Review: The Midnight Heir

Another installment of The Bane Chronicles, another Herondale boy, another review.

Today is the release date of The Midnight Heir, book #4 of The Bane Chronicles. The Midnight Heir was written by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan and I’m not sure whether I want to hug or strangle these two ladies.

But let’s have a look at the synopsis first:

In Edwardian London, Magnus Bane discovers old friends and new enemies—including the son of his former comrade Will Herondale. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

Magnus thought he would never return to London, but he is lured by a handsome offer from Tatiana Blackthorn, whose plans—involving her beautiful young ward—are far more sinister than Magnus even suspects. In London at the turn of the century, Magnus finds old friends, and meets a very surprising young man . . . the sixteen-year-old James Herondale.

I’m sure you all know this feeling when you have been looking forward to a book for so long and now that it’s over, you need to know more! If you have read Clockwork Princess and have seen the family tree, you will be confused – just like Cassie had predicted – and you will want to read her mysterious TLH series right this instant!

Once again Cassie and Sarah take us on another amazing journey. We are back in London but things have certainly changed. Magnus is back for a visit and he meets James Herondale. Magnus compares him to his father Will and since we know how handsome Will is (I know I know, I am biased), I don’t consider the following quotation a real spoiler:

This boy’s face was a face to recall the past. This was a face from the past, one of the most beautiful faces Magnus could ever recall seeing.

Another handsome male Herondale? Check! (Get in line James, there already are your father, your grandfather and your descendants Stephen and Jace!).

It’ll be hard to not spoiler you so let’s just say that we meet quite a lot of characters from The Infernal Devices which was incredibly lovely to read! I’ve missed them and I’m glad we will get to read more about them in TLH.

Now to the slightly spoilery part of my review:

Thanks to Cassie’s posts on her tumblr, we know that James Herondale is miserable  and wants to die. I think we all know the number 1 reason for a Herondale to feel tortured. James is an incredibly interesting character, he is a lost young man whose life has been turned upside down and no one really knows why! His parents are concerned and also Magnus – who has only just met James – wants to help him. James truly is Will’s son, in looks and in certain character traits, and I cannot wait to find out more about him! Waiting for TLH will be agony!

You cannot have a Bane Chronicle without our favourite green warlock Ragnor Fell and a reference to a previous The Bane Chronicles installment (*coughs* Peru *coughs*).

There’s a ‘villain’ in this ebook and it makes you wonder why this person is in need of Magnus’s services. This part is so completely mysterious and sneaky, because it leads to a lot of questions!

Another topic that is like a golden thread in The Bane Chronicles is Magnus’s immortality, it is described as a “burden” and it always makes me feel for Magnus. Yesterday, Cassie shared a quote on immortality on her tumblr, the main message was “Immortality is stupid. Think before you wish” and I think that Magnus would probably wholeheartedly agree.

The problem of the Shadowhunters’ arrogance and superiority was already addressed in Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale, but it’s revived in this ebook. Magnus is considered inferior by many which makes the following quote so touching and sweet:

Being remembered, and remembered so kindly, touched him more than he would have thought possible.

When Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan (and of course also Maureen Johnson) team up to write an ebook together, you can expect a lot of funny lines – it’s not only despair and tears!

One of my favourites were:

“Do stop flirting with my husband” –  “I shall not”

“Ducks, embrace me as your king!” – You cannot not have ducks when there’s a new male Herondale! ;)

“I have a shocking memory for Lightwoods.”

And now to the completely spoilery part of my review – highlight the text to read it:

Seeing Will and Tessa as a loving couple and as caring parents as well as having James call Brother Zachariah “Uncle Jem” made me cry like a little baby – I’m not ashamed to admit that! The love these characters have for each other is so stunningly beautiful that I could tear up again. I loved seeing Will, Tessa and Jem together and their relationship blew me away! It was only descibed in a few sentences, but it was incredibly powerful. My favourite sentence of their whole interaction: “Now Jem was there, all was right with the world.”

My heart skipped a beat and it made me once again realise that I am not over Clockwork Princess yet!

I could write more about The Midnight Heir – I’m very tempted to write down every single sentence that I loved or that I found interesting – but I’d rather you buy this ebook, read it and then come back here to tell me what you thought of it!

The Midnight Heir is a dark and mysterious book so let me – to bring some light in the dark – give this Bane Chronicle 5 out of 5 glass chandeliers.

Thank you for the feels, Cassie and Sarah!  I’ll now sit here and wait for TLH.

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Giveaway: Win a plastic mango signed by Jamie Campbell Bower and Cassandra Clare

Viewers of TMI Source’s Shadowhunter Hangouts will know that prior to Cassandra Clare’s London event last Thursday, staff member Megan dared me to get a plastic mango and ask Jamie, “Will you sign my mango?”

Did I succeed? Here’s your answer:

Jamie and Cassie were both very amused while signing the mango and the one that you can see below will be given away to one lucky fan!

The mango signed by Jamie Campbell Bower and Cassandra Clare

All you have to do is answer the question specified in the form below correctly and you may win the mango!

Don’t forget to also check out our exclusive interview with Cassandra Clare!

The giveaway is open internationally and will end on July 14 at 11:59 pm ET!l

The giveaway is over and the winner has been notified.

TMI Source to interview Cassandra Clare

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Shadowhunters, we have exciting news for you!

You probably have read that there will be a Cassandra Clare signing titled An evening with Cassandra Clare tomorrow in London, England (with Jamie Campbell Bower and Sarah Rees Brennan) and TMI Source has been lucky enough to get an exclusive interview with our favorite author!

I (Cathrin) will be at the event to ask Cassie about The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, City of Heavenly Fire and many other Shadowhunter things.

TMI Source may also have a special giveaway which we will announce for sure when we tell you everything about meeting Cassie.

Review: Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale

Today the third installment of The Bane ChroniclesVampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale – is available as an ebook and we already have a review for you which, unlike my review for What Really Happened in Peru, isn’t spoiler-free. Don’t worry though, I’ve marked the spoilers.

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Here’s the synopsis:

Magnus Bane leverages his alliances with Downworlders and Shadowhunters on a venture to Victorian London.

When immortal warlock Magnus Bane attends preliminary peace talks between the Shadowhunters and the Downworlders in Victorian London, he is charmed by two very different people: the vampire Camille Belcourt and the young Shadowhunter, Edmund Herondale. Will winning hearts mean choosing sides?

Let me start with this, I loved reading every single page! I laughed out loud at so many passages and my heart also broke a little bit, especially at the ending. If you are a fan of the Herondales (like all the girls here on TMI Source), you will love this ebook and I’m sure even non-Herondale fans will enjoy it very much. There are so many great lines in Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale – I added 24 notes and bookmarks on my Kindle because some comments were pure gold!

The story is set in London in 1857 and we meet a lot of characters we already know from Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices – Camille, Edmund and others ;-)

These ties to TID are very nice and made me smile many times. There are also references to the first two installments of The Bane Chronicles, but you don’t have to know what happened in these to follow the events of this ebook. TBC #3 also answers a question that some The Infernal Devices fans may have asked themselves – it relates to a pair of parabatai (not Will and Jem), but that’s all I’m going to say.

These peace talks between Shadowhunters and Downworlders are incredibly frustrating to read unless they talk about scones so it’s good to know that things will change in 2007 (The Mortal Instruments).

The book is fast paced and funny right from the start. Magnus is enamoured by Camille Belcourt and her bosom and is then a bit torn when he meets the young and handsome Edmund Herondale. We’ve all been there, don’t worry Magnus ;)

Although you will probably smile or laugh a lot while reading, I also really enjoyed the serious topics. Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale is also about sacrifice, prejudice and fighting for what you believe is right. I think Cassandra and Sarah found a very nice balance here.

Now to the spoilery part of my review – highlight the text to read it.

For me, Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale comes very close to a love story. We have Edmund and Linette, Magnus and Camille, and Ralf Scott and Camille. Undoubtedly the focus is on Edmund and Linette though. It was great to see where Will got certain character traits from and I loved how Edmund turned from a young man who didn’t believe in marriage to someone who gave up everything for his one love. My chest constricted and I shed a tear when Edmund was stripped of his Marks and like Magnus I wanted to save him from this excruciating pain.

Reading about Silas Pangborn and his parabatai made me even more excited for The Dark Artifices because I really, really want to know why parabatai aren’t allowed to be in love with each other.

I liked how selfless Magnus was at the ending– he knows that he is immortal – so he steps back to give Ralf Scott a chance to be happy with Camille first. Sadly, we know that both love stories  don’t have happy endings.

I know I’ve said it before, but I truly loved this ebook. The main characters are charming, witty and not afraid to spring into action when necessary. The secondary characters plus the new information we get about the Shadowhunters from The Infernal Devices were interesting and I hope we’ll get even more information in The Midnight Heir. I’ll end this review with two quotations that struck me the most, but I won’t reveal the speakers’ identities.

“I am not perfectly certain I believe in marriage. Why have just one bonbon when you can have the box?”

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“Very well,” x said. “Let us pause for a moment and consider—oh, you have already run off. Splendid.”

Cassie and Sarah did a marvelous job and I can only say thank you for the reading pleasure! This installment of The Bane Chronicles is now my favorite – 5 out of 5 scones – and I cannot wait to meet yet another Herondale in The Midnight Heir (July 23)!

How did you like Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale? Sound off in the comments!

Cassandra Clare’s London signing on July 4 is sold out

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UPDATED: Cassandra Clare’s signing in London on July 4 is now sold out. Tickets went on sale Monday for the event with special guests Jamie Campbell Bower (Jace) and Sarah Rees Brennan (The Bane Chronicles) and sold out in just a few hours.

Here are the signing details:
Event: An evening with Cassandra Clare
Venue: St. James’s Church
Date: 04 Jul 2013
Event time: 18:30 – 20:30

I (Cat) will be there, so come and say hi when you see me!

Did you get your ticket? And where will you be coming from? Sound off in the comments!

Casssandra Clare signing in London on July 4

Yesterday Cassandra Clare announced on her tumblr that she’ll be doing signings in London, England and today we have an exact time, place and a few special guests for all the English Shadowhunters!

An evening with Cassandra Clare, with special guests Jamie Campbell Bower and Sarah Rees Brennan

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St James’s Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL
Thursday, 4 July 2013, 6:30PM
Ticket £5 are available from Facebook.com/waterstones – http://on.fb.me/V62tTv

If the event is ticketed, please contact the store on the number provided to buy your ticket(s).

Click here for the event.

UPDATE: Tickets will go on sale Monday, June 17.

Will you be going to London to meet Cassie, Jamie and Sarah? Sound off in the comments!

Shadowhunter Hangout: Come chat MORTAL INSTRUMENTS with us on Thursday

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Come join TMI Source staffers Alyssa, Megan and Cat as we talk all things Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie, City of Heavenly Fire, preview Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale and more in our latest SHADOWHUNTER HANGOUT on Thursday, June 13.

The hangout will begin at our usual time–9 pm ET/8 pm CT/6 pm PT. The link to the chat will be posted on our Twitter and Tumblr prior to the start of the show and will be broadcast live on our YouTube channel.

Also, we will have another City of Bones chapter discussion focusing on Chapters 6 + 7. So be sure to re-read those before the Hangout!

We want to hear your thoughts and discuss your questions about The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones in IMAX, the new City of Heavenly Fire snippet, as well as the other news and nuggets we’ll discuss.

We hope to see you there!

Cassandra Clare thanks fans for their participation in the City of Bones fundraiser

A while ago we reported about Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones fundraiser for the Trevor Project where she offered the chance “to win a cast-autographed copy of City of Bones”. The fundraiser ended on May 31 and fans donated over $ 6,000. Today Cassie sent an email to everyone who supported this cause.

1360711432She wrote:

Thank you for participating the City of Bones fundraiser! Through your contribution to the Trevor Project, you’ve joined in making a real, lifesaving difference in the lives of young people who are often very alone. Your comments have given me so much hope for the world. It means a lot to know that there is such a generous, caring, articulate base of support among my readers. You are all amazing.

Cassie also included an excerpt from the fourth installment of The Bane ChroniclesThe Midnight Heir – which will be released on July 23.

To everyone who donated money – head over to your inboxes to read about Magnus and his latest acquaintance! ;)

Cassandra Clare will sign at BEA today!

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Shadowhunters who are at BookExpo America (BEA) today have the chance to see Cassandra Clare!

Cassie will sign books from 3 pm – 4 pm at Table 5.

The full details:

Autographing Session: Cassandra Clare

Date: Friday, May 31
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Table 5

Author/Participant: Cassandra Clare

Description:
Soon to be a major motion picture in theaters August.

Books:

City of Bones (move tie-in edition) Soon to be a major motion picture in theaters August. -Published By: Simon & Schuster 07/13

This is a ticketed event, but unfortunately it’s already sold out.

Will you be going to Cassie’s signing? Did you get a ticket? Sound off in the comments!

Movie tie-in publishing program by Simon & Schuster

Our page founder Alyssa (also known as ‘our fearless leader’) is at the BookExpo America in New York City right now and she shared a picture of Simon & Schuster’s promotional pamphlets.

Thanks to our friends at PageToPremiere we also know what’s inside:

The Marketing & Publicity Campaign consists of, for example, floor displays or in-store marketing kits with bookmarks or rune tattoos.

Here is another picture that Alyssa shared on our tumblr:

What have you seen so far in your local book store? Sound off in the comments!

Cassandra Clare Reveals “Rune Necklace”

Getting ready for the #TMIParty Cassandra Clare revealed a “rune necklace” that she had previously mentioned. Cast members received necklaces with a rune that best represented their character.

Cassandra Clare's Rune Necklace

Cassandra Clare’s Rune Necklace

Here is what Cassie said on her Tumblr

So I’m getting dressed for the #TMIParty tonight — much glitter is involved — and I thought I’d share my one piece of jewelry. *points up* All the Shadowhunters in the film got these rune necklaces

Jace's Rune Necklace

Jace’s Rune Necklace

— you can see Jamie wearing his, blurrily, in the below photo. Each of them had a rune specific to the character. Jamie’s is Strength. Valentine’s is Power. Hodge’s is Knowledge (Jared was super-serious about which rune he got!) and Luke’s is Fate.

After the production, Harald and I got two more necklaces made by the props department. Harald’s rune is Vision. Mine is Good Luck. I’ll be wearing it tonight!

I’ll be tweeting #tmiparty as the party goes on!
Follow Cassie’s Twitter and Tumblr for updates on the party as well as Our Twitter (since our fearless leader is also in attendance.)

Shadowhunter Hangout #8: Come chat ‘THE RUNAWAY QUEEN’ and ‘MORTAL INSTRUMENTS’ movies with us Friday

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Come join TMI Source staffers Alyssa, Megan and Cat, along with special guest Natasha of Stele Cast, as we talk all things The Bane Chronicles: The Runaway Queen, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones new U.S. release date of Aug. 21, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes coming out in 2014, and more in our latest SHADOWHUNTER HANGOUT on Friday, May 24.

The hangout will begin at our usual time–9 pm ET/8 pm CT/6 pm PT. The link to the chat will be posted on our TwitterTumblr and Facebook page and will be broadcast live on our YouTube channel.

Also, time permitting, we will have another City of Bones chapter discussion focusing on Chapters 4 + 5. So be sure to re-read those before the Hangout!

We want to hear your thoughts and discuss your questions about The Bane Chronicles: The Runaway QueenThe Mortal Instruments: City of Bones U.S. release date getting moved up, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, as well as the other news and nuggets we’ll discuss.

We hope to see you there! And if not, we’ll post the recorded video on our site after.

Cassandra Clare conducts new character Q & A on Twitter

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It’s been a while since Cassandra Clare’s last character twitter Q & A, but after her fans got #TMILondonpremiere to be a worldwide twitter trend, she rewarded them with answering character questions until she was sent to the Silent City (AKA hit tweet limit).

Here are the questions and answers:

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Missed our latest Shadowhunter Hangout? Watch Episode 7 here!

Did you miss our latest Shadowhunter Hangout last Friday?

You can now watch episode 6–where we talked all things City of Ashes movie and more–on our YouTube now!

We hope you’ll join us next Friday, May 24, as we recap the latest fandom news!

Thank you again for all of your questions, comments and support! We all have a blast talking all things Shadowhunters with you guys!

Missed our latest Shadowhunter Hangout? Watch Episode 6 here!

Did you miss our latest Shadowhunter Hangout last Friday?

You can now watch episode 6–where we talked all things City of Ashes movie and more–on our YouTube now!

We hope you’ll join us this Friday, May 17, at 9pm EST/6pm PST for Episode 7 as we celebrate the 100-day mark of the release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and recap the latest fandom news!

Thank you again for all of your questions, comments and support! We all have a blast talking all things Shadowhunters with you guys!

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