Title: The Fiery Trial
Authors: Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson
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
7. Bitter of Tongue
Date Read: December 30
Format: ebook from my iBook library
Simon gets called into a meeting with the dean of the academy. But what he doesn’t expect to find is Jem, Catrina, Magnus and Clary waiting for him in the sitting room. Jem has come with news that Emma and Julian have decided to become parabati and that they want Clary and Simon to be their witnesses to such an event. Simon and Clary agree but they don’t understand why all these people had to come to tell them that. Until they have the tea.
Something weird happens after they drink it. They are transported to New York – or what appears to be the city – and meet these different people from their past, plus Jace is there and asking Simon if he remembers when they first met. Simon and Clary don’t know what it means, and when they wake up Jem explains that they had water from the Lake, which caused the hallucinations. Apparently, despite the fact that Simon is 19, according to Shadowhunters he is still 18 and can legally become Clary’s parabati especially because they passed the water trial.
This another novella in the series that I’m not quite sure what to make of. While on one hand it’s cool to know that Clary and Simon can be parabati if they want to and to Emma and Julian’s ceremony, on the other, I’m mad again that Jace was there but barely really said anything. Sure, he was flabbergasted by Clary’s dress and was egotistical about giving Julian ‘manly’ advice, but… meh.
Final Rating; 4 out of 5 stars. Okay, so it was better than the last novella, but I’m still confused. Why is it so important for Simon to remember his past memories? That isn’t this Simon and that should be okay. Shouldn’t it?
Bookshelf worthy? Still only available electronically…for now.