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October 7, 2016 by elnadesbookchat

 

Tales from the ShadowHunter Academy

By Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman

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Narrated By Devon Bostick, Jack Falahee, Luke Pasqualino, Nico Mirallegro, Chris Wood, Ki Hong Lee, Torrance Coombs, Sam Heughan, Keahu Kahuanui, Bret Dalton

From Cassandra Clare’s Website:

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.

Confession:

This is a collection of ten short stories.  They were originally released last year as e-books, there was one released once a month.  The release date for the print version of the collection is November 15, 2016.  It looks like you can get the audiobook version right now however.  I can’t remember if the audios were originally released at the same time as the e-books or if  they came later.  I waited for all of them to be released before I downloaded them from the library, so that I could listen to them all at once, no waiting. There were some great stories in this collection.  Simon was one of my favorite characters in the Shadowhunter series, so it was great to see what happened to him after the series ended. We also learn more about some of the characters from the Infernal Devices series.  Other characters from the Mortal Instruments also make appearances throughout the stories. Some of the stories were very funny and others had a more somber tone to them.  My absolute favorite one was Born to Endless Night.  This one is told from Magnus Banes’ (my absolute favorite character from the series) point of view as well as Simon’s. Magnus has come to the Academy as a guest lecturer and he has brought Alec with him.  Simon and his friends find an abandoned warlock baby on the steps of the academy and bring him to Magnus to take care of.  As you can imagine the most hilarious things come out of this simple act. I laughed out loud through most of it.  There is a different narrator for each story, but they all do an excellent job.  I have really enjoyed all of the Shadowhunter books and this one is a nice addition.

News flash:

I was on Cassandra Clare’s website looking for the narrators and noticed that she is releasing a new series next year that continues the Infernal Devices series.  Here is the blurb from her website:

The Last Hours

The sequel trilogy to the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy

[Warning: Spoiler alert ahead for those that haven’t read The Infernal Devices trilogy] The Shadowhunters enter the Downton Abbey era in The Last Hours. Will Herondale is head of the London Institute, where he lives with his wife Tessa. But now it’s their children, James and Lucie, who take center stage, alongside their parabatai, Matthew Fairchild and Cordelia Carstairs. Their adventures will begin in Chain of Thorns, coming in 2017!

No cover as of yet, or an exact publication date, Goodreads say 2018, but I will let you know when I know something more.  I’m very excited as I was unaware that she was continuing that story.

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