All evil starts somewhere, and Simon Lewis learns how The Circle—led by Valentine Morgenstern—began. One of ten adventures in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.
The Shadowhunter Academy has only just reopened following the disastrous rise of the Circle. Now the faculty can finally admit to what happened when Valentine was a student.
This standalone e-only short story follows the adventures of Simon Lewis, star of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments, as he trains to become a Shadowhunter. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy features characters from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, and the upcoming Dark Artifices and Last Hours series. The Evil We Love is written by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman.
Read more of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles in The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments, and The Bane Chronicles.
Read from: July 21 to July 22, 2015
Read on: Ereader
I've really enjoyed this novella. In this one, we learn more about The Circle through Alec and Isabella's father's eyes, Robert, and I really liked that we got inside his mind because the version we would have gotten if we were reading through Simon's eyes would have been more technical I fear.
I still don't like the guy, but it was great to see how he felt during his time in the circle and even before that; we see a glimpse of his past life and how it effected him. I really feel like he wants to be better for his children, but he has a hard time trying to find the right way to do it.
Also, Isabella comes back to the Academy with her father and is torturing poor Simon by flirting with other boys and ignoring him as much as she can.
But Simon has other problems as his fellow students are starting to break some rules and he must decide whether to join them or stop them.
This was a nice addition to the series and I can't wait to start the next one. They teach us so much about the past of shadowhunters and it makes a lot of things make more sense now.