Ghosts of the Shadow Market, by Cassandra Clare

ghosts of the shadow market

Synopsis

The Shadow Market is a meeting point for faeries, werewolves, warlocks and vampires. There the Downworlders buy and sell magical objects, make dark bargains, and whisper secrets they do not want the Nephilim to know. Through two centuries, however, there has been a frequent visitor to the Shadow Market from the City of Bones, the very heart of the Shadowhunters. As a Silent Brother, Brother Zachariah is sworn keeper of the laws and lore of the Nephilim. But once he was a Shadowhunter called Jem Carstairs, and his love, then and always, is the warlock Tessa Gray.

Follow Brother Zachariah and see, against the backdrop of the Shadow Market’s dark dealings and festive celebrations, Anna Lightwood’s first romance, Matthew Fairchild’s great sin and Tessa Gray plunged into a world war. Valentine Morgenstern buys a soul at the Market and a young Jace Wayland’s soul finds safe harbor. In the Market is hidden a lost heir and a beloved ghost, and no one can save you once you have traded away your heart. Not even Brother Zachariah…

Genre

Young Adult – Fantasy


My Thoughts

As a big Cassandra Clare fans, and a Shadowhunter lover, this collection of novellas was a must read for me. Plus I had absolutely loved Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, her previous novella bind up. So I was very much looking forward to these new stories.

What I love about novellas, is that they bring back characters you haven’t seen in a while, and allow you to get to know some other characters that aren’t central to the main storyline. It’s also a great way to introduce new characters for an upcoming series. And so here, we got to meet some of the characters from The Last Hours series.

Moreover, I adore Brother Zachariah and I was very happy to spend some time with him. Plus, his immortality allows the author to take us to different places and times, which was really nice. So, in Ghosts of the Shadow Market, you get to travel and discover new places and new institutes.

“Every world contains worlds within it. People wander through all the worlds they can find, searching for their homes.”

That being said, I must admit that Ghosts of the Shadow Market was slightly disappointing. I think I had loved Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy so much, that this one didn’t meet my expectations in comparison. Indeed, I felt like most of the novellas didn’t bring much to the overall storyline of the Shadowhunter saga, and were just entertaining stories.

The one novella that I really adored was The Land I Lost, the seventh one. If you are, like me, a huge Malec fan and shipper you definetely want to check this one out. It’s worth the read.

Overall, I’d say Ghosts of the Shadow Market was a fun and entertaining read. It’s for sure not a favorite, but if you love this saga and its universe you’ll have a nice time reading it.

My rating 

3.75/5

Gaëlle

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