Audiobook Review: ‘Cast Long Shadows’

I’ve fallen a bit behind with Ghosts of the Shadow Market novella releases, but that just means I can read multiple stories at once, and post multiple reviews back to back!

Previous Reviews:
Ghosts of the Shadow Market #1 – Son of the Dawn


Spoilers for The Infernal Devices series.
I will put these spoiler warnings before all Ghosts of the Shadow Market reviews, but a rule of thumb in the Shadowhunter world is – if you aren’t caught up, read it in publication order.



Title:
Cast Long Shadows
Author: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: Ghosts of the Shadow Market #2
Rating: 5/5

“Old sins cast long shadows” — English Proverb

Goodreads Summary

Me at the beginning of this story: Ugh there’s so many new characters and I read TID so long ago I don’t remember ANYTHING WHO THE HECK ARE THESE PEOPLE I’m gonna need to wiki this….

Me at the end: PROTECT MATTHEW FAIRCHILD AT ALL COSTS HE IS HE PRECIOUS CHILD OF CHARLOTTE AND HENRY AND JAMES HERONDALE’S PARABATAI AND BROTHER ZACHARIAH IS ALSDJLFASLDFLA -sobbing-

Likes
I didn’t expect to like this as much as I did. I’ll admit, I’m more into The Dark Artifices at the moment and I’m very glad Queen of Air And Darkness is coming out before The Last Hours #1 as was originally planned, because I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO EMMA AND JULES.

But this novella has me hyped for The Last Hours. It took some thinking and digging into my memory about Tessa and Will and Sophie and Gideon and Charlotte and Henry (etc.) and their children and relationships and family trees, but by the end, I think I have a grasp on who is who. Somewhat.

This story focuses on Matthew who, A) I never knew existed and B) Didn’t know why I should care about him. But this story makes me care about him and his parabatai, none other than James Herondale. I loved learning about Matthew and all the other kids – this story focused on Matthew and his family/friendships and some morally questionable things he does and the consequences.

I love how important a role Brother Zachariah plays in this time period, since his former parabatai is still alive as are people he knew before becoming a Silent Brother. I love seeing Ragnor Fell as a teacher at Shadowhunter Academy! This story is an important one for the coming Shadowhunter books and I definitely liked it a lot more than I liked Son of the Dawn (no offence Jace).

Audiobook Thoughts
I LOVED the narration of this audiobook! All the various names of people from The Infernal Devices era confused me a bit at first, but by the end, I had a good grip on who is who – enough so that I really enjoyed listening to this and YES, I would recommend it as an audiobook!

Recommend?
This story feels very important to read before The Last Hours is released in 2019. This really sets the tone and is a sort of prequel to what I feel is to come in The Last Hours trilogy. So yes, you need to read this.

As with The Bane Chronicles and Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy, all of these short stories will be published in a bound book, expected in 2019.

Are you looking forward to The Last Hours? After reading this novella, I sure am!

~Missy

 

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