BONUS BOOK: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman

“Simon felt the same way as when he and Clary had set a fire in his kitchen by trying to toast grapes and create raisins when they were six: amazed and appalled that things had gone wrong so fast.”

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Fiction

Book Jacket 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 Shadowhunters 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 that is 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 moving and hilarious short stories give a satisfying epilogue to the Mortal Instruments series and provide tantalizing glimpses of what’s store in the Dark Artifices.

Review: Mehhhhhh. Given that Simon was never my favorite character in the Mortal Instruments saga, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Tales from Shadowhunter Academy. On the upside, it turns out that my favorite chapters were actually the ones that involved Simon and his friends (frenemies?) at the Shadowhunter Academy. Their adventurous, while largely inconsequential, were relatively enjoyable to read about. I also found myself marginally warming to Simon as an overall character, largely because he seemed like the only Academy student with a moral compass. On the downside, I really didn’t enjoy most of the stories that delved into Shadowhunter history; they felt contrived, lengthy, and unnecessary in the long run. I did appreciate the brief cameos made by Clary, Isabelle, Magnus, Alec, and Jace (all Mortal Instruments characters that rank higher than Simon on my list of favorites), but this book ended up being very fluffy and didn’t enhance my overall perception of the Shadowhunters world. It might do the trick for someone in need of a tide-over while waiting for the second book in the Dark Artifices series, but I found that it wasn’t really worth the reading time.




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