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Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy ~ Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson

April 7, 2018

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Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN: 9781481443265
704 pages
Source: Barnes and Noble

I could kiss Cassandra Clare, right now.

I had this book on my list because it was just part of the series. I assumed that it was sort of like The Bane Chronicles in that it was random short stories that didn’t further the plot but were, of course, delightful.

Imagine my surprise when I realized that this is the bridge between The Mortal Instruments and The Dark Artifices! And, more importantly, it answers the question of “What now becomes of Simon Lewis”. I think I can say that vaguely enough to spoil nothing.

Y’all, I am so grateful for this series. It’s funny and smart but it is also, as I’ve said before, wonderfully vulnerable. The entire book is told from Simon’s days at The Shadownhunter Academy in Idris with a few excellent guest storytellers worked in. In perfect Clare fashion, the inner workings of her characters’ thoughts are put on full display, honing and solidifying the entire dynamic of the group while building individual spark.

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy is, perhaps, my second favorite of the whole set, behind only The Bane Chronicles. This is saying a lot because I am not usually one for short story collections. There is some way that Clare tells these stories, though, that makes each smaller tale come into focus to form a beautiful tapestry, almost like a Magic Eye picture.

I’m really glad someone suggested reading this one before I dove into The Dark Artifices or I would be rightly lost.

I will make my regularly scheduled plug to read this series if you haven’t. The world building is so rich and knows absolutely no bounds. Do as I say and thank me later. Happy reading!

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  1. April 9, 2018 3:50 pm

    Reblogged this on ReBirth: The Pursuit of Porsha.

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