Mini Reviews: Son of the Dawn + Every Exquisite Thing + Cast Long Shadows

Son of the Dawn

Author: Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan // Published: April 10, 2018

★★★

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The Lightwoods, the Shadowhunters who run the New York Institute, are expecting a new addition to their family: the orphaned son of their father’s friend, Jace Wayland. Alec and Isabelle aren’t too sure they want a new brother, and their parents are not assuaging their fears, too occupied with the dark news that Raphael Santiago, second-in-command of the New York vampire clan, has brought from the Shadow Market.

 

 

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“He remembered traveling across the sea, having lost his family, not knowing that he was going to his best friend.”

 

I can’t explain to you how much sadness I felt while reading this novella. I think I could hear my heart splintering on multiple occasions. We got to see the first time Jace came to the New York institute to live with the Lightwoods. I loved seeing a glimpse of younger Jace, Alec and Isabelle. I loved how comfortable they came to being with each other.

 

“Jonathan Wayland shrugged. “I applied to the Iron Sisters, but they sent me a hurtful and sexist refusal.”

 

We also got to see our dear Jem Carstairs! Along with Rapahel Santiago and Lily Chen. Two of my favorite Vampires. It has been quite some time since I last read about these two and it felt very nostalgic. Coming back to the story and the characters always feels like coming home. I’ve been a part of the Shadowhunter fandom for the past 6 years now, and Cassandra Clare’s books always seem like comfort reads for me.

 

“Jem hoped he would find happiness.
Jem smiled back at a boy long gone.
Sometimes, Will, he said. You seem very close.”

 

I loved reading from Jem’s point of view. He’ll always have a special place in my heart. I’m so excited to read the rest of the stories in the Ghosts of Shadow Market Anthology.

 


 

Cast Long Shadows

Author: Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan // Published: May 8, 2018

★★★

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Matthew Fairchild is the Consul’s son and the golden-haired boy of the Nephilim. He has the love of his family and his parabatai James Herondale, and nothing to wish for, except excitement and artistry and beauty that do not seem to fit in with a warrior’s way of life. Matthew gets more than he bargained for at the Shadow Market, where he commits the greatest sin of his life – something he can never tell his parabatai, or any of the honorable Shadowhunters around him.

 

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“This is why we are chosen warrior partners, because we share such a perfect bond of sympathy. Come to me, Jamie, that we might share a manly embrace.”

 

Oh, Matthew Fairchild how I adore you. And all the Herondale/Lightwood children. It feels wonderful to be going back this far. Seeing the children of characters that I grew to love so much.

I loved seeing Charlotte and Henry’s relationship. It has been years since I read The Infernal Devices but the image of them came back to me like it was yesterday. Will and Tessa of course are another great joy. And we can’t forget about Jem. 

I loved the kids so so much! The bond between James, Matthew, Christopher and Thomas was heartwarming. I wish we saw more of the girls and hopefully we will in the next novellas. What Matthew kept bottled up was awful. No one should have to keep something like that in. I felt pained reading about how he felt and it is quite devastating that the events in this book changed him forever. As well as Charlotte. I can only hope that The Last Hour releases quickly at this point.

 

“James still had his book tucked under his arm, but Matthew knew better than to fight doomed battles”

 

The end of the novella splintered my heart though. Seeing Will and Jem walk together and still care for eachother like they used to added 10 years to my life. I don’t think I’ll ever love two characters more than these two.

 

“I thought I would walk with you a little way, my parabatai.”

 


 

Every Exquisite Thing

Author: Cassandra Clare & Maureen Johnson // Published: June 12, 2018

★★★

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Anna Lightwood, eldest child of Gabriel and Cecily, is mad, bad and dangerously dapper. Every rake has an origin story, though: now under Brother Zachariah’s eye we see Anna’s doomed love story unfold.

 

 

 

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“Women should value other women, even if society often did not.”

 

Reading about Anna and her choice of attire could possible be one of the best things that I’ve read. I adored her character so much just by reading one short novella!

Her relationship with her cousins and brothers was heartwarming and a favorite part for me. You can see in this novella how Matthew has started to change after the events of Cast Long Shadows. Jem seeking out Warlocks and trying to find ways to help Tessa, Will and the children proved how much he hasn’t changed. He’s still the beloved Jem we all loved in the TID trilogy and being a Silent Brother hasn’t taken anything away from him.

 

“They are only what makes me feel beautiful and powerful in this moment. I am exactly as I choose to be”

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Cassandra Clare was born to American parents in Teheran, Iran and spent much of her childhood travelling the world with her family, including one trek through the Himalayas as a toddler where she spent a month living in her father’s backpack. She lived in France, England and Switzerland before she was ten years old.

She started working on her YA novel, City of Bones, in 2004, inspired by the urban landscape of Manhattan, her favourite city. She turned to writing fantasy fiction full time in 2006 and hopes never to have to write about Paris Hilton again.

 


 

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