Title: The Lost Herondale
Authors: Cassandra Clare & Robin Wasserman
Series: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Previous Book Review:
1. Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy
Date Started: March 25
Date Finished: March 27
Format: ebook from my iBook collection
I think my reaction to finding out that there was a lost Herondale was pretty much the same one the rest of the fandom had, which was the following: EXCUSE ME? So of course I was really excited to read about the lost Herondale. But I was supremely disappointed. Simon Lewis is still at Shadowhunter Academy and trying to become the badass that he was when he was a Daylighter. One day a guest lecturer – who isn’t Isabelle – shows up to tell them the worst thing a Shadowhunter can do. For those of you who don’t know it’s to betray his fellow Shadowhunters in battle. To put this point home, the lecturer tells them the story of Tobias Herondale who went out on a mission – one that he didn’t want to go on to begin with since he had a pregnant wife at home – and when the going got tough he fled. He was never heard from again, but the punishment for abandoning his fellow Shadowhunters was taken out on his wife and unborn child.
What’s the point of all of this? Well, the instructors believe that it’s time the Shadowhunters in training had some real life experience. There’s a rogue vampire out there and their mission is to take her out. What could possibly go wrong?
As it turns out, everything. The girl vampire knocks out Jonathon Cartwright and Simon is left alone with her. Problem is this vampire knew him back when he was a Daylighter and starts to play with his mind about whether or not she really needs to be killed for her actions. A fight ensues and Simon is about to let her go when Isabelle steps in and kills the vamp. Simon is pissed and starts to question whether or not the Law should really be followed. That’s when Caterina Loss – a warlock – takes Simon aside and tells him the true story about what happened to Tobias Herondale and his unborn child.
Somehow this wasn’t exactly the tale I was expecting. Don’t get me wrong it still has Clare’s flair for the dramatic and Simon is still a sarcastic nerd, but it was lacking something. Like by the time Caterina tells him about the lost Herondale I already had lost interest. However, I am curious as to whether or not this Herondale comes into play in the future. I mean with this big of a mention, he has to, right?
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. This tale lacked the usual smart ass Simon that was present in the first tale and the Herondale story kind of lacked its usual punch of an awe factor. However, it’s still a good story and I’m really happy that although Simon is separated from the main cast of the Mortal Instruments series, Isabelle and Clary still show up. Also, that scene with Clary at the end was a great tribute to the way Simon and Clary used to be.
Bookshelf worthy? Still only available electronically.