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Parents' Guide to

Ghosts of the Shadow Market

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Brooding tales for those steeped in the Shadowhunter-verse.

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For avid readers of the Shadowhunter-verse, this collection offers connective tissue between the three main series and more quality time with brooding hottie Jem Carstairs. For all others who don't know every single character, their extended family tree, and their sometimes dangerous affiliation with Downworlders, expect only a few of the stories to draw you in. "Every Exquisite Thing" (with the wonderful Maureen Johnson) is one of them, because it does develop new characters and deals with the impossible situation of girls cross-dressing and falling in love in 1901 London. "The Land I Lost" (with Sarah Rees Brennan) introduces Alec's second adoptive son, Rafa, and shows the heartbreaking situation he's found in.

Jem's search for a lost Herondale does tie all the stories together nicely. But it also pulls the reader far into his loneliness and sad memories and musings about love and loss and what it means to be human. It feels poignant and meaningful for a few pages, until it's just too much brooding for short stories to hold.

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