Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy was good but not as good as I was expecting

February 2, 2017 // Posted by Becca in Reviews // 6 Comments

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy was good but not as good as I was expectingTales from the Shadowhunter Academy
by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman
Release Date: November 15th 2016
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Narrator: Devon Bostick, Jack Falahee, Luke Pasqualino, Nico Mirallegro, Chris Wood, Ki Hong Li
Length: 17 Hours 35 Minutes
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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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.

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“They shared a small moment of bizarre, companionable silence -they boy who’d forgotten everything about his history, and the boy who’d never known it.”


I have to explain myself and say that this book not being what I was expecting is completely my fault! I will read anything that Cassie Clare writes so I didn’t even read the synopsis for Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, I assumed that it was going to be a collection of stories from the Academy since it began. That was not the case, these are a collection of stories during Simon’s times and experiences at the Shadownhunter Academy as he trains to become a Shadowhunter. I felt that it was a cohesive story from start to finish. It is accurately described as an epilogue to The Mortal Instruments series. While I have always liked Simon, I was unsure that he could carry an entire novel himself. I am happy to say that I did end up really enjoying this, Simon is a lovable nerd with a heart of gold and it was wonderful to see different sides of him and to see him grow and become more confident.

There was a lot of drama at the Shadowhunter Academy, especially between the “mundanes” and the Shadowhunters. It kept the story really moving along and the pace was good.

I loved that I got to see so many of my favorite characters again! From Jace and Clary to Malec! My favorite moments were the Simon and Izzy moments! I just love these two together!

“Izzy -I don’t know why you’d wait for me, but if you do, I promise to make myself worth that wait. Or I’ll try. I can promise I am going to try.”

I really wish that I had read this immediately after I finished The Mortal Instruments because I felt like I had forgotten a lot of things. So I recommend, if possible to either re-read or immediately follow up City of Heavenly Fire with this book. It also gives a great jumping off point for Lady Midnight!

I was expecting this to be more like The Bane Chronicles which I really loved and because I had different expectations I think that I didn’t like this as much as I was hoping (again my fault). I also had trouble getting into it at the very beginning because I felt that it read very different than the other Shadowhunter books.

Overall, this was a really great collection of stories that really made up a whole story. Getting to know Simon better and to see the TMI characters a bit into the future is definitely rewarding! If you are as obsessed with Cassie Clare’s Shadowhunting world as I am then I highly suggest reading this!

“He waved good-bye to all these people he barely knew, and somehow loved anyway, and he hoped they could not tell how relived he was to be going.”


About Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

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  • Really looking forward to reading this! Sorry it wasn’t as good as you were expecting. Boo.

    • LostinLit Becca

      I hope that you really enjoy it!

  • Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

    This reminds me that I should really get into Cassandra Clare’s series(s). I read City of Bones (I know a different series) back when it was first published (10 years ago basically!) and loved it. But never read the others. Sorry this one wasnt as good as you had hoped it would be.

    • LostinLit Becca

      I hope that you get the chance to read more of her books! She is incredible!

  • I’ve actually never read anything by Cassandra Clare. She has written so many books that going down that path now seems daunting because I basically don’t have any time to read published books. I do hate when there’s a gap between books in a series and I forget details. Awesome review! I’m sorry this wasn’t as amazing as you expected, but I’m glad you did still enjoy it 🙂

    Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Rambles

    • LostinLit Becca

      I know what you mean, that is how I feel about Harry Potter… like I’ll never catch up. I suggest trying The Infernal Devices, that is only 3 books 🙂