The Red Scrolls of Magic

‘If Alec’s feelings did not last, Magnus at least wanted this trip to be a good memory.’

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Book 1 in The Eldest Curses Series

Authors: Cassie Clare & Wesley Chu

Genres: Awesome, YA, Supernatural, Shadowhunter, Magic, Fantasy, LGBTQ+, Drama, Vacation

5 glowing โญ

Finally, but how I wished it would continue.

Hello, dearies! ๐Ÿ˜

Because when in doubt or in a reading slump turn to the shadow world, and they will make your life better. Lighter. Heart throbbing. Beautifully well-written, better.

My opinion of the Shadowhunter world has not changed in years, you can go back to my first review of a book of this series, and you will find me rambling about it as well, I, perhaps, was not as eloquent, maybe I did various reviews into one, and it could be that I had a low start with The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, but The Dark Artifices? Welcome to the Shadowhunter Academy? The Bane Chronicles? Or The Ghosts of the Shadow Market? Oh, no, those I read with a passion, and so it was with the first of this series in this wonderful world of Raziel’s children, Downworld and fairie magic. And so it will be with The Last Hours, after being so pulled with Chain of Gold, I know how my heart will shape with the others.

But enough of that, this one is about the first book in The Eldest Curses, The Red Scrolls of Magic. A story of Alec and Magnus, or Malec. A vacation we knew from The Mortal Instruments, and we wanted to know what happened so badly.

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If you thought you loved Magnus’s sass and comments from the TMI series, you might want to hang on to your hat and read this one, this is starting to sound like I got promo rights or someone asked me to do this, that didn’t happen. This is a heartfelt review. โค๏ธ

I’ll try to stay focused.

The Red Scrolls of Magic

A story of going on vacation and what could possibly go wrong? If you’re a fan of the shadowhunter world, then you know that anything could literally go wrong, from demons attacking to craze warlocks doing things or the main characters breaking up because of misunderstandings, which is usually tragic love and way of thinking with this Shadowhunter kids. It’s an anything can happen gamble with the books, and I love it!

But this book was all about getting to know Alec and Magnus better and their relationship, it takes place before City of Fallen Angels, so if you want more context before reading this one, you can read the first three books in The Mortal Instruments series, though in my opinion it can be read as a stand-alone because they explain plenty in the story, so you won’t be wondering who is who.

Although is being a while since I was in the Shadow World pages, so when Malcolm appeared, I didn’t immediately make a connection to other books. And then I did, I went there, making connections left and right. If I say more it’ll be spoiler for other books.

When Helen Blackthorn started doing badass stuff as a warrior, I fell for her and say, wow. That’s a novelty for me because from others books you don’t really get that impression of Helen, now I did. And she is Blackthorn through and through, reminded me a bit of Marc and Julian for a moment, and almost made me cry at one point, my heart squeezed for her. โค๏ธ

That’s that on that point, for now.

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Alec Lightwood

Alec, he’s always such a sweetheart ever since TMI, like you wanted him to be your big brother, your friend, your lover, it was a constant change on that part but you were attracted to this character so fully, it’s amazing. I have always admired this from these books, that once you are in, you are in for the ride, if this is your genre of books if this is what you truly like (awesome fantasy with adventure and romance at times) then you will get sucked in for real. Your life will not be the same.

But hey, that’s just my opinion. I love reading about Alec Lightwood and how he thinks, it makes me want to hug him.

Magnus Bane

Moving on to Magnus, who makes me laugh more times than I can count. He’s such a fun character, and I can imagine that it has been a thrill for Cassie Clare to write about him, to create him, I cannot even begin to comprehend her mind, but there are so many great characters in the Shadow World that I sometimes find it a little more than awing. And Magnus is one of those, he is a constant throughout the books, from centuries back to the future, he’s there, you look for him in every book even if it’s in others mentioning him, it’s remarkable.

Wow, passion much? I really liked The Red Scrolls of Magic, I wanted to write this review more about what it says in the book, but I feel you need to experience that first-hand, there are so many quotes, so many moments that made me close the book and smile, or hug the book, it’s been a while since I’ve done that.

I wasn’t as frustrated on this one as in other books, perhaps because I know how it will all end up in their story, and this is just a passage of that, but that didn’t tarnish or dimmed the excitement of reading this story.

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This is my paperback copy of The Red Scrolls of Magic, I looked for this one specifically because it’s Alec on the cover, and even though it took me a while to read it, it had nothing to do with the book or pace of it, it was because of personal reasons that I stopped and then went back to it, and it helped now, it truly did.

I needed a push and a good read back into the reading world, and I’m going in with the Shadow World, next, I’m reading Chain of Iron, and I can anticipate all the painful bits as well as all the good ones.

And when I get my copy of The Lost Book of the White, book 2 in The Eldest Curses, I’ll, of course, let you know and you can read my review about it.

For more Magnus and Alec, you can check my page dedicated to Shadowhunters. Is one of the pages in the main menu.

But for this one, that’s it on my end, expect, most likely, a new entry dedicated to Helen Blackthorn because, after this book, I want to write and talk about her.

Thank you for reading to the end, dearies! I appreciate all your support here and on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter (, it makes my days to see you interacting there, and if you need book recommendations, you have come to the right place, and I hope you will continue to come back, don’t forget to follow, like, share, and do all those things you do on social media. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy reading! โœˆ๏ธ

I hope Malec will take you on a journey. โœจ


Author: Sela O.

Book Reviewer. Indie Author. โœ๏ธ Book lover. RedBubble Artist. Dragon Rider. Slytherin. ๐Ÿ E.L.F ๐Ÿ’Ž

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