Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

Simon Lewis has been a human, 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 anymore.  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.  And when Clary and Isabelle look at him, expecting him to be a man he doesn’t remember, he can’t take it.

So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again.  His new self.  Whomever this new Simon might be.

But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems.  Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement.  And that differences – like being a former vampire – are greatly looked down upon.  At least Simon is trained in weaponry – even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

Every story in this anthology – like anything having to do with Shadowhunters – was magical.  The stories from both the past and Simon’s time at the Academy were interesting.

To have stories about a bunch of the characters from previous books – and some new ones, of course – was really nice.  They feel like family.

It was also really cool to see Simon come into himself and figure out what he stood for, memories notwithstanding.  He’s definitely a role model.  Frankly, all of the “good guys” in these books are role models.  Sure, they have superhuman demon fighting powers, but they’re more than that.  Being a Shadowhunter is about loyalty – fighting for and protecting loved ones, no matter the cost.  And it’s fighting side by side with people you may not agree with, because you’re in it together; there’s a common goal.

This book is going to be a bit perplexing if a reader is new to the franchise, so it’s best to start with “The Mortal Instruments” series.  It’s totally worth it.

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