Title: Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy
Authors: Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Date Started: March 11
Date Finished: March 13
Format: ebook from the digital library
So I know that like The Bane Chronicles, this e-novella in the future will probably get published as a whole with the other tales, but I couldn’t wait that long. This is a small story of what happened after the events of City of Heavenly Fire. Simon doesn’t have all his memories back, but he has glimpses. He knows that if he wants to be the badass vampire from before – just less undead – then he’s going to have to train. Jace – who now is really close to the guy, who knew? – offered to train him along with Clary, but Simon refused. If he’s going to do this, he needs to do this away from the people that he formerly knew. So he goes to the newly reopened Shadowhunter Academy which is on the outskirts of Idris. And by newly reopened I mean, the building is still kind of rundown – the indoor plumbing doesn’t even work and we won’t get into the food that the dean decides to serve.
But even here, the in-training Shadowhunters know who Simon Lewis is. He’s a legend. He’s the badass who helped the Shadowhunters win the last war. So that automatically makes him a member of the elite Shadowhunters, even though he’s just a mundane. But as the training starts, he realizes that he has a lot to learn if he wants to become a Shadowhunter, and that includes the politics.
Usually I’m not a fan of e-novellas, but considering how much I loved The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices I really wanted to know what happened next. And when I heard that these tales were going to be focused on Simon, well… I changed my rules. This was a very interesting story. Not only because we got to see more of Simon post-memory/demon world, but also because we got to see him without Clary, Isabelle, and Jace hanging around him. And to be honest, Simon is a true badass with or without the vampire stuff. Kind of curious to see where the next novella goes, especially with the title The Lost Herondale.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Clare hasn’t lost her touch by spinning tales in the Shadowhunter world. I’m really curious about George Lovelace and the character of Caterina. Hopefully they’ll be more of them in the next one?
Bookshelf worthy? So far it’s only available digitally, but if you’re a fan of the Shadowhunter world, then I suggest picking it up.