Monday, January 14, 2013

Review: Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader By: Cassandra Clare

Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader
Edited By: Cassandra Clare
Pub. Date: January 29, 2013
Publisher: SmartPop
Pages: 256
Source: Netgalley

Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, epic urban fantasy set in a richly imagined world of shadowhunters, vampires, werewolves, fairies, and more, has captured the imaginations and loyalty of hundreds of thousands of YA readers. Originally a trilogy (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass), the series has extended to six titles, plus a prequel trilogy, the Infernal Devices, and a planned sequel series, the Dark Artifices. A feature film is planned for 2013.

Shadowhunters and Downworlders, edited by Clare (who provides an introduction to the book and to each piece), is a collection of YA authors writing about the series and its world.

Authors Who Contributed:
Holly Black / Kendare Blake / Gwenda Bond / Sarah Rees Brennan / Rachel Caine / Sarah Cross / Kami Garcia / Michelle Hodkin / Kelly Link / Kate Milford / Diana Peterfreund / Sara Ryan / Scott Tracey / Robin Wasserman
Shadowhunters and Downworlders is a series of essays written by some fantastic authors about The Mortal Instrument series. The essays are on a variety of topics and each one was insightful and enjoyable!

This review is going to be a short one because even though I did enjoy all of the essays, there are a few that really stood out, so I will talk a bit about those.

Sharper Than A Seraph Blade
By: Diana Peterfreund

Not only is Diana Peterfreund one of my favorite authors, but her essay is all about Jace, one of my favorite YA "bad" boys. This essay is so insightful into his character and what makes Jace exactly who he is.

Simon Lewis: Jewish, Vampire, Hero
By: Michele Hodkin

Michele Hodkin in complete brilliantness combined Simon's Jewish heritage and his new life of being a vampire. I loved learning about the history of the Jewish faith and how Jews are a lot like vampires.

Brotherly Love: Jace, Clary and the Function of Taboo
By: Kendare Blake

I really enjoyed this one because it deals with the taboo of sibling incest. Kendare Blake wrote about what every single one of us was thinking while we were reading it. I didn't feel so alone when I read this essay!

The Importance of Being Malec
By: Sara Ryan

This was just such a fun and insightful essay about Magnus and Alec and their relationship. These two are one of my favorite characters in TMI and one of my favorite YA couples.

I am a huge fan of both of Clare's Shadowhunter series, TMI and The Infernal Devices and Shadowhunters and Downworlders is a must read for every fan! 


  1. I have been working my way through this book and I love it! I love reading the author's takes on this series that I love so much.

  2. this looks awesome i really want to read it! I have heard a lot of people have issues with Fanfic though. They see it as ripping off the author in some way

  3. I do love Cassandra Clare's books, but in general am not really a fan of short stories. Basically for that reason I was undecided on this. But after reading some of the story topics, I'm definitely quite a bit more intrigued.


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