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Synopsis:

The New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling collection of short stories chronicling the adventures of Simon Lewis as he trains to become a Shadowhunter is now available in CD for the first time with an all-star cast of narrators!

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. Written by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, these moving and hilarious short stories are perfect for the fan who just can’t get enough of the Shadowhunters. ”

Review:

This was a pretty good book of novellas to connect the world of The Mortal Instruments and make a gateway into the world of The Dark Artifices series.

As most of you guys know if you have been following either this blog or my YouTube channel for the past months or so that I have had a love/hate relationship with the Shadowhunter books since I first started reading The Mortal Instruments. I think this world and these series’s are extremely overhyped and aren’t as good as everyone involved in the bookish community has lead them to be.

At this point, I was ready to move on from the characters in featured in The Mortal Instruments and go into the world of The Dark Artifices but first I had to read this collection of novellas.

To be honest, I really don’t think this collection needed to be added to this world.

Starting off with the narration as I did read this on audio, I think all 10 narrators did a good job at reading these stories. I didn’t have a particular favorite narrator but I will say that these men brought Simon’s character to life in the way that it needed to be told.

Here is the list of the narrators for those who are interested:

Devon Bostick · Jack Falahee · Luke Pasqualino · Nico Mirallegro · Chris Wood · Ki Hong Lee · Torrance Coombs · Sam Heughan · Keahu Kahuanui · Brett Dalton

Kind of like I said in regards to the narration of this audiobook, I didn’t have a particular favorite story either. I found the first 8 or so stories to be kind of boring and uneccesary. It wasn’t until the last 2 or 3 that I found myself becoming somewhat interested in what was going on. Mostly because those last 2 didn’t focusing a ton on Simon at all. Though I liked Simon as a character in The Mortal Instruments, I don’t think we needed an entire book all about him. I think he is why I found myself so bored throughout the majority of the book. To put it lightly, he was kind of a MEH character to read about.

Overall, I just found this collection to be just OK. It is kind of hard to review novella collections like this due to the fact that there was so much going on. Again, I didn’t really see the purpose of this collection being thrown into the mix of this world. I did answer some questions but also left a lot to be opened ended. Hopefully, those questions will be answered in The Dark Artifices trilogy.

RATING: 3/5

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