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The Lost World
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Livia Blackthorn's ghost; Teaser art by Davood Diba

Information
Author/s
Narrator

Olivia Dudley

Release Date June 4, 2019
Series
Ghosts of the Shadow Market: An Anthology of Tales
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The Lost World is the ninth short story in the Ghosts of the Shadow Market Anthology of Tales, co-written by Cassandra Clare with Kelly Link.[1][2]

Unlike the eight previous stories, this and Forever Fallen will not be released as e-books and will only be available in the print edition of Ghosts of the Shadow Market, set for release on June 4, 2019.[3][4][5]

Description

While at the Scholomance, Ty and Livvy test the limits of Livvy's ghostly powers, while Jem and Tessa prepare for the birth of their child.[2]

Teasers

Known information

  • This will be set about six months after Queen of Air and Darkness.[6][7][8]
  • This installment will feature Ty and Dru,[9][10] Magnus,[11] and Livvy's ghost.[12][2][13]
  • This installment may show what the future may look like for Kit, Ty, Dru, and Ash.[10]
  • Ty will be shown in the Scholomance.[14][10][2] He may get a "cool pet" in this installment, [14] which is probably a Carpathian lynx, as Ty saved it as a kitten after Livvy found it.[15]
  • This installment will show how Ty is handling his new life at the Scholomance and his new relationship with Livvy's ghost.[10][2]
  • The name of Jem and Tessa's child will be revealed.[16]
  • A little bit will be revealed about what's going on in Idris at the time of the story.[17]
  • The limits of Livvy's apparition, specifically where she can go, will be explored in this installment.[12]
  • Livvy will visit Kit in his new home in Devon.[13][18]

Snippets

Teaser #1

“Boo!” she said, and Kit fumbled the mug, spilling liquid all down his pants.

“Livvy?” he said.

“That’s right,” she said, pleased. “You can see me. It gets really, really boring being invisible to everyone.”

“What are you doing here?” Kit said. Then, “Is he okay? Ty?”

Teaser #2

But that night, while Ty was sleeping, Livvy found herself pulled toward Dimmet Tarn again, toward the nothingness of its depths. Every time she thought of Idris, and the experiment that she and Ty would try tomorrow, she thought of her own death, of the blow that Annabel had struck. That moment of pain and dislocation. The stricken look on Julian’s face as she fled her body.

Of course Annabel wasn’t in Idris now. Annabel was dead. And of course, even if Annabel had still been alive, Livvy shouldn’t be afraid of her murderer. A Shadowhunter shouldn’t be afraid. But the thought of her own body on the cold stone of the Accords Hall, the thought of her body burnt upon a pyre, the thought of Lake Lyn, where she had returned, all of these pursued her as she sank into the blackness of Dimmet Tarn and let its nothingness hide her.

It was almost morning when at last she rose up, pearly light already sliding over the crust of snow around the tarn. And there, too, on the lip of the tarn was a small crumpled heap as if someone had dropped their hat or scarf.

Livvy drew near and saw that it was a kitten, starved and motionless. Its paws were torn by the ice, and there were marks of bright blood in the snow. Its ears were long, tipped in black, and its coat was spotted with black as well. “You poor thing,” Livvy said, and the kitten opened its eyes. It looked right at Livvy and snarled noiselessly. Then its eyes closed again.

Livvy fled back to the Scholomance, to Ty.

“Wake up, Ty!” she said. “Hurry, wake up, wake up!”

Ty sat bolt upright. “What is it? What’s wrong?”

“There’s a Carpathian lynx down by Dimmet Tarn,” Livvy said. “A kitten. I think it’s dying. Hurry, Ty.”

He threw a coat over his pajamas and pulled on his boots. He bundled up a blanket in his arms. “Show me,” he said.

The kitten was still alive when they got back to Dimmet Tarn, Ty’s boots breaking through the snow with each step. He sank, sometimes, to his knees. But Livvy, of course, floated above the snow. There were advantages, sometimes, to being dead. Livvy could admit that.

You could see the small rise and fall of the lynx’s chest. Small wisps of breath rose from its black nose.

“It is going to be okay?” Livvy asked. “Will it live?”

Ty knelt down in the bank of snow beside the lynx. He began to wrap it in the blanket. “I don’t know,” he said. “But if it lives, it will be because you saved it, Livvy.”

“No,” Livvy said. “I found it. But I can’t save it. You’ll have to be the one who saves it.”

“Then we’ll both have saved it,” Ty said, and smiled at her. If Livvy had had a notebook, she would have written it down. It had been a long time since she’d seen her brother smile.

Trivia

  • The title "The Lost World" is a reference to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel of the same name.[10]
  • A title initially shared for the installment was "Ghosts of Old Loves"; another Conan Doyle reference, it was taken from a quote in Sherlock Holmes: "Of all ghosts, the ghosts of our old loves are the worst."[1]

References