Title: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Author: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman
Series: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #1-10
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Date Published: November 15, 2016
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.
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy gave much needed explanation after City of Heavenly Fire. After CoHF, I felt like I had no closure over what happened to Clary, Jace, Simon, Izzy, Alec, and Magnus. This book is a bind-up of several novellas. There really isn’t much I can say about this without spoiling the end of City of Heavenly Fire… but I’ll try my best! :)
Even though this book is almost 700 pages, I finished it in 2 days. I loved Magnus and Alec’s relationship in this book. Even though the book wasn’t really about them, their progressing relationship really shone through. And as a hardcore Malec shipper, I can not tell you enough how much I loved that! I also loved how there were lots of “guests” at the Shadowhunter academy that were familiar. Jace, Izzy, and Helen all come at one point, along with Clary, Alec, Magnus, and more. We were also introduced to more characters, both annoying and lovable, as the story falls into place. Overall, I am so glad that Cassie decided to write these because I really needed it. This was a phenomenally written story and I loved it! ❤
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