The Fiery Trial
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Cassandra Clare
Maureen Johnson

Audiobook narrator

Sam Heughan

Release Date Sept. 22, 2015 (e-book)
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
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Release order
Released after
Bitter of Tongue
Released before
Born to Endless Night

The Fiery Trial is the eighth short story in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, written by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson. It was released on September 22, 2015.


Simon and Clary reunite as they witness a parabatai ceremony… and discuss their own plans to be bonded.

Simon and Clary act as witnesses to the parabatai ceremony of Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn… and discuss their own parabatai plans in this precursor to The Dark Artifices.

Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn become parabatai. Simon and Clary both act as their witnesses, so they can see what a parabatai bond forming looks like as they want to become parabatai as soon as Simon graduates — and because Emma asked Clary. The ritual goes unexpectedly…[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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Simon Lewis sits in the cafeteria of the Shadowhunter Academy and speaks with his roommate George Lovelace, until their conversation is interrupted when Dean Penhallow announces that Julie Beauvale and Beatriz Mendoza are to become parabatai. The announcement prompts Simon—who has been considering asking Clary to be his parabatai—to stop making excuses about being parabatai with her. While Julie and Beatriz are congratulated on their decision Dean Penhallow asks to speak with Simon in the reception room. He follows her to find Magnus Bane, Catarina Loss, Jem Carstairs and Clary waiting for him. He notes that Jem and Magnus are acting strangely.

Magnus explains that Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn have requested Clary and Simon to be their witnesses at their parabatai ceremony the following day. Clary immediately agrees, though Simon is confused as to why Julian chose him since they don't know each other very well. Jem explains their role in the ceremony, referred to as the Fiery Trial since the would-be parabatai stand in two rings of fire. Meanwhile, Magnus, still acting weirdly, brews some tea which he gives to Clary and Simon to drink.

Simon begins to hear things, and he and Clary walks through a door that Magnus opens for them; they find themselves in a forest and mistake it for Central Park until Clary disappears at the Bethesda fountain and Simon realises he's not in New York. The fountain floods and a boat arrives for him, taking him on a ride through a Tunnel of Love. Along the way he sees visions of poeple he knows, including Jace Herondale, Maia Roberts, Jordan Kyle and Maureen Brown, who he recalls with feelings of guilt despite not fully remembering her.

The boat exits into a river, and Maureen asks Simon to choose between her and Clary before jumping in. Simon notices Clary floating in the river and jumps in, choosing to save her as he realises that Maureen is dead. Despite the river being freezing Simon fights to get to Clary; she seems to wake up and begins swimming towards him. He suddenly wakes up in the reception room and is told that he was given water from Lake Lyn to drink, which induces hallucinations.

Jem and Magnus question him about what he saw and explain that what happened was a test of compatibility between him and Clary. She is brought in to the room and the two are told that they may become parabatai now, since Simon is still technically eighteen due to being a vampire. He loses all doubt about becoming Clary's parabatai, and they are sent to bed to recover.

The next morning Simon wakes early and gets ready for the ceremony. He finds Clary waiting on the steps of the Academy, and they are taken to the Silent City in a carriage. They meet up with Emma, Julian and Jem and follow them to the chamber where the ceremony is to take place. As the ceremony commences Simon notes something odd in the way Emma and Julian look at each other. He recalls something Jace said to him in his hallucination, about remembering the first time they met, and finally remembers his encounter with Jace in Java Jones when he was about to tell Clary how he felt about her. The ceremony ends before he can say anything.

While preparing for the celebratory dinner Clary asks Simon why he looked uncomfortable during the ceremony, and he explains what he remembered. He realises the importance of the memory; it was a reminder that parabatai can't feel romantic love for each other, though he doesn't understand the relevance to Julian and Emma.

At the celebrations Julian is very tense and has to leave the room. Emma notices Ty trying to eat a wheel of cheese and excuses herself to go look after him while Julian is gone. Jace comments that the new parabatai have a lot on their hands and it's a good thing they have each other. Clary begins to tell Jace about her and Simon's impending parabatai ceremony.









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
Son of the Dawn The Wicked Ones
Cast Long Shadows The Land I Lost
Every Exquisite Thing Through Blood, Through Fire
Learn About Loss The Lost World
A Deeper Love Forever Fallen
The Wicked Powers
Companion books
The Shadowhunter's Codex
An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of Downworld
The Official Mortal Instruments Coloring Book
Classics Reimagined in the World of the Shadowhunters
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
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