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Every Exquisite Thing is the second short story in Ghosts of the Shadow Market, co-written by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson.


Anna Lightwood, eldest child of Gabriel and Cecily, is mad, bad, and dangerously dapper. Every rake has an origin story, though: now under Brother Zachariah's eye we see Anna's doomed love story unfold.[1]


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“I cannot be sure, though I think it has something to do with
the clarity of them.”

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Anna Lightwood tries on her brother Christopher Lightwood's clothes, finding them more to her liking than her own. On a call from her mother, she hastily changes back into her own clothes.

Anna then accompanies her parents, Cecily and Gabriel Lightwood to dinner with Maurice Bridgestock's family. There she meets Ariadne Bridgestock and finds herself enthralled by her beauty. Ariadne shows Anna to the library, where she compliments Anna on the beauty of her blue eyes rather than showing her books.

Anna goes to a meeting with her cousins, James, Lucie, Thomas, and Matthew Fairchild along with her brother. Matthew also tells her of a Downworlder club in Soho, which they visit that night.

A week later, Ariadne arrives at Anna's doorstep and asks her to transport her to the Institute so they can train together. Anna guides Ariadne in blade-throwing and catches her when she falls from the ceiling beam.

That evening, the pair go on an adventure to a Downworlder location where they find the warlock Leopolda Stain surrounded by mundanes, summoning a demon. They attempt to free the mundanes but find themselves attacked by a cluster of Ravener demons. Brother Zachariah arrives at the scene and aids them in fighting the demons; Anna is injured. Ariadne takes her home, heals her wounds, and asks her to stay the night; she and Anna share a long and heartfelt kiss.

Brother Zachariah makes his way to an empty shop where Woolsey Scott's werewolves have held Leopolda hostage. He interrogates her on the identity of Tessa's father, wishing to understand the implications of this heritage on Tessa's children. Rather than accepting her Shadowhunter-blood-for-information proposal, he threatens to kill her. She tells him Tessa's father was an Eidolon Greater Demon, a Prince of Hell, refusing to give his name. She attempts to attack Jem, and the werewolves kill her.

Anna slips home at dawn. At noon, she arrives at Ariadne's house to discover that the Bridgestocks hope for Ariadne to be married to Charles Fairchild in a few years. Ariadne tells Anna that though she is in love with her, she would choose to marry Charles; she wishes to become a mother one day and does not wish to be disowned by her family for loving a woman. Ariadne proposes that they enjoy their forbidden relationship for the next year before Charles returns from Paris before she must be faithful to him. Anna leaves, heartbroken.

Back home, Cecily tells Anna she accepts her for who she is, and that she can spend her life with another woman even though marriage is forbidden; she tells her she can always adopt a Shadowhunter orphan one day should she wish to do so. Anna receives a new suit and cuts her hair short. Her parents accept her, Gabriel boasting that he chose the suit for her and that it matches her eyes. Cecily returns from grabbing something and presents Anna with the Lightwood family necklace. Anna graciously adds it to her attire deciding that she can wear men's clothing and women's clothing as it suits her as a "gentlewoman".


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  • Though this is the second story, it was released third due to Son of the Dawn being released first.
  • A previous update on the Simon & Schuster & Kobo pages of the installment stated that it was to be narrated by the actress Kiernan Shipka, but it has since been removed.[2][3]
  • This story is told from two points of view; Brother Zachariah and Anna.


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)
The Voicemail of Magnus Bane
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
Cast Long Shadows Son of the Dawn
Every Exquisite Thing The Land I Lost
Learn About Loss Through Blood, Through Fire
A Deeper Love The Lost World
The Wicked Ones Forever Fallen
The Wicked Powers
Companion books
The Shadowhunter's Codex
An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of Downworld
A Long Conversation
The Official Mortal Instruments Coloring Book
All the Stories are True: Classics Reimagined in the World of the Shadowhunters
Secrets of Blackthorn Hall
City of Bones: The Graphic Novel
The Mortal Instruments graphic novels
The Infernal Devices: Manga Series
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments