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It's hard to be a Shadowhunter when you've got demonic powers. Simon learns about the schooltime struggles of half-warlock James Herondale in this prelude to The Last Hours.
This standalone short story follows the adventures of Simon Lewis, star of the number-one New York Times best-selling series The Mortal Instruments, as he trains to become a Shadowhunter. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy features characters from Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, and the upcoming Dark Artifices and Last Hours series. Nothing but Shadows is written by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan.
Listen to more of Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunter Chronicles in The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments, and The Bane Chronicles.
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By K12mom on 10-15-15
Where Friendships Are Made Into Legend
If you are reading this review you have probably been immersed in the tight web where Infernal Devices weaves itself into Mortal Instruments. You have loved the incredibly outspoken and hysterically funny Magnus Bane in the Magnus Bane Chronicles. You know the magic Cassandra Clare has with words and ideas.She has turned her attention to the heroic and loyal character, Simon, in these Shadowhunter stories and her skill does not disappoint.
I was caught off guard by the power of this story. Mathew Fairchild made me laugh outright. Young James Carstaire made me cringe and tear up. Ragnor Fell made me love him for all of his bluff and gruff. Most of this short is written as a flashback or a story told by Katerina to Simon who is still adjusting to a life with limited memories. What better way for him to continue to find his way than to hear how the greats in the Shadowhunter world found theirs. Is there any better story than how a friendship began...especially if the friendship has unlikely roots? The brilliance in Clare's stories is that they are applicable, relevant, and deeply real. This story is about courage in the face of life changes that seem insurmountable and it is about taking personal risks. As an adult I still value insights along these lines and I find it immensely satisfying to glean these insights from an author with a keen sense of humor, a powerful sense of social justice, and a great talent in building characters who seem like real people. Thank you, Cassandra Clare, for continuing to wow me with your world.
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By Amazon Customer on 06-16-15
Another great snippet about Simon
Jeez these are so good but over so fast! I need more!!! Assuming since this one was released on 06/01/15 and the new book series isn't out til 03/2016 that they will drag out the release of these short stories.
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