“Feeling this way was a particular kind of horror, having the emotions without the memories.”
So we start where Simon is packing his back to go to
Wizarding School Shadowhunter Academy, where he is going to learn to fight, learn the history, and then possibly not transcend into the army of the angels.
It was very interesting to get back to the roots of the Shadow World Clare dreamed up for us. Simon is dealing with a lot. He doesn’t know everything that happened to him and doesn’t really remember his past-but-other-parallel-line self. He doesn’t remember who he loved, but he still feels all the feelings he had.
He still knows that he has a deep connection with Clary and that it was a tangled mess. He still knows that he might have had stronger relations with Izzy. He knows that he was once a hero, but he doesn’t know if he is still that person that can be a hero.
But… he also thinks him and Jace were really close. So there is some confusion with how he feels.
The writing in this was really refreshing. I didn’t ever enjoy the writing style of The Mortal Instruments, as you would know if you read my review, but the story was always a strong one. The writing here is a lot better (even though it is a novella) and the characters are still loved.
I think it is important to read these before The Dark Artifices. I didn’t, and I already know how some things end. So if you don’t want spoilers, I would read this after you finish The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices and The Bane Chronicles, but before you read The Dark Artifices.