The Red Scrolls of Magic


Cassandra Clare, Wesley Chu


Margaret K. McElderry Books

Publication date

April 2, 2019


352 pages


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.

Plot from

English ver.

French ver. (unknown)

What we already know about the book

  • Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood are the main characters, with POVs from both.
  • Characters set to appear, aside from Magnus and Alec, include: Raphael Santiago, Tessa Gray, Aline Penhallow, Helen Blackthorn, Lily Chen, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Asmodeus.
  • The book will begin with a Schopenhauer quote: “To desire immortality is to desire the eternal perpetuation of a great mistake.”
  • The book will begin during Magnus and Alec’s Europe trip that was mentioned in City of Fallen Angels. The rest of this installment may also be set during City of Fallen Angels.
  • Magnus and Alec’s trip to the Louvre in Paris is set to be in the book. They are also set to visit the Spiral Labyrinth and meet with Tessa Gray. Tessa will be giving them the “surprising news” that will kick off the book’s plot.
  • While settled in Paris, Tessa will bring with her news about a demon-worshipping cult, the Crimson Hand, which Magnus founded accidentally years before.
  • Magnus and Alec will get abducted aboard the Orient Express and will meet grumpy vampires in Venice.
  • Magnus may reveal knowledge of a sibling or two.
  • Aline and Raphael are set to interact in this book.
  • “Alec gets to know Raphael as someone who clearly knows Magnus pretty well.” [Alec will get] “to know the Downworlders Magnus cares for and see better from their point of view, which will put him on the path to not only the relationship he and Magnus are going to have, but the man Alec will become. Raphael is at a party the Downworlders are throwing to celebrate the defeat of Valentine, and by attending it Alec can see how under threat the Downworlders felt, and how proud they are to have their own heroes. (A dryad asks Raphael for his autograph. Raphael writes “LEAVE ME ALONE” on a leaf. Alec is amazed to find someone worse at parties than himself.)”
  • Alec will meet Lily properly for the first time in this installment.
  • Three characters whom Lily has fancied—and has been introduced or named before—will be revealed.
  • The series is set to show or explore how Helen and Aline fell in love.
  • Magnus’s past with Etta, particularly her unwillingness to bear with his immortality, will fuel Magnus’s fears which complicates his relationship with Alec.
  • The book will explore how Magnus and Alec’s relationship had gotten much deeper after they went on vacation (between City of Glass and City of Fallen Angels), that though they’d just gotten together, they returned committed to living and dying for each other. “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.”
  • A female character named Shinyun Jung will be featured.
  • The authors mean for it to be a joyful book and a classic romantic-comedy caper.
  • In a scene in the book, Aline will react badly to the sight of the specific type of demon that attacked her in City of Glass; Helen will perceive this and reach out to comfort her and will mark one of the things that made Aline begin to fall in love with Helen.
  • Alec, Helen and Aline are going to mount a major rescue mission and will go up against a new kind of demon.
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