Cover Reveal: ‘Lady Midnight’ coming March 8, 2016

Cassandra Clare first told fans about The Dark Artifices way back in 2011 – read our first article about it here – and she has always been very forthcoming with information regarding the Blackthorn family and Emma Carstairs. Fans finally met some of the characters in City of Heavenly Fire and we learned more about them in some installments of Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.

After what felt like years of waiting (at least for some of us), we are now one step closer to the release of Lady Midnight! Today Cassie and special guest Harry Shum Jr. (Magnus Bane in Shadowhunters) revealed the cover for Lady Midnight at New York Comic Con!

Have a look at the stunning cover:

The cover shows Emma Carstairs with her famous sword Cortana. It was done by Cliff Nielsen who also designed the covers for The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. Cassie already said that she loved the cover and so do we! The colours are gorgeous and the water theme is great since Emma is known to be afraid of the ocean.


SimonTeen’s Instagram shared a photo of the Lady Midnight hardcover edition:


Entertainment Weekly published a larger version of the cover:

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Here is a new synopsis from Cassie’s website:

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other — but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, one in a long line of Shadowhunters tasked with protecting the world from demons. With her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of an secret Los Angeles where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries start turning up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were murdered years ago, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge — and Julian’s chance to get back his half-faerie brother, Mark, who was kidnapped five years ago. All Emma, Mark and Julian have to do  is solve the murders within two weeks . . . before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. As she uncovers the past, she begins to peel away the secrets of the present: What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents — and can she bear to know the truth?

The magic and adventure of the Shadowhunter Chronicles have captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Fall in love with Emma and her friends in this pulse-pounding, heart-rending new volume sure to delight new readers and longtime fans.

Lady Midnight will be published on March 8, 2016 – that’s in 151 days!

You can catch up with all the snippets that Cassie has shared so far here.

Here is a list where fans around the world can preorder Lady Midnight:

Amazon US / Barnes and Noble / Book Depository / Amazon UK Amazon GermanyAmazon Canada / Amazon France / Amazon Spain / Amazon Italy / Amazon Brasil / Amazon India / Amazon Japan

Leave a comment or tweet us your thoughts (@TMI_Source) about the cover!

‘Lady Midnight’ Cover to Be Revealed on Friday at NYCC

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While we’re still months away from the release of the first book of The Dark ArtificesLady Midnight, coming March 8, 2016, but the excitement is just beginning.

While the cover reveal has been teased for awhile and later revealed to be happening sometime at New York Comic Con, we finally have exact details for its reveal.

Cassandra Clare has revealed exactly when the cover for Lady Midnight will make its debut at New York Comic Con. It’ll be revealed during her panel on Friday, Oct. 9, and it’ll be revealed by none other than Harry Shum Jr., who is playing Magnus in Shadowhunters!

Well, here we go! The cover of Lady Midnight will be revealed during my Friday, October 9th panel. It will be revealed by Harry Shum, Jr, Magnus Bane in the Shadowhunters TV show. Maybe he’ll do a dance? I don’t know myself, but I’m excited to have him there. He’ll reveal the cover, and it will of course later be posted online for everyone not at NYCC.
I love the cover of Lady Midnight and I’m excited for you all to see it!

Who are you hoping is on the cover of Lady Midnight? And how excited are you for The Dark Artifices?!

A warlock baby is found in new ‘Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy’ snippet

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Art by MagnusRayne on deviantart

We only have two installments of Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy left before the series is over and yesterday Cassandra Clare took to her tumblr to share another snippet from Born to Endless Night (aka the story with the Malec baby):

The fist was blue, the rich navy of the sea when it was deep and you were on a boat as evening fell. The blue of Captain America’s suit.

“It’s a baby,” Beatriz breathed. “It’s a warlock baby.”

Here’s a synopsis for the 9th installment:

Simon, like the rest of the Academy, is stunned when a navy-skinned warlock baby is found on the Academy steps. They hand the child over to guest lecturer Magnus Bane, who has to bring a child home… temporarily, of course… to his man!

Click here for the other snippets and have a look at this short one

Born to Endless Night was co-written by Cassie and Sarah Rees Brennan and will be released on October 20.

I can’t wait to meet the baby! :-)

James Herondale accidentally uses his power in new ‘The Last Hours’ snippet


Art by Cassandra Jean

We’ve already come across James Herondale’s unusual power and his strong friendship with Matthew Fairchild in The Bane Chronicles and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy respectively and now we can add The Last Hours to the list. Cassandra Clare took to her tumblr to share the following snippet:

James cried out. Lightning seemed to fork behind his vision, and suddenly he was back in Regent’s Park, kneeling on the grass. There was a firm grip on his shoulders. “Jamie, Jamie, Jamie,” said an urgent voice, and James — his breath tearing in and out of his chest — tried to focus on what was in front of him.


Everything was blurred in that moment but Matthew’s face, his green eyes wide and dark and steady. Behind him moved other figures; they seemed in that moment like the shapes James had been finding in the clouds — inchoate and untouchable.

“Jamie, breathe,” Matthew said, and his voice was the only steady thing in a world turning upside down. It had been years since this had happened. Years. The horror of it happening in front of a crowd of people —

“Did they see me?” he said in a cracked voice. “Did they see me turn?”

“You didn’t,” Matthew said, “or at least, only a very little bit — perhaps just a bit fuzzy round the edges —“

“It’s not funny,” James said through his teeth, but Matthew’s humor acted like a slap of cold water; he opened his eyes fully, saw Thomas and Christopher looking down at him. They had positioned themselves so as to block him from the crowd at the lake’s edge.

“Get up,” Thomas said. “It’s the best thing you can do, James, we’ll tell them you tripped or fell.” His hazel eyes were anxious but his tone was reassuring. “Honestly all the attention was on Ariadne — “

Matthew’s hands on James’ shoulders turned into a grip on his arms, and James was hauled upright by his three best friends. Christopher produced a handkerchief from somewhere and began to dust his lapels.

Chris,” said Matthew. He was the only person who ever used that nickname for Christopher besides Anna. “Stop. Who cares if he’s dusty? He was just invisible.”

“But he isn’t any more,” Christopher pointed out.

“We need to get you back to the Institute,” said Matthew to James in a low voice. “If you’re going to start suddenly going all — shadowy — for no reason, then the Silent Brothers —“

“Not the Silent Brothers,” said Thomas. “Just Zachariah.”

Ariadne. who used to be Daphne in a previous snippet, is engaged to Charles Fairchild.

The Last Hours does not have a release date yet, but you can catch up with all the released snippets here.

Happy release day to ‘The Fiery Trial’

The Fiery Trial

Another month has passed so it’s once again time for a new installment of Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and one of her author friends. Today The Fiery Trial by Cassie and Maureen Johnson is released online and we will finally read about a parabatai ceremony:

Simon and Clary act as witnesses to the parabatai ceremony of Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn…and discuss their own parabatai plans in this precursor to The Dark Artifices.

Due to the time difference between the States and Europe, I’ve already read The Fiery Trial and I recommend this ebook. Simon and Clary are the main characters in this 8th installment and who doesn’t love their friendship? :)

Happy reading, Shadowhunters!

The next ebook – Born to Endless Night – will be released on October 20.

You don’t actually need an iPad, Kindle or Nook to read Bitter of Tongue. 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).

If you aren’t a fan of ebooks, but love audiobooks then you can listen to Outlander‘s Sam Heughan narrate The Fiery Trial audiobook.

Emma and Julian dance together in new ‘Lady Midnight’ snippet

Art by Cassandra Jean

We haven’t had a Lady Midnight snippet in a while because Cassandra Clare is busy touring the globe for her and Holly Black’s middle grade series Magisterium, but today Cassie took to her tumblr to share a Julian and Emma snippet with her fans:

“It isn’t easy, having the Sight, if you’re a mundane,” Julian said in a low voice. “You see things nobody else sees. You can’t talk about it because no one will understand. You have to keep secrets, and secrets — they break you apart. Cut you open. Make you vulnerable.”

The low timbre of his voice shuddered down through Emma’s bones. There was something in it that frightened her. Something that reminded her of Mark’s eyes, distant and lonely.

“Jules,” she said, surprised. He was hardly a mundane with the Sight, and as far as she knew, he didn’t know anyone who was.

Muttering something like “never mind,” he spun her away, then pulled her back toward him. Years of practicing fighting together made them an almost perfect dancing team, she realized with surprise. They could predict each other’s movements, glide with each other’s bodies. She could tell which way Julian would step by the cadence of his breath and the faint tightening of his fingers around hers.

Julian’s dark curls were wildly tousled; when he drew her near him, she could smell the clove spice of his cologne, the faint scent of paint underneath.

The song ended. Emma looked up and over at the band; the clarinetist with the red hair was watching her and Julian. Unexpectedly, he winked. The band struck up again, this time a slower, softer number. Couples moved together as if magnetized, arms wrapping around necks, hands resting on hips, heads leaning together.

Ooh la la, do you think that ‘Jemma’ will slow dance together? I cannot wait to read about their parabatai relationship and Emma’s forbidden feelings for Jules :-)

Lady Midnight will be released on March 8, 2016!

Click here to catch up on all the snippets that have been shared so far.

Exclusive New Headers Featuring ‘Mortal Instruments’ and ‘Infernal Devices’ Repackaging


We are so in love with the new repackaged editions of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, and we could just stare at them all day. Which is exactly what we’re going to do.

We’ve got an exclusive first look at the images for the various posters that will be given away at bookstores and schools for the repackaged Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices books. Look at all the pretty!

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You can purchase the new, repackaged editions of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices in stores and online now!

Which new character shot is your favorite?

Cassandra Clare shares snippet from the ‘City of Bones’ Collector’s Edition

New CoB cover

Repackaged editions of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices will be published in less than a week (September 1) and to celebrate, Cassandra Clare shared something very special: a snippet from Jace’s POV in the City of Bones Collector’s Edition.

The special edition of City of Bones is the only repackage that’s hardcover.

It is only available through Barnes and Noble. Unless people decide to sell it on Ebay, it will never be available anywhere else.

All the repackages have maps of New York (TMI) or London (TID) and forwards by me talking a bit about why I wrote each series. Only the B&N edition is 1) in hardcover 2) a book that contains the opening scene from City of Bones from Jace’s viewpoint.

It’s called “Awake”, from this quote: It was like he was always half-awake where other people were concerned. And then we met you, and he woke up. — Isabelle to Clary, City of Glass

A snippet:

Jace glanced over at Alec and Isabelle. Killing a demon in front of a mundane, unless there was an immediate threat, was something of a no-no. Mundanes weren’t supposed to know about demons.  For one of the first times in his life, Jace found himself at a loss. They couldn’t leave the girl with the Eidolon; it would kill her. If they left the Eidolon alone, it would escape, and kill someone else. If they stayed and killed it, they’d be exposed.

“Knock her out,” Alec muttered, under his breath. “Just … whack her on the head with something.”

“Just go,” Jace said to the girl. “Get out of here, if you know what’s good for you.”

But she only planted her feet harder. He could see the look in her eyes, like exclamation points: No! No!

“I’m not going anywhere,” she said. “If I do, you’ll kill him.”

Jace had to admit that was true. “What do you care?” He pointed at the demon with his knife. “That’s not a person, little girl. It may look like a person and talk like a person and bleed like a person. But it’s a monster.”

“Jace!” Isabelle’s eyes flashed. They were depthless, black, angry. Isabelle never got angrier than when Jace risked getting himself in trouble or danger. And he was risking both, now. Breaking the Law — talking about Shadowhunter business with mundanes — and what was worse, he was liking it. Something about this girl, her stormcloud of red hair and her snapping green eyes, made him feel as if his veins were filled with gunpowder and she was a match.

As if, if she touched him, he’d burn up. But then, he loved explosions.

Aw, the Clace feels! :-)

The Collector’s Edition is only $16.24 right now and international shipping is almost $13.

Which editions will you be buying?

‘Lady Midnight’ Cover To Be Unveiled at New York Comic Con

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October is shaping up to be an exciting month for fans of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters books!

After it was announced that ABC Family’s Shadowhunters would be at New York Comic Con and hosting a Q&A panel, featuring the first footage from the series, on Saturday, October 10, Cassie dropped some more news that us super pumped.

The long-awaited reveal of the cover of Lady Midnight, the first book in the new The Dark Artifices trilogy, will be unveiled at New York Comic Con! It will later be released online following its debut at NYCC.

Here are the details for Cassie’s appearances on Friday, Oct. 9 and Saturday, Oct. 10 at NYCC:

Friday, October 9, from 12:30 pm- 1:30 pm in Room 1A10 : Cassandra Clare Q&A and a sneak peek of Lady Midnight

Cassandra Clare is the #1 bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments series, soon to be adapted into the Shadowhunters TV show on ABC Family, as well as the Infernal Devices trilogy and the Bane Chronicles. A global phenomenon, her books have more than 36 million copies in print worldwide. In conversation with Entertainment Weekly’s Amy Wilkinson, she’ll discuss her career and give a sneak peek at her new book, LADY MIDNIGHT, the first in the Dark Artifices trilogy, which comes out on March 8.

Saturday, October 10, from 11:00am-12:00pm on the Empire Stage



New Footage of “Shadowhunters” to be Revealed

The new ABC Family television series “Shadowhunters,” based on the New York Times bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, follows 18 year-old Clary Fray who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is, but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters – human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. When her mother Jocelyn is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace and her best friend Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold. “Shadowhunters” is set to premiere in early 2016.

The panel will include exclusive footage and a Q&A with cast members Katherine McNamara (“Clary”), Dominic Sherwood (“Jace”), Harry Shum Jr. (“Magnus”), Alberto Rosende (“Simon”), Emeraude Toubia (“Isabelle”), Matthew Daddario (“Alec”) and Isaiah Mustafa (“Luke”) as well as showrunner Ed Decter (“Helix”), Executive Producer McG (“Charlie’s Angels,” “Chuck”) and book author Cassandra Clare.

Also, the COVER OF LADY MIDNIGHT will be revealed at Comicon. Stay tuned for when and how and by who :)

Exciting stuff! Who’s excited for all of the Shadowhunter goodness headed our way in October?!

Lady Midnight will be released on March 8, 2016.

Happy release day to ‘Bitter of Tongue’

Today the seventh installment of Tales from the Shadowhunter AcademyBitter of Tongue – is available in ebook format! It was co-written by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan and here is the official synopsis:

When an Academy mission goes wrong, Simon is kidnapped by faeries (why is he always kidnapped?). He must escape the Fey, relying on his only ally, former Shadowhunter and Dark Artifices character Mark Blackthorn.

To celebrate its release, Cassie shared a snippet on her tumblr:

“Just tell me if Aline is helping with the younger ones,” said Mark, his voice growing sharper. “Helen cannot do it all by herself, and Julian will not be able to help her!” His voice softened again. “Julian,” he said. “Jules. My artist, my dreamer. Hold him up to the light and he would shine a dozen different colors. All he cares about is his art and his Emma. He will try to help Helen, of course, but he is still so young. They are so young and so easily lost. I know what I am saying, Shadowhunter. In the land under the hill we know to prey on the tender and new-hearted. And they never grow old, with us. They never have the chance.”

“Oh, Mark Blackthorn, what are they doing to you?” Simon whispered.

He could not keep the pity out of his voice, and he saw it sting Mark: the slow flush that rose to his thin cheeks, and the way he lifted his chin, holding his head high.

He said: “Nothing I cannot bear.”

Simon was silent. He did not remember everything, but he remembered how much he had been changed. People could bear so much, but Simon did not know how much of the original you was left when the world had twisted you into a whole different shape.

Due to the time difference between the States and Europe, I’ve already read Bitter of Tongue and I can strongly recommend this ebook. Like it’s predecessor Pale Kings and Princes, it focuses on the Blackthorns and you cannot help but feel even more heartbroken for the whole family once you’ve read this ebook.

Happy reading, Shadowhunters!

The next ebook – The Fiery Trial – will be released on September 15.

You don’t actually need an iPad, Kindle or Nook to read Bitter of Tongue. 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).

If you aren’t a fan of ebooks, but love audiobooks then you can listen to Reign‘s Torrance Coombs narrate the Bitter of Tongue audiobook.

Cover Reveal: Entertainment Weekly shares 7th and 8th cover of ‘Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy’


It’s less than a week until the seventh installment of Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy will be released in ebook format so Entertainment Weekly has shared the cover and official synopsis for Bitter of Tongue.

When an Academy mission goes wrong, Simon is kidnapped by faeries (why is he always kidnapped?). He must escape the Fey, relying on his only ally, former Shadowhunter and Dark Artifices character Mark Blackthorn.

EW also revealed the cover and synopsis for The Fiery Trial which is the eighth installment and which will be released on September 15.

Simon and Clary witness the parabatai ceremony of Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn…and discuss their own parabatai plans in this precursor to The Dark Artifices.

I cannot wait to read the next installments and I am already looking forward to the last two covers – we will finally see Simon’s face :-)

Pre-order the ‘City of Bones’ Collector’s Edition!

New CoB coverWe have less than a month until Cassandra Clare’s worldwide bestselling series The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices will be published with gorgeous new covers and some bonus content! Barnes & Noble is selling a Collector’s Edition of the book that started it all, City of Bones:

This edition of City of Bones features an exclusive poster and new scene, a brilliant new cover, a map of New York City, a new foreword, and a bonus story.

Cassie shared that this special edition will actually be a hardcover – the other books will be paperbacks – and that “[i]t contains the beginning of City of Bones, when Jace and Clary first meet, rewritten from Jace’s perspective.

Click here to pre-order the Collector’s Edition of City of Bones!

Edited to add:

Since some seem to have problems with the link, here it is again:

You can find pre-order links for the other books when you click on the picture below:

Credit: Cassandra Clare’s tumblr

Happy reading, Shadowhunters! :-)

Will is being a loving dad in new ‘The Last Hours’ snippet

Art by Cassandra Jean

It’s Cassandra Clare’s birthday and since she received a lot of birthday wishes, Cassie took to her tumblr to say ‘thank you’:

Thank you all for the lovely birthday tweets and messages; I’m overwhelmed! I’m spending the day with my family but you all will be in my thoughts and long-distance hugs.

A birthday snippet from The Last Hours: Will being such a dad. :)

“Matthew told me what happened at the park,” Will muttered in a voice no one but James could hear. James shot a betrayed look at Matthew, who shrugged and gave him a half-smile. Matthew could be relied on to tattle on James if he thought it was for his own good. “Thank the Angel for Matthew and Thomas and Christopher.” He touched James’ face. “I regret ever having said that your generation was wasting its time with parties and boating and dancing. All I wish for you is to be able to amuse yourself in a pointless fashion during peace and never, ever be in danger.”

Happy birthday, Cassie, and thank you for such a lovely snippet ♥

If you want to wish Cassie a happy birthday you can tweet her @cassieclare or send a fanmail if you follow her on tumblr.

Cassandra Clare shares mysterious lines from ‘The Dark Artifices’ and ‘The Last Hours’


The Last Hours

After already treating her fans to a new Lady Midnight snippet, Cassandra Clare took to her twitter to share two very short snippets from Lady Midnight and Chain of Thorns. Have a look:

I love how mysterious Jesse Blackthorn’s snippet sounds and I cannot wait to find out more about him!

Here is a very short synopsis for The Last Hours:

The Shadowhunters enter the Downton Abbey era in The Last Hours. Will Herondale is head of the London Institute, where he lives with his wife Tessa. But now it’s their children, James and Lucie, who take center stage, alongside their parabatai, Matthew Fairchild and Cordelia Carstairs. Begin their adventures in Chain of Thorns.


Cassie shared another The Last Hours snippet on twitter:

Lady Midnight will be published on March 8, 2016 and Chain of Thorns is expected to be released in 2017.

Shadowhunter Weekend Day 2: Cassandra Clare at YALC + a worldwide giveaway


It is the second day of our Shadowhunter Weekend recap and today we will tell you what happened at Cassandra Clare’s event at the Young Adult Literature Convention on July 18. This talk was once again moderated by Sarah Rees Brennan and like the Q & A the day before, it was over way too soon.

Due to YALC’s policy we were not allowed to film the talk, but we have still managed to sum up Cassie’s answers.

Cassie first talked about Lady Midnight and gave a short overview of the most important details: first book in her The Dark Artifices series, it is set in her hometown Los Angeles and it takes place five years after the events of City of Heavenly Fire.
She addressed the challenges of writing Lady Midnight because it is a huge book and it is the first real mystery she has written, clues have to be collected and the characters almost act like detectives. The structure of the book is very different and caused her to bang her head on a table. Weaving all the different Blackthorns and their personalities together was definitely a challenge and since the characters from The Mortal Instruments will also “check in”, Cassie needed to figure out what they are like as adults and what is going on in their lives (“There is at least one engagement”).
Emma was a lot of fun to write since she has known from the start that she is a Shadowhunter whereas Clary and Tessa did not know anything about the Shadow World. Emma is a badass,she trains constantly, she loves her weapons and “she is a little bit of a girl Jace”.
Her parabatai Julian is completely different, much calmer and focused on his family. “It was interesting to write a bit of a gender-flip about what people tend to expect from men and expect from women.”

Cassie then talked about The Last Hours, the sequel to The Infernal Devices, and its main characters which live in London. “It takes place around 1903 which is an awesome time period in history and I’ve been having a lot of fun researching it.”
Most of the parents in these books are a little questionable – dead, evil or missing. Except for Will and Tessa who are great parents.

Since Cassie came straight from the set of the Shadowhunters TV show, she told the audience about watching the filming, meeting the actors and talking about their characters. She also had dinner with the cast and had “a really lovely time”.
For Cassie it is “interesting to have a show after having a movie, because they’re such different formats. Also because we already had a cast that played these parts and that I really loved … It was interesting to get used to a whole new cast … They are approaching the characters in different ways” since the characters in the show are written differently.
While on set she was shown a sizzle reel, “highlights from the stuff they’ve already filmed”, and she also saw some funny dailies. One was Dominic Sherwood in Pandemonium and he kept holding his sword wrong so they had to do it again, which also ended up wrong so Dom swore a lot.

Cassie revealed that she developed a crush on Valentine while she was on set.

She also watched Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus film a scene and she described him as graceful. Since a lot of fans want Magnus to dance on Shadowhunters, they talked about it and Harry said “maybe”.

After the TV show talk, Cassie talked about the different layers of the world she made up. At first there were vampires and warlocks, but then Silent Brothers and Iron Sisters were also added and the already established world got even bigger.
Cassie always wanted to add more to it and to created more magic so the Praetor Lupus, the Council were introduced. The reopening of the Shadowhunter Academy also changed a lot of things and “by the time that we get to The Dark Artifices, they have also reopened this school called the Scholomance which is up in the mountains and trains really elite Shadowhunters called Centurions.”
Adding new layers to the world was a lot of fun since you do not want to stay with the old stuff.
Sarah Rees Brennan also teased that we will see one of the specially trained Centurions in The Dark Artifices.

After twenty minutes fans were then able to ask some really great questions.

One fan wanted to know which Shadowhunter bloodline Cassie would want to belong to. First she wanted to pick the Fairchilds because of the red hair and freckles, but then she decided on the Blackthorns since they are such a big and close family and as an only child, having so many siblings is appealing to her.

Another fan asked for Cassie’s favourite type of Downworlder and her favourite quality about them: warlocks because she would like to live forever. She would not want to be a vampire because they have to drink blood which is disgusting and they also cannot go out during the day. “Warlocks seem to have it pretty great.”
Sarah prefers vampires and she would just drink Jace or Clary’s blood – “I’d drink Jace like a smoothie” – so that she could walk in the sunlight.

Jace gets to know Tessa and gets told stories of what has happened in the Herondale manor.

Jem is always interested in what Emma is doing and checks up on her because she is a Carstairs.

Cassandra and Sarah also talked about collaborating on The Bane Chronicles and Tales from the Shadowunter Academy. They live far away from each other so they write “over the computer”. Cassie, Sarah, Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman all sat down together to plan out Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. They picked the stories based on favourite characters and themes. When it is time for the individual stories, the collaborator sends an outline, a rough draft gets written and someone else will edit everything “until we get a combined version of a story.”
Cassie’s collaboration with Holly is very different compared to this since they write Magisterium together in the same room, but do not have a planned outline. They take turns writing and editing the other’s paragraphs.

Cassandra’s author friends sometimes help her with certain scenes by playing them out.

(Sarah Rees Brennan was Magnus and Cassie’s husband Joshua was Henry)

Jem would be sympathetic, but wouldn’t get her off the island; Will would just sunbathe; Jace would be practical and build a raft, but he would annoy Cassie so that’s another reason why she picked Magnus.

Another fan wanted to know about forbidden love in Cassie’s new books and she teased that there is definitely forbidden love in The Dark Artifices and some in The Last Hours.
She likes to write about all types of love; Magnus and Alec because they are so different or Simon and Isabelle since Simon first likes her and then it is turned around. The power balance that goes back and forth is interesting. Gideon and Sophie’s love was not forbidden but it was about crossing class barriers for love.

The idea of what you could do if you were not afraid sounds great. The fearless rune does not only make you not afraid in battle, but also not afraid in life in general. Anyone gets held back by fear and therefore does not do something they would want to do and the rune would enable them to follow through.

In her penultimate answer Cassie talked about the differences and difficulties of novels and short stories. “With a short story you have to convey a lot in a much smaller space”. In a novel you obviously have more space, but you also have to pay attention to the pace and remember all the story lines.

The last question dealt with different point of views and whether switching between the characters and chapters is hard. Cassie enjoys multiple point of views, jumping from one head into the next, but they can be hard because you have to keep track of everything that is happening and match up all the times (Hell – Idris – New York).

Cassandra’s second London event ended with another signing where over 300 fans got their books signed.

Saturday was another fabulous day with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan and I am already looking forward to meeting them again. I also cannot thank them and my friends from British Nephilim and Dutch Nephilim enough for an absolutely incredible time in London. Having fellow Shadowhunters as friends is the best. ♥

And now for the giveaway:

One fan has the chance to win the Lady Midnight chapter sampler and postcards of the new UK TMI covers and another fan can win the postcards.

Fill out the Rafflecopter form (tweet and follow) and leave a comment and your name on either this post or day one of the Shadowhunter Weekend recap – we will check.

Good luck!

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