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The Lost Book of the White Book Review

The Lost Book of the White

The Lost Book of the White

Authirs: Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

Pages: 400 pages

Published: September 2020

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: 4.5 stars


Life is good for Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood. They’re 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—as peaceful and quiet as they ever are, anyway.

Until the night that two old acquaintances break into Magnus’s apartment and steal the powerful Book of the White. Now Magnus and Alec will have to drop everything to get it back. They need to follow the thieves to Shanghai, they need to call 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.

Fortunately, their backup consists of Clary, Jace, Isabelle, and newly minted Shadowhunter Simon. In Shanghai, they learn that a much darker threat awaits them. Magnus’s magic is growing unstable, and if they can’t stop the demons flooding into the city, they might have to follow them all the way back to the source—the realm of the dead. Can they stop the threat to the world? Will they make it back home before their kid completely wears out Alec’s mom?

My Review:

After over a month of reading, I have finally finished The Lost Book of the White. I’ve decided to give this book 4.5 stars because I just wasn’t bothered to read this book. I don’t know why, I can’t decide if it was because I have so many anticipated reads on my TBR and I just wanted to read them more than this. This being said I did still enjoy the story when I was actually reading it. Although I did take a break to read two other books instead hahaha!

‘If I only jumped when I knew where I was going to land, I would never jump at all.’

Magnus and Alec are one of my favourite ships in the Shadowhunter books and I love that we get some extra books focused on them. However, I do think I prefer it when Cassandra Clare writes solo and not with other because I always have an issue trying to get through those books and I don’t know why. Despite this I liked the story and we got to visit Shanghai, so it was a different setting for the characters.

‘You’re my heart, Magnus Bane. Stay unbroken, for me.’

One thing I loved about this book was the inclusion of the original characters. I loved seeing Simon in action as a Shadowhunter (I have to say the mention of George Lovelace broke me). I liked that Cassandra Clare decided to show how the characters deal with their emotions and the trials of being a shadowhunter as I feel it’s not always discussed in her books. It was really nice visiting these characters again and seeing them in a new space; demon realm (again). I also liked reading about Max and Magnus and Alec figuring out how to co-parent. Also the short story at the end of Jem and Tessa’s wedding was so cute and heart warming.

‘There is something righteous about someone who doesn’t turn away from danger, even when he should. Someone who sees suffering and will always choose to plunge into the flames.’

I do think that if I was to read this again, in isolation of work and other responsibilities, I would give it 5 stars. Whilst it is not necessary to read this book if you read the Shadowhunter series, it is nice to visit these characters in other settings. It also gives side characters more of a spotlight, which they undoubtedly deserve.

If you’ve read this book, let me know what you thought about it!

Keep reading,

Georgia x

8 thoughts on “The Lost Book of the White Book Review”

  1. I really liked this book a lot. While I’ve stopped reading Clare’s other books, I will always read anything to do with Magnus and Alec. They are easily one of my favourite book couples ever. I loved getting to see them with Max. I love that we’ve gotten to see Magnus and Alec grow into parents and it was just so sweet. I definitely liked this book better than The Red Scrolls of Magic. I’m really excited to see where else she takes their story. – Amber

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      1. I kind of just lost interest in the story. I loved Infernal Devices and then started reading The Dark Artifices and Lady Midnight just didn’t interest me like her other books. I own the rest of the series and I’ll probably get to it one day, but I just don’t feel the same pull to her books like I used to. I do like that The Dark Hours is set in the Edwardian era so I think I’d like it since it’s also historical, so maybe one day 🙂

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