It’s somewhat of a shame that I’m actually interested in Ghosts of the Shadow Market because I’ve sworn off reading or supporting anything Cassandra Clare puts out. I’m not going to go into a detailed rant about why, but you can always check out my review for City of Bones if you’re curious enough. In the end, I cannot support an author who is a massive bully whilst falsely crying “victim” all the time. And that’s all there is to it.
What secrets does the Shadow Market hold? 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’ world. As a Silent Brother, Brother Zachariah is a 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. And Jem is searching through the Shadow Markets, in many different cities over long years, for a relic from his past. Follow Jem and see, against the backdrop of the Shadow Market’s dark dealings and festival, Anna Lightwood’s doomed romance, Matthew Fairchild’s great sin, and Tessa Gray as she is 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.
Of course, I have no judgement if you have this on your TBR. I understand the appeal of some of her stories. I enjoyed them once, too. In fact, I was rather fond of Jem as a character. It’s a personal choice of mine to not read any Cassandra Clare as supporting her goes against my morals. But I don’t expect that of others.