Recap of the UK ‘City of Heavenly Fire’ launch party

Our reader (and my friend) Donna attended the UK City of Heavenly Fire launch party in London on May 27 and has written a recap of her day for us:

On Tuesday I went to the City of Heavenly Fire launch party held at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London. Fans gathered to celebrate the release of the last book in the Mortal Instruments Series as well as receive a copy of the book before anyone else in the UK.

The first hour was spent mingling with other shadowhunters while also having the opportunity to get rune nail and body art. Unfortunately, due to time, we weren’t able to get our nails done, however, we did get some awesome runes. I’m sure Magnus would heartily approve of the glitter.

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On stage they also had a couple of very cute Shadowhunters who you were able to take photos with.

Paul from Walker Books was also keeping fans entertained, asking questions and reading tweets, (and making us all jealous with the copy of CoHF he was walking around with).

At around 2pm fans were seated for a very exciting message from Cassie, she thanked us all for coming, encouraged us to keep tweeting so she could keep up with all the fun, and finally, shared an exclusive snippet from CoHF that caused many gasps and worried faces.

During the message Cassie announced that we would then be watching a screening of the City of Bones movie and she wanted us to get involved. We howled for Luke, cheered for Team Good, booed Valentine, and most of all, screamed for our ships. It was such a great experience watching the movie with all the fans and emotions were high.

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When the movie ended it was sadly time for the event to end, however, this meant it was the moment we had all been waiting for- when we finally got our hands on City of Heavenly Fire! Fans received a goodie bag filled with a copy of the book, an exclusive City of Heavenly Fire postcard, and a City of Bones movie-tie in journal.

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I want to personally say a huge thank you to Walker Books for putting on the event, it was a lovely day and an amazing way to celebrate the end of a series that has meant so much to us all.

You can see more ‘shadowhunter selfies’ by checking out the #tmiparty hashtag on twitter that trended not only in the UK, but worldwide!

Thank you for this great recap, Donna! It looks like the UK Shadowhunters had a lot of fun.

Cassandra Clare will start her UK tour on June 3 and finish it in London on June 7. I’ll be attending the London event so come and say hi if you see me.

City of Heavenly Fire is now available.

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Sneak peek at the ‘Clockwork Princess’ manga

Today Cassandra Clare took to her tumblr to share a few images of the upcoming Clockwork Princess manga.

Have a look:

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A little sneak peek at the Clockwork Princess manga, coming from Yen Press! Jem and Will, Jem and Tessa, Will and Tessa.

Here is a synopsis from

The threat of Mortmain’s Infernal Devices looms as the Shadowhunters race to work out a way to counteract the mechanical monsters. Meanwhile, plans for Tessa’s marriage to Jem are underway, despite her fiancé’s failing health and the unresolved feelings between her and Will. When Tessa is captured, Will must leave his comrade behind to save the woman they both love… But with the final missing piece-Tessa herself-in Mortmain’s possession, can anything stop his plot for revenge?

The manga will be released on July 22.

Goodreads interview with Cassandra Clare

cassie clare headshotA month ago, goodreads offered readers that rated one of Cassandra Clare’s books with 5 stars the chance to ask Cassie one question for their May Young Adult newsletter. The newsletter was published today and 13 great questions were picked by the goodreads team.

You can read excerpts from the interview below:

Eliza: How do you come up with all the sarcastic comments that make the Herondale boys who they are?

I am sarcastic, and some of my friends are sarcastic, so I’m well-equipped with a sarcasm incubation chamber. But then the characters themselves are also responsible. They each have their own senses of humor, and they come up with things that surprise me all the time!

People LOVE Magnus! We had a few different questions about him! Trevor O’reilly: What was the inspiration that led to the creation of Magnus Bane? He’s an awesome character with his own attitude and eccentric personality that’s always with him, no matter when or where he is.

Magnus came from multiple sources. Part of it was my desire to play with the idea of wizards and warlocks. We tend to think of them as Dumbledore types, very wise and old with long white beards. (In fact, sometimes people still say to me they picture Magnus as having a long scraggy beard, because he’s a warlock!) So I was trying to get at the opposite of that. I wanted to create an ancient warlock mentor figure who was also a guy who threw parties, who wore glitter and leather pants, who hid his wisdom under a party-boy facade. I never expected him to grow so important, he’d have his own book, but I’m very glad he did.


TheBookAddictedGirl: OK, I’m just as much dreading City of Heavenly Fire as I am freaking desperate for it…therefore: Can you give us an estimate about how crushed/destroyed/dead-inside City of Heavenly Fire will leave us? You know, in terms of: How long will I lie in the fetal position on my bed, comatose and beyond consolation; how many tubs of Ben & Jerry’s PhishFood ice cream will I need to eat; how many episodes of Friends/Big Bang Theory/How I Met Your Mother will I need to watch to cheer myself up; how long will I be unable to even consider picking up another book, knowing just how freaking scarred and heartbroken CoHF left me?

I posted about this on my tumblr recently. I have said that six people whose names we know will die in City of Heavenly Fire. (And there was a big banner that said WHO WILL SURVIVE across the teaser cover, but to be fair, I didn’t come up with that one!) I can see how that would be nerve-racking. I feel like there’s been a lot of character death floating around in various media lately, and I have been seeing much agony about it. Which I totally understand because character death often sends me off to bed with a fluffy cat and an ice pack.

Here’s what I can say about CoHF: I do think all the deaths matter. None of them happens for shock value or no reason or to get across the message that death is random and terrible. My goal is not to destroy lives or drown anyone in a bucket of feels, just to tell an enjoyable story and create an end point that hopefully people will feel does justice to the story that came before. I don’t want anyone to feel jerked around. I want things to feel earned and meaningful. I am not a fan of nihilism (bad things happen for no reason without a glimmer of hope)—which is not really an overall judgment call on nihilism, just a preference. The ending is not a despairing one. I believe in hope! I really do.

Radhika: Did you cry in any chapter? And if so, what was it called?

I cried a bit in the epilogue, but that was because I had to say good-bye to everyone as a writer. I don’t know if you’ll cry!

Click here to read the complete Goodreads interview which also answers questions about Magnus Bane, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Cassie’s future Shadowhunter series and many other interesting things.

Less than 7 days until the release of City of Heavenly Fire!

Make sure to check out TMI Source on May 24 for our interview with Cassandra Clare and a giveaway.

TMI Tuesday: Listen to a ‘City of Heavenly Fire’ excerpt read by Sophie Turner

It’s the last TMI Tuesday – only one more week until City of Heavenly Fire is released :-)

Over the last few weeks we had two exclusive excerpts from City of Heavenly Fire, a look at the artwork inside the cover and a video in which Cassandra shared three secrets.

Today’s TMI Tuesday exclusive content is another real treat! A few weeks ago it was revealed that Sophie Turner – Sansa Stark from Game of Thrones – and Jason Dohring – Logan Echolls from Veronica Mars – will read the City of Heavenly Fire audio book and now we have an excerpt read by Sophie.

Click here to listen to it

or watch the video below:

What do you think of this final excerpt? Do you like Sophie and Jason’s voices and how are you preparing yourself for City of Heavenly Fire? Sound off in the comments.

Edit: Since the video isn’t availabe to everyone, here’s the written version of it. The punctuation and possible typos are by me. Please give credit to TMI Source if you use this excerpt:

Clary set her bag down by the door and looked around. She could hear her mother and Luke moving around her, putting down their own luggage, turning on the witchlights that illuminated Amatis’s house. Clary braced herself; they still had little idea how Amatis had been taken by Sebastian.

Though the place had already been examined by Council members for dangerous materials, Clary knew her brother. If the mood had taken him, he would have destroyed everything in the house, just to show that he could. Turned the sofas to kindling, shattered the glass and the mirrors, blown the windows to smithereens.

She heard her mother give a small exhale of relief, and knew Jocelyn must have been thinking what Clary was.
Whatever had happened, the house looked fine. There was nothing in it to indicate that harm had come to Amatis.

Books were stacked on the coffee table, the floors were dusty but uncluttered. The photographs on the walls were straight. Clary saw with a pang that there was a recent photograph near the fireplace of her, Luke and Jocelyn at Coney Island, arms around one another smiling.

She thought of the last time she had seen Luke’s sister, Sebastian forcing Amatis to drink from the Infernal Cup as she screamed in protest. The way the personality had faded out of her eyes after she had swallowed its contents.

Clary wondered if that was what it was like to watch someone die. Not that she hadn’t seen death, too. Valentine had died in front of her. Surely she was too young to have so many ghosts.

Luke had moved to look at the fireplace and the photos hanging around it. He reached out to touch one that showed two blue-eyed children. One of them, the younger boy, was drawing while his sister looked on, her expression fond.

Luke looked exhausted. Their Portal travel had taken them to the Gard and they had walked down through the city to Amatis’s house. Luke still winced often from the pain of the wound in his side that hadn’t quite healed, but Clary doubted the injury was what was affecting him.

The quiet in Amatis’s house, the homey rag rugs on the floor, the carefully arranged personal mementos; everything spoke of an ordinary life, interrupted in the most terrible way possible.

Jocelyn moved over to put her hand on Luke’s shoulder, murmuring soothingly. He turned in the circle of her arms, putting his head against her shoulder. It was more comforting than in any way romantic, but Clary still felt as if she had stumbled on a private moment.

Soundlessly, she plucked up her duffle bag and made her way up the stairs. The spare room hadn’t changed; small, the walls painted white, the windows like portholes, circular. There was the window Jace had crawled through one night and the same colorful quilt on the bed.

She dropped her bag onto the floor near the nightstand. The nightstand where Jace had left a letter in the morning, telling her he was going and he wasn’t coming back. She sat down on the edge of the bed, trying to shake off the web of memories. She hadn’t realized how hard it would be to be back in Idris. New York was home, normal. Idris was war and devastation. In Idris she had seen death for the first time.


Watch: The ‘City of Heavenly Fire’ book trailer is here!

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The time has come to feast your eyes on the final book trailer in The Mortal Instruments series! By the Angel, can you believe it?

CBS’ The Insider aired the trailer tonight and now we have a video for all the Shadowhunters around the world. Sit back, draw a fearless rune and grab a pillow in case you need to muffle your screams:

What’s your favorite part of the trailer? Wasn’t Sophie Turner’s narration fantastic?! Sound off in the comments! And be sure to visit our new forum to discuss all things City of Heavenly Fire!

City of Heavenly Fire will be released in 10.5 days on May 27.

TMI Tuesday: Read the beginning of the prologue of ‘City of Heavenly Fire’

SCOHFhadowhunters, are you prepared for another truly amazing (and long) City of Heavenly Fire excerpt?

In today’s installment of TMI Tuesday, you can read a part of the final book’s prologue where we’ll meet a few characters from Cassie’s upcoming series The Dark Artifices.

Click here to read the beginning of the prologue!




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The Los Angeles Institute, December 2007

There seem to be some problems depending on your browser so Cassie has shared a link that makes it easier to access the special content.

Click here.

Be sure to visit this page every Tuesday leading up to the release of City of Heavenly Fire to unlock exclusive content and for the chance to win prizes.

City of Heavenly Fire will be released May 27, which is in just 14 days!

Celebrate a #TMIParty with @WalkerBooksUK

In addition to the City of Heavenly Fire launch party in London on May 27, Cassandra Clare’s English publisher Walker Books has planned another really cool event for Shadowhunters and this time the whole fandom can join:

To celebrate the release of City of Heavenly Fire, Walker Books and Cassie Clare are sending you an exclusive invitation to join their Twitter #TMIparty the weekend before publication.

On Saturday, 24th May from 7pm till’ late we will be staging an online tweet along to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones whilst releasing exclusive Cassie Clare videos, exciting new content, rune-reading, Shadowhunter nail & make-up tutorials and amazing comps

…and we want you to join us!

Stage Your Own #TMIParty!
– Invite your BFF, a group of pals or have a pampering evening in
– Prep your perfect snack with our exclusive TMI recipe cards
– Press play on City of Bones *swoons over Jamie Campbell Bower*
– Keep an eye out for exclusive Cassie Clare content, comps, rune-themed treats
– Keep Tweeting: be part of the worldwide TMI Twittersphere

Are you in or are you in? RSVP NOW!

Sounds awesome, right?

If you want to join Walker Books, send a tweet to @WalkerBooksUK with #TMIParty and click here for a time zone converter to find out when the party will start in your country.

Thanks to British Nephilim for the tip!


Sophie Turner and Jason Dohring to narrate the ‘City of Heavenly Fire’ audio book


image22 days before City of Heavenly Fire – the final installment of The Mortal Instruments –  hits the book shelves in the USA, Canada and a few other countries, we finally have our audio book narrators! According to JustJaredJr., Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones, and Jason Dohring, who played Logan Echolls on Veronica Mars, will narrate the City of Heavenly Fire audio book.

Welcome to the TMI family, Sophie and Jason! I know that our staff member Megan will be super excited about the new narrator(s).

Shadowhunters, will you be buying the audio book and what do you think of the news? Sound off in the comments!

TMI Tuesday: Listen to and read an exclusive excerpt from ‘City of Heavenly Fire’

COHFShadowhunters, are you prepared for a truly awesome City of Heavenly Fire excerpt?

In today’s installment of TMI Tuesday, Cassandra Clare reads from City of Heavenly Fire in a short video and there’s an even longer excerpt that you can read yourself.

Ready for the whole excerpt? Click here to unlock exclusive content!

Short excerpt read by Cassie*:

From Chapter 1:

Jace broke off the kiss. Before Clary could say anything, a chorus of sarcastic applause came out from the nearby hill. Simon, Isabelle and Alec waved at them.

Jace said, “Shall we join our annoying and voyeuristic friends?”

“Unfortunately, that’s the only kind of friends we have.” Clary rubbed her shoulder against his arm and they headed up towards to the rocks. Simon and Isabelle were side by side, talking quietly. Alec was sitting a little apart, staring at the screen of his phone with an expression of intense concentration.

Jace threw himself down next to his parabatai, “I’ve heard if you stare at those things enough, they’ll ring.”

“He’s been texting Magnus,” said Isabelle glancing over with a disapproving look.

“I haven’t,” Alec said automatically.

“Yes you have,” said Jace craning to look over Alec’s shoulder, “and calling. I can see your outgoing calls.”

“It’s his birthday,” Alec flipped the phone shut. 

Be sure to visit this page every Tuesday leading up to the release of City of Heavenly Fire to unlock exclusive content and for the chance to win prizes.

City of Heavenly Fire will be released May 27.

*Punctuation by Cathrin

New (and scary) synopsis for ‘City of Heavenly Fire’

Shadowhunters all over the world are counting down the days until City of Heavenly Fire hits book stores on May 27 – less than 50 days! – and fans can now read a new (and scary) synopsis, which was published on Cassandra Clare’s official website.

Ready, Shadowhunters?

In the long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Dark Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris  — but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee — even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned . . .

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the world in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!

Who else is freaking out, especially because of the aforementioned betrayal? Who do you think will turn against our favorite Nephilim? Sound off in the comments!

You can still pre-order signed copies of City of Heavenly Fire at Books Of Wonder.

Cassandra Clare shares chapter titles of ‘City of Heavenly Fire’ and ‘Lady Midnight’

City of Heavenly Fire is getting closer and closer and today while answering fan questions on twitter, Cassandra Clare has shared the name of the first chapter:

We also know that another City of Heavenly Fire chapter is called “Simon’s Sacrifice” and that the book

has both a prologue and an epilogue. The epilogue is set some time after the main action.

Furthermore, Cassie also revealed the name of Lady Midnight‘s first chapter:

Kingdom By the Sea” is also a line in Edgar Allan Poe’s poem Annabel Lee which

is part of the basis for The Dark Artifices.

Cassie is currently writing the first book in the Dark Artifices series and fans already know one other important title:

The first section of Lady Midnight is called Part One: Steel and Temper.

City of Heavenly Fire will be released next month and Lady Midnight in spring 2015.

New ‘CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE’ art by Cassandra Jean

Cassandra Jean has illustrated ten postcards for City of Heavenly Fire and today Cassandra has shared the second artwork on her tumblr:

I was feeling bad about being unforthcoming with spoilers, so have some Clace feels from Cassandra Jean’s postcard set for City of Heavenly Fire! (Yes, these are all scenes that happen.)

I was feeling bad about being unforthcoming with spoilers, so have some Clace feels from Cassandra Jean’s postcard set for City of Heavenly Fire! (Yes, these are all scenes that happen.)

WOW! This looks very much like a Dirty Sexy Cave or Water Scene, doesn’t it?

I can’t wait to see the other eight postcards!

Cassandra Clare reveals the publishing order of her future Shadowhunter books and ‘Magisterium’

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A few days ago, Cassandra Clare briefly mentioned on twitter that her upcoming Shadowhunter series The Dark Artifices and The Last Hours are going to be published alternately and today Cassie shared further details on her tumblr.

A lot of my books are not scheduled yet as I’m still outlining them and determining when they will be done/how long they’ll take. But I can give you the order, if not the dates.

City of Heavenly Fire

Magisterium 1

The Dark Artifices 1

Magisterium 2

The Dark Artifices 2/The Last Hours 1 (quite close together)

Magisterium 3

The Last Hours 2

Magisterium 4

The Dark Artifices 3

Magisterium 5

The Last Hours 3

THE FUTURE YAWNS BEFORE US. Wicked Powers, perhaps?

How exciting, right?

City of Heavenly Fire will be released next month (May 27), Cassandra Clare and Holly Black’s The Iron Trial (Magisterium #1) on September 9 and The Dark Artifices will be published in spring 2015!

What series are you looking forward to most? Sound off in the comments.

Cassandra Clare and Holly Black to appear at BookCon

Today, Cassandra Clare and Holly Black, authors of the upcoming Magisterium series, were announced as guests at New York City’s BookCon.

It looks like Cassie and Holly may do a panel and sign books, but BookCon has said to stay tuned for more information.

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BookCon is on May 31 in the Javits Center located at 655 West 34th Street in Midtown Manhattan, NYC.

If you want to find out more, visit their site.

Cassandra Clare to launch #TMITuesdays

To properly celebrate the upcoming release of the final The Mortal Instruments book – City of Heavenly Fire – Cassandra Clare has taken to tumblr to announce #TMITuesdays:

It’s time to start the official countdown to City of Heavenly Fire coming 5.27! Grab the #COHF countdown widget now: get ready for #TMITuesdays! Starting next week there will be a new #COHF related info revealed every Tuesday until the book goes on sale.<br /><br />
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And get ready for #TMITuesdays! Starting next week there will be a new #COHF related info revealed every Tuesday until the book goes on sale.

Above: One of Cassandra Jean’s ten illustrations for City of Heavenly Fire. Each is a scene from the book.

Are you excited for #TMITuesdays? What do you think will be revealed? Sound off in the comments!

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