Cover reveal: ‘Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy’ + release date


The last Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy ebook was released on November 17 and since then a lot of fans have been waiting on news regarding a physical copy of all ten installments. Good news, Simon fans, we now have an official release date and a cover!

From Simon & Schuster:

Simon Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

The New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling collection of short stories chronicling the adventures of Simon Lewis as he trains to become a Shadowhunter is now available in print for the first time with ten brand-new comic illustrations!

Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. The events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. Whomever this new Simon might be.

But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. At least Simon’s trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D…

A few days earlier Cassandra Clare announced the release date and shared an illustration on her tumblr:

Simon & Izzy Shadowhunter AcademyAn interior illustration by Cassandra Jean for the print book of TALES FROM THE SHADOWHUNTER ACADEMY, due out 11/15! We finally have a release date! Yay! Starring Simon as he journeys from mundane to Shadowhunter and tries to win back Isabelle’s heart…

Oh the Sizzy feels ♥

What you need to know in a nutshell:

  • Release date: November 15
  • Page count: 528 pages
  • ISBN to preorder your copy: 9781481443258

I cannot wait to have this book in my hands and to see Cassandra Jean’s illustrations. Fingers crossed that we’ll maybe get an addition 11th short story :)



Julian watches Mark in new ‘The Dark Artifices’ snippet

Yesterday Cassandra Clare took to her tumblr to share another The Dark Artifices snippet. The following paragraph could be from Lady Midnight or Lord of Shadows, which is set to be released in April 2017:

Far below them the world spun by, a patchwork of summer-gold fields, green hills, and luminous, winding rivers of blue and green. It was beautiful, but Julian could not take his eyes off his brother. So this is the Wild Hunt, he thought. This freedom, this expanse, this ferocity of joy. For the first time, he understood how and why Mark’s choice to stay with his family might not be an easy one. For the first time he thought in wonder of how much his brother must love him after all, to consider giving up the sky for his sake.

A little while ago Cassie also tweeted a link to a short snippet on her TDA Pinterest board:

I’m so excited to learn more about Mark, Julian and all the other characters :-)

Lady Midnight will be published in 29 days (March 8)!

Morena Baccarin from ‘Gotham’ to narrate ‘Lady Midnight’

Audio book news! Gotham actress Morena Baccarin will narrate of the Lady Midnight audio book.

Here’s what Happy Ever After also revealed:

Word has it that the narrating has already begun, and we can’t wait to hear the finished product.

Here’s a bit more about Morena (courtesy of Simon & Schuster Audio):

Morena Baccarin is known for portraying Inara Serra in the series Firefly and the follow-up film Serenity, Adria in the series Stargate SG-1 and the follow-up film Stargate: The Ark of Truth, Anna in the 2009 version of the series V, and Jessica Brody in the Showtime series Homeland (for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2013). She plays the role of Dr. Leslie Thompkins in the Fox television series Gotham.

About Lady Midnight:

The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip.

The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

Welcome to the Shadowhunter Chronicles family, Morena! Other audio book narrators include Ed Westwick, Daniel Sharman, Molly C. Quinn and Sophie Turner.

Lady Midnight will be published on March 8.

Win one of three ‘Lady Midnight’ Advanced Reader Copies


From Cassandra Clare’s Instagram

At the beginning of the week Cassandra Clare unpacked the gorgeous Lady Midnight box which contained an ARC of the book, a map and other cool stuff. She announced that she would be giving away three of these ARC boxes and today she shared what fans have to do to win one ARC:

I have three ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) of Lady Midnight to give away, in their beautiful boxes with their amazing artwork, maps, and cool additions! You can see the video of the ARC here.

Here’s how you enter the contest:

Take a picture of yourself holding a copy of any Shadowhunter book you already own.
(Foreign editions are totally fine. Ereaders are OK as long as there’s a visible image of the front cover on the screen.)

Try to make your the picture creative. For example, you could take the picture in an interesting location, include elements of what you love about the books, or wear a costume. (You don’t have to go anywhere elaborate to do this: one girl won a contest like this for taking a picture in a bathtub full of spaghetti!)

Post it to social media: tumblr, twitter, instagram. Whatever your favorite platform is.

Then email the link to that post to before February 7th. DO NOT EMAIL THE PICTURE. EMAIL THE LINK TO THE POST.

Winners will be contacted shortly after the contest ends.

This contest is open to readers all over the world, ages 13 and up. One entry per person.

How amazing and generous is this contest? Fans from all over the world can enter and I hope that Cassie will share the most creative pictures after the winners have been picked.

Cassie also tweeted about the contest and established two more rules:

Good luck, Shadowhunters and please make sure to follow Cassie’s rules :-)

For all the US fans out there, Goodreads is giving away 20 Lady Midnight ARC – you can enter here. We don’t know whether they are giving away an ARC or the box with an ARC, but it’s still a great opportunity for all the fans in the USA.

Lady Midnight will be released on March 8!

Cassandra Clare unpacks the ‘Lady Midnight’ ARC


From Cassanda Clare’s Instagram

Remember when we posted about the Canadian Lady Midnight contest and said we’d keep you updated about future chances to win a Lady Midnight ARC?

Well, the time has come. Cassandra Clare took to her tumblr to reveal something very special, but have a look for yourself:

Check out the cool box for the Advance Reader Copy of Lady Midnight, the next book in the Shadowhunter Chronicles. And find out a little about how to win one! The full contest will be posted Friday.

Doesn’t the ARC box and its content look absolutely amazing? In case you missed one of the most important information of the video – the contest will be international!

More information on Friday right here on TMI Source! :)


Livvy, Ty and Mark talk about syphilis in new ‘Lady Midnight’ snippet

The Dark Artifices

Interesting title, huh? Cassandra Clare shared a new Lady Midnight snippet and it features Livia, Mark and Tiberius Blackthorn as well as a mundie girl:

Livvy made an exasperated noise, stomped forward, and seized Mark by the back of the shirt. “You don’t want him,” she said to the pink-haired girl. “He has syphilis.”

The girl goggled. “Syphilis?”

“Five percent of people in America have it,” said Ty, helpfully.

“I do not have syphilis,” Mark said in a fury. “There are no sexually transmitted diseases in Faerieland!”

The mundane girls fell instantly silent.

By the Angel, I’d really like to know why they are talking about STDs.

Lady Midnight will be published on March 8 and you can still preorder your special edition from Waterstones who have worldwide shipping!

Preorder an exclusive Waterstones hardcover of ‘Lady Midnight’

Lady Midnight header

Last year Cassandra Clare shared news about special content in the first editions of Lady Midnight, the first book in her new The Dark Artifices trilogy, and today Simon & Schuster UK has a very special treat for fans.

Cassie’s English publisher is producing a special edition of Lady Midnight, which will be exclusive for Waterstones. Want to know what’s so special about this edition?

  1. It will look like this:

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2. It will be signed by Cassandra Clare herself.

3. There will only be 1,000 copies available.

4. It will be a UK hardcover.

5. It will have a The Mortal Instruments short story (the same one that is in the first editions), a written piece from Cassie about Emma’s LA, and a map!

If you just fell in love and need this book to become part of your Cassandra Clare collection, you can now preorder it on This special edition costs £16.99/~$24.90 and Waterstones offers wordwide shipping so it is available to fans everywhere. You will have to hurry, though, because Waterstones will remove this edition from their website once they have gotten 1,000 preorders so

preorder your exclusive copy now!


Lady Midnight will be published on March 8, which is in 57 days! :-)



Cordelia, Lucie and Matthew drive in a carriage in new ‘The Last Hours’ snippet

TLH spring newIt’s been a while since Cassandra Clare has shared a snippet from her second new trilogy, The Last Hours, but today she took to her tumblr to publish a snippet that features the parabatai pair Lucie and Cordelia as well as Matthew:

Cordelia clutched Lucie’s hand as they jolted through the streets in the Carstairs’ carriage, surrounded by the blurred traffic of omnibuses, motorcars, and pedestrians. Advertisements whirled past. THE HORSESHOE HOTEL. THREE GUINEA STOUT. NEW PALACE STEAMERS. Signs advertising tailors and fishmongers, hair tonic and cheap printing.

Matthew, sitting across from them on the upholstered carriage seat, was muttering and swearing to himself, his hair sticking out madly.

“Hidebound,” he muttered. “Weasels.”

“What?” said Lucie.

“I think he said hidebound weasels,” said Cordelia. “But who do you mean, Matthew? Are you angry at us?”

Matthew flung himself sideways so his long legs were pulled up on the bench seat in front of him, and his profile was presented to Lucie and Cordelia. It was a fine profile: he was much more delicate-featured than his brother, who had a broad, strong face. Matthew had a face that looked as if it had been meant to be painted on china.

“Of course not,” he said. “It’s just appalling how they all treat James.” He glanced at Cordelia, and then at Lucie. “She knows, doesn’t she?”

The Last Hours does not have a release date yet, but it is likely that it will be published after the second book of Cassie’s The Dark Artifices trilogy.

You can check out all the previously released snippets here or have a look at Cassie’s TLH Pinterest page.

Win a ‘Lady Midnight’ Advanced Reader Copy (Canada only)

Lady Midnight headerSharpen your seraph blades and put on some runes because Simon & Schuster Canada is giving away one ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of Cassandra Clare’s Lady Midnight, but there is a little twist! Canadian fans have to follow Simon & Schuster Canada on social media and find a secret word to be eligible to enter. The second prize is the first three books of The Mortal Instruments signed by the Shadowhunters cast.

Click here for more information and make sure to read the rules and regulations.


Good luck to all the Canadian Shadowhunters out there!

To all the other fans who are dying to win an ARC, don’t worry, Cassie has teased that there will be more competitions and we will definitely keep you updated! :)

An invitation, a mysterious key, a letter and the Lady Midnight Advance Reader Copy for those who win… Details soon!

A photo posted by Cassie Clare (@cassieclare1) on

Lady Midnight will be released on March 8!

Emma watches Mark in new ‘The Dark Artifices’ snippet

The Dark ArtificesLooks like Cassandra Clare fans are getting spoilt today. Cassie just shared a The Dark Artifices snippet on her tumblr and we just cannot wait for this series! :-)

Julian had stepped away from them and was on the phone again, speaking in a low voice. Mark splashed up out of the water and jammed his wet feet into his boots. Neither he nor Cristina was glamoured, and Emma noticed the stares of mundane passers-by as he came toward her — because he was tall, and beautiful, and because he had eyes that shone brighter than the lights of the ferris wheel. And because one of his eyes was blue, and the other one was gold.

And because there was something about him, something indefinably strange, a trace of the wildness of Faerie that never failed to make Emma think of untrammeled, wide-open spaces, of freedom and lawlessness. I am a lost boy, his eyes seemed to say. Find me.

Cassie later confirmed that Mark, Emma and Co. are at the Santa Monica Pier:

Lady Midnight, book one of The Dark Artifices, will be published on March 8, 2016.

Who do you ship with Emma, Julian or Mark? Sound off in the comments!

Cassandra Clare updates fans on ‘The Last Hours’ and shares a new snippet

TLH spring new

While the publication of Cassandra Clare’s Lady Midnight is getting closer and closer, 110 days left, Cassie’s other new trilogy The Last Hours does not have a release date yet, but she addressed this issue in a recent tumblr post:

The first book of TLH isn’t scheduled. It is most likely, unless something weird happens, to come out after the second book of TDA. It is likely to go like this:

2016 TDA 1
2017 TDA 2
? TLH 1
? TDA 3

Etc. But none of this is set in stone, and I feel very squirrelly about even suggesting dates and order, because they are not final. In the past, when I’ve said a date was tentative and it was then moved, as tentative dates are, people have asked in droves why the book was pushed back.

I totally get that: when you’re looking forward to something, it’s nice to have a specific date you can know when you’ll get it. And I’m grateful people are looking forward to these! Part of the reason, though, that I asked — so this is on me — my publisher not to set release dates yet was to give myself a little creative freedom. To figure out the right order of publication for the story I want to tell, and not to be constantly panicked about deadlines. (Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean I am not writing. I am a workaholic. I write 20/24.) To be able to preserve my health a bit and provide a cushion in case unexpected stuff happens (like traveling to New York to meet a contest winner!)

I don’t know what’s up with Goodreads, but like IMDB, before a book comes out, I am not sure I would entirely trust the information provided. For instance the official site of my publisher, , says TLH 1 is coming in 2017. And it might. But I can tell you it sure isn’t coming in 2016!

I know it sucks to wait. It sucks for me, too. Every time I write a scene I like with Mark, or a funny line for Anna, I want you guys to see it. But ultimately I want you to see the polished form, the best I can make it. And that does take some time.

Looks like we have to be patient and see what Cassie’s publisher will decide!

To make us even more excited for The Last Hours, Cassie shared a short snippet about Lucie Herondale:

He really did have a most arresting face, Lucie thought. She firmly believed it was all right to stare at people when you were a writer. Writers needed to gather material. That was all there was to it.

Who do you think Lucie is watching and what series are you looking forward to more? Sound off in the comments below!

Happy release day to ‘Angels Twice Descending’

Angels Twice Descending

Nine months ago we embarked on a journey to Idris to join Simon at Shadowhunter Academy. Over these past nine months we read about Simon’s adventures with his old and also new friends. We saw him grow, learn about Shadowhunters from the past and fight against prejudice. Today we will hopefully see him become what he has always wanted to be: a Shadowhunter, together with his best friend Clary.

It is bittersweet to write this: Happy release day to Angels Twice Descending by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman, the last installment of the Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy series!

I devoured Angels Twice Descending at midnight and if you love Simon (and Sizzy), you need to read this ebook ASAP! A word of caution, though, have some tissues ready.

Happy reading, Shadowhunters and leave us your thoughts in the comments below!

To celebrate the release, Cassie shared the completed Simon cover on her tumblr:

In honor of the last story of Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy coming out tomorrow: Angels Twice Descending by me and Robin Wasserman, here is the full wraparound art of Simon on the cover of the book.Simon’s looking pretty cute, and if you look closely at the archway around him, the crests of various families — the Carstairs, the Lightwoods, the Blackthorns — are etched into the stone. (This version I have is slightly cut off: I don’t think you can see all the family crests, and there’s also a Jewish star and the word Cassie in the final version!)This model is the same model who was Simon on the new cover of City of Glass. Thanks to all my cowriters, Maureen and Sarah and Robin, for making this just as fun an experience as The Bane Chronicles. And lots of love for the readers who have followed along with.

In honor of the last story of Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy coming out tomorrow: Angels Twice Descending by me and Robin Wasserman, here is the full wraparound art of Simon on the cover of the book.

Simon’s looking pretty cute, and if you look closely at the archway around him, the crests of various families — the Carstairs, the Lightwoods, the Blackthorns — are etched into the stone. (This version I have is slightly cut off: I don’t think you can see all the family crests, and there’s also a Jewish star and the word Cassie in the final version!)

This model is the same model who was Simon on the new cover of City of Glass. 

Thanks to all my cowriters, Maureen and Sarah and Robin, for making this just as fun an experience as The Bane Chronicles. And lots of love for the readers who have followed along with.

Thank you, Cassie, Sarah, Maureen and Robin for your wonderful stories! ♥ I cannot wait to own Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy in print format!

You don’t actually need an iPad, Kindle or Nook to read Angels Twice Descending. 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 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Brett Dalton narrate Angels Twice Descending.


Simon has to say goodbye in new ‘Angels Twice Descending’ snippet

Angels Twice Descending

Yesterday Cassandra Clare treated her fans to a snippet from her and Robin Wasserman’s final Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy short story, Angels Twice Descending. This ebook focuses on the last step of Simon’s education at Shadowhunter Academy: his Ascension. Unfortunately, there are some downsides to being a mundane-turned-Shadowhunter and this is addressed in the new snippet:

Simon stood on the sidewalk, staring up at his mother’s brownstone, his stomach churning. Traveling by way of Portal always made him feel a bit like puking up his lower intestine, but this time, he didn’t think he could blame the inter-dimensional magic. Not entirely, at least.
“You sure this is a good idea?” he said. “It’s late.”
“It’s eleven pm, Simon,” Clary said. “You know she’s still awake. And even if she’s not, you know—”
“I know.” His mother would want to see him. So would his sister who, according to Clary, was home for the weekend because someone, presumably a well-meaning, red-headed someone with his sister’s cell number, had told her Simon was stopping in for a visit.
He sagged against Clary for a moment and, small as she was, she bore his weight. “I don’t know how to do it,” he said. “I don’t know how to say goodbye to them.”
Simon’s mother thought he was away at military school. He’d felt guilty lying to her, but he’d known there wasn’t any other choice; he knew, all too well, what happened when he risked telling his mother too much truth. But this, this was something else: He was forbidden by Shadowhunter Law to tell her about his Ascension, about his new life. The Law also forbade him from contacting her after he became a Shadowhunter, and though there was nothing saying he couldn’t be here in Brooklyn to say goodbye to her forever, the Law forbade him from explaining why.
Sed Lex, dura Lex.
The Law is hard, but it is the Law.
Lex sucks, Simon thought.
“You want me to go in with you?” Clary asked.
He did, more than anything—but something told him this was one of those things he needed to do on his own …

Aw, Simon 💔 I think we all agree that the Clave’s laws really do suck, right?

Angels Twice Descending is going to be published online in two weeks and you’ll be able to purchase the complete Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy book next year!

Are you excited for the final short story? Leave a comment with the Shadowhunter name that you think Simon will pick!

Cassandra Clare talks special content in ‘Lady Midnight’ first editions

Lady Midnight hardcover

Source: simonteen’s Instagram

We are all eagerly anticipating the release of Cassandra Clare’s new book – Lady Midnight – and today Cassie took to her tumblr to answer a few questions about special content in first editions. You may remember that the first editions of Clockwork Princess and City of Heavenly Fire also had special content – the family tree and two different comics.

Here is what Cassie said:

Every first page will be hand-stamped with a rune. (I wish I could sign them all, but it is beyond my ability to sign that many books.)

Even more specially, each first edition will contain a full short story, about the size of a Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy story. […]

There is mention in Lady Midnight, when one of the TMI characters drops by, that the characters have come from a party. I decided to write the short story of that party, so we could check in more thoroughly, emotionally with the TMI characters,to see what’s going on with them and how it ties into the events of TDA. It’s a chance to check in on couples, life, politics, and just see how things are going for everyone: we’ll obviously see Jace, Clary, Magnus, Alec, Bat and Maia, Simon and Isabelle, baby Max, Jocelyn and Luke and Lily and some of the characters from Tales from Shadowhunter Academy — and, it’s not just any party; the night contains a marriage proposal for one of our couples. The story will exist only in the first edition of Lady Midnight; All hardback first editions in English of Lady Midnight will have, printed at the end, this short story.

Cassie also clarified what counts as a first edition and how you can get one:

Publishers print books in batches called print runs. Every book printed in the first batch of books printed is a first edition. “A first edition book is a copy that was printed in the first print run, when the book was originally published. If the books sell out, the publisher will authorize the printing of a new batch, called the second edition. When that stock is depleted, the next print run is called the third edition, and so on.“


The best way to make sure you get a first edition is to pre order. You can do this online.

If you do not want to order online, you can go into any bookstore now and tell them that you wish to pre-order a first edition. They will call you when it comes in. Bookstores can do that. They put in their own order with the publisher, and the publisher makes sure they get those first editions. You can even do this at Walmart. You can do this in any country, in any bookstore where English language books are sold.

The special content sounds amazing! We hope that Jace proposes to Clary :)

Here is a list where fans around the world can preorder Lady Midnight, which will be published on March 8, 2016:

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


Read a sneak peek chapter sampler from ‘Lady Midnight’

Lady Midnight headerCassandra Clare’s first book in her new The Dark Artifices trilogy, Lady Midnight, will not be released for another 137 days, but Simon & Schuster Australia kindly made one chapter available for all the Shadowhunters that haven’t managed to read the chapter sampler that was given to fans at several events over the last couple of months.

Read Highborn Kinsmen here.

By the Angel, what an ending! We need Lady Midnight like now!

Here is one official 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.

Can’t get enough of The Dark Artifices? Check out all the snippets that Cassie shared so far here.

Share your thoughts in the comments below. Lady Midnight will be released on March 8, 2016.

A big thank you to Supanova Expo, Simon & Schuster Australia and to Mel from TMI Australia for the tip! :-)

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