A friend of mine, Isa from the Bookdutchesses, was reading the Ghosts from the Shadow Market novella’s and was telling me about how some of the novella’s are linked to the TDA books. So by saying this she basically talked me into reading them as well asap. 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 Land Lost and Through Blood, through Fire, the last 2 (for now) available novella’s.
#7 The Land Lost
Alec Lightwood, partner of the High Warlock of Brooklyn and father of a warlock child, is sent to Buenos Aires to re-establish the Shadowhunters amidst the ruins left by the Dark War. When he arrives, he is not welcomed by the Shadowhunters there. He believes it is because of his companion Lily, the head of the New York vampire clan, until a Shadowhunter orphan confides a dark secret to him under cover of the Shadow Market.
OMG where to start on this one?! There’s so much happening!!!!! So much to gush and talk about. This is the longest novella yet and it was so good! We read about Alec going to Buenos Aires to see what’s going on with the chaos there. He got a message from someone at the Shadow Market there who specifically asked for him to come and none other. But first… First, we are treated with some Alec/Jace moments – It’s so good to see some things never change *insert happy sigh*
Then he saw Max was looking at him, big blue eyes mournful. He put his hand on the front of his tailor suit, then gestured to Alec the same way Magnus had, as if Max could do magic already. Alec pretended to see a magic spark in his hand and put the magic kiss in his pocket. Then he gave Max a last wave as he and Jace header down the street.
“What was that about?” Jace asked.
“He wanted to come patrolling.”
Jace’s face softened. “My good boy! He should-“
“No!” said Alec. “And nobody will let you have your own kid until you stop putting other people’s kids in bags meant for axes and trying to smuggle them out on patrol.”
“I almost got away with it, due to my supernatural speed and unmatched cunning,” Jace claimed. “No, you didn’t,” said Alec. “That bag was wriggling.”
The sky was soft gray with evening, stars not yet out. Alec Lightwood was napping because he and his parabatai had been out fighting Croucher demons all last night, and Jace Herondale, famed among the Nephilim as a master strategist, apparently thought ‘about a dozen demons’ was a fair estimate for ‘definitely thirty-seven demons.” Alec had gone around counting them out of spite.
And then there are some family moments between Magnus/Alec/Max, which was so frigging amazing to read! Max is so stinking cute, I can’t even! And Magnus teaching Max about demons while having said demons trapped for hours on end in the living room? Precious, so precious haha!
“My papa is Ultra Magnus,” Max announced proudly. “And daddy is a shadowhunter.” Alec thought Max had got the name Ultra Magnus from one of his toys. Magnus seemed to like it. “Don’t interrupt me when I’m promising you dark demonic delights,” the Demon Elyaas said fussily. “Why are you always interrupting me?”
Max brightened at the word “demonic.”
“Uncle Jace says we will kill all the demins,” he reported with joy. “All the demins!”
Alec comes across a little shadowhunter boy named Rafael when he gets to Buenos Aires, who’s lived at the market ever since becoming an orphan after the Dark War. This all happens in the midst of him solving the problems that are occurring here with the Institute being run by fanatics and with these inhabitants involved in doing illegal stuff to downworlders. Alec is asked to look into this and help the ones living at the Shadow Market who fear for their lives.
Reading more about Alec was so awesome. He is so loyal, he has such a kind heart and I love love love how he stands up and keeps fighting for the Downworlders even if it’s going to take his last breath to do so. His friendship with Lily, the leader of the vampire clan of New York, was so much fun to read about and it’s amazing to see how good the relationships are between Alec, Jace and the rest of the NY institute and the downworlders living in New York, like Lily and her vampire clan or Maia and the werewolves.
“I’m here on a mission,” Alec continued. “I thought I could rely on the hospitality of the Institute and my fellow shadowhunters. I see I was wrong.”
He cast a look around the room. Several of the men could not meet his eyes.
“What mission?” demanded Clive Breakspear.
“One which requires discretion.”
“You can stay here,” he agreed grudgingly. “The Downworlder cannot.”
“Like I want to,” Lily sneered. “I don’t stay in places were the decor isn’t ten out of ten, and this place is a minus fourteen thousand. OK, Alec, let’s make a plan for where we will meet up after I find a nice windowless hotel room. Do you want to-“
“What are you talking about?” Alec demanded. “If they won’t have you, I won’t stay here. The hell with this place. I’m going with you.”
This was such a beautiful in depth story for his character development in particular as well as seeing how Rafe got into the lives of Alec, Magnus and Max – and omg this is all so precious. Max is EVERYTHING and so frigging cute. But when Rafe also got into the picture, I was lost. Truly and utterly lost. My heart broke for this kid and I can’t love Alec and Magnus more for them giving Rafe a home *starts crying uncontrollably. Whereas I always felt like, when reading the TMI books,: okay Alec is a good minor characters but definitely not one of my faves… This novella is a such beautiful eye opener. This novella shows exactly how much Alec has to offer to this world and the people/creatures in it and I am so so sooo excited to read more about him and Magnus and their children in the new series that’s coming our way; the Eldest Curses.
#8 Through Blood, through Fire
Jem Carstairs and Tessa Gray are finally united after waiting over a century to be together, but they become aware a dark threat is looming over a child of the Shadow Market: a lost Herondale, from a line of Herondales who have used the Market to hide from their fellow Nephilim. Now is the time for the lost Herondale to be discovered. Jem and Tessa have to find him before his enemies can.
What the Actual F*** did I just read? Is this really happening? Can it be?
INSERT UNCONTROLLABLE CRYING…
Okay, let me start on the story first that’s focusing on the lost Herondale and the lost Heir, because when I’m going to start talking about the emotional side of this novella when reading about Tessa and Jem, I probably won’t be able to do anything else afterward…
“I turned away from you once, but please help me now. I thought I could do this on my own, but the Ridders are closing in. If you will not come for me, come for my boy. I thought I could buy his life with my suffering. I thought if I left him, he would be safe. He is not. Please come. I beg you. Save me. Save my child. Rosemary Herondale.
Jem and Tessa were already in motion. In the century and a half they’d known each other, much had changed, but this truth endured: When a Herondale called, they would answer.
In this last novella it’s all about the Lost Herondale, that Jem and Tessa are still searching for. Truths are revealed about the Last Heir, the descendant of the only child that was ever born from a union between the Unseelie King and the Seelie Queen. There’s a prophecy going on around this child. One that’s promising that the world will turn into darkness whenever this person becomes of age and gets into his/her powers…
You can imagine the build-up of it all towards Queen of Air and Darkness is enormous, since this is something we’ve read a bit about already in Lord of Shadows. We know this is going to be an important part of the story in QoAaD and I am so curious to finally see everything being played out. But I’m sooo scared at the same time, knowing what I now know about the lost Herondale and everything revolving around the story of the Lost Heir.
Since I’ve already read about Rosemary and Jack in the Wicked Ones, some of the things written down in this one weren’t really always necessary, I think when it comes to the in-depth details of some parts of Rosemary’s life that was being written down. But… now knowing who the Lost Herondale is and that Rose is his mother (this is no spoiler, since Rose’s name is confirmed in other novella’s and we know then that she is one of the descendants) this was also really beautiful to read because it’s really sad knowing how much she loved her husband and her son but never got the chance to see him growing up and living a good life with her family. Knowing how much her son missed a mother-figure in his life… It’s heartbreaking, and reading more about Rosemary in this one only confirms this.
And then there’s the other side of this novella. The one that had me bawling my eyes out like I was reading the Clockwork Princess epilogue all over again. Because there’s so much happening regarding Tessa and Jem and. I.JUST.CAN’T… *Yup here come the tears again*
I can’t put into words how beautiful and perfect this last (for now) novella is and do this novella justice the way it deserves. This was beyond anything I’d expected to read. I finished reading this one late at night, while my husband was already asleep next to me in bed. I was sure he was going to wake up since our whole bed was shaking because of me crying so hard and loudly (thankfully he didn’t because he always finds it amusing if I’m crying over books and I think I would’ve smacked him if he would’ve done so in this particular moment haha, lol okay not really but well I would’ve been really pissed though <- a fangirl needs her moment when she’s reading about Jem/Tessa/Will).
“But we bear so much that seems unthinkable. The only truth beneath unbearable burden is living without love. You taught me that.” She laced her fingers though his, squeezed tight. She was so unimaginably strong. “You and Will.”
I’ve really loved every novella that I’ve read so far of Ghosts of the Shadow Market, but this one… This novella was definitely the most emotional one to read to me. The ENDING of this novella gutted me, so thoroughly. In a good way though, but still… All the freaking feels. I still, (After all these years? ALWAYS) can’t properly handle reading about Jem,Tessa and Will without wanting to go lie down in a fetal position and cry forever. And the way things are coming together in this last part of the novella was beyond anything that I was expecting to read. Gods, I hate myself now for not being able to find the right words to tell you how amazed I was by it all and how this story ‘got’ to me.
It was easier to die protecting the people you love than to watch them die in your stead. What horrific choices mortality had to offer.
That was the devils’ bargain of Jem’s return, the truth that she had tried to escape. He could live forever, but never truly live-never love-or she could have him back, fully alive and fully mortal, inevitably to lose him for good. It hadn’t been her choice to make, of course. But Jem had chosen her. She could never regret this.
I have cried, like legit cried with fat tears rolling down my face, for like 15 minutes non-stop while Goosebumps were running all over my body because I was so not capable of handling all the feels. This is to be expected at one point or another when you’re reading a Clare book, especially when I’m reading about these characters who are so precious to me – to me anyway – but I wasn’t expecting THIS!!! The struggle, the way things went down in the end for Tessa and Jem. Nope. I can’t talk about it anymore, I’m emotionally drained right now, lol. But my god… It was marvelous and emotional and it filled my heart with so much joy!
“But you can never replace what you’ve lost, can you?” Tessa said.
“You can only find new love to fill the void left behind.”
As always, the memory of Will sat between them, his absence a presence.
“We both learned that lesson too young,” Jem said, “but I suppose everyone learns it eventually. Loss is what it means to be human.”
So yeah, if you haven’t read any (or not all yet) of these novella’s, you really need to do so asap. These last novella’s in particular are linked to the TDA books and I think that it’s so much more meaningful when reading Queen of Air and Darkness if you know the background of some things happening in these novellas, since they’re definitely going to be an important part of the story-line in QoAaD.
But aside from that; Tessa/Jem(Brother Zachariah) and the mentioning of Will:
*Stares at het screen for like 10 minutes, trying to come up with words again and finding myself stuck again.
How to tell you about all of the amazing and saddening things happening to them in these novella’s? This is really something you should experience yourself. If you love these characters, these novella’s are MUST-READS. Well, these novella’s are must-reads anyway btw, but my god… I’m still shaking from what I’ve read last night (I’m writing this review the morning after finishing ‘Through Blood, through Fire)
Thanks for reading lovelies!