Book Review: The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu


Summary from Goodreads:

From #1 New York Times bestseller Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu comes the first book in a new trilogy featuring the centuries-old High Warlock Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood after they survive the Mortal War.

Magnus Bane, a centuries old High Warlock, has taken possession of one of the great relics of the supernatural world, a powerful spell book of dark magic known as The Book of the White and there are many who want to claim it for themselves.

After the Mortal War where the part-human and part-angel Shadowhunters teamed with the part human-demon Downworlders to fight against the incursion of an army of demons, Magnus and his new lover, the mortal Alec Lightwood celebrate their survival and victory by escaping the supernatural battlefield of New York City by touring the world, but the world won’t leave them alone.

The first adult novel set within #1 New York Times bestselling author Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter series, The Lost Book of the White, written with award-winning science fiction author Wesley Chu, is a fantasy thriller that will give new readers a great way to enter the Shadowhunters world and give the millions of readers across the globe answers they’ve been looking for in this start of The Eldest Curses trilogy.

This review is spoiler free.

“A warrior chosen by angels and a well-dressed demon’s child, in love and intent on adventure through Europe. What could go wrong?”


Okay, so I don’t actually know how I am going to talk about this book like at all given that the most intelligent way I have found to express my feelings is “AAHHHHH love my babies, Haline <3” and that is not, to say the least, a proper review. Anyways, I will attempt to do my best and actually write something semi coherent.

Let’s Chat: Plot

Okay, first off, I am still in disbelief that we really got a whole book about Magnus and Alec vacationing around Europe in attempts to get to know each other better. I am also still offended on their behalf that their romantic vacation somehow turned into a quest to shut down a demonic cult, I personally always hate when that happens to me. Either way, I loved this plot? I was engaged the whole time, I loved how the setting wasn’t stagnant and how we got to travel around Europe with Magnus and Alec. Everything about this book was amazing and I honestly still can’t believe its like a real thing, so most of this “review” will just be me gushing about how I love everyone and everything but that’s what most of my reviews are if we’re being realistic.

Let’s Chat: Characters


“I’ve realized – I don’t need to change. And neither do you, Helen, or you, Aline. It’s the world that needs to change, and we’re going to be the ones to change it.”

When I was making a bullet point list of things I needed to include in this list, the first one was “Alec Lightwood I love you and am so proud of you” and while that really explains everything that needs to be explained I will attempt to add more.

I really loved Alec in this book (I mean I love him in every book but still), I feel like we got to see other sides of him that never really come out when he is with his siblings. I loved all of the little details about how he could never really turn his mind off of work and how he studied maps of all of the cities they were traveling to that way if anything went wrong he would no where they were and how to get out. He was amazing in this book and I just love him a lot wow.


“I’m not alone. But even if I was, my answer would be the same. I understand what faith is. I know who I am, and I know who I love.”

Some of Magnus’s plots in this book made me feel sad emotions because he’s been through too much already, people need to stop adding more things for him to go through please and thanks. Despite how much time I spent worrying over Magnus and his mental health throughout this book, I also loved him. He had some very iconic lines (as always) and it is always fun to learn more about the many adventures he has gone on. I loved reading through his POV about Alec, as always.


Okay, wow, I don’t even know where to start when it comes to Helen?? We got to know her a lot in this book and while I loved that so so so much it also broke my heart a lot. I hate how much discrimination she has faced and how she feels that she can never make a mistake because people will never give her a second chance, seeing her get on the defensive about every little thing broke my heart into a thousand tiny pieces.

But, like Magnus, Helen also made me feel a lot of positive things in this book. I loved seeing her own her sexuality and all of the awkward bits between her and Aline honestly made my life. We stan a couple.


This book was basically Aline having her gay crisis and you know, that is some relatable content right there. Like Helen, we got to know Aline a lot better throughout this book and I really appreciate this. I also really appreciated her being an absolute dork that doesn’t know how to express her feelings in the slightest because its very realistic and I love her. I am honestly surprised about how little I have to say about Aline? Just know I love her. A lot.

Izzy, Jace, and Clary

Okay, so like, I know that the three of them were not even in this book except for short phone conversations, but every time they were mentioned I lost it so they had to be included in this post somehow. Izzy being a supportive sister was amazing, as was Jace being an uncomprehending idiot on the phone. Every time Clary was even vaguely mentioned I had to take a break to collect myself, especially when Magnus was talking about her wow.

Let’s Chat: Favorite Quotes

“Sometimes, love worked, past any hope of change, when no other force in this world could. Without love, the miracle never came.”

“‘Come, demon hunters,’ he said grandly. ‘We’re going shopping.'”

“Love changes you. Love changes the world. You cannot lose that love, no matter how long you live, I think. Trust love. Trust him.”

Let’s Chat: Overall Thoughts

I loved this book? Like that’s basically all I have to say about this book (and it clearly shows). I was really nervous going in that I wouldn’t like it or it wouldn’t be as good as I thought but wow that was not necessary in the slightest. This review is a hot mess of me just saying I love everything but I’m not really mad about it, though I will attempt to be a little more coherent next time (maybe).


Have you read this book? If so, what did you think? Let’s chat in the comments!

4 thoughts on “Book Review: The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

  1. I just read this book last month and absolutely loved it! Malec and Haline? Sign me up! It was just as fun and witty as the rest of the Shadowhunters books and I loved getting to see so much Magnus and Alec. I know the Shadowhunters universe already has so many books but I’m kind of hoping that we get a Haline spin off series after this

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