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…
I have to say, this was an absolute joy to read. I loved being back in this world a lot more than I expected. It’s been a couple of years since I read all of the Shadowhunter books for the first time over the course of 3 months. I haven’t really dived back into the world since, so I was a little unsure how I would find this one after so long. But it took me no time at all to get myself back into this world, and I instantly remembered all of the characters and felt quite nostalgic.
This book mainly follows Brother Zachariah, or Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices series. TID is my favourite Shadowhunter series so I was thrilled to find out this one focused mainly on the characters from that series. I read this book on audio and I was absolutely thrilled with the audiobook, it was narrated by an entire cast and it honestly really showed. The atmosphere was wonderful and really drew me in.
This is a collection of short stories following different characters all around the Shadowhunter world. Even though this book tends to follow Jem, sometimes he just appeared as a side character as the stories focused on lots of different characters and their stories. This felt super diverse and had some LGBT stories which was brilliant. Some of these stories made me really emotional as they included some of my favourite characters. This one also spans decades throughout the Shadowhunter stories we already know, without making it confusing or taking the reader out of the stories.
Reading this has honestly made me miss the Shadowhunter universe a lot and I can’t wait to be back in this world soon when I read The Red Scrolls of Magic and The Last Hours.
4.5 out of 5 stars
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