Title: Nothing But Shadows
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: May 2015
Series: Shadowhunter Academy Novella (Shadowhunter Chronicles)
Retail Price: $6.99 (Digital Copy Only)
Overall Rating: 8/10
Genre: Fantasy, Family and Drama
Nothing But Shadows is the highly anticipated fourth novella of the Shadowhunter Academy series. Fans of the Mortal Instruments have all missed reading about the Shadowhunter Academy and by reading Nothing But Shadows was like reuniting with an old friend. For fans of the Mortal Instruments who are unaware of this new series, Shadowhunter Academy is a series of short stories which have been released every month since February 2015 and follows the story of Simon Lewis’ Shadowhunter Academy life.
Nothing But Shadows was a short novel which is why I have a mini review on it! Nothing But Shadows continues with Simon’s story. Simon is confused about the Mundane and Shadowhunter classes and seeks Ragnor Fell for advice. Ragnor then explains James Herondale’s story of his Shadowhunter Academy experience to Simon. Most of the novel was in James Herondale’s third person perspective and I loved anything to do with the Herondales, which is why I loved this book! 🙂 If you are a major fan of The Shadowhunter Chronicles, you must purchase this book!
*WARNING: SPOILERS FOR NOTHING BUT SHADOWS AHEAD*
I really really missed the Shadowhunter family and it was so exciting and enjoying to read about the Shadowhunter world from a new perspective- Simon and James. Ever since the end of City Of Heavenly Fire, Simon Lewis had lost all his memories and has since began the journey to become a true Shadowhunter at the Shadowhunter Academy in Idris. Nothing But Shadows follows the story of Simon who fails to realise the effect he is making on the Mundane and Shadowhunter classes and Catarina Loss tells the story of the great, James Herondale to Simon.
Reading these Shadowhunter Chronicles feels like reading a story that no one would understand unless you know the original secrets- like a young girl who knew all the gossip on the school playground-which is one of the reasons why I enjoy it so much!
Cassandra Clare has done so much world building it actually feels unreal that this is purely fiction. It feels like her head is an Encyclopedia of this world that is so complex and twisting.I loved reading about James Herondale as it was new insight into the lives of the new Herondale bloodline. Since the release of Clockwork princess, there hasn’t been much resolution on the Herondale situation. Through Nothing But Shadows we got to read about James Herondale and how he lived his life. James Herondale was a really unique character, as expected of a son of Will Herondale and I found myself relating to him in more times than I expected.
In the story he was thirteen/fourteen which was really interesting as Cassandra Clare’s characters are usually sixteen but because of this I believe that James’ thoughts were over-mature for his age. Nevertheless, I still loved reading in James’ perspective which very much reflected a persona similar to his father’s. He loved reading classics which was super exciting to read because as we all know in the Infernal Devices Will had a major love for reading. James’ story felt like my story and Cassandra Clare’s beautiful writing displayed this. When I discovered that he was insecure about who he was, my heart broke alongside his. My favorite quote of his was “Maybe they were all praying he would become a shadow and simply slip away,” It was so beautifully written yet I found myself relating to this as we all carry so many duties that sometimes we all wish we could become a shadow and simply slip away.
I loved the story telling style of the story and how James’ story was like a fairytale you would tell a child at bedtime. I have heard thoughts that Cassandra Clare’s writing is well but I believe her writing is amazing It was unique yet magical and has a special meaning. I enjoyed getting more insight on the Herondale family history and I could highly relate to James Herondale- who is now my new favorite boy character. I can’t wait to read the next shadowhunter chronicle books! #lovebooks❤