadowhunters world. I absolutely loved these moments and it always brought a smile to my face.

The plot of this book is really enjoyable as well. It’s a perfect mix of humour and suspense and I loved every minute of it.  The story is really well done and I’m so excited to see what happens with the sequel! The pacing is really great and since this one is not as long as Clare’s other books, you’ll fly through it!

Overall, I just can’t gush about this book anymore. It was absolutely beautiful and I HIGHLY recommend it. I especially recommend it to all those Malec fans out there! I definitely see this one as a book I’ll reread in the future!

Back in the day, the world was being overrun with demons. Think Black Friday, with more rivers of blood and slightly fewer holes of desperation.

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About The Authors

Cassandra Clare Author Photo - The Contented ReaderCassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

Wesley Chu’s best friend is Michael Jordan, assuming that best friend status is earned by a shared television commercial. If not, then his best friend is his dog Eva who he can often be seen riding like a trusty steed through the windy streets of Chicago.

Unfortunately, Chu’s goals of using Hanes underwear commercials to launch a lucrative career following in Marky Mark’s footsteps came to naught. Despite phenomenal hair and manicured eyebrows, his inability to turn left led his destiny down another road. Instead of creating new realities with his skills as a thespian, Chu would dazzle audiences with his pen. Well, it’s a computer really, but the whole technology thing really sucks for metaphors. He had spirit fingers maybe?

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