BOOK REVIEW | TALES FROM THE SHADOWHUNTER ACADEMY, BY CASSANDRA CLARE

Title: Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy

Author: Cassandra Clare

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: July 1, 2017

Genres: YA Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Walker Books in exchange for a honest review.

Star rating:★★★★

Summary: 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.

MIGHTYAPE


damn, it’s been a while since i read a cassandra clare book. before i start this review, i’d like to point out that i haven’t read city of heavenly fire (or any of the infernal devices books for that matter). yes, there’s spoilers for the end of the series, and i read tales from the shadowhunter academy knowing this. i didn’t even realise a lot of the spoilers throughout this book were spoilers. just goes to show how long it’s been since i read a cassandra clare book.

the beginning of this book was hard to get into, but i think that was due to the long period of time since i read a book with these characters.

i’m not really a huge fan of short stories, but i thoroughly enjoyed all ten of these. they’re not overly long or boring. they definitely felt like a nice comedic break from some of the darker tones towards the end of the mortal instruments series.

one of my favourite things about these novellas is the abundance of side characters that were never given a second thought throughout the tmi series. i wasn’t much of a simon fan during the series, but these novellas gave me a new found appreciation for him.

tales from the shadowhunter academy is definitely a book that any cassandra clare fan must read. some of the stories aren’t as good as others, but it’s a worthwhile, fun read.

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  • To be completely honest, I’m not a huge fan of Cassandra Clare, but I’m still glad to hear you enjoyed this nonetheless. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage

  • Shanti@VirtuallyRead

    It’s been ages since I read Cassandra Clare book, probably last year with Lady Midnight. I quite like them, but I don’t think I’ll be returning to them anytime soon. However, I do love short stories–and I’ve read two or three of these–so I might pick it up someday. I do so love it when side characters get a turn.