Hey, guys! I am very excited to come at you with a review of the fourth installment to The Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy series, Nothing But Shadows. I have been enjoying myself reading this series, and as added motivation to continue with this series, I am not allowing myself to read Lord of Shadows until I complete this series. But I almost want to say this ended up being my favorite of the series thus far, and I am really glad that I enjoyed it. Since this is the fourth book in the series, this might spoil the other books, and it will definitely spoil City of Heavenly Fire, so if you haven’t read any of those books, I suggest you leave, read it, then come back, and we can discuss it together! So goodbye, Nonspoiler people!
Now let’s just go ahead and jump into the review!
“Simon learns about James Herondale’s time at Shadowhunter Academy. One of ten adventures in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.
It’s hard to be a Shadowhunter when you’ve got demonic powers. Simon learns about the school-time struggles of half-warlock James Herondale in this prelude to The Last Hours.”
Okay, so I started off hating this novella, and that is 500% of the narrator because I was audiobooking it. I don’t know whose insane idea it was to pick that dude for a narrator, but he was absolutely bloody awful. He was annoying, and his accent ended up in places where it shouldn’t. He did not read the lines as the character would, and I stopped listening after about twenty or thirty pages because I just could not stand to listen to him anymore. So I ended up reading the rest of the book using my physical copy.
I also started off with hating every single character except for James and his family (excluding Matthew). I cannot believe that Will wanted James to be friends with that complete asshole named Alastair Carstairs. He must not know what he is really like because I hated him with a burning passion. He is the reason that James was so miserable at that God-forsaken school. I just hated that bastard, and I kind of wish he had been killed off in this novella.
I just want to say that I actually did really hated Matthew before we came to know everything about him. Turns out he is not a pompous asshole, but actually a really great guy! I did think it was kind of weird at the end, what ended up happening, meaning what Matthew asked James, but I guess it works. I just am really glad that Matthew redeemed himself.
I absolutely loved James. He is my heart and soul. Like, he is the literal definition of a cinnamon roll. I just wanted to protect him from all those asshole Shadowhunters at that stupid school. He did not deserve to be treated the way he was just because he was different. I just hated seeing him so miserable, and I did tear up several times when he was just treated so badly. I just really felt for him, and I connected with him as well because he is awkward when it comes to talking to people, and he loves to read! It’s like we are the same person. But I am glad that everything ended up working out in the end.
And let me just say that I knew how everything would end. I knew he would be the school’s scapegoat, but it was a blessing in disguise because he could finally leave the school. Just seeing the way Shadowhunters treated something/someone that’s different just really pissed me off. It just made me start to build a pretty strong disdain for Shadowhunters. And I honestly never thought that would happen.
I still am not sure what the plot was supposed to be in this novella. But I am glad it finally taught Simon to trust his friends and those that truly care about him, and if you read Lady Midnight, you know about the thing that Simon asks someone, and I am so excited to see that scene, hopefully very soon. I also am just hoping this means Simon is finally going to stop being a dumbass and actually trying to build a relationship with Isabelle because I am a huge Sizzy shipper, and I need them to be a thing again. It has to happen.
But overall, I did really enjoy this novella, despite the audiobook narrator being really freaking terrible. I loved the writing, the little insight we got into James and his family and just how things are finally starting to look up for this series. I am just really excited to start getting more and more into this series, and I will read the next installment to this series hopefully soon!
And there you have it! That was my review of Nothing But Shadows by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan. What is your favorite installment to the Shadowhunter Chronicles (this includes TMI, TID, and TDA)? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!