REVIEW: Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare

9751119d-e99a-4945-b562-2f3ec2fb45d2Title: Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Kelly Link and Robin Wasserman
Pages: 617
Published by: Walker Books
Publication date: 4th June 2019
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: Hardback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

The Shadow Market is a meeting point for faeries, werewolves, warlocks, and vampires. It’s no place for Shadowhunters, but through two centuries a Silent Brother has visited. Brother Zachariah was once a Shadowhunter called Jem Carstairs, and his love, then and always, is the warlock Tessa Gray. Now he is searching for a relic from his past.

Follow Jem and see, against the backdrop of the Market’s dark dealings, Anna Lightwood’s doomed romance, Matthew Fairchild’s great sin, and Tessa Gray as she is plunged into a world war. Valentine Morgenstern buys a soul and a young Jace Wayland’s finds safety.

In the Market is hidden a lost heir and a beloved ghost. But no one can save you once you have traded away your heart. Not even Brother Zachariah.

My review:

Similar to Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, Ghosts of the Shadow Market contains ten stories about Brother Zachariah, former Shadowhunter Jem Carstairs, and all the different shadow markets throughout the world. You also get a glimpse of the different generations of Shadowhunters which was possibly my favourite thing about this bind-up. The stories are as follows:

1) Cast Long Shadows
2) Every Exquisite Thing
3) Learn About Loss
4) A Deeper Love
5) The Wicked Ones
6) Son of the Dawn
7) The Land I Lost
8) Through Blood, Through Fire
9) The Lost World
10) Forever Fallen

I’ll probably be here forever if I talk about every single one so I’ll just highlight my favourites:

Learn About Loss

I want you to give them both a span of time. Both of them in a time and place where they can be young and happy and together.

We don’t really see much of the Iron Sisters compared to the Silent Brothers, so I really enjoyed this story about one woman transitioning to become an Iron Sister and her passion to make blades that can be used in battle without the help of anyone else; it will be because of her doing and hers alone. I took an instant liking to Sister Emilia and I’d love a story about the Iron Sisters sometime in the future or even to see more glimpses of them. What sealed this story as one of my favourites and left me with tears in my eyes though, was the ending. It was so perfect and really made me want to reread The Infernal Devices. Cassie knew what we all wanted to see and she delivered it beautifully.

 A Deeper Love

I think, in part, this was one of my favourites because the setting was completely unexpected. It’s set in London during World War 2 and focuses on Tessa Gray and Catarina Loss working as nurses. While all the other stories have mesmerising settings and focuses a lot on the Shadow Markets, this one is a lot darker and shows the strain everyone was under. The hospitals are full of wounded and bombs are constantly falling from the sky; it was very intense and such a haunting story. Brother Zachariah and Tessa are reunited in this story when he is poisoned by a faerie for interfering for involving himself in faerie business. Brother Zachariah and Tessa are both grieving and dealing with loss and to see them reunited again, even briefly, and be able to heal a little because of that – I can’t even describe how happy but also how heartbroken I felt for the two of them. I felt so many different emotions whilst reading this and couldn’t wait to see them together again, properly.

Son of the Dawn

This story was definitely the most surprising! I love Alec, Jace and Izzy so to be able to read a story about them all meeting for the first time and how Jace came to join their family… it was perfect. Absolutely perfect. Also, my poor heart, Raphael featured in this story alongside Lily Chen and my heart was breaking so much. I really loved Raphael and I was so gutted when he died so to have a short story with him in it, my emotions couldn’t take it. I was rather impartial to Lily, I didn’t like her or dislike her but I think that’s because we don’t really see much of her. So to be able to see her being all witty and cracking jokes in this story was fantastic and I can happily say that I do really like her character now. I was laughing so much at all the funny nicknames she gave Brother Zachariah and then how ice cold Raphael was. It was so funny seeing them both together. This was a very emotional but heartwarming story and I kind of want to reread City of Bones again just for Alec, Jace and Izzy.

The Land I Lost

If there’s a story that’s all about Alec and Magnus then of course it’s going to make my list of favourites whatever the story is about. This one, however, was a much darker story than normal as everyone is still recovering from the Dark War and because of this, many children have been abandoned and those who are meant to be protecting people are instead taking advantage and in some cases, even hurting them. There is, however, an uplifting side to this story as it explains how Alec and Magnus came to adopt Rafael and aside from the more sinister parts of the story, that was a joy to read and Rafael is actually hilarious. I feel so sorry for Alec, he’s so precious and I can’t wait to see more of his relationship with Magnus in their own series. Also, Jem and Tessa are, of course, present in this story but they are MARRIED. I nearly flipped out. This is what I’ve wanted since Clockwork Angel and it finally HAPPENED. I was a mess. Thank you, Cassie.

***

These four stories stood out to me the most because I experienced so many different emotions in such a short amount of time, it’s crazy. One moment I’d feel pure joy and the next my heart would be crushed. Cassie really knows how to fit you right in the feels! I enjoyed The Bane Chronicles and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy very much but this one has definitely left me feeling the happiest. I finally got the ending for Jem and Tessa that I’ve been waiting years for. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Will very much but I’ve always wanted Jem and Tessa to be together and now that it’s finally happening I’m freaking out. I’m honestly so happy.

If you set my love for Jem and Tessa aside though, this bind-up is definitely a must-read for anyone who is a fan of the main series. It’s so unique compared to the others and I loved how we were introduced to new characters but then also got to revisit old characters. I miss the Shadowhunter books and this has me so psyched for Chain of Gold!

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