Review: The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses #1)
Title: The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses #1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published: 9 April 2019
Format: Hardback, Library book
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
“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.”
I didn’t have any expectations when going into The Red Scrolls of Magic. I kind of expected it to be a filler-sort of book, like Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy; however, this book is to because its own trilogy, following Alec and Magnus.
While The Red Scrolls of Magic features Alec and Magnus, it focuses on Downworlders rather than Shadowhunters. This is great set up for the fact that in future books, Alec and Magnus work closely with Downworlders to ensure they are protected and fairly represented.
I wish I had gotten to read this book before Queen of Air and Darkness because it had useful information about Alec and Magnus, as well as Helen and Aline.
The plot to The Red Scrolls of Magic was fine, but it felt more like reading a fan-fic. There were plenty of filler chapters that I found myself skimming because I wanted to get back to the actual plot, you know, the one with the cult???
It was really nice to see Alec and Magnus get their own story, rather than being background characters who are constantly saving Clary and Jace. Alec’s personality finally came through, and it was refreshing to see things from his perspective.
I will say that this book is making me want to re-read all of Cassandra Clare’s books, but I definitely don’t have time for that, haha. Maybe one day I’ll sit down and read them all again so that I don’t have any breaks in the stories.
Overall, The Red Scrolls of Magic was fine. For Clare it was a short book, and I enjoyed reading more about Alec and Magnus. It was a pretty fun read, and I’m looking forward to picking up the next book.