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THE LOST HERONDALE Excerpt Released

Cassandra Clare teases fans The Lost Herondale excerpt

We’re coming to the second story from Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy and so Cassie has released a Lost Herondale excerpt for us today.

“Demons and warlocks can’t help what they are,” Balogh said darkly. “Shadowhunters are held to a higher standard. The deaths of those three men sit squarely on the shoulders of Tobias Herondale. And he would have been punished in kind, had he ever been foolish enough to show his face again. He never did, but debts need repaying. A trial was held in absentia. He was judged guilty, and punishment was carried out.”

“But I thought you said he never came back?” Julie said.

“Indeed. So the punishment was carried out on his wife, in his stead.” 

“His pregnant wife?” Marisol said, looking like she was about to be sick.

“Sed lex, dura lex,” Balogh said. The Latin phrase had been hammered into them from the first day at the Academy, and Simon was coming to hate the sound of it—so often was it used as an excuse for acting like monsters.

Balogh steepled his fingers and contemplated the classroom, watching in satisfaction as his message came clear. This was how the Clave treated cowardice on the battlefield; this was justice under the Covenant. “The Law is hard,” Balogh translated for the hushed students. “But it is the Law.”

Well, that sounds just like the ever-loving Clave, doesn’t it?  Considering how they so gently (I’m using a significant amount of sarcasm here) release Shadowhunters from their duties if a Shadowhunter decides to marry a mundane, this really sounds par for the course.  I hate to say this, but apparently, it can really suck to be a wife of a Herondale.

Story overview:

Simon learns the worst crime a Shadowhunter can commit: desertion of their comrades. One of ten adventures in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.

In the early nineteenth century, Tobias Herondale abandoned his fellow Shadowhunters in the heat of battle and left them to die. His life was forfeit, but Tobias never returned, and the Clave claimed his wife’s life in exchange for Tobias’s. Simon and his fellow students are shocked to learn of this brutality, especially when it is revealed the woman was pregnant. But what if the child survived…could there be a lost Herondale line out in the world today?

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And in case you missed it, Jack Falahee will be doing the narrating on the audiobook version of this story.