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Jack the Ripper stalks through London, and only the Shadowhunters can stop him. One of ten adventures in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.

Simon learns the truth behind the Jack the Ripper murders—“Jack” was stopped by Will Herondale and his institute of Victorian Shadowhunters.

This standalone e-only short story follows the adventures of Simon Lewis, star of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments, as he trains to become a Shadowhunter. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy features characters from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, and the upcoming Dark Artifices and Last Hours series. The Whitechapel Fiend is written by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson.

98 pages, ebook

First published April 21, 2015

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Profile Image for Sasha Alsberg.
Author 8 books66.9k followers
February 24, 2016
SO many amazing moments in this tale. We got taken back to the 1800s with Jem, Will and Tessa. I laughed and cried (happy tears of course) and laughed some more thanks to Jace:

“Good night, Wiggles.”
“Yes, Wiggles. Your nickname? It’s what you always made us call you. I almost forgot your name was Simon, I’m so used to calling you Wiggles.”
“Wiggles? What does that . . . even mean?”
“You would never explain,” Jace said with a shrug. “It was the big mystery about you. As I said, good night, Wiggles. I’ll take care of this.”

Oh Jace...I love you!
This was just such an epic tale, WILL JEM TESSA AND JACE?!?! GAHHHHH
Profile Image for Zoë.
328 reviews66.3k followers
March 4, 2016
SO GOOD! We got Simon and George of course (the cutest boys), but we were also absolutely spoiled with Jace, Tessa, Jem, and MY LOVE WILL HERONDALE! Cassandra Clare puts a new spin on the mystery of Jack the Ripper, which actually started to make a lot of sense, and we get to see the next generation of Herondale babies who we will be focusing on in The Last Hours! Such a treat of a novella and I can't wait to start the next novella in the morning!

P.S. The narrator of the audio book has the most delicious accent and I fell in love with him a little while listening to him speak. Okay, I fell madly in love. Sue me.
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378 reviews16 followers
Want to read
February 16, 2015


Profile Image for Katerina.
420 reviews16.8k followers
July 9, 2017
“Once, I was not called Tessa Gray but Tessa Herondale.”

Help me, my heart lies bleeding on the floor.

Will Herondale as a father. A husband. A loving parabatai despite everything. How could I not love this story? Action, mystery, and the true story about Jack the Ripper's reign of terror, combined with ordinary and not-so-ordinary moments between Will and Tessa, they made The Whitechapel Fiend a gift and a curse and left me craving for more. Jace's cameo was simply the cherry on top, and his dialogues with Simon were hilarious as per usual. I just need a moment to get over the tornado of feelings caused by the Will Herondale. Bye world, I'm off to ball like a baby.

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The Lost Herondale
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493 reviews4,204 followers
March 10, 2016
This gets 5 stars because WILL TESSA JEM MY HEART.
I loved going back to their world and also getting some Simon and Jace friendship action.
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422 reviews5 followers
April 22, 2015
You can sell me anything blurbed with the name Will Herondale. I finished the Infernal devices like 2 years ago and still not over it. It hurts so much.

William my eternal love you never disappoint.
I'm not the biggest fan of the City of Bones generation but I love the Infernal Devices characters. They are the best characters Cassandra Clare's written so far and probably they'll remain the best. At least for me.
I laughed and I had my tears of grief. Loved this.

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259 reviews373 followers
March 20, 2016
So many Wessa Feels! I can't deal! There's a reason I'm currently re reading The Infernal Devices, it simply does not get any better than this group of characters. I'm sorry, Simon who? I forgot this was supposed to be his novella.
November 28, 2017
"Everyone wants to be the hero of the story".

"Todos quieren ser el héroe de la historia".

Cosas que hacen de The Whitechapel Fiend un relato perfecto:

• Aparece Jace Herondale visitando la Shadowhunter Academy y dándole una clase a Simon.
• Hay un flashback de la época en la que Tessa y Will ya tienen hijos y son los directores del Instituto de Londres.
• Es una reinterpretación de la historia de Jack the Ripper.
• Simon le envía la carta más hermosa de la vida a Izzy.

¿Necesito decir algo más? No.
Profile Image for Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.).
401 reviews428 followers
April 2, 2016

“I am Tessa Gray,” she said in a low, clear voice. “And I believe in the importance of stories.”


The combination of Jace and Simon always makes me laugh! :)
plus : Will & Tessa :3
Profile Image for Anastasia.
134 reviews68 followers
March 21, 2016
5/5 stars

The Whitechapel Fiend is the third novella in the Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. It seems like every novella is better than the last. The relationship Simon is forming with his new and new/semi-old friends is so cute and awkward it makes me smile and tear up all at the same time. We get to meet and hear stories about some of my favorite characters of all time, Simon learns new ninja skills, and forges some (I spy something that starts with S.) super friendships. George is the cutest shadowhunter to be and I can't wait to see them in action. If you are still trying to decided if you want to read or even continue on with the novella bind up do it! You will not regret the decision. To many the many bind-ups and spin-offs Cassandra writes is her trying to "steal every last penny from the world of shadowhunters. But, it's really just her telling the, much needed, stories and adventures of the characters she loves.
I will write a full review on the bind up once I finish all of the novellas.
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211 reviews1,282 followers
May 5, 2016
If you are a Shadowhunter fan and you still haven't read these novellas, what are you doing with your life!!! I'm telling you, you want to read this. YOU WANT TO READ THIS!

I really didn't think I would get the chance to read about my favorite trio in this novella. It was such a nice surprise to find Tessa, Jem and the love of my life WILL HERONDALE.

The nostalgia you guys the NOSTALGIA! I think might just ditch everything in my life right now just to reread the whole Infernal Devices trilogy.

ps: Make sure to check up on me if I disappear for more than a week.
pps: I'm not sure how this review ended up being Disney princess themed but let's just go with it.
Profile Image for Laura.
471 reviews555 followers
June 25, 2015

Blurb: Simon learns the truth behind the Jack the Ripper murders—“Jack” was stopped by Will Herondale, his former parabatai, and his institute of Victorian Shadowhunters aka cool stuff about Jack The Ripper and lots of Herondale feels.

I’m going to try separate two thing here.
First I’m going to talk about Simon and how he’s doing in the Academy and then I’ll go with the Herondale factor in this story.

BEWARE: Lots of feels and crying were involved in the writing of this review.


Alright, in this new chapter of Simon’s adventures in the Shadowhunter Academy, we’ll see how they learn to fall. Yep, falling isn’t exactly easy when you’re doing during a combat, from a building or, in this case, from a fifteen feet tree.

I found it funny that Jace were the one helping the guys on this task and I kinda missed Jace. He and I had come a long way because I did not like him at the beginning of TMI but then he grew on me and I giggled like a five-years-old when he appeared. It was good.

George, as always, was such a darling. Seriously, that guys is such a sweetheart I want to hug him tight and nibble his ear.


I like reading about Simon re-discovering himself but I don’t know how much of it I can take. I mean, he’s one of my favorite characters from TMI but now I see that, one of the things I loved the most about him was his dynamic with the others. Now, with that being somehow taken, I struggle a bit. It’s not that I don’t like him anymore, it’s that this new environment, isn’t working for him nor me. You know? I was excited at the beginning but now I just hope I don’t get bored with the stories when it comes to him.

It is just that I hate teasers, snippets and such things. I need the whole thing. I wish Cassie just gave us the whole book instead of monthly stories because it’s like reading one damn chapter per month and I hate that feeling. I lose interest really quick. Even with the things I like so it’s been a struggle for me. Maybe, if the whole book’s out, I wouldn’t feel bored when I read about some things. Simon’s situation is going nowhere so far and it’s painful to read. Like boring painful, sorry.

That being said, I truly want to continue reading about George and Catarina and the new and old characters so it’s quite conflicting the way I’m feeling, I know and I can only hope.


Now, when the History lesson was about to happen, someone was introduced to help Caterina with it and I nearly fall on my knees when I read it was Tessa but then I definitely fall when she started her story with Will.
I’m such a weak person when it comes to Will Herondale, I’m the first one to say it and I also got a tear just ready for him. Followed by many, really.

Guys, this is what I’ve always wanted to read about after Clockwork Princess.

Will, Tessa, Jem, Gabriel, Cecily, Sophie, Gideon and the rest of them shadowhunting together. It makes my heart warm and fuzzy and it fills me with such happiness I feel like I could fly.

Gods, I wish I wasn’t such a mess so I can write how cool it was to read how Will and Tessa had a room just for Jessamine and her dolls and all of that and he fucking kept the promise he made to her when Jessie was dying, oh Lord.

I lost my shit early in the story when I read this:

”[…]There have been many murders recently—all of women, women who . . .”
“Prostitutes,” Tessa said.
“Quite,” Gabriel said.
“Tessa has such an extensive vocabulary,” Will said. “It is one of the most attractive things about her. Shame about yours, Gabriel.”

And also:

“Will stopped glaring at Gabriel, and turned to Tessa. He looked at her and his face softened: the traces of the wild, broken boy he had been vanished, replaced with the expression often worn by the man he was now, who knew what it was to love and be loved. “Dear heart,” he said. He took her hand and kissed it. “Who knows your courage better than I?”

Ah, but let’s not forget:

“This monster is violent,” said Will. “We might need a healer. Someone with the power of a Silent Brother. This is a special situation.”
“I cannot recall a situation you did not think was special and required his presence,” said Gabriel dryly. “You have been known to call upon Brother Zachariah for a broken toe.”

Fuck me.

See? That’s why I can’t read about those three without crying. How the fuck could I not do it? It’s beautiful.

Please, Cassie, could you please, please, please write and release a companion novella about the TID gang having adventures together and raising their children? Please?

Good Raziel, this is why I breathe for.

I guess I could learn to like these stories more and more if I have the incredible pleasure to read about them as the stories go.


Because, Will... oh, my dear Will.


I forgot to tell you how I almost got a heart attack when Jace was introduced as Jace Lightwood Herondale.

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1,157 reviews97.9k followers
October 19, 2018
“The trick to falling is not to fall…”

Oh, my word, there was a lot to like about this one! Not only do we get to see Jace training Shadowhunter kids to jump out of trees, we also get to see Tessa, Will, and Jem solving… get ready for it… the Jack the Ripper murders in 1888 London! Like, I was for sure not expecting to wake up and read that today! But what a gift!

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Profile Image for Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile.
2,025 reviews580 followers
December 21, 2021
Reread 2021. Loved the tie in with Tessa and the new generation. I’m enjoying reading these in plot date order, it’s more profound with the characters and their intertwining.

Still enjoying this mini series. It's enlightening to slowly learn more about the vast history of the Shadowhunter world, while keeping up with current developments as well.
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233 reviews136 followers
July 9, 2018
Δε θα βαρεθώ ποτέ να διαβάζω για τους Γουίλ, Τέσα και Τζεμ ❤❤❤
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203 reviews1,275 followers
February 9, 2017
This novella just made me realize how much I missed The Infernal Devices so much.

I miss Tessa, Will, Jem, and everybody else that was a part of The Infernal Devices. It was really great to see a glimpse of how their lives were after the events of Clockwork Princess. I wish their story went on forever.

However, I was a little surprised how very little this novella had to do with Simon. Don't get me wrong, I love Tessa and all of the characters from The Infernal Devices, but I was expecting more of Simon and the students of the Shadowhunter Academy. On top of that, the Jack the Ripper mission felt repetitive. Interesting, but repetitive.

I was actually waiting for the scene between Tessa and Jace or between Jace and the real Zachariah and I was disappointed that we never really got that in The Mortal Instruments and was only mentioned here in this novella.

I loved seeing The Infernal Devices crew in this one but unfortunately I wasn't too excited about this novella. It felt much slower than the previous two.
Profile Image for Jenny.
188 reviews1,315 followers
June 29, 2015

oh hi Jace.
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283 reviews2,331 followers
February 6, 2017
Is Cassandra Clare trying to destroy me or ??? This was literally so emotional, my heart was not ready for more Will/Jem/Tessa but I loved it! Simon and Jace's bromance is my favourite, ugh this series is so great!!
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222 reviews121 followers
June 30, 2017
A visit from Jace and a flash back to Infernal Devices what more could I ask for? Oh yeah an interesting take on a Jack the Ripper that what.
Love how Jace is using Simon's amnesia to his advantage (Wiggles haha!).
It was great reading about the ID gang again and cool to have the children in the story (the spoon thing is adorable!) which kind of sets the scene for the Last Hours - can't wait for them to finally be released.
Jon Cartwright has finally been called out on not knowing Jace haha hope he becomes a good guy soon instead of being a twat.
Loved the theory of Jack the Ripper being a demon child wanting a mum gives a whole new perspective on the story.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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64 reviews106 followers
August 29, 2015
Esta cosa me hará fangirlear todo el santo día. Si lo leyeron sabrán porqué <3 :')

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543 reviews575 followers
April 21, 2015
I loved this one!!! First because of Jem&Will&Tessa, secondly because of Jace and finally because Simon was finally super cute to Izzy!
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142 reviews90 followers
February 15, 2016
❝ There were few people in the world who understood how much Will and Jem had loved each other, did love each other, and how much Will missed him. But Tessa did. ❞

❝ Dear heart,” he said. He took her hand and kissed it. “Who knows your courage better than I? ❞

Profile Image for Angigames.
1,227 reviews
February 15, 2016
3 stelle e mezzo
Ho adorato:
1)Jace, Will e Gabriel tutti nella stessa storia! Cassandra devi scrivere di più su Will e Gabriel ora che sono imparentati. Non è una semplice richiesta. È un ordine. IO LI VOGLIO!
2)La lettera, che da tipico maschietto un po’ imbranatello, Simon scrive a Isabelle. Troppo dolce!
3)Aver conosciuto i figli delle due coppie (cucchiaio!)
Non ho gradito:
1)Il modo in cui è stato gestito il mistero di Jack lo Squartatore. Si, la visione dell’autrice è innovativa ma la questione si è risolta con troppa facilità e troppo in fretta per i miei gusti…
2)Il fatto che Jace abbia incontrato Tessa, che abbiano parlato di William Herondale senza che la Clare ci facesse leggere nulla!!! NO NO NO NO dopo tutto questo tempo devo sapere! (anche questo è un ordine, sappilo Clare!)
3)La presenza, per me è sempre come una spina nel fianco, di Tessa Grey e dell’ormai di lei marito… queste scenette non le amo affatto io non ci credo alle due anime gemelle per una sola persona, e bla bla bla…
Quindi Clare, hai un bel po’ da scrivere…
Aspetto il prossimo racconto!
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851 reviews123 followers
April 22, 2015
Loving these stories!!!!
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500 reviews316 followers
March 13, 2016
“No, Jamie,” Will urged. “Your honorable father has been impugned. Attack, attack!”

Oh my gosh, I AM SO HAPPY I LOVED THIS NOUVELLA SO MUCH! THIS MIGHT BE MY FAVORITE STORY FROM THE SHADOW HUNTER ACADEMY SO FAR! Ugh, the feels and how all of the characters are back. I loved reading more with the characters I love and learning more about their past! This review might have spoilers for the Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices so I suggest that you do not read this review.

The Characters from TMI and TID:

My Reaction to the Characters:

This takes place after City of Heavenly Fire and Simon has to go to Shadowhunters Academy. It's about his adventures in Shadowhunters Academy and what he has to go through. Because of his sacrifice, he is suffering and wishes to go back to the old Simon he once was. Hopefully, he will return to his old self by the end of Shadowhunters Academy.

“You have been known to call upon Brother Zachariah for a broken toe.
"It was turning green,” said Will”

We learned more about the characters from the previous series that we read. We got to see more of Jace, Tessa, Will and Jem! I was so happy, I love all of this characters. Simon is awesome and we also got to see Cecily and Gabrielle!!!!! I was fangirling the entire time, my hands are shaking with excitement and I can't wait to read the next nouvella.

“I am Tessa Gray,” she said in a low, clear voice. “And I believe in the importance of stories.”

I laughed a lot in this nouvella, Jace was hilarious and Will was too! UGH I CAN'T STOP SMILING! I WANT TO REREAD THIS ALREADY!

Me while I was reading:

My mom:

It was so much fun reading this and I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend you read this if you have already read the Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, and The Bane Chronicles. There is so much of the Shadowhunter world that we have already seen but there is so much more we need to see! I can't wait to read more!

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591 reviews447 followers
October 16, 2017
Seriously after the spoon scene (Admit it guys. It was adorable !!) I want to see him again in Chain of Gold !! Now I remember how I spent my time after reading Turtles All the Way Down
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