Title: Pale Kings and Princes
Authors: Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman
Series: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Previous Books in the Series:
1. Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy
2. The Lost Herondale
3. The Whitechapel Fiend
4. Nothing but Shadows
5. The Evil We Love
Date Read: December 29
Format: ebook from my iBook collection
In this tale from the shadowhunter academy, Simon is in his second year at the academy and is dealing with what he did this summer. Which is that he went on three dates with Izzy and they all ended in disaster. So much so that he is thinking about calling if off completely because neither of them has called the other since that third and final date. While he’s dealing with that turmoil, they have a guest lecturer in class – Helen Blackthorn – as she tells the class the evils of the fey by relating what happened to her father and how her and her brother came to be.
As much as I loved reading Helen’s tale about her dad and his tryst with the Seelie Queen, I was more interested in Simon’s relationship than anything else and Clare really had me going when she wrote that the relationship was over. But I should have known better. Characters in these books don’t stay broken up for long (except Simon and Clary, which I think should have never happened to begin with). And I was right. Izzy makes an appearance and they try to go on another date. There were a few minutes of comedy when they tried to be Clary and Jace and Izzy thought that Simon was making up words. But eventually they found their niche and even kissed. Huzzah!
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Much better than the last novella in this series that I read back in August.
Bookshelf worthy? Only available electronically, for now (according to Goodreads they’re all going to be published in one volume in 2016).