The Lost Book Of The White by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu | Spoiler-Free Book Chat!

The Lost Book Of The White by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu | Spoiler-Free Book Chat!

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✨ All the feels!!! ✨

I don’t think I can even begin to explain how much love I have for Magnus Bane and literally how willing I am to read anything about him. Like at all. Give me Magnus Bane folding laundry and I’ll eat that shit up!

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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—to the very 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?

The Lost Book of The White is the second book in The Eldest Curses series. In this one, we get more insight into these ‘Eldest Curses’ and how the events of this novel fit within the original TMI timeline. Not gonna lie, the nostalgia and mention of TMI events were some of my favourite parts.

If you’d like to read my review for The Red Scrolls of Magic, you can check it out here.

★ Rating ★

I rated this book ★★★★★ (4.75/5 stars) because I cannot resist anything that involves Magnus Bane (and Alec Lightwood)! There were so many references to other events in the timeline that so perfectly tie this story into the bigger picture, but also allow it to be its own event/ novel.


It took me an entire month (and some) to read this book… but that’s not a testament to the quality of the content, but my reading motivation and mental health at the beginning of 2021.

I freaking loved this book!!!


I did have some feelings that were somewhat conflicted 😯

This is the second book in The Eldest Curses series, a trilogy dedicated to following Magnus, Alec, and friends through their adventures. Each book so far has its own stand-alone adventure, tied together by the overarching question of “what are the elder curses and why are they so important?”

Where the first book The Red Scrolls of Magic takes place after the third Mortal Instruments novel, The Lost Book of The White takes place much later. It took me quite some time to get into this novel since I was trying to place the story within the timeline as I’d previously assumed it would pick up immediately from the first book.

Although, once I managed to place the book within the chronicles, fell back in love with Jace and legit every stupid thing he does, while also empathising with Clary at every moment; I really really loved this book!

I like how this novel, although in a much later place in the timeline actually follows on from the story of the first one, and the amount of sarcasm is at The Mortal Instruments level. I feel like CC’s newer novels are dealing with more and more serious themes that we lose the Herondale sarcasm I so loved when reading TMI. This one brought all those feelings back.

I’ve noticed that with Shadowhunter novels and stories that I am in love with, I find it hard to properly put my thoughts together in a way that allows me to write up a formal ‘book review’. There were flaws to this novel, but I am unable to analyse them as I am a super-super-fan of this series and to me, all Shadowhunter content is gold to me!

So that’s it. I’m keeping this one short and sweet. I hope you like it. Please leave your comments and thoughts on the novel down below as I’d absolutely love to hear from you!

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