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.
It’s impossible not to love the characters of the Shadowhunter world, and as I’m talking about Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy, it’s only fair I give most of my love to Simon. He’s one of the sweetest, most loyal and fiercely protective people I’ve read about and he’s just such an adorkable munchkin. I adored getting to know him in The Mortal Instruments and while he was mentioned in Lady Midnight, it felt like such a treat to have a whole book of short stories devoted to him. He was one of my favourite characters before I read Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy, but I felt as though my love of everything Simon Lewis has been renewed. I also loved how you didn’t necessarily have to read the short stories in order, and I know that I’ll definitely be rereading some of my favourites again soon. They were all such fun, excellently-written stories that were fast-paced and feisty — I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Just a few reasons why I love the Shadowhunter world, and all the books written about it:
- SHADOWHUNTERS! It might be obvious that this is a reason why I love these books so much, but it just needed to be said. I love following the lives of the Shadowhunters from the countless books I’ve read about them and I’m always eager for more. Whether it’s just how badass they are, the emotional connection I forge with each of them, or the way Cassie Clare can create such unique and compelling characters that jump right off the pages, the Shadowhunters I’ve met and the more Shadowhunters I’m sure I’ll meet in books to come all have a special place in my heart.
- ROMANCE. For those of you who haven’t yet picked up The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices or Lady Midnight, I won’t spoil you by saying who I ship together — though, please note that I’m shaking my head at you and politely request you give these gorgeous books a go — but I’ll just say that I completely adore the romantic elements. None of the relationships ever feel forced or rushed, and I know I can count on Cassie Clare to weave perfectly-paced and swoon-worthy love subplots.
- EVERYTHING COOL! Whether you love vampires, werewolves, faeries, demons or warlocks, Cassie Clare’s Shadowhunter series has them all. I love learning the backstories of each of these different creatures and their origins, and it’s really exciting to have them so involved in the storyline. I also adore how they aren’t just used as plot devices to draw readers in, but we actually get to know these people and creatures and learn their roles in the Shadowhunter society as well as see them becoming friends (or enemies) with our lead characters.
Ultimately, the Shadowhunters and their friends have found a special place in my heart, and I know that I’ll keep reading about them until Cassie Clare decides it’s time to move onto something else (and even then I’ll probably just reread all her series and cry over fan fiction). All of these books are magical and exciting, and Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy is no different. It’s only made me even more excited to get my hands on a copy of Lord of Shadows!
Have you read Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy yet? What do you think of Simon? Who’s your favourite character from the Shadowhunter world? Have you seen the movie, of the TV show? What are you opinions on that? Let’s talk about everything Shadowhunters!
Thanks to Walker Books Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!
Simon Lewis art sourced from DeviantArt.