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Book Review: Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare


Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare 
Series: Standalone
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 614 pages
Source: Birthday Gift from my sister
Published on June 4th 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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From New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cassandra Clare comes an exciting new short story collection that follows Jem Carstairs as he travels through the many Shadow Markets around the world. Ghosts of the Shadow Market is a Shadowhunters novel.

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’ world. As a Silent Brother, Brother Zachariah is a 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. And Jem is searching through the Shadow Markets, in many different cities over long years, for a relic from his past.

Follow Jem and see, against the backdrop of the Shadow Market’s dark dealings and festival, Anna Lightwood’s doomed romance, Matthew Fairchild’s great sin, and Tessa Gray as she is 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.

“Uncle Jace says we will kill all the demins,” he reported with joy. “All the demins!””Well, have you considered that your uncle Jace is a hurtful person?” said the demon. “Always rudely stabbing, everyone, and sarcastic.”Max scowled. “Love Uncle Jace. Hate demins.”

I have been wanting to read this since I got my copy as a birthday present but I still hadn’t finished TDA so I couldn’t yet. But now I had and I finally was able to finish Ghosts of the Shadow Market. This book is a series of short stories in the Shadowhunter world like Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy. You can find my review for that book here.

I found it so sweet that Matthew had planned how to ask James to be his parabatai. I love their parabatai bond and friendship but they still can’t beat how much I love Will and Jem. I like how Matthew is a little insecure because it’s relatable but I still wish he had at least told his secret to James. I fell in love with James in Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy but I fell for Matthew in this one. He’s such a sweetie who just wants to take care of people.

One of the funniest thing in this book in my opinion is that Ragnor Fell is afraid of certain Lightwood.

“I sometimes think there is nothing more painful than love denied. To love someone you cannot have, to stand beside your heart’s desire and be unable to take them in your arms. A love that cannot be requited. I can think of nothing more painful than that.”

I like that we got so much Jem in this book and I love him and I have nothing against Jem and Tessa together but as a Wessa shipper I felt like this was a love letter for Jessa shippers and it made me kinda sad. Talking about Jem– I love the fact that he thought James, Lucie and Cordelia were the sweetest kids in the world. He really treated James’ kids like they were his own and he had amazing relationship to their friends even when he wasn’t “himself”.

I really dislike Alastair but I actually hope he will be redeemed in Chain of Gold. I thought I’d dislike Janus storyline but I think I actually kinda like it? I think it will be interesting to read more about it in later books.

All in all a good read and I enjoyed most of it but some stories felt like fillers for me like some stories with Jem and his search for lost Herondale and about Jace’s parents. Jace’s mom is nice but that story made me dislike her. I don’t really get how Valentine got Stephen to marry her. There were some other stories I didn’t care for like how Jem met Jace but I did like how Jem changed his mind about parabatai.

4 stars

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