The Wicked Ones
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Emily Bett Rickards

Release Date Sept. 11, 2018 (e-book)
2019 (print edition)
Ghosts of the Shadow Market: An Anthology of Tales
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Release order
Released after
A Deeper Love
Released before
The Land I Lost

The Wicked Ones is the sixth short story in Ghosts of the Shadow Market: An Anthology of Tales, 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]


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Teaser #1

"But do you know why you prefer it? Why you chase the pain?"

She had never understood this about herself. Only knew it, in the deep, wordless way you knew your most essential truth.

There was something about pain that made her feel more solid, more real. More in control. Sometimes the pain felt like the only thing she could control.

"You covet pain, because you know it makes you strong," Valentine said. It felt like he had given name to her nameless soul. "You know why I understand you better than the rest of them? Because we're the same. We learned early, didn't we? Cruelty, harshness, pain: No one shielded us from the realities of life, and that made us strong. Most people, they're ruled by fear. They flee the specter of pain, and that makes them weak. You and I, Céline, we know the only way through is to face pain. To invite the cruelty of the world —and master it."

Céline had never thought of herself this way, hard and strong. She'd certainly never dared think of herself as anything like Valentine. "That's why I wanted you in the Circle. Robert, Stephen, the others? They're still just boys. Children playing at adult games. They haven't yet been tested—they will be, but not yet. You and I, though? We're special. We haven't been children for a long time."

No one had ever called her strong. No one had called her special.

Teaser #2

Stephen clapped a hand to his heart. “Bien sûr, mademoiselle.” Unless you counted the starring role he played in her daydreams, Céline hadn’t seen Stephen since he’d graduated the Academy four years before. Back then, he’d barely noticed her. He was too busy with his training, his girlfriend, his friends in the Circle to give much thought to the slip of a girl whose eyes tracked his every move. But now, Céline thought, her cheeks burning again, they were practically equals. Yes, she was 17, still a student, while he was 22, not just a full-fledged adult but Valentine Morgenstern’s most trusted lieutenant in the Circle—the elite group of young Shadowhunters sworn to reform the Clave and return it to its pure and ancient glory. But Céline was finally a member of the Circle too, handpicked by Valentine himself.....