the whitechapel fiend; a review

The Whitechapel Fiend, by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson

The Whitechapel Fiend, by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson

Book 57 of 2015

The Whitechapel Fiend is the third novella in the Shadowhunter Academy series. (Disclaimer: If you haven’t read Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series, stop reading this post now as it won’t make any sense to you). I have previously expressed my mild and enthused feelings towards the previous two novellas, but I continue reading them for a few reasons:

1- I love the Mortal Instruments characters so much that I want to continue to read about them as they move forward beyond the original six books, even if the novellas are short and not as well-written as the Mortal Instruments books.

2- The Shadowhunter Academy series books are short and sweet and give a further glimpse into Shadowhunter history.

3-I want Simon to remember.


The Whitechapel Fiend unfortunately did not show Simon’s amnesia progress much. In fact, most of this novella was centered around Jack the Ripper, and older Shadowhunters from another one of Clare’s series, Tessa and Will. Tessa was visiting Shadowhunter Academy and told Simon’s class a story about how the real Jack the Ripper was a part of the Shadowhunter world. Jace also makes an appearance in the story, and finds out that Tessa is a Herondale, meaning she is his only living blood relative. At the end of the story, Simon convinces Jace to talk to Tessa, and Simon ends up writing a letter to Izzy, explaining how frustrated he is with his memory loss, and that he is trying to find the person she loved within himself.

All in all, I wasn’t thrilled with the story and didn’t find the Jack the Ripper portion overly interesting. I just hope that we begin to see Simon remember more and more as the stories progress and that these novellas end happily for Simon and the crew. I mean, haven’t they been through enough?

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