My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Simon & Schuster Canada
Publication Date: November 15th, 2016
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Point of View: 3rd Person
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Action
Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. The events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. 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. At least Simon’s 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. Written by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, these moving and hilarious short stories are perfect for the fan who just can’t get enough of the Shadowhunters.
Being a huge, huge, huge mega fan of Cassandra Clare’s ‘‘The Mortal Instruments’’ incredibly addictive series, it really is no wonder I found this to be as equally exceptional.
I might even have liked it more than ‘‘The Bane Chronicles,’’ which focuses on one of my favourite characters – Magnus Bane – and even has stories featuring him and Alec as a couple. So, so cute!
Once upon a time, when I read ‘‘City of Bones’’ for the first time and heard girls (and boys) squee and giggle about this adorable to-become-vampire, geek with glasses boy who always had a joke to lighten the mood, I didn’t see what was SO special about him.
But the more the series progressed and the characters faced new obstacles and I couldn’t help but get attached to every single creature in the series, I also started connecting with Simon, whom I now find too charming for words, and so brave. He had a visible character development throughout the series.
So I was happy to learn even more about him in this collection of short stories, featuring him and other beloved characters from the Shadowhunters universe.
As always, Cassandra Clare’s writing is perfect, and though I’m normally not a big fan of short stories, Clare’s are just impossible not to love, even the not-so-greatly-plotted ones (I must say some of Magnus’ are not breath-taking). I’m simply too in love with her characters and being able to read about them when I thought ‘‘City of Heavenly Fire’’ was the end has me drunk in happiness.
Highly recommended to fans of Clare’s works.
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