title: The Lost Herondale (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #2)
author: Cassandra Clare
publication date: March 17th, 2015
Simon learns the worst crime a Shadowhunter can commit: desertion of their comrades. In the early nineteenth century, Tobias Herondale abandoned his fellow Shadowhunters in the heat of battle and left them to die. His life was forfeit, but Tobias never returned, and the Clave claimed his wife’s life in exchange for Tobias’s. Simon and his fellow students are shocked to learn of this brutality, especially when it is revealed the woman was pregnant. But what if the child survived… could there be a lost Herondale line out in the world today?
To be honest, I am not a fan of novellas or short stories or whatever. I’m also not the biggest fan of ebooks I have to admit. I’d rather hold a book in my hands while reading than an ebook reader so it was very hard to get myself to read the short stories of Simon and his experiences in the Shadowhunter Academy in Idris. But you know it’s Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Clare writes the most awesome books ever and of course I had to know how the story goes on with Simon so of course I picked this one up as well and I have to say I really liked it.
Nothing much happened, well there was the thing with the vampire but besides from that this short story was basically about Simon, his past, his friendships, the person he’s become. Also we found out that there is actually a lost Herondale roaming around in the world without knowing they have Shadowhunter blood in their vains. How does Cassandra Clare always come up with the most awesome plot twists ever? Where does she get all her awesome ideas from? I just can’t say often enough how much I love her, how much I love her stories, the world he’s created.
But I also have to say that – right about now – I’m not that sure if I like Simon that much anymore. I know he went through a lot and he can’t remember a thing and everyone is trying to make him remember what lays in the past especially Izzy and Clary who lost their great love and their best friend so I understand that he might be a little annoyed but is that a reason to be so mean? I almost cried when he talked to Izzy like that. Izzy is such a strong and fierce character, but I think this thing happening with Simon right now will kill her. I can’t imagine how she must feel. How they must all feel. But of course I do understand Simon as well. Everyone is pushing him to remember who he was; who is is but he can’t and he’s just trying to find out who he is now and I feel so bad for him. I cried so much in City of Heavenly Fire when he became human again but lost all his memories in exchange and watching him now struggeling to find his way back into this world is the worst. I feel so bad for him but also I’m kind of upset with him because he makes Izzy and all the others feel bad.
I loved that ending. Simon and Clary, I love their friendship so much and it’s nice to see that even though he can’t remember them being friends at all that she’s still got quite an impact on him, that she managed to maybe open his eyes a little and help him understand. Also Catarina Loss … isn’t she awesome? I love her, she’s such a great character, it’s no wonder that Magnus likes her so much.
At times this story was a little boring but all in all it was wonderful as all of Cassandra’s stories are! Defintely a must read for every fan of the Shadowhunter world.