Cassandra Clare talks ‘Lady Midnight’ and ‘Shadowhunters’ with Publishers Weekly

cassie clare headshotCassandra Clare is busy writing the second book of her The Dark Artifices trilogy – Lord of Shadows – and the next book in her Magisterium series with Holly Black, but she found the time to answer four questions that Publishers Weekly had for her.

You always have some cool contest or giveaway for your readers when you release a new book. What are you planning for Lady Midnight?

Well, I really wanted to be able to sign the entire first run of Lady Midnight but then they told me how many books that would be (at least 600,000) and I realized no human being could do that. I’m aware of what signing 150,000 copies [of The Fault in Our Stars] did to John Green. So I remembered that when Suzanne Collins hurt her wrist and couldn’t autograph any copies of Mockingjay, she had a special stamp made that she used during her tour but then retired, never to be used again. So I asked if we could create some kind of unique stamp and I would stamp as many books as I could, which still turned out to be less than they were going to actually print. So we drafted a bunch of people with connections to the book – the designer, the editor, the president of Simon and Schuster – and we had stamping parties to get it done. So if you get a stamped book, it was done by me or by somebody very close to the production of the book.

All this and a TV show, too! Freeform [formerly ABC Family] just launched Shadowhunters, its own series based on the books. Did you get to have any input?

I’m actually not involved at all. I mean, I did visit the set but I am as clueless as the next person as to what will happen next. Well, I do know a little, but I wasn’t involved in writing it and I didn’t have right of approval or get a consultant fee or anything like that. But, of course, all my readers always come to me with questions about it. That’s the thing about having a close relationship with your fans: they think to ask me first even though the TV series is really a completely separate thing that doesn’t have anything to do with me or the books. I think that will change. I think fans of Pretty Little Liars have finally separated the books from the show. [The show] is a riff on my work, not my work. A lot of people want to know, ‘Why aren’t you involved?’ and the real answer is, if I insisted on being involved, nobody would have bought the rights to make it. That’s just not the way these things work except in very special circumstances. And I’m okay with that.

You can read the whole interview here.

Lady Midnight will be published on March 8 and if you preorder now, you will get a stamped book with other cool extras.

Cassandra Clare to tour the UK for ‘Lady Midnight’

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The release date of Cassandra Clare’s Lady Midnight is coming closer and closer – only 42 more days – and the best way to celebrate the publication of a new book is going on tour to meet fans. Simon & Schuster UK agree with us and that is why Cassie will be touring the UK this April!

There will be parties Q&As as well as signings in three different countries: England, Scotland and Ireland, but why don’t you have a look at the schedule yourself?

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For more information and tickets, visit

Saturday 16th April

11.00 – Super fan event with Q&A, rune body-art, cosplay, goody bags and more at the Leicester Square Theatre, London, with Waterstones

Sunday 17th April 

13.00 – signing at WHSmiths Milton Keynes

Sunday 17th April 

17.00 – signing at Waterstones Birmingham High Street

 Monday 18th April

18.30 – Q&A and signing at Waterstones Leeds

Tuesday 19th April

15.00 – signing at Waterstones Edinburgh

Tuesday 19th April

18.30 – Q&A and signing at Waterstones Glasgow

Thursday 21st April

18.30 – Q&A and signing at the Liberty Hall Theatre, Dublin, supported by Easons*

*Booking information coming soon.

The London event sounds absolutely amazing:

Shadowhunters Super Fan event with Cassandra Clare

Join the internationally bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments series, Cassandra Clare, at this special theatre event for super fans to celebrate the launch of her new novel Lady Midnight, the first book in The Dark Artifices series.

Cassandra Clare will be interviewed on stage by literary journalist Anna James about her highly anticipated return to the world of the Los Angeles Shadowhunters in Lady Midnight. There will be a chance to meet Cassandra and get your books signed.

Also at this exclusive Shadowhunter fan event there will be free body-art rune painting, Lady Midnight mini makeovers, a Shadowhunters selfie scene and freebies. Fans are encouraged to dress up as characters from the books too!

This event will be the first stop on Cassandra’s UK tour and promises to be a very special occasion for fans of her books.

We have already booked our ticket for the London event and cannot wait to share our experiences with you guys!

You can also still preorder an exclusive Waterstones hardcover edition of Lady Midnight!

Lady Midnight will be released 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

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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’

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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!

Fandemonium Exclusive: Cassandra Clare Discusses ‘Shadowhunters’ Casting

SHADOWHUNTERS - 12/5/15 - Eleven lucky SHADOWHUNTERS fans and their guests were flown from around the country to meet author Cassandra Clare and the cast of the ABC Family series during a Pop-Up Santa surprise in New York City. ABC FAMILY is becoming FREEFORM in January 2016. (ABC FAMILY/ Lorenzo Bevilaqua) ISAIAH MUSTAFA, MATTHEW DADDARIO, ALBERTO ROSENDE, KATHERINE MCNAMARA, HARRY SHUM, JR., EMERAUDE TOUBIA, CASSANDRA CLARE, DOMINIC SHERWOOD

While Cassandra Clare hasn’t been entirely involved in the creation of Shadowhunters — as it’s a separate entity — she did have a say on some of the casting for the series.

We are one of the Shadowhunters fansites bringing you an exclusive look at this new interview with Cassie on the set of Shadowhunters where she discusses the casting for the series.

Shadowhunters premieres Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 9/8c on Freeform.

Shadowhunters Superfans Win the Experience of a Lifetime

SHADOWHUNTERS - 12/5/15 - Eleven lucky SHADOWHUNTERS fans and their guests were flown from around the country to meet author Cassandra Clare and the cast of the ABC Family series during a Pop-Up Santa surprise in New York City. ABC FAMILY is becoming FREEFORM in January 2016. (ABC FAMILY/ Lorenzo Bevilaqua) ISAIAH MUSTAFA, MATTHEW DADDARIO, ALBERTO ROSENDE, KATHERINE MCNAMARA, HARRY SHUM, JR., EMERAUDE TOUBIA, CASSANDRA CLARE, DOMINIC SHERWOOD

On Saturday night, ABC Family’s Pop Up Santa surprised 11 incredibly lucky Shadowhunters superfans with the experience of a lifetime when they won a contest to meet Cassandra Clare at an exclusive fan event in New York.

The fans, who submitted videos expressing their passion about Cassie’s The Mortal Instruments and Shadowhunters, were flown to New York City where they met Cassie and were gifted a ARC of Lady Midnight, the first book in Cassie’s upcoming The Dark Artifices series.

But that’s not all. The fans were also received a surprise visit from the cast of Shadowhunters, who brought with them an exclusive screening of “Behind the Shadows: The Making of Shadowhunters” and also received Shadowhunters superfan swag bags.

Here are some photos from the event in New York on Saturday night:

Shadowhunters premieres Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 9/8c on ABC Family/Freeform.

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

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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!

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

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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

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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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