I’m disappointed to say that Learn About Loss is my least favorite of the stories so far. It’s forgettable and honestly feels unnecessary.
Spoilers for The Infernal Devices series. (This story is set in 1936.)
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: Learn About Loss
Author: Cassandra Clare, Kelly Link
Series: Ghosts of the Shadow Market #4
With this story being set in 1936, Will Herondale is still alive – but barely. He has grown old, his children have grown up, yet Tessa remains the same age. This is a story of Jem, Will, and Tessa.
Brother Zachariah and an Iron Sister by the name of Sister Emilia are the focus of this story and I found it overall to be rather dull. Interesting descriptions of the land and Brother Zachariah’s thoughts (and plenty of mentions of his former life as Jem Carstairs), especially about his former parabatai – but this was a forgettable story. I enjoyed learning a little more about the Iron Sisters as they seem so secluded and secretive, but Sister Emilia isn’t afraid to speak her mind. I hope we hear more about her!
There were two key points mentioned in this story which I believe will come to play in Queen of Air and Darkness, but they were so minor, it could have easily been shared as a snippet or Tumblr post rather then woven into this story. I had to actually think hard about it, I’ve almost already forgotten most of this story – and I’m writing this review only a day after listening to it!
The ending was sweet, but again, I could have done without it and not felt like I missed out on anything. I’m looking forward to the upcoming stories and hope they are more intriguing than this one – the previous 2 stories were so great, this one felt like a letdown.
I wasn’t a fan of this one as audiobook. In general, I’m not a fan of male narrators with deep voices – personally, I find it hard to follow along and understand what they’re saying. I prefer female voices or higher pitched male voices so this one did nothing for me. I’d skip this as audio.
This story overall feels less important than the previous ones. There are snippets of interesting useful information throughout, but it’s just a sentence or two here and there. If you’re going to read this, I would say read it before Queen of Air and Darkness, which released December 4, 2018 – SOON! But if you don’t read it – it’s not the end of the world.
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.
So I desperately need Queen of Air and Darkness, like, yesterday. ARE YOU HYPED FOR QOAAD TOO?!