Tales from the Shadowhunters Academy – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman

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Synopsis

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 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…Simon 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.

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. These ten short stories give an epilogue to the Mortal Instruments series and provide glimpses of what’s in store in the Dark Artifices.

My Thoughts

This anthology was certainly informative. We learn quite a bit about the past in this anthology which helps illuminate a lot of the goings on in both The Infernal Devices trilogy, and The Mortal Instruments series. There are also a lot of major hints as to what’s coming ahead in The Dark Artifices trilogy. It’s going to be quite the rollercoaster, that’s for sure.

Simon has a very interesting perspective – he tries to understand Shadowhunter tradition, while simultaneously calling out the bullshit. It is refreshing, and a lot of fun, to read about the Academy from Simon’s point of view. (Simon has some especially imaginative language in regards to what passes for food.)

He sees the class division, the elitism, and the snobbery, and he has absolutely zero respect for it. Going through, story by story, it becomes more and more clear that the more these children are indoctrinated into the traditions and particular ways of the Shadowhunters. This indoctrination is antiquated and archaic – it’s been proven time and time again that Shadowhunters are terrified of change. The roots these traditions, stereotypes, and methods have stem from centuries of fear and hatred. (Spoiler alert – if history tells us anything, it’s that doing something drastic – like policy making and law making – out of fear and hatred never ends well.)

There are many real world parallels found here, many of which infuriate me to no end, but that’s a much larger discussion for another day, on another platform.

Simon seems keen on challenging these traditions, or at least the archaic thought processes. By the last story, I am confident that Simon is going to work towards changing things for the better. Progress has already started – much to my delight – but it’s going to take a lot more effort, and much more time to get the ball rolling. These Tales give me high hopes for The Dark Artifices.

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~ by aubreysmith9412 on May 22, 2017.

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