Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Dusty Pages Review: Tales from the Shaowhunter Academy

Ten stories with brand new illustrations following the adventures of Simon Lewis, star of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments, as he trains to become a Shadowhunter. Simon has been a human and a vampire, but after the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, he isn't sure who he is any more. When the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. Whomever this Simon might be... Join him 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.

 This is a hilarious collection of short stories that made me laugh out loud several times. Simon is a nerd much like myself so I got his references where as the shadowhunters around him didn't, making it just that little bit funnier.

Each story was just the right length to do one a night for a few nights meaning that you don't have to get too overloaded or bogged down in the Shadowhunter world again if you don't want to. Most of the stories are interspaced with segments from the past - where surprise surprise we spend a great deal of time learning more about the Herondale family - including Tessa and Will from the prequel series Infernal Devices.

However you also get a look at things that will tie into the following installment of book that Clare is working on now - The Dark Artifices. I think it will be a nice way to bridge the gap between the Mortal Instruments and this new series which is on my TBR read pile but will remain there until I have all three installments (if the reason isn't obvious its because I don't like having to wait a year between stories I'm really enjoying.)

A little warning though about the last story in this collection - its bittersweet. So be prepared for tears

I give it

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