I’m always a bit skittish about the novella’s in the shadowhunter chronicles to be honest. Since Clare co-writes them with several other authors, it sometimes – especially in the beginning with the Bane Chronicle novella’s – was really palpable you know? that she was co-writing these stories instead of writing everything herself. I was ‘missing’ something more often than not when reading some of the early novella’s. And I mean, as I said already; Especially when reading the Magnus Bane chronicles this was really present to me. Some of those novella’s were a bit of a letdown, to be honest. When reading the Tales from Shadowhunter Academy I have to say, I didn’t experience that as much anymore though and those were really quite enjoyable overall, and added a lot more to the bigger picture in the end, I think.
A friend of mine, Isa from the Bookdutchesses, was reading the Ghosts from the Shadow Market novella’s and talked me into reading them as well because originally I was planning to read them when the entire printed book would be released in 2019. But she had me so excited that I decided to not wait any longer.
So when I started reading these novella’s, I was really enthusiastic because of Isa’s enthusiasm and of what she told me about the novella’s already. And of course because of the character that would be a huge part of the stories; Brother Zachariah. TID being my fave books of all shadowhunter books, meant that these novella’s were bound to become precious to me.
Continue reading with precaution!
These novella’s contain spoilers for when you haven’t read the prior written books yet and when talking about them I might spoil some things here or there if you aren’t familiar with what happend in the Infernal Devices and the Mortal Instrument books. I try to minimize the spoilers as much as possible though!
Also: In hindsight, looking back to my own experience, since I’ve read Lady Midnight & Lord of Shadows first, I definitely recommend reading these novella’s before reading Lord of Shadows at least, since there are some details from these novella’s that will resurface in the Dark Artifices books. When you’ve read the novella’s, there’s just a bit more background story to some things resurfacing in the TDA books, so it just provides you with an even more beautiful reading experience I think. It isn’t necessary persé but I’d definitely recommend to not skip these novella’s!
In this article, I’ll be posting my mini reviews on the first 2 novella’s in the series, Son of Dawn & Cast long Shadows. Because I have quite a huge intro and conclusion in these particular articles, I decided it would be best to split all my reviews, since there are 8 coming your way. So today, we’ll be starting with #1 and #2 from Ghosts of the Shadow Market. Here we go!
#1 Son of Dawn
Can we first take a second and admire the stunning artwork of this cover?! The character portrayed in the back is Jonathan/Jace Wayland and in the front there’s a scene present that was a big part of this novella. I love all the details! Especially when you’ve read this novella, you’ll even appreciate it even more I think – I did anyway haha. But the artwork on itself, is just already awesome, isn’t it?
This first novella is set in 2000 and we follow Brother Zachariah in a quest that has him confronting his mortal past in a most cruel way #AllAboardTheTIDFeelsTrain. In a time when Isabelle & Alec Lightwood are awaiting one Jonathan Wayland to arrive on their doorsteps, who is going to live with them, Jonathan/Jace crosses paths with Brother Zachariah when Brother Zachariah is in search of the yin fen that’s about to be distributed on American shores, starting with New York city. Alongside Lily and Raphael, two vampires we got to meet in the Mortal Instruments series, as well as Robert Lightwood, they’re going to try to stop the werewolves from bringing the yin fen into the city.
We mostly read from Brother Zachariah’s pov, but reading these small bits and pieces from Isabelle’s pov were so precious too! Brother Zachariah coming across Jace and fighting alongside him on the ship made me feel all the feels because we all know – when having read the TID books – how BZ fought alongside Jace’s ancestor in the past and the background story to it all… <- I mean, come on. How much can a fangirl handle when being emotionally attacked so often in just a couple of chapters? #sobslikecrazy. And then the fact that we got to see Isabelle, Alec and Jace being this young? So cute!
This novella in a nutshell: One moment I want to cry while lying in a fetal position, feeling like I’m never going to recover from experiencing all these feels and the next I’m laughing like crazy because Lily having a crush on Brother Zachariah is the funniest thing ever, I think haha. Her ‘nicknames’ for him are hilarious… But yeah; My feelings were all over the frigging place when reading this novella.
a little snippet of Jace talking to Brother Zachariah:
Read this and you’ll know why I couldn’t stop crying. #Bye
“What do the initials mean? On your staff. Do all Silent Brothers have them?”
They looked together at the staff. The letters were worn by time and Zachariah’s own flesh, but they had been struck deep into the wood in the precise places where Zachariah would put his hands on them when he fought. So, in a way, they would always be fighting together.”
“The letters were W and H.”
“No, said Brother Zachariah, I am the only one. I carved them into the staff on my first night in the City of Bones.”
“Were they your initials?, the boy asked, his voice low and a little timid.
“Back when you were a Shadowhunter, like me?”
“No”, said Jem, because he was always James Carstairs when he spoke of what was dearest to him. Not mine. My parabatai’s.
W and H. William Herondale. Will.”
#2 Cast long Shadows
In this second novella we go back to 1901. We get a bit more insight into the lives of some of the children from the beloved TID characters. We come across James and Lucie Herondale, the Lightwood children and the Fairchild children among others.
A secret too long kept can kill a soul by inches. I watched a secret almost destroy a man once, the finest man ever made. Such a secret is like keeping treasure in a tomb. Little by little, poison eats away at the gold. By the time the door is opened, there may be nothing left but dust.
Aside from Brother Zachariah’s pov, we also get to read from Matthew Fairchild’s pov and I have to be honest here: At first, when looking forward to reading the Last Hours I was mostly always looking forward to reading about James Herondale and the TID characters in particular instead of a character like Matthew. But Matthew’s POV was quite refreshing and interesting I have to say and I am really curious about what’s to happen to him. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy reading about him so much, but I should’ve expected nothing less though. Clare always writes characters I come to love, main and minor ones and in this novella, she has me hooked on so many of the Last Hours character set already.
“This is why we are chosen warrior partners, says Matthew, because we share such a perfect bond of sympathy. Come to me, Jamie, that we might share a manly embrace.”
So I think this novella was a great way of getting to know a bit more of the characters who we’ll be reading about in the Last Hours trilogy, a great set-up to what’s going to be an intense rollercoaster ride I believe. This novella was also a fantastic way of spending a bit more time reading about my beloved TID characters like Jem, Tessa and Will as well as Charlotte and Henry and bits and pieces of the other characters like Sophie and Gideon, who are being mentioned every now and then #AllTheFeels.
Where shall I carry it?
“Wherever you please. I thought I would walk with you a little way, my parabatai”
How far? asked Jem.
Will smiled. “Need you ask? I will go with you as far as I possibly may.”
I can’t handle these Will and Jem feels. Coming across Will, after having my fangirl heart being brutally murdered with that Clockwork Princess epilogue, is making me so happy and so intensely sad at the same time. I don’t know wether the tears I shed – O, and I shed plenty alright – were of happiness of seeing Will again or of sadness. #AllTheFreakingFeels
I like seeing how the Shadow Market is some sort of thread throughout the stories so far – duh, it’s called Ghosts of the Shadow Market for a reason, lol. But still… I just had to mention it haha. I always love reading more about not only the Nephilim and their way of living, but the Downworlders as well in this world, especially the Fair folk. They’ve become more present in the Dark Artifices books so far and I have a feeling Matthew is going to dive into the Downworlders world as well and I can’t wait to read about it. And James already has my heart at this point – well, actually; he already had it when reading about him in prior novella’s and knowing what the Last Hours was roughly going to be about. He’s going to be such a tortured loved character, just like his father has been but in a whole other setting. I’m excited! And anxious. And excited, lol!
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So overall, I feel like these two novella’s are freaking awesome additions to the shadowhunter chronicles in general. The first one, Son of Dawn, was just a really great addition to the fans especially, without it really having anything to do with a still-going storyline in the shadow hunter chronicles. Just something to enjoy. Something to reminisce about.
And the second one, Cast long Shadows, was quite the same actually. Because of the presence of some TID characters you can’t help but not reminisce about all that happened in the past in the TID books which caused me turning into a blubbering fangirl mess yet again. But it was so much more as well, because we got to read about the Last Hour characters. I think these first two novella’s were really well written and I enjoyed them immensely. They had depth, despite there not being major plots and story-lines being present, and they had me feeling all the feels.
I’ve heard from Isabelle that some novella’s are going to be of influence regarding the Dark Artifices books as well, so I can’t wait to read those too and see how these stories are connected to one another.
These first two novella’s are just a really beautiful homage to some of our favorite characters whom we got to meet over time. These novella’s are must-reads to any shadowhunter fan out there, and especially if you have a fondness for the Infernal Devices but also like to read a bit more about some of our beloved The Mortal Instruments characters when they were younger as well as learning more about the characters of the Last Hour books coming our way, starting next year.
So, if you love the shadowhunter world, and the Infernal Devices in particular as well as reading a bit about Jace, Alec and Isabelle as well, you should really add these first two novella’s to your tbr! I cannot wait to read the other novella’s and share my mini reviews on them with you soon! Thank you for reading.