Review of ‘Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy’

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy follow Simon Lewis as he trains to become a Shadowhunter while struggling to reconcile who he was with who he is.

Filled with History

Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson & Robin Wasserman
Margaret K. McElderry Books

These are my two cents on The Mortal Instrument reading order: read the books in order of publication. I say this because even if you read The Infernal Devices first, there are so many easter eggs and hints of what will happen in The Mortal Instruments series. I love that, and I read online that many people prefer her other series to her original series, and I get that. However, her writing style, characterization, plot structure, and pacing have improved since she started.

I love being on this journey with Clare, watching her grow as a reader while I lose myself in her world.

That is part of why I love her anthologies so much.

Clare works with other authors to create these fantastic stories surrounding Simon Lewis. Simon Lewis lost all his memories at the end of the Mortal Instrument series but could regain bits and pieces here and there. Nevertheless, he struggles to reconcile all these memories, his true memories of who he was, with the false memories of whom he thinks he is.

Simon is no longer that same person, and it has affected many of his relationships, from his familial to his romantic. This has put such a strain on him, and it offers him a chance to explore who he is and whom he wants to be. It makes him question what he wants for himself, not what others may want for him or what he wants to be for other people.

Simon is learning to be himself, truly himself, and that also allows him to challenge those around him with narrow-minded, bigoted, and racist views. He brings so much to the table, and watching him evolve and grow throughout these stories.

Final Thoughts

I cannot stress this enough: I wish I had read these stories before reading The Dark Artifices trilogy. There is so much history here that relates to that series in a significant way. So let me say, no, it is not essential that one read this collection before reading that trilogy, but it does make things that much clearer. There are references to these stories; easter eggs dropped here and there that mean so much more to me as a reader know that I have read Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.

I will say that the pacing in these stories is a bit slower than in The Bane Chronicles, but the journey and history brought to life here is more extensive. In addition, I like the fact that Clare decided to create an anthology because it gives her more opportunity to tell these stories without distracting the reader from the overall plot if they had been included in the novels.

There is more opportunity to expand her universe by adding bits and pieces of history here, and Clare makes them optional to read. You do not have to read this series to read her main trilogies, but it gives them more depth and history-making these tales worthwhile.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Product Details:

Pub Date:  August 1, 2017Page Count: 704ppAge Range: 14 & Over
ISBN: 978-1-4814-4326-5Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry BooksList Price: $14.99

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Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

$14.99
8.6

Writing Quality

9.0/10

Character Development

9.0/10

"Couldn't Put It Down"-ness

7.0/10

Intellectual Depth

9.0/10

Originality

9.0/10

Pros

  • Adds history to the world.
  • Ties into main trilogies wonderfully.
  • Excellent character development.
  • Thoughtful; deals with bigotry and racism in a thoughtful way.

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