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The Wicked Ones is the fifth short story in Ghosts of the Shadow Market, co-written by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman.


Celine Montclaire goes to the Shadow Market to escape. She would go anywhere in Paris, or the entire world, to escape the suffering she experiences at the hands of her family. She did not expect to meet Valentine Morgenstern there, or to have him promise her freedom and the heart of the man she secretly loves.

On one condition, of course. At the Shadow Market, nothing is for free.[1][2][3]



Paris, August 1989

Céline Montclaire is with Robert Lightwood and Stephen Herondale, on a mission to the Paris Shadow Market to track down a warlock, Dominique du Froid, whom Valentine accused of "shady business dealings with two rogue Shadowhunters." She is familiar with the Market, as she'd sought refuge there as a child abused by her parents.

At the Market, Céline watches Brother Zachariah purchase a heron necklace. To Brother Zachariah, she confesses her love for Stephen Herondale, but to attend to his other concerns, he hurriedly leaves in the middle of their conversation.

Brother Zachariah chases after the man he saw in the Market into an alley. There, he is cornered by Rosemary and Jack, who agree to meet him on the bridge at dawn, for accepting the protection he has offered.

Dominique sprays Stephen with a potion, causing him to be temporarily enthralled with Céline; he kisses her. Together, they fight a flock of Halphas demons.

Back at their home base, Robert and Stephen torture Dominique for answers. The love spell on Stephen had worn off, and Céline overhears them laughing about her and calling her a pathetic child. Hurt, she runs away.

On the streets, she discovers a Shax demon. She tracks it to the bridge, where she finds Rosemary and Jack in an embrace, and kills it before it could attack. She witnesses Jack swallow a potion that transforms his face from young and handsome, to older and hideous. An Achaieral demon attacks Rosemary as soon as Jack leaves and Céline saves her life. In exchange for her help, Rosemary offers her a warning: "Stay away from Valentine Morgenstern."

Brother Zachariah arrives at the bridge and discovers Rosemary instead of Jack. He is surprised, having originally believed Jack to be the Lost Herondale. However, when he gives the heron necklace to Rosemary, he has already realized that it is she who is the Lost Herondale. Rosemary refuses to accompany him for protection and he informs her that he has enchanted her necklace with a spell, which she could use to summon him at her time of need.

Céline sneaks into Valentine's apartment. Through eavesdropping on his conversation with the beaten-up Dominique, she discovers the warlock had been in business with him rather than two rogue Shadowhunters; she witnesses the warlock's murder. Valentine discovers her hiding behind the curtains and is not angry with her. He tells her he'd used the warlock to plant evidence with which he could use to incriminate the Shadowhunters who were against the Circle. He intends for them to be killed on their way to the Silent City before they can be tried by the Mortal Sword. He offers Stephen Herondale in exchange for her silence.

Céline discovers at the sentencing that the accused Shadowhunters were her parents. Valentine tells her he never feared she would turn against him, as he understood the truth of her and knew he was doing her a favor. Céline chooses to let her parents pay for what they'd done to her, remain loyal to Valentine, and accepts the promised gift of Stephen.


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  • Though this is the fifth story, it was released sixth due to Son of the Dawn being released first.
  • This story is told from the points of view of Brother Zachariah and Céline.


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