Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Cathy Reviews: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

My mother in law Cathy is back today to share her latest review from the Shadowhunter world!

TALES FROM THE SHADOWHUNTER ACADEMY
Anthology
Young Adult/Paranormal/Fantasy
672 pages
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Available November 15th
Source: ARC from publisher for review

THE STORY (from Goodreads)
The New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling collection of short stories chronicling the adventures of Simon Lewis as he trains to become a Shadowhunter is now available in print for the first time with ten brand-new comic illustrations!

Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. The events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. 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. At least Simon’s trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. Written by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, these moving and hilarious short stories are perfect for the fan who just can’t get enough of the Shadowhunters.


CATHY'S THOUGHTS
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy is a collaborative effort by Cassandra Clare and several other authors. At first glance, it looks like a book of not-so-short stories. This is a big book, 600 plus pages, but I was nicely surprised that the stories were not disjointed but instead told a continuous story of Simon Lewis's time at the Academy learning to be a Shadowhunter. Simon's story is the thread that holds all the stories together.
 

For the Mortal Instrument series fan, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. Each story gives us a look at characters from all the different series. It gives some historical background on how some of our favorite characters evolved in this world. And you get visits from some of the most beloved characters, such as Jace, Clary, Jem, and Magnus.
 

For those who have not read any of the series, never fear, this might be a good introduction. We get to follow Simon's growth as part of this Shadowhunter world and all his insecurities. Ms. Clare gives us enough background information so that we are not floundering. When we meet these old friends, they might stir up enough interest in the Mortal Instrument series that they will all be added to your stack of books to read.
 

Don't be daunted by the size of this book because it is broken up into many smaller stories and moves quickly. We not only feel Simon's angst and pain while he is learning his trade, we are introduced to several new friends that we become very attached to and want to learn their fate as well. The book is very well rounded even though it is a divided into many parts. Unlike many short story books, these stories need to be read in order to keep a continuous flow in the plotline.

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This book was sent to me by the publisher  free of charge for the purpose of a review
I received no other compensation and the above is my, or in this case Cathy's, honest opinion.

19 comments:

  1. I haven't heard a lot about this anthology, of sorts, but I'm glad you enjoyed it, Cathy! It seems like a great read, even though not all of the stories are written by Clare. Did you feel like some of the short stories read like fanfiction because of that? This still seems like fun, though, so thanks for sharing and great review!

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    1. I think the writing was done well as a collaboration and just added some depth to the story. It was fun to follow Simon's story.

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  2. I really liked the first three books of this series and then the ID series but for some reason, never continued on. I really should. Great review Cathy!

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    1. Thanks. This just might be the book to get you back into the series

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  3. Oh I like how it was written. Thanks for sharing this Cathy!

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    1. It made for a quick read despite being a long book

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  4. Huh...interesting concept...not sure it's for me though. Great group of authors but I've not even started and of Clare's books!!! LOL

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  5. Hmmm....you have me a tad bit curious. I actually somewhat liked the first three books in the MI series, but book four was such a turn off that I gave up. This is one I think I would like better.

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    1. I think you might enjoy this one because it is broken up as shorter stories

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    1. She's one to think about but she has a lot of books in each series so maybe during a long winter ;)

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  7. I really enjoyed these stories with Simon learning to see if he belonged in the Shadowhunter world and recovering and making new memories!

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    1. Me too! I was happy he was the thread tying it all together

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  8. I read the short stories about Magnus. Some were really good and others were just meh. I think I'll browse through this one.

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  9. I haven't read that one. So I may browse that one!

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  10. I am excited to read this compilation! It's been such a long time since i've been in this world. :)

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  11. I've yet to read this series, but I like that it is told from told from Simon Lewis's POV which I'm sure makes it great for fans of the series. Lovely review, Cathy :)

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