Set before the Mortal Instruments this jaunt into the past of the shadowhunters is a very interesting tale. It was a little spoiled for me as I had read the Mortal Instruments first so I knew all about the characters but as they say the devil is in the details. It's a wonderful story and it was great to get to know this set of characters more closely having only seen references to them and their experiences before. It answered some long held questions that had been raised when reading Mortal Instruments and the Bane Chronicles first.
Its a really good prequel, you get the sense that it was written first but it actually was written after the Mortal Instruments. It doesn't rely on you having read the Mortal Instruments and its the beginning of a series that can stand well on its own.
I give it