The dialogue of these stories is always painfully unrealistic and lacking the wittiness of Simon, but the ending was very emotionally impactful.
Just finished this collection of short stories and I loved it. Simon is one of my favorite characters in the series and reading about him and all of the people I love felt like coming home. Thank you Cassandra Clare for bringing these characters to life and for Simon's sense of humor!
Simon is my second favorite in the series. I cried when we "lost" him in the "original series". This book just makes me love Simon so much more. Now he can officially be part of the team. He is going to keep kicking butt and taking names with his one and only parabatai Clary. While changing how the Nephilim see the downworlders.
loved all of the stories as Simon tries to become who he was. cried at the last story, but was also happy ,too.
All the stories in this book take place in 2008/2009. That's a fact. The year in "City of Glass" was 2007 and the year is mentioned in this book at least once (I'm 99% sure. I don't have to book beside me right now to check.) This is something the authors should have remembered, because at least some of the details in the stories are not possible within 2008/2009. The one that made me realize this was when Simon mentioned that Clary got him "The Sandman: Overture" (or "Sandman Overture", same thing) even though that wasn't published as a collection until 2015 and the comics didn't start coming out until October 2013. Since I don't feel like reading through all the stories again to look for mistakes, I'm going to assume that this is one that somehow slipped past the editor because s/he isn't as much of a nerd as me.
I enjoyed this book so much that I simply couldn't put it down! Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy fills in many of the gaps between the last Mortal Instruments book and the first Dark Artifices book. I highly recommend this one for all fans of Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunter world.
No additional stories in this collection, so if you read the individual parts as they came out, you don't need to pick this up unless you want to check out the one-page comic done for each story by series-regular illustrator Cassandra Jean. Those are pretty sweet.
This series of short stories is a bit of a mixed bag. The overarching link is that it is all suppose to be related to Simon's time at the academy but some of the stories have absolutely nothing to do with that. There is some tales with good character development interest (e.g. Born to Endless Night and Angels Twice Descending). However there are some of the stories that don't make any sense and seem to not even fit within the world that Cassandra Clare has made (e.g. Nothing but Shadows).
In general I would say it is worth a read but not worth buying. I would also just skim through the stories that have nothing to do with Simon.
I really liked this book! You gain a lot of insight on little stories in the series, like how Michael told Robert he loved him and explains a lot of stuff like how Magnus and Alec, um, well, it's a spoiler, but let's just say everyone's reactions are absolutely hilarious. That's another good part. This book had me laughing so HARD. You see a bit of a lot of minor but important characters, like James, Tessa and Will's son. Sorry if you are reading Clockwork Angel. I love George, Simon's roommate, except for the really sad ending. See if you connect the dots with his last name and someone else's from the Infernal Devices series. Tee hee. That part made me so sad and happy at the same time. And if you are a fan of Simon and Isabelle moments, you will be squealing with joy every few pages. I GUARANTEE it. It fills a lot of gaps in the Mortal Instruments and the Dark Artifices, like how Clary became parabatai with Simon. C'mon, people. That was practically seen a mile away. All in all, a VERY satisfying read by Cassandra Clare for the.... wait, lemme count, eleventh time?
Good read for the entire backstory on Simon becoming a Shadowhunter. Kinda a sad bittersweet ending though.
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