Published: March 2015
Publisher: Margaret K McElderry
Copy Provided by: Borrowed
Simon learns the worst crime a Shadowhunter can commit: desertion of their comrades. In the early nineteenth century, Tobias Herondale abandoned his fellow Shadowhunters in the heat of battle and left them to die. His life was forfeit, but Tobias never returned, and the Clave claimed his wife’s life in exchange for Tobias’s. Simon and his fellow students are shocked to learn of this brutality, especially when it is revealed the woman was pregnant. But what if the child survived…could there be a lost Herondale line out in the world today?
Simon is still in the Academy but due to a serious demonstration in his character, he has switched ranks and moved himself down voluntarily into the mundane classes. He still struggles with the upper echelon Shadowhunters and their remarks but he remains focused on trying to work his way through the program. Trusty sidekick George has followed him down to the dungeons where the mundanes reside so at least he has geeky (yet gorgeous) company.
With this second novella, we see bits and pieces of Simon's memory peeking through. His memory may be gone but his character remains and he is standing up for what he believes and what feels right and wrong in the world. He has another run-in with Isabelle (which does not end well) but it does lead him to a very successful encounter with Clary. Perhaps his best friend has always lived in his heart and not only his memories. Awesome story ladies. It touched my heart and left me wanting more from story #3 in April.