Lost Book of the White, The

Cassandra Clare, Wesley Chu
From #1 New York Times bestselling authors Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu comes the second book in the Eldest Curses series and a thrilling new adventure for High Warlock Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood, for whom a death-defying mission into the heart of evil is not just a job, it’s also a romantic getaway. The Lost Book of the White is a Shadowhunters novel. 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?


Reviewed: 2020-09-15

he Lost Book of White is a great follow up to The Red Scrolls of Magic! I always love jumping into Cassandra Clare's world of the Shadowhunters. Two things I really enjoyed: having the whole Mortal Instruments gang back together and Alec and Magnus as parents! Every moment with baby Max was delightful. Seeing Alec and Magnus juggle world saving and a baby (even if the baby stays home during the adventure) adds depths to their characters.

As always, the humor is one of the strongest parts of the book. Part of why I love these books is that they're *funny*. Be it a moment of rest or fighting the big bad, almost every moment has sarcastic quips or a bit of levity. And in a world that sometimes does feel like it's ending, a book specifically with light in darkness is powerful.

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