Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Authors: Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, Sarah Rees Brennan & Robin Wasserman
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Romance
Number of Pages: 672
Copy that I own: Hardcover edition, published 15 November 2016 by Margaret McElderry Books
Reading period: 22 December 2016 to 5 January 2017
What’s the book about?
This is a supplementary book to the world of the Mortal Instruments. It has 10 short stories chronicling the life of Simon Lewis after the events of the last book in the series, City of Heavenly Fire.
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Here’s what I thought of the book
As a fan of the Mortal Instruments series, it’s a no-brainer that I’d be collecting all of Cassandra Clare’s books. Contrary to my assumption, this was not a series of short stories involving the much-loved couples. Instead, it chronicles Simon Lewis’ life post-memory-loss as he heads off to the Shadowhunter Academy to train and possibly regain his memories.
Each novella showed a fragment of the time Simon spent at the academy, with new characters being introduced. Characters known from both the Infernal Devices and Mortal Instruments series make appearances as well; showing just how related everyone is in this Shadowhunter world.
Though there were some novellas that felt too much like a filler, there were some good ones that played to fan favorites like Magnus and Alec. I liked how Cassandra and her fellow writers include the familiar characters without compromising the focus for Simon. I had been hoping for a Jace and Clary novella snuck in to the book; but unfortunately, there wasn’t one.
As an accompanying book to the series, it’s definitely a treat for all fans of Cassandra Clare. However, it would be best if you’ve read both of her series before reading this as there is a possibility of getting lost in the flurry of characters thrown your way.