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Ghosts of the Shadow Market: An Anthology of Tales
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Information
Author/s

Various authors

Release Date April 2018 (first story)
2019 (print edition)
Publisher Shadow Market Enterprises, Inc.[1]
Walker Books[2]
Simon & Schuster[1]
Cover

Jem Carstairs (teaser)

Series
Ghosts of the Shadow Market: An Anthology of Tales
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Release order
Released after
Lord of Shadows
Released before
Queen of Air and Darkness

Ghosts of the Shadow Market: An Anthology of Tales is a compilation of novellas by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Kelly Link. It will comprise of 10 short stories: the first eight are currently being published in e-book format from April 2018 monthly,[3] and the last two stories will be published exclusively in the print edition set to be released in 2019.[2][1]

The stories center on the Shadow Markets of the Shadow World, with all the stories featuring Jem Carstairs but each installment focusing on a different character.[2]

Description

The Shadow Market is a meeting point for faeries, werewolves, warlocks and vampires. There the Downworlders buy and sell magical objects, make dark bargains, and whisper secrets they do not want the Nephilim to know. Through two centuries, however, there has been a frequent visitor to the Shadow Market from the City of Bones, the very heart of the Shadowhunters. As a Silent Brother, Brother Zachariah is sworn keeper of the laws and lore of the Nephilim. But once he was a Shadowhunter called Jem Carstairs, and his love, then and always, is the warlock Tessa Gray.

Follow Brother Zachariah and see, against the backdrop of the Shadow Market’s dark dealings and festive celebrations, Anna Lightwood's first romance, Matthew Fairchild's great sin and Tessa Gray plunged into a world war. Valentine Morgenstern buys a soul at the Market and a young Jace Wayland's soul finds safe harbor. In the Market is hidden a lost heir and a beloved ghost, and no one can save you once you have traded away your heart. Not even Brother Zachariah...[3]

Stories

Known information

For more information, go to the individual story articles. This section is for information whose place in the anthology has yet to be revealed.

  • This is a "mystery-shaped book. Jem starts out trying to find out something (about Tessa) and it leads him down a road that winds him up where he and Tessa are in TDA."[4] The mystery that Jem will pursue at the Market will effect him, his family, and eventually the whole Shadow World.[5] This mystery—a complex and intense throughline—is ongoing and runs through all the stories.[6][7] The first mystery, which is finding out about Tessa's father, will intersect with the mystery of the Lost Herondales. It will all lead up to Lady Midnight, Queen of Air and Darkness, and also to Chain of Gold.[8]
  • Some details about Kit's family past and the lost Herondales will be made known.[9] We will learn about Tobias's son and grandson, who becomes a very skilled magician famous in the Shadow Market, in this collection.[10] Kit's mother will be introduced.[11]
  • Tidbits about Jem and Tessa and Alec and Magnus' history and family will be shown, which will later play into Queen of Air and Darkness.[9]
  • Maia Roberts may make an appearance.[12]
  • It may lead into The Wicked Powers.[13]

Trivia

  • This anthology is similar to Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, where it will follow one particular character, but each installment will feature different characters whose stories are connected by one common place. In this case, the collection follows Jem Carstairs (Brother Zachariah) through his life from The Infernal Devices to the time of The Dark Artifices, and the stories are connected by the different times he visited the Shadow Market and his paths crossed with other characters, from The Infernal Devices. The Last Hours, The Mortal Instruments, and The Dark Artifices.[14][15]
  • Cassandra Clare founded the publishing company Shadow Market Enterprises, Inc. to self-publish the anthology's e-books, meant to only be a "one-shot publishing house" for the project, with Gavin Grant, Kelly Link's husband, as project manager. Simon & Schuster will still be publishing the print edition and the final two installments.[1]
  • The authors' goal is to publish the collection's first eight installments before Queen of Air and Darkness to avoid spoilers for the readers. During the writing process of the stories, Sarah Rees Brennan sent in a draft that contained a plot point that clashed with one Clare had recently changed in Queen of Air and Darkness. Instead of changing Brennan's version, Clare incorporated the changes and made it work.[1]
  • The cover for the print edition will be more like those of The Bane Chronicles and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.[16]
  • The titles of all the stories are quotes, some of which have been modified, which reflect the tone of each story. The authors of the collection all decided the titles on the same day that they came up with the plot lines.[6]

References

Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunter Chronicles
The Mortal Instruments
City of Bones City of Ashes City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels City of Lost Souls City of Heavenly Fire
The Infernal Devices The Dark Artifices
Clockwork Angel Lady Midnight
Clockwork Prince Lord of Shadows
Clockwork Princess Queen of Air and Darkness
The Last Hours The Eldest Curses
Chain of Gold The Red Scrolls of Magic
Chain of Iron The Lost Book of the White
Chain of Thorns The Black Volume of the Dead
The Bane Chronicles
What Really Happened in Peru Saving Raphael Santiago
The Runaway Queen The Fall of the Hotel Dumort
Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale What to Buy the Shadowhunter...
The Midnight Heir The Last Stand of the New York Institute
The Rise of the Hotel Dumort The Course of True Love (And First Dates)
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy Pale Kings and Princes
The Lost Herondale Bitter of Tongue
The Whitechapel Fiend The Fiery Trial
Nothing but Shadows Born to Endless Night
The Evil We Love Angels Twice Descending
Ghosts of the Shadow Market: An Anthology of Tales
Son of the Dawn The Wicked Ones
Cast Long Shadows The Land I Lost
Every Exquisite Thing Through Blood, Through Fire
Learn About Loss Ghosts of Old Loves
A Deeper Love Forever Fallen
Upcoming
The Wicked Powers
Companion books
The Shadowhunter's Codex
A History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of the Downworld
The Official Mortal Instruments Coloring Book
The Mortal Instruments graphic novel
Adaptations
City of Bones: The Graphic Novel
The Infernal Devices: Manga Series
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments