Book Review: Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandara Clare/ Maureen Johnson/ Sarah Rees Brennan/Robin Wasserman/ Kelly Link

Ghosts of the shadow market

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The Shadow Market is a meeting point for faeries, werewolves, warlocks and vampires. There the Downworlders buy and sell magical objects, make dark bargains, and whisper secrets they do not want the Nephilim to know. Through two centuries, however, there has been a frequent visitor to the Shadow Market from the City of Bones, the very heart of the Shadowhunters. As a Silent Brother, Brother Zachariah is sworn keeper of the laws and lore of the Nephilim. But once he was a Shadowhunter called Jem Carstairs, and his love, then and always, is the warlock Tessa Gray.
Follow Brother Zachariah and see, against the backdrop of the Shadow Market’s dark dealings and festive celebrations, Anna Lightwood’s first romance, Matthew Fairchild’s great sin and Tessa Gray plunged into a world war. Valentine Morgenstern buys a soul at the Market and a young Jace Wayland’s soul finds safe harbor. In the Market is hidden a lost heir and a beloved ghost, and no one can save you once you have traded away your heart. Not even Brother Zachariah…

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I have been waiting to read this book because Jem will always remain one of my favorite characters in this universe and I was so excited to read a book that followed his journey through the years. His devotion for Tessa and Will is a constant across all these stories and it made me tear up a lot of times. We also get introduced to characters who are going to be the MCs in The Last Hours as well as get some idea about where The Wicked Powers might lead us to, and I think it was a wonderful way to create excitement for the new series. There were obviously some moments here where I got bored, but the overall experience was one of joy and satisfaction because these are characters I’ve known and loved for years, and it’s nice to know more of their life.

There are going to be some spoilers for the ending of Queen of Air and Darkness, so please read at your own risk.

Son of the Dawn 

This is really a very cute and emotional story of 10 year old Jace coming to the Lightwoods for the first time, and I enjoyed it very much. It’s a nice feeling watching these favorite characters of mine as little kids. We also get a lot of internal monologue of Brother Zachariah and you can guess what he is thinking about, so that made me tear up. Very enjoyable and nostalgia inducing beginning to this collection.

Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cast Long Shadows 

Matthew Fairchild is such a sweet and happy young man, so giving of his love that I completely fell in love with him. His relationship with James and Lucie is amazing and I can’t wait to read more about them together. This story quickly took a sad turn and I’m feeling so bad for Matthew, and I hope things get better. It was also nice to see Brother Zachariah get to see both Tessa and Will… them being together even in a single scene makes my heart ache.

Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Every Exquisite Thing 

I’m really enjoying reading the stories about the kids of all the characters from TID and this story is about Anna Lightwood. This is a tale about identity, about her being comfortable in her own skin, finding acceptance from her family and coming to realize that she is a genderfluid lesbian and be completely unapologetic about it. I totally loved her confidence and swagger, and can absolutely see how she is Izzy’s ancestor. Brother Zachariah’s own mission is taking him in dangerous directions and I’m curious to see what happens next.

Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Learn about Loss 

Set in an illegal Shadow Market in depression era Tennessee, we follow Brother Zachariah again along with iron sister in training Emilia, on their task to find out all the nefarious activities of the carnival. During this quest of theirs, we get to see deep into their hearts and it made me really cry because all he wants is to be is with his dearest loves Will and Tessa. Their love is truly unparalleled and I just wanted to cry. Emilia is also an amazingly confident woman and I hope I’ll get to see her again. Wonderful story about love and longing and heartfelt desires.

Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A Deeper Love 

This one takes place during the blitz in WWII and both Jem and Tessa are dealing with the loss of Will. The grief of Tessa is wonderfully interspersed with the grief of London which is being bombed everyday and everyone is dealing with the loss of loved ones. I spent most of the second half of this sobbing because Tessa and Jem love each other so much, but he feels guilty for not being capable of loving her completely while she just wants him anyway she can. I know their future, but reading about them during these periods of grief and loneliness when they are scared of losing each other just made me so sad. Such an emotional and heartbreaking story.

Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Wicked Ones 

Set during the first time rise of Valentine in Paris, this story follows Céline who just wants to belong somewhere and is desperate for some love. This is a tale about the cycle of abuse and manipulation and gaslighting, and how an abuser will use all kinds of tactics to isolate the victim and make them believe that the abuser only has their best interests at heart – and it made me both sad and angry to see what was happening to Céline. We also follow Brother Zachariah on his quest to find the lost Herondale and that’s been an interesting journey.

Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Land I Lost 

Taking place after the end of the Dark War in TMI, this follows Alec and Lily when they go to Buenos Aires to help out Jem and Tessa. While getting to know the true story about the First Heir, we also see Alec in his true form – a noble brave Shadowhunter doing everything in his power to help the powerless, even if he has to go against his own. He is such a born leader and I loved getting those glimpses of him here. And seeing him with Rafe, how their bond develops and ultimately how they all quickly become family is too beautiful for words. Malec are the best and will always be… and I am so happy Magnus finally made an appearance because I was missing him in this book.

Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Through Blood, Through Fire 

In this story, we get to know more about the life of Rosemary and Jack, and everything they sacrificed to protect their child. It was also nice to see Tessa and Jem finally get the life they deserve – their story will never not make me cry happy tears. Interesting story but I did get bored for a bit.

Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

The Lost World 

I definitely wasn’t expecting a story with a POV from the ghost of Livvy but it definitely was interesting to know how she felt being dead and bound to her twin. We also get glimpses into what’s happening inside the closed wards of Idris and it looks like dark times are ahead. I got a bit bored in the middle but everything is forgiven after the delightful news of Jem and Tessa.

Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Forever Fallen 

Told in two POVs, this was definitely very interesting and felt like an extended epilogue of Queen of Air and Darkness. Jace from Thule is both a sympathetic and unlikable character and I’m quite fascinated to see where his story goes next and how it will clash with that of Kit. On the other hand, seeing Kit with Jem, Tessa and their baby, living a somewhat quieter life and finally with a family that truly loved him was beautiful to read. Dark times maybe ahead but this was a sweet reprieve.

Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  1. OMG, your review is epic! I’m usually a hater (sorry) of short stories because they always bore me… but after your review and the mentioned crying and emotional outbreaks, I’m totally ready! And we really get a glimpse of the new characters???? That’s soooo cool, I’m dying to read her new book next year!

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    1. Ohh thank you so much !!! That’s sweet of you 😊😊😊
      I’m always conflicted about short stories, some can be good and some confusing.. but this was very easy to read because we know many characters… And because it’s Jem and Tessa , I just couldn’t stop crying 😭😭 And the last story is definitely a bridge for The Wicked Powers series but that’s gonna be a long wait…

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