Friday, January 11, 2013

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

Title: Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Book #: N/A
Author: Cassandra Clare + others
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Source: For Review

My Rating: fullfullBlankBlankBlank
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 (taken from
This book was not what I expected. Usually when I begin a review like that, the book surpassed my expectations. However, this is not the case Shadowhunters and Downworlders. I'm one of the biggest fans of Clare's works out there. I've devoured all of her novels and loved every single one. Therefore, I was anxious to get my hands on her next work. 

I expected a sort of fan-guide or little gift box of extra stories/facts. Instead, I found a collection of other authors' essays, all of which are basically recaps of the series mixed with short bursts of praise for Clare. I was bored, honestly. I've read the books. The last thing I wanted was a recap of the stories told from someone other than the author herself. 

Most of the book felt repetitive. A large portion of the book is devoted simply to talking about Clary's artistic abilities. Another part talks about New York and the idea of loving your home. What does that have to do with Shadowhunters, exactly? Sure, the authors make efforts to tie everything together, but I ended up feeling unimpressed and uninterested. 

In the end, I wouldn't recommend this extra book. I love Cassandra Clare, but this just wasn't worth my time.