Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

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.

Rating: ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ 

So here am reviewing another book that has been out for a while, for this particular book since November 206, due to the fact that juggling school and my addiction to books that leads me to borrow even more books on a whim and desire to read them despite the fact of having a pile of books that weighs more then me and my three dogs (which I have three small ones although the bigger one ways a whopping 21 lbs). In any case, I started off this book with a temporary memory break since it’s been a while since I’ve read the main series (I’m thinking about a 1-2 years ) and I had completely forgotten that Simon lost his memories as a result of protecting his loved ones, although I had a vague recollection that Simon was a Shadowhunter because I had read about it in Lady Midnight, but it was nice to have what amounts to an in-between  or bridge book between the Mortal Instruments series and the Dark Artifices.

This book was more than just a bridge between the two series, but also a way to get glimpses of the past and to build on the current relationships. By the end of the book, there can be no doubt of what is between Isabelle and Simon, that their love is just as strong as what Jace and Clary share or what Magnus and Alec have between them. We also can see the strength of Clary and Simon’s friendship and why they were parabatai even when Simon was still a mundane (which the book does go to explain that true parabatai are parabatai even before they go through the ceremony and mark themselves with the rune).

All the stories in the book are collaborations of Cassandra Clare and another author, however, the collaborations are so well done that if it was not specifically stated you would never know that they were not written by Cassandra Clare or that there are multiple co-authors. I’m not sure how the collaboration was worked out, but I think it marks authors as being good or at least being able to play well with others to be able to write like that. On a final note, I have rather mixed feelings as to how Simon comes about in choosing his Shadowhunter name.



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