|The Fiery Trial|
|Release Date||Sept. 22, 2015 (e-book)|
| Released after|
Bitter of Tongue
| Released before|
Born to Endless Night
Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn become parabatai. Simon and Clary both act as their witnesses, so they can see what a parabatai bond forming looks like as they want to become parabatai as soon as Simon graduates — and because Emma asked Clary. The ritual goes unexpectedly…
During the holiday season Simon Lewis sits in the cafeteria of the Shadowhunter Academy and thinks of his holidays with his family in New York. He speaks with his roommate George Lovelace, until their conversation is interrupted when Dean Penhallow announces that Julie Beauvale and Beatriz Mendoza are to become parabatai. The announcement prompts Simon—who has been considering asking Clary to be his parabatai—to stop making excuses about being parabatai with her. While Julie and Beatriz are congratulated on their decision Dean Penhallow asks to speak with Simon in the reception room. He follows her to find Magnus Bane, Catarina Loss, Jem Carstairs and Clary waiting for him. He notes that Jem and Magnus are acting strangely.
Magnus explains that Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn have requested Clary and Simon to be their witnesses at their parabatai ceremony the following day. Clary immediately agrees, though Simon is confused as to why Julian chose him since they don't know each other very well. Jem explains their role in the ceremony, referred to as the Fiery Trial since the would-be parabatai stand in two rings of fire. Meanwhile, Magnus, still acting weirdly, brews some tea which he gives to Clary and Simon to drink. Simon immediately feels warm, and begins to hear crackling which he perceives as the fire in the fireplace talking to him. Magnus stands and opens a door from nowhere, telling the two there's something they need to see. Simon and Clary walk through and end up in a forest which they at first believe is Central Park. They try to figure out where they are and begin walking, until Clary disappears and Simon realises he's not in New York.