Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy (Books 1-10)
by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman
“Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. But the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is any more. He knows he was friends with Clary and that he convinced the total goddess Isabelle Lightwood to go out with him… but he doesn’t know how. So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, he throws himself into a new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again, rediscover his relationships and ascend as a true Shadowhunter. But he soon realizes that nothing is ever straightforward at the Academy…”
I had heard about Tales from the Shadowhuter Academy, when each book was coming out from Twitter. However, I had heard that it was going to be put into one volume and sold as a book, rather than an e-book (which each book was originally), so I waited. You do not need to have read any of the other Shadowhunter books, but it may help and it gives you more insight. I have not read The Infernal Devices series, but I still made sense of the parts that linked to it.
Simon is a mundane (normal human), who has been shown by a warlock (Magnus Bane) how to see past glamours. Therefore he can attend the Shadowhunter Academy. However, he is mostly leaving because his friends are Shadowhunters and they keep on looking at him like he should remember the past couple of years, but he cannot due to a demon taking all his memories and giving him new ones to replace them. Simon gets to the Academy and is put in the elite group (due to his past, rather than the dregs where mundanes normally go) where he meets more Shadowhunter teenagers, but they have been brought up with the ‘traditional’ way of thinking that they are above mundanes and Downworlders (warlocks, werewolves, vampires and faeries). Simon tries to reason with them and change their thinking, while they are all learning how to be Shadowhunters.
Oh my gosh, that was fantastic. I loved being back with Simon, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Alec and Magnus, not that I did not love Lady Midnight, but being back with the original group was fabulous. I also loved meeting new characters and finding out more about some of the side stories that have been created through the different series. As Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy is between City of Heavenly Fire and Lady Midnight, it tied a few things up that I had been wondering about.
My favourite characters had to be Simon, George, Marisol, Catarina, Clary, Isabelle, Jace, Alec and Magnus. Even though the last five only make short appearances I cannot stop loving them. It was nice to see more of Catarina after hearing stories about her in The Bane Chronicles. I loved having new characters, like George and Marisol, it has made the Shadowhunter world that little bit bigger and means there is the potential for more stories or cameos later on. I have loved Simon the whole way through The Mortal Instruments series and it was nice to get to see him more and also to see him grow in his own capacity rather than with the others.
I cannot pick one favourite part, or even one favourite book. It was just amazing. I definitely cried for most of the last book, I also laughed out loud quite a few times during all the books, there were parts that were tense and some that were even a little scary. I was hooked from the very beginning and did not want to put it down.
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy does end on a cliffhanger, but that is because there is more to come, whether in The Dark Artifices series or other stories that have not been announced yet.
While reading Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, I described it as a boy finding his place in a world that he had forgotten, and him trying to remember it at the same time as finding out who he is now. I would recommend it to pretty much anyone. 5 out of 5.