|Learn About Loss|
|Release Date|| July 10, 2018 (e-book)|
2019 (print edition)
| Released after|
Every Exquisite Thing
| Released before|
A Deeper Love
Learn About Loss is the short story in Ghosts of the Shadow Market: An Anthology of Tales, co-written by Cassandra Clare and Kelly Link.
While the story is listed as the third story in the printed edition of the compilation following the chronological order, it was the fourth story to be released during the anthology's initial e-book run.
On 23 October, posters for Mysterious Merchants' Bazaar of the Bizarre were found on every street. Two days later, on Saturday, at least half the people who lived in the city turned up at the Bazaar. Strange things began to happen to the people who went to the Bizarre as it wasn't just a carnival but also a Shadow Market. Sister Emilia and Brother Zachariah Portals to the carnival to investigate.
When exploring the Market, Sister Emilia and Brother Zachariah see Roland the Astonishing performing with a faerie woman and a baby. Afterward, they run into Bill Doyle who is looking for his mother. He tells them that gained the ability to see the Shadow World after going through the Maze of Mirrors. They proceed to encounter Belial in the heart of the maze. They retrieve the Adamas mask from him and he proceeds to tell Brother Zachariah of a branch of the Herondale family that is in danger. He offers either a cure for Brother Zachariah or more information on the Herondales. Brother Zachariah says that the Carstairs family owes the Herondales a debt and asks for more information.
When Belial has told him all he is willing to tell, Brother Zachariah abruptly leaves the maze, saying something about Roland. Sister Emilia makes a deal with Belial, asking him to give Brother Zachariah and Will Herondale time together. In exchange for this, she says that she will not spend time forging a blade strong enough to destroy him. Amused, Belial agrees.
When Sister Emilia steps out of the maze, she realizes that the carnival is deserted, stalls gone. Brother Zachariah had recognized Roland and his family as the Herondales that Belial had been talking about but he was too late, they had already fled. He informs Sister Emilia that she has passed her test and, exhausted, she lies down to sleep with Brother Zachariah keeping watch. However, he finds himself - a younger version of himself - in Shanghai with young Will. He realizes what deal Sister Emilia has made but, determined not to waste the time he has, he chooses to explore Shanghai with Will instead.
- Sister Emilia
- Brother Zachariah
- Tessa Gray (mentioned only)
- Sister Lora (mentioned only)
- Emilia's mother
- Emilia's father
- Emilia's brothers
- Brother Enoch (voice only)
- Axel Mortmain (mentioned only)
- Will Herondale (mentioned; appeared in an illusion)
- Sister Dayo (mentioned only)
- Annabel Blackthorn (mentioned only)
- Malcolm Fade (mentioned only)
- Roland the Astonishing
- Roland's wife
- Unnamed child
- Bill Doyle
- Bill's mother
- This story is set in Tennessee in 1936.
- This story is told from two points of view, namely: Brother Zachariah and Sister Emilia.