pale kings and princes; a review

Pale Kings and Princes, by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

Pale Kings and Princes, by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

Book 12 of 2016

Each novella within the Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy series seems to get better and better. While the novellas themselves may be quickly edited and quite basic writing-wise, I still find myself continuing to read the stories; I’m just so addicted to the characters and that fact hasn’t changed for me, despite the six-novel Mortal Instruments series being completed. I wasn’t sold on the first few novellas, especially the ‘story within a story’ ones. Pale Kings and Princes did contain a story within a story, but it was more interesting than the past ones have been.

Pale Kings and Princes reintroduces us to Helen Blackthorn, who many readers will remember from the Mortal Instruments series. Helen is half-Shadowhunter, half-Faerie. As readers will remember, faeries are no longer an ally in the shadow world, and Helen is seen as an outcast. She has been brought to the academy to tell the story of how her “evil” birth mother, a Faerie, lured her father into loving her using dark magic. The moral of Helen’s story was that Faeries are not to be trusted, despite Helen being kind and sweet. Simon, being Simon, is disgusted with the way Helen is treated by the school staff; he can’t imagine anyone wanting to retell such a disheartening story.

As usual, it’s hard with the Shadowhunter novellas not to give the entire story away in my reviews. But I will say one more thing about book 6 in the novella series: Isabelle Lightwood is back! She and Simon have their most encouraging encounter yet since his memory loss. It’s starting to get good!

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