Title: Bitter of Tongue
Authors: Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan
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
6. Pale Kings and Princes
Date Read: December 30
Format: ebook from my iBook library
Simon and a bunch of student from the academy are going on a mission to trap a lone faery who has been spotted out on the moors. George – Simon’s friend – is elected group leader much to the rest of the group’s disdain. And the reason is obvious when during the mission, members of the group spring a faery trap and are injured. Feeling bad, George tries to capture the faery even if it means going into Faerieland to do so. Simon knows what will happen to his friend if he goes into that land and rides out to stop him. Only he forgets that his horse is in mid gallop and is frightened because of the creatures and falls through the portal himself.
Basically, nothing good really happens while Simon is in Faerieland. He wakes up in a cage with two faeries bargaining for him. One of the faeries is actually Mark Blackthorn – Helen’s brother – and Simon realizes the wrongs that have been done to the boy since the Clave voted not to send a rescue party for him. Isabelle also shows up to rescue Simon. And there’s also a wedding.
To be honest, I’m not quite sure how I feel about this novella. While I like that it was a continuation of the last one, I kind of felt underwhelmed. And honestly, at a Shadowhunter wedding that Clary was invited to, where the hell as Jace? Sure, he gave Simon a hug (since when do they have that kind of friendship?), but that was kind of it for the blonde haired guy. Meh.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. I’m starting to see a pattern here. Simon is training to become a Shadowhunter, while also trying to remember his previous memories, and while that’s happening he’s mending his relationship with Izzy and realizing that the Clave are a bunch of old traditional fools. Switch it up a little bit please.
Bookshelf worthy? Still only available electronically, until sometime in 2016.