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Ten Simon Lewis tales read by:
The New York Times and USA Today best-selling collection of short stories chronicling the adventures of Simon Lewis as he trains to become a Shadowhunter is now available 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.
Full cast of narrators includes Torrance Coombs, Sam Heughan, Keahu Kahuanui, and Brett Dalton.
I listened to the audio of Shadowhunters. And I don’t know how Cassandra Clare managed it, but she wrangled some seriously famous actors (well, famous to me at least!) to narrate the ten tales. And each narrator brought their own flare and style to the books. Some of my favorites include: Devon Bostick, Luke Pasqualino, Keahu Kahuanui, Brett Dalton, and of course Sam Heughan.
While I enjoyed all ten tales, I really appreciated how the tales were interconnected, and provided us with both modern Shadowhunter stories as well as historic tales. It’s not practical to review all ten tales; here are some individual reviews. My favorite of the collection was Born to Endless Night, written by Ms. Clare and Ms. Rees Brennan. In this tale, Magnus and Alec decide to adopt a baby warlock. The baby shows up on the doorstep of the academy where Magnus is guest-lecturing. Of the two, Alec takes to adopting the baby first. And let’s just say that Magnus making a bottle for the baby was totally swoony. I don’t really know what this tale had to do with Simon, but I also don’t really care. This was also the tale where I realized I picture the actors from the TV series as the characters.
Another favorite tale is Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy, also by Ms. Clare and Ms. Rees Breenan. (I think I see a pattern here!) This story is hilarious and all Simon. Who else would pack nothing but funny t-shirts when going off to Idris to learn to be a Shadowhunter. The scene with the girls and talking about when Simon bit Jace had me literally laughing at my desk at work.
“I might have bitten him. It was more like a tiny nibble.”
“Was he delicious”, Julie asked? “He looks like he would be delicious.”
And Izzy staking her claim on Simon? Just as great. Excellent narration by Devon Bostick. And a great start to a compilation book.
Pale Kings and Princes by Ms. Clare and Ms. Wasserman was one of my least favorite of the collection. This tale focuses on the history of the Blackthorn family, specifically Mark and Helen. Most of which I learned from reading Lady Midnight. This tale emphasized for me the fact that I really should have read the books in publication order. All the questions I had reading Lady Midnight were answered here. It would have made much more sense to have read Shadowhunter Academy first.
Across the board, I really enjoyed all of the tales. And especially the audio narration. If you appreciate Simon’s sense of humor and are interested in more Shadowhunter history, check out Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed this collection. The stories were wonderful. The only drawback was the narration of the final chapters by Brett Dalton. I found it more difficult to discern which character was speaking and missed hearing the Scottish brogue of George's character that had been consistent until that point. Overall, I loved having more stories involving the Mortal Instruments' characters.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
It's been a while since a read a shadowhunters book and I love it so much. I thought the fact that it has multiple narrators would bother me but they are so amazing, each and every one of them. It's great to remember how much I actually like this books !!
I love Claire 's books can't wait to see more books about all the shadow hunters working together
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, absolutely! Each narrator was amazing and it has an all-star cast, so anyone would like it I think.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
Most interesting was the fact that Simon is becoming a Shadowhunter, it's pretty cool.
Least interesting was at least the first novella. It wasn't very gripping at all.
Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?
I forgot the guy's name but the one who has the Scottish accent. His character was great and the narrators perfected his accent and personality.
I loved the young humor in Simon and George's uplifting character. Simons developing relationship and perils with all of the characters draw you in and make you want more.
love it and want more to listen to. great story. please make more of these stories
Maybe I should have read reviews before I purchased.
Writing was ok, but bland. Sort of like Wheel of Time but worse. I got through most of wheel of time series, but the amount of hair turns and blushes and hand wiping blouse was atrocious.
This wasn’t that bad, but it just lacks what I want from an author. If I was 13 and had not found Harry Potter I might have enjoyed these. They aren’t Horrible, but they will never be masterpieces.
Going back to Martin, Abercrombie, Rothfuss...
loved it so much! thank you for the great story so Shadowhunters can live on.
I loved that they spent time on what happened to Simon and included the rest of the group.