Ghosts of the Shadow Market – Cassandra Clare

ghosts of the shadow market
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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 624
Release Date: June 4, 2019

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. As a Silent Brother, Brother Zachariah is 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.

Follow Brother Zachariah and see, against the backdrop of the Shadow Market’s dark dealings and festive celebrations, Anna Lightwood’s first romance, Matthew Fairchild’s great sin and Tessa Gray 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…

Ghosts of the Shadow Market will be co-written with Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman, Sarah Rees Brennan and Pulitzer finalist Kelly Link and will initially be available digitally.

The first eight stories will be published as e-books from around March 2018 monthly, with the final two available in a print bind-up of all the stories, to be published in 2019.

Jem and the Shadow Market are the threads connecting all the stories. Though, sometimes loosely related to the main story, Jem is featured prominently. I’m usually not a fan of Clare’s collaborative work, but Ghosts of the Shadow Market is her best anthology yet! Almost all the stories offer something to the world and expand on characters who are offstage in the main books.

Below, you’ll find quick reviews of all the stories in the anthology with a star rating.

Cast Long Shadows
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Cast Long Shadows is a boring story that didn’t quite work for me. There was nothing memorable about it.

Every Exquisite Thing
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Every Exquisite Thing follows Anna Lightwood as she discovers who she is and wants to be. I absolutely LOVED this story. It’s fun, cute, and powerful. It did take me a second to place the characters and setting within the larger Shadowhunter universe, but once I managed the pieces fell into place for this to be one of the standout stories of the anthology.

Learn About Loss

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Learn About Loss follows Jem and Sister Emilia as they investigate a Shadow Market that mundanes were attending. This is was a fun mission that begins the set up for the lost Herondale. What I enjoyed most about Learn about Loss was the atmosphere and seeing Jem on a mission.

The Wicked Ones

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The Wicked Ones is a story I was not expecting. Another standout story that follows Celine, Stephan, and Valentine. The focus of this story is on Celine and what kind of person she was and what led her to make the choices she made. She’s not what I expected, though that might be due to my faulty recollection of what we’re told in the main series about her.
The Wicked Ones is an instance where Jem as the connecting thread that binds the story to the anthology doesn’t work. His, for lack of a better word, plot feels like an afterthought. Though, this does not retract from the story.

Son of Dawn
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What’s not to love? It’s Jace!

The Land I Lost

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The Land I Lost is one of the cutest stories in the anthology as readers follow Alec and Lily on a mission in Buenos Aires. The Land I Lost is a glimpse of what The Red Scrolls of Magic offers.
Also, Rafe is the cutest.

Through Blood, Through Fire

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 Through Blood, Through Fire is Kit’s parents’ story. I didn’t think I needed this story until it ended. Seeing a different side of Rook was insightful and heartbreaking. I didn’t see the ending coming, though I probably should have.


The Lost World

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The Lost World is the story I’ve been waiting for since it was announced. I will never get to spend a satisfying amount of time with the Blackthorn children, especially after the events of Queen of Air and Darkness. I’m excited to see what Clare has in store for us since The Lost World feels like set up for future books.

Forever Fallen

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My first read through Forever Fallen left me a little confused since I forgot some of the finer details from Queen of Air and Darkness. Once I reacquainted myself those details, I couldn’t get enough. I’ll definitely be rereading this.
Also, that last line gave me chills

*** I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Have you read Ghosts of the Shadow Market? What was your favourite story?

4 thoughts on “Ghosts of the Shadow Market – Cassandra Clare

    1. Another guilty pleasure. Her earlier books don’t stand up as well as when I read them in high school, but her later ones are much better. YA fantasy is not for everyone though. It usually isn’t for me 😜

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