I absolutely REFUSE to review every single short story in Cassie Clare’s anthologies. I’m going to take the lazy route and just star each story and then give my overall two cents of the collections.
- What Really Happened in Peru? | ⭐⭐⭐
- The Runaway Queen | ⭐⭐⭐ ½
- Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- The Midnight Heir | ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ½
- The Rise of Hotel Dumont | ⭐⭐⭐ ½
- Saving Raphael Santiago | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- The Fall of Hotel Dumont | ⭐⭐⭐ ½
- What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything | ⭐⭐⭐ ½
- The Last Stand of the New York Institute | ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ½
- The Course of True Love (And First Dates) | ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ½
- The Voicemail of Magnus Bane | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
OVERALL THOUGHTS | This anthology was a bit disappointing. Magnus Bane is, by far, my favorite character in the entire Shadowhunter universe and it was a little disheartening to read stories that didn’t quite match his vibrant personality. “The Midnight Heir” is my favorite, as it references my favorite characters from The Infernal Devices, and the “The Voicemail of Magnus Bane” is simply hilarious. The rest weren’t terribly bad, but they were at times a tad bit boring or slightly underwhelming.
- Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy | ⭐⭐⭐ ½
- The Lost Herondale | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- The Whitechapel Fiend | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Nothing But Shadows | ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ½
- The Evil We Love | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Pale Kings and Princes | ⭐⭐⭐ ½
- Bitter of Tongue | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- The Fiery Trial | ⭐⭐⭐ ½
- Born to Endless Night | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Angels Twice Descending | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
OVERALL THOUGHTS: Simon is also one of my favorite characters and I thought these short stories did him justice. I loved reading about his journey in becoming a new version of himself, and it was also enjoyable to read his experiences in shaping a new generation of Shadowhunters that are more open-minded and kind. There was never a lack of humor, and Clare does an amazing job in portraying positive relationships on the page. There are some heartbreaking secrets and events in these stories, especially toward the end, but shorts like “Born to Endless Night” and “Nothing But Shadows” can easily remedy such sadness. All these stories tie in really nicely to TMI, TID, and TDA, and so they actually hold some weight. Definitely a must read anthology for fans of the series.
- Cast Long Shadows | ⭐⭐⭐ ½
- Every Exquisite Thing | ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ½
- Learn About Loss | ⭐⭐⭐ ½
- A Deeper Love | ⭐⭐⭐ ½
- The Wicked Ones | ⭐⭐⭐ ½
- Son of the Dawn | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- The Land I Lost | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Through Blood, Through Fire | ⭐⭐⭐ ½
- The Lost World | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Forever Fallen | ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ½
Overall Thoughts: This was a pretty solid collection of short stories. Several of the stories were very illuminating. Jem’s past is held in the spotlight and his love for Tessa and Will shines through in each one. However, a few of the shorts were a bit superfluous, dull, or ran a bit too long. “The Land I Lost” was my favorite despite it’s impressive length and the final story “Forever Fallen” is incredibly enlightening, as it hints at the direction of the new series following The Dark Artifices. As a side note, Anna Lightwood is an amazing character and I can’t wait to see more of her, along with Matthew Fairchild and the young Herondales in Chain of Gold.
I’ve done it! I’m all caught up on the Shadowhunter series! With the exception to the Shadowhunter Codex and the graphic novels of The Mortal Instruments, I am finally up to date with this series. I’ll reread The Dark Artifices eventually, but probably when the next trilogy following the end to TDA is set to release. Until then, I am FINALLY diving into Chain of Gold. This is the book I’ve been waiting for and I so hope that it’s just as amazing as The Infernal Devices.