New Covers for ‘The Infernal Devices’ Are Unveiled

Yesterday fans of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments were treated to the repackaged covers of books two to six and today it is time to reveal the covers of Cassie’s second Shadowhunter Chronicles series – The Infernal Devices.

Tor.com unveiled the three gorgeous covers which you can see below:

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From Russell Gordon, Executive Director of Art, Production, and Design:

The repackaging of Cassandra Clare’s epic Shadowhunter novels has been a rewarding, year-long adventure. Right from the start, when Karen Wojtyla, Justin Chanda, Annie Nybo and I sat down with Cassie to discuss the new direction, I knew it was going to be something truly special. Cassie had a wonderful vision for the new-look: for the characters to be the main focus, to infuse them with a real intensity, and passion, but also keep them a little mysterious. We all wanted to give these new covers as much “heart” as possible. We commissioned the extraordinary Cliff Nielsen (who had worked on the original packaging) as the cover artist. Cliff’s work is not only beautiful in a lyrical way—but it’s edgy and bold and mesmerizing—the perfect match for Cassie’s books. I especially love the details in his work, the way he united a different rune with the featured character on each of the Mortal Instruments covers, and the way the Clockwork Angel is woven into the character on each Infernal Devices cover.

I’ve always thought the best covers were those that will not only draw a new reader in, but also give that reader something else to explore after they’ve finished reading the book; when they go back and pore over all the visual details of the cover they maybe hadn’t understood, or even noticed, before reading the story. There are so many details on every part of the packaging of these books, and I really think it will keep Cassandra Clare’s fans—the new ones and the already-established-ones—engaged long after they’ve closed the books.

From Cliff Neilsen, illustrator:

Creating the cover to a novel is an exciting task. I get to work with really smart people (like Russell Gordon and Karen Wojtyla) that admire beauty and strive for originality. I get a chance to selfishly explore my artistic interests. I get an opportunity to be the first person to investigate and describe visually the world that sprouts from the creative heart of the author.

Cassandra Clare’s stories are special because her heart is special. Her words beautifully interweave the wonder and excitement of youth with myth, cultural history and mysticism. She makes them the popular culture.

So much work went into creating these covers. The process includes combining traditional mixed media painting, digital painting, photography, 3D rendering, found objects, and calligraphy. I’m passionate about these things, but the STORY is the true King. A good illustrator will understand that, above all else. Nevertheless, with this project I found myself asking “What drives the King”? What is the purpose of the story?

Emotion.

Reimagining these covers has been an exercise in trying to capture that emotion through iconography. It has been an attempt to personally connect with these beloved characters and their fictional lives, and share it as a visual parable to the throngs of Cassandra’s fans, past present and future. I hope you experience them with as much wonder and joy as I had creating them.

UPDATE

Cassandra Clare said that

The new paperbacks will come complete with maps of London and a forward by me about writing the trilogy.

and she also shared the spine art:

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These new paperbacks will be published on September 1.

Which TID cover is your favourite? Mine is Tessa’s.

Cassandra Clare talks new ‘The Mortal Instruments’ covers

Yesterday the social media pages of Shadowhunters TV revealed the repackaged covers of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments and today Cassie has taken to tumblr to talk about the new covers. Since we’ve already shared the book covers, we’ve only included the spine art which looks incredible!

I love these [covers] — I have great fondness for the old covers, but it was time for a change, and these feel fresh and new to me, cleanly designed, and with each character seeming frozen in a moment of story.

City of Bones: Jace

City of Ashes: Clary

City of Glass: Simon

City of Fallen Angels: Isabelle

City of Lost Souls: Alec

City of Heavenly Fire: Sebastian/Jonathan

At the bottom you can see the spine art — it stretches across the spines of all the books; each has a piece, and when they are placed together, you can see the whole picture.

Any Shadowhunters going to BookCon NYC this year? If so, stop by the S&S booth #2620 @11:00 each day to get your limited-edition poster featuring the new spine art from the TMI repackages coming September 1st!

Cliff Nielsen and Russell Gordon did great jobs, kudos to them!

Stay tuned for the new The Infernal Devices covers which will be revealed later today!

‘Shadowhunters’ to start filming on May 25!

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Exciting news, Shadowhunters! After finding our female lead in Kat McNamara, executive producer McG has just tweeted when Shadowhunters will start principal photography:

That’s less than 3 weeks. I’m so thrilled that everything is working out and that the fandom is getting a second chance to see our beloved book series on the small screen.

Filming will take place in Toronto.

Shadowhunters is scheduled to air early next year on ABC Family.

Cassandra Clare shares a new ‘Lady Midnight’ snippet and talks about ARCs

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We’ve got a release date – March 8, 2016 in case you haven’t heard – and now we have a brandnew snippet for Cassandra Clare’s Lady Midnight, the first book in her new The Dark Artifices trilogy! In this new snippet Cristina thinks about Diego Rosales and their relationship when they were younger:

Not since she’d left home had Cristina so clearly and painfully remembered what they had been to each other when they were younger. How much she had loved Diego. Her heart had felt torn to pieces when he cried out for his brother, pleading with him. Jaime, Jaime, ayúdame. Help me. And then he had cried out for her, and that was worse. Cristina, no me dejes. Regresa.

Cristina, don’t leave me. Come back. I love you.

I’m here, she’d told him. Not gone. She remembered him asking if there was someone else …

Well, this is certainly something for the Cristina x Diego shippers and makes us really curious what happened between these two – especially when you also read this previous snippet.

Furthermore, Cassie answered a question about Lady Midnight ARCs (Advanced Reading Copies):

They’ll be available in October. There are going to be very few, and there will be no e-copies on things like Edelweiss and Netgalley. But there will be physical ones, and there will be giveaway contests, etc, that I’ll keep you up to date with.

As soon as we know more about ARCs we will let you know!

Catch up with all the snippets from The Dark Artifices here.

 

Cassandra Clare reacts to the Simon and Isabelle casting announcements

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Yesterday was an exciting day for the Shadowhunter Chronicles fans because the actors who will be playing Isabelle Lightwood and Simon Lewis in ABC Family’s Shadowhunters were announced. Emeraude Toubia is our Isabelle and Alberto Rosende is portraying our Simon.

Reactions to their castings were mixed, to put it mildly, so Cassandra Clare took to her social media pages to let fans know her thoughts.

Cassie also tweeted Emeraude and Alberto:

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I’ve seen their auditions. They were both terrific. Emeraude is beautiful and sweet and tough. Alberto is charming and nerdy and adorkable.

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I kind of can’t believe how gorgeous everyone in this cast is! And they’re also sweet and enthusiastic. We are a lucky bunch, Shadowhunters. :)

Finally Cassandra wrote another tumblr post where she addressed the racism that had floated around on tumblr and twitter:

maggzee said: People are making racist remarks about the Hispanic actors portraying Simon and Isabelle in the TV series. How do you feel about the casting?

I am really happy about the casting.

I said this on twitter and I will say it here. The producers and network did approach me about how I would feel about “colorblind” casting — casting the best actors and actresses they could find, regardless of race. There were some actors and actresses of color that they were especially excited about looking into and they wanted to know if that would be an issue.

I said it wasn’t an issue for me. That I supported the idea, they’d have my unconditional backing, I would love to see diversity in the cast. That while the characters who are characters of color in the book (Magnus, Maia, Raphael) must remain as characters of color, and be cast that way, I had no such feelings about characters who were white or white-assumed.

There are a lot of white people on our movie and television screens, and in our books. You can find white people everywhere. They are overrepresented, not underrepresented. So while it is very important that, for instance, Maia be cast with a black actress because the fact that she is black is a significant part of her character, affecting the way she sees the world and is reacted to by a racist society (she talks about the difficulty of finding black dolls as a child, about growing up biracial in a conservative town), the idea that Isabelle is white is not a significant part of her character. (Many have argued that she is not necessarily white. I don’t want to undermine that idea since I never specified. Never thought about it — which is a function of my own privilege and something I’m working on.)

The actress cast for Izzy is fierce and fabulous. If she can represent for Latina and Hispanic girls, all the better. The actor cast for Simon is adorable. If he can represent for Latino and Hispanic boys, terrific. Many have asked if this affects Simon being Jewish: it does not. He is still Jewish. There are plenty of brown-skinned Jews. Quite a bit of my own family, in fact.

I don’t know how this will affect the casting of Alec. I hope they will pick the best actor, and they have shown this does not necessarily mean a white actor. I also do not know whether S&I will be Latin* in the show, whether that will be written in as part of their characters. I simply don’t know.

If you have a problem with POC being cast in these roles, well, you’ll have to take it up elsewhere. I am for it. I told the network that my fandom would be supportive; that they were diverse and awesome. I want you to live up to my description of you. Most of you already are. I believe the rest of you will.

There you have it. Let us show Cassie, the network and most importantly Emeraude and Alberto how supportive we really can be! Both are excited to be a part of Shadowhunters – check out their videos so let us try and be excited with them :)

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Emeraude Toubia aka Isabelle sends kisses to the fans

After Dominic Sherwood (Jace) and Alberto Rosende (Simon) Emeraude Toubia (Isabelle) has also filmed a video for all the fans out there:

Emeraude’s hair looks just like I’ve always pictured Isabelle’s hair and she seems very sweet!

The TMI Source ladies are so excited and we think that …

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Alberto Rosende says hi to the fans 

Two and a half hours after announcing that Alberto Rosende will be playing our favourite mundie Simon Lewis, @ShadowhuntersTV has tweeted a lovely video message from our new Simon:

I love his enthusiasm and the glasses!

Fingers crossed that we’ll also get a video from Emeraude AKA Isabelle. :-)

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Dominic Sherwood thanks the fans for their support

DominicOur Jace has spoken! Dominic Sherwood, who will play our beloved Jace Wayland/Morgenstern/Lightwood/Herondale, in ABC Family’s Shadowhunters has filmed a short video to thank all the fans for their support.

A few hours before casting director Jonathan Clay Harris tweeted a quote from City of Ashes and it makes us wonder if they are casting Jocelyn Fray right now.

Tweet @ShadowhuntersTV and @TMI_Source to show your excitement for the TV series and let’s hope that there’ll be more casting news soon!

‘Lady Midnight’ scheduled to be released March 8, 2016!

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It looks like we finally have a release date for Lady Midnight, the first book in Cassandra Clare’s The Dark Artifices trilogy!

On Monday Cassie reblogged one of her old book posts on tumblr and sneakily edited it to add the scheduled release date:

There are three Dark Artifices books: Lady Midnight, Lord of Shadows, and Queen of Air and DarknessLady Midnight is scheduled for release March 8, 2016.  

The date coincides with the date from the Shadowhunters app:

According to one of Cassie’s tweets, the cover will be revealed in September and it will be done by Cliff Nielsen, who has already created the previous Shadowhunter Chronicles covers:

Check out all the released Lady Midnight snippets here and if you want even more, buy The Lost Herondale or The Whitechapel Fiend to read a preview scene!

Who’s excited?! :-)

Happy release day to ‘The Whitechapel Fiend’

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I know everyone is incredibly excited about the casting announcement that Dominic Sherwood is going to play our beloved Jace but today is also about Simon Lewis because it is the release day of The Whitechapel Fiend!

The third installment of Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy was co-written by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson.

Here is the description and a short snippet:

There are two guest teachers this week, and—just Simon’s luck—they’re both Herondales. When Jace teaches a class at the Academy, warlock Tessa visits to share the true story of the Jack the Ripper murders.

 

Happy reading, Shadowhunters!

The next ebook – Nothing but Shadows – will be released on May 19. You can read a snippet from it here.

You don’t actually need an iPad, Kindle or Nook to read The Whitechapel Fiend. If you have an Amazon account, you can download the free Kindle Reading Apps for smartphones, computers or tablets.

Amazon US/Amazon UK/Amazon Germany/Amazon Canada/Amazon France/Amazon Spain/Amazon Italy/Amazon Australia/Amazon Brasil/Amazon India/Amazon Japan/Amazon China

When all the ebooks are published, the book will be released in print format (just like the Bane Chronicles).

Cover reveal: Entertainment Weekly shares next two covers of ‘Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy’

The release of the third installment of Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, The Whitechapel Fiend, is less than a week away and Entertainment Weekly has revealed next week’s cover as well as the cover of Nothing but Shadows.

We also got the official descriptions for each story:

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There are two guest teachers this week, and—just Simon’s luck—they’re both Herondales. When Jace teaches a class at the Academy, warlock Tessa visits to share the true story of the Jack the Ripper murders.

Simon is not the first student to feel out of place at The Shadowhunter Academy—half-warlock and total bookworm James Herondale certainly didn’t quite fit in with the other students. Simon learns about James’ time at the Academy and discovers what it means to find a place you belong in this prelude to The Last Hours.

Cassandra Clare also announced that Luke Pasqualino will narrate the audio book for The Whitechapel Fiend:

“Hot brown-haired guys read to you”: Luke Pasqualino—from E4’s Skins, Showtime’s The Borgias and BBC’s The Musketeers—reads THE WHITECHAPEL FIEND from Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy!

His English accent matches up well with the story’s setting in London, where we see Jem, Will and Tessa a few years after Infernal Devices.

The Whitechapel Fiend will be released on April 21 and Nothing but Shadows will be available on May 19.

I cannot wait to read these installments and I am excited to see the next covers. I love that they included Simon’s Made in Brooklyn T-Shirt!

‘Perfect’ Diego Rosales is discussed in new ‘Lady Midnight’ snippet

If everything goes according to plan we now have less than a year until Lady Midnight, the first book in Cassandra Clare’s The Dark Artifices trilogy, is released! Today Cassie shared a snippet in which there is some serious girl talk:

“Perfect Diego is the boy Cristina’s mother wants her to marry,” Emma told Livvy. Now it was Cristina’s turn to look betrayed. “It’s not an arranged marriage, not exactly, it’s just that her mother loves him, he’s a Rosales —“

“He’s related to you?” Livvy asked Cristina. “Isn’t that a problem? I mean, I know Clary Fairchild and Jace Herondale are a famous love story, but they weren’t actually brother and sister. Otherwise I think it would probably be a …”

“Less famous love story,” said Emma, with a grin.

Cristina waved her hand dissmisively. “The Rosaleses are a huge Shadowhunting family. I don’t think he’s even a cousin. My mother just thinks it would help cement the Rosales empire. She thinks he’s perfect, so handsome, so smart, such a Shadowhunter, perfect perfect perfect —”

“And now you know how he got his nickname,” said Emma.

I can’t wait to find out more about the Rosaleses!

Lady Midnight will be released in March 2016.

Catch up with all the snippets from The Dark Artifices here.

James Herondale gets emotional in new ‘Nothing but Shadows’ snippet

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To celebrate the news about Shadowhunters, the TV series on ABC Family (read all about it here), Cassandra Clare has posted a snippet from Nothing but Shadows, the fourth installment of Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. In this snippet James Herondale and ‘Uncle Jem’ share a heartfelt moment:

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Nothing but Shadows, co-written by Cassie and Sarah Rees Brennan, will be released on May 19.

Happy release day to ‘The Lost Herondale’

The Lost Herondale, the second installment of Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, is out today! It was co-written by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman and it focuses on Simon’s training at Shadowhunter Academy and Tobias Herondale, one of Will and Jace’s ancestors.

Here’s the official description and a short snippet:

Simon learns about the worst thing a Shadowhunter can do: desert their comrades. In the early 19th century, Tobias Herondale abdandoned his fellow Shadowhunters in the heat of battle and left them to die. His life was forfeit, but Tobias never returned, and the Clave claimed his wife’s life in exchange for Tobias’s. Simon and his fellow students are shocked to learn of this brutality, especially when it is revealed the woman was pregnant. But what if the child survived…could there be a lost Herondale line out in the world today?

 

“Demons and warlocks can’t help what they are,” Balogh said darkly. “Shadowhunters are held to a higher standard. The deaths of those three men sit squarely on the shoulders of Tobias Herondale. And he would have been punished in kind, had he ever been foolish enough to show his face again. He never did, but debts need repaying. A trial was held in absentia. He was judged guilty, and punishment was carried out.”
“But I thought you said he never came back?” Julie said.

“Indeed. So the punishment was carried out on his wife, in his stead.”

“His pregnant wife?” Marisol said, looking like she was about to be sick.
“Sed lex, dura lex,” Balogh said. The Latin phrase had been hammered into them from the first day at the Academy, and Simon was coming to hate the sound of it—so often was it used as an excuse for acting like monsters.

Balogh steepled his fingers and contemplated the classroom, watching in satisfaction as his message came clear. This was how the Clave treated cowardice on the battlefield; this was justice under the Covenant. “The Law is hard,” Balogh translated for the hushed students. “But it is the Law.”

Due to the time difference between the States and Europe, I’ve already read The Lost Herondale and I urge you to buy the ebook. There is a surprise at the end which you do not want to miss!

Happy reading, Shadowhunters!

The next ebook – The Whitechapel Fiend – will be released on April 21.

You don’t actually need an iPad, Kindle or Nook to read The Lost Herondale. If you have an Amazon account, you can download the free Kindle Reading Apps for smartphones, computers or tablets.

Amazon US/Amazon UK/Amazon Germany/Amazon Canada/Amazon France/Amazon Spain/Amazon Italy/Amazon Australia/Amazon Brasil/Amazon India/Amazon Japan/Amazon China

When all the ebooks are published, the book will be released in print format (just like the Bane Chronicles).

Will and Tessa share a sweet moment in ‘The Whitechapel Fiend’ snippet

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We really are getting spoilt this week! There are new UK covers for The Mortal Instruments, exciting Shadowhunters TV news, a new Lady Midnight snippet and now Cassandra Clare has posted a short excerpt from The Whitechapel Fiend, the third short story from her co-written Tales from the Shadowunter Academy series.

Awww, right?

Here’s the official synopsis for The Whitechapel Fiend:

Simon learns the truth behind the Jack the Ripper murders―“Jack” was hunted by Will Herondale and his institute of Victorian Shadowhunters.

It was co-written by Cassie and Maureen Johnson and will be released on April 21.

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