Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

Cassandra Clare

Clare, Cassandra; Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Publisher: Margaret K McElderry Books
Publication date: 15-Nov-2016
Date Finished: 10-Feb-2017
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 672
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, YA
ISBN: 9781481443258
Source: Audible
Rating:5 star
Reading Challenges: Beat the Backlist Challenge, Goodreads Challenge

Synopsis

“Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. But the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows he was friends with Clary, and that he convinced the total goddess Isabelle Lightwood to go out with him…but he doesn’t know how. And when Clary and Isabelle look at him, expecting him to be a man he doesn’t remember…Simon can’t take it.

So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. His new self. Whomever this new Simon might be.

But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. And that differences—like being a former vampire—are greatly looked down upon. At least Simon is trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. These ten short stories give an epilogue to the Mortal Instruments series and provide glimpses of what’s in store in the Dark Artifices. ”

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Review

Cassandra Clare’s books have a special place in my heart (near J.K. Rowling’s place), ever since I read the Mortal Instruments when I was in college. Since then I have read ever book I could get my hands on of hers. This book, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, is a collection of Short Stories featuring Simon Lewis from the Mortal Instruments series. I loved how the author connected the past, referencing characters from The Infernal Devices, and the future, with characters from The Dark Artifices. (Quick interjection, I can’t wait for the next Dark Artifices book!)

Despite this being a collection of short stories, there was plenty of character development seen throughout the collection. Many characters from The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal  Devices, and the Dark Artifices were present intermittently in these stories bringing all the tales closer together.

I’ve always loved Simon Lewis, although not my favorite male lead, I loved him as the funny best friend. This novel allowed him to surpass that level and become a more complete character with his connections to all of the other characters.

I definitely recommend this book to those who have read the Mortal Instruments. If you have yet to read the Mortal Instruments, you’d be a bit confused, so definitely read those first.

About the Author

“Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.” –Goodreads

 

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