Cassandra Clare shares snippet from ‘The Last Hours’

TLH spring newIt’s never too early to start anticipating the release of The Last Hours, which in The Shadowhunter Chronicles takes place after The Infernal Devices.

Apparently Cassandra Clare agrees it’s too early, as well, because she shared a snippet from the series featuring parabatai James and Matthew:

Matthew held out his hands. “Pax,” he said, wheedlingly. “Let it be peace between us. You can pour the rest of the port on my head.”

James’ mouth curved up into a smile. It was impossible to stay angry with Matthew. It was almost impossible to get angry at Matthew.

Cassie also shared some details about Will and Tessa’s lives as the parents of James and Lucie, who are the protagonists of The Last Hours.

By contrast Will and Tessa are James and Lucie’s parents. They are obviously enormously bound up in their lives, love them enormously, and are people who James and Lucie spend their lives comparing themselves to and seeking approval and love from. They are also a generation older than them. Their friends are Jem and Gideon and Cecily and Gabriel and Sophie and Charlotte and Henry. Their kids are their kids, not so much their compatriots.

The Last Hours is expected to be released

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Watch: Cassandra Clare interview from Brazil

Our friends at @LaminaSerafim chatted with Cassandra Clare during her tour in Brazil on Monday and have shared the video. Take a look!

And here was a short video Cassie shared from the signing stage. By the Angel, that’s a lot of screaming Shadowhunters!

Cassandra Clare introduces new Tessa/Jem short story ‘After the Bridge’ — Read Part One now!

Photo Credit: Vania Stoyanova

Photo Credit: Vania Stoyanova

Ever wondered what happened with Tessa and Jem after their meeting on Blackfriar’s Bridge in the epilogue of Clockwork Princess?

Well, we’re about to find out, thanks to Cassandra Clare, who has introduced a new story which will be shared in several installments.

Warning from Cassie: “Those who do not like Tessa&Jem together or Jessa sexytimes probably should skip this one. Those who like that sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.”

The story will alternate between Tessa and Jem’s POV.

Warning: Clockwork Princess spoilers:

Here is Part One:

AFTER THE BRIDGE

Now is the time of our comfort and plenty

These are the days we’ve been working for

Nothing can touch us and nothing can harm us

And nothing goes wrong anymore

 Keane – Love Is The End  

As it turned out, Tessa had a flat she owned in London. It was the second floor of a pale white townhouse in Kensington, and as she let them both inside — her hand only shaking very slightly as she turned the keys — she explained to Jem that Magnus had taught her how warlocks could finagle their way into owning homes over many centuries by willing the properties to themselves.

“After a while I just started picking silly names for myself,” she said, shutting the door behind them. “I think I own this place under the pseudonym Bedelia Codfish.”

Jem laughed, though his mind was only partly on her words. He was gazing around the flat — the walls were painted in bright colors: a lilac living room, scattered with white couches, an avocado-green kitchen. When had Tessa bought the flat, he wondered, and why? She had traveled so much, why make a home base in London?

The question dried up in his throat when he turned and realized that through a partly open door, he could glimpse the blue walls of what was likely a bedroom.

He swallowed at that, his mouth gone suddenly dry. Tessa’s bed. That she slept in.

She narrowed her eyes at him. “Are you all right?”

She took him by the wrist and he felt his pulse jump under her touch. Until he had become a Silent Brother, it always had. He’d wondered during his time in Idris, after the heavenly fire had cured him, if it would still be like that with them: if his human feelings would return to him. He had been able to touch her and be near her as a Silent Brother without wanting her as he had when he was a mortal. He had still loved her, but it had been a love of the spirit, not the body. He had wondered — feared, even, that the physical feelings and responses would not come back the way they had. He had told himself that even if Silent Brotherhood had killed the ability of his feelings to manifest themselves physically, he would not be disappointed. He had told himself to expect it.

He shouldn’t have worried.

The moment he had seen her on the bridge, coming toward him through the crowd in her modern jeans and Liberty scarf, her hair flying out behind her, he had felt his breath catch in his throat.

And when she had drawn the jade pendant he had given her out from around her neck and shyly proffered it to him, his blood had roared to life in his veins like a river undammed.

And when she had said, I love you. I always have, and I always will, it had taken everything he had not to kiss her in that moment. To do more than kiss her.

But if the Brotherhood had taught him anything, it was control. He looked at her now and fought his voice to steadiness. “A little tired,” he said. “And thirsty — I forget sometimes I need to eat and drink now.”

She dropped her keys on a small rosewood side table and turned to smile at him. “Tea,” she said, moving toward the avocado-green kitchen. “I haven’t got much food here, I don’t usually stay long, but I have got tea. And biscuits. Go into the drawing room; I’ll be right there.”

He had to smile at that; even he knew no one said drawing room any more. Perhaps she was as nervous as he was, then? He could only hope.

* * *

Tessa cursed silently for the fourth time as she bent to retrieve the box of sugar cubes from the floor. She had already put the kettle on without water in it, mixed up the tea bags, knocked over the milk, and now this. She dropped a cube of sugar into both teacups and told herself to count to ten, watching the cubes dissolve.

She knew her hands were shaking. Her heart raced. James Carstairs was in her flat. In her living room. Waiting for tea. Part of her mind screamed that it was just Jem, while the other part cried just as loudly that just Jem was someone she hadn’t seen in a hundred and thirty five years.

He had been Brother Zachariah for so long. And of course he had always been Jem at the heart of it all, with Jem’s wit and unfailing kindness. He had never failed in his love for her or his love for Will. But Silent Brothers — they did not feel things the way ordinary people did.

It was something she had thought of, sometimes, in later years, many decades after Will’s death. She had never wanted anyone else, never anyone but Will and Jem, and they were both gone from her, even though Jem still lived. She had wondered sometimes what they would have done if it had merely been forbidden for Silent Brothers to marry or love; but it was more than that: he could not desire her. He didn’t have those feelings. She’d felt like Pygmalion, yearning for the touch of a marble statue. Silent Brothers didn’t have physical desires for touch, any more than they had a need for food or water.

But now …

I forget sometimes I need to eat and drink now.

She picked up the tea mugs with still-shaking hands and walked into the living room.

(To be continued.)

Cassandra Clare shares first ‘The Last Hours’ snippet

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The Last Hours – Cassandra Clare’s fourth series set in the Shadowhunter universe – is still a few years away, but nevertheless Cassie has released a first snippet on her tumblr:

Matthew held out his hands. “Pax,” he said, wheedlingly. “Let it be peace between us. You can pour the rest of the port on my head.”

James’ mouth curved up into a smile. It was impossible to stay angry with Matthew. It was almost impossible to get angry at Matthew.

Cassie also briefly talked about Matthew, Charlotte and Henry’s second son:

Lucie adores Matthew. He’s her brother’s parabatai. Everyone loves Matthew. He’s one of those people.

Cassandra Clare announces titles of ‘Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy’

While on her UK tour for City of Heavenly Fire, Cassandra Clare shared that she and some of her author friends will be writing short stories about Simon Lewis from The Mortal Instruments. During the London Q & A and our following interview, Cassie told us the tentative title and now she has taken to her tumblr to announce the 10 titles of Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

I’m holding off also on saying too much about Academy until we nail down dates — it will be ten stories, like the Bane Chronicles, and like the Bane Chronicles will end up as a print book eventually. The stories cover Simon’s arrival at the Academy through to his Ascension Ceremony, but a lot of them also time-hop: back to 1830, 1893, 1900, to the time of the Circle and some switch perspectives. I’ll say more when we make the actual announcement but for now have the list of titles to play with!

1) Welcome to the Shadowhunter Academy.

2) The Lost Herondale.

3) The Whitechapel Fiend.

4) Nothing But Shadows

5) The Evil We Love

6) Pale Kings and Princes

7) Bitter of Tongue

8) The Fiery Trial

9) Born to Endless Night

10) Angels Twice Descending

Judging from the tags on tumblr, Robin Wasserman will be joining Cassie, Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan. Sarah reblogged the post and sneakily added: “did you see the clue“.

Futhermore, Cassie also briefly talked about The Secret Treasons, the graphic novel project about the Circle:

Well, TST is a big art project, so, it happens when it happens. I don’t know when it’ll be exactly.

Who is excited for Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy and what do you think is the clue? Sound off in the comments!

Mark doesn’t want to stand out in new ‘Dark Artifices’ snippet

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Cassandra Clare keeps the Dark Artifices snippets coming.

Check out this new snippet from Lady Midnight, the first book in The Dark Artifices, where Mark tells Cristina that he wants to look like his family and doesn’t want to stand out.

Now he looked at her sideways. “You don’t think I look like a Shadowhunter any more?”

“Do you want to?” Cristina asked.

“I want to look like my family,” Mark said. “I cannot have the Blackthorn coloring, but I can look as much like Nephilim as possible. Besides, if I wish to be part of the investigation, I cannot stand out.”

Cristina held back from telling Mark that there was no world in which he didn’t stand out. “I can make you look like a Shadowhunter.”

The Dark ArtificesLady Midnight will be released in 2015/16.

The Magisterium awaits…

What a mysterious title, right? You have to ‘blame’ Random House Children’s Publishers UK for that.

They have launched an awesome game for all the fans that cannot wait to read The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black.

Visit http://randomhousechildrens.co.uk/magisterium/ for some magical fun (and that’s all I’m going to say because I don’t want to spoil it for you)!

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From the website:
Think you know magic? Think again.
The Magisterium awaits…
During your time at the Magisterium, there will be five trials to complete – one for each school year. They will test your magical skill, your endurance and your ability to handle dark and dangerous situations. Complete them all and you will be entered into the Grand Prize Draw.

It begins with the Iron Trial . . .

This sounds so cool! Make sure to complete the first trial for a surprise and here’s what you need to know about the first book in the Magisterium series:

The Iron Trial

Most people would do anything to get into the Magisterium and pass the Iron Trial.

Not Callum Hunt.

Call has been told his whole life that he should never trust a magician. And so he tries his best to do his worst – but fails at failing.

Now he must enter the Magisterium.

It’s a place that’s both sensational and sinister. And Call realizes it has dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

The Iron Trial is just the beginning. Call’s biggest test is still to come . . .

Who’s ready to meet Call and his friends Aaron and Tamara? ;-)

The Iron Trial will be published on September 9 (USA/Canada) and September 11 (UK).

 

Cassandra Clare on tour

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Cassandra Clare is a busy woman this year. After her City of Heavenly Fire tours in the States and the British Isles in May and June, she is going to visit Brasil and tour Europe with Holly Black to introduce The Iron Trial.

Confirmed places:

Sao Paulo (August 23/24, 3:30 pm): You can RSVP here or here.

Rio de Janeiro (August 25, 6 pm): RSVP here.

Amsterdam/the Netherlands (with Holly Black):

After my interview with Cassie, she told me that she’ll also come to Spain, Portugal and Germany.

If you know any other confirmed places, please leave a comment with a link.

 

 

 

New poster for ‘Love, Rosie’

A new poster for Constantin Film’s Love, Rosie, which stars Mortal Instruments’ star Lily Collins and Sam Claflin, debuted on the film’s new official social media platforms.

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Here’s the film’s synopsis and trailer:

Rosie and Alex are best friends. They are suddenly separated when Alex and his family move from Dublin to America. Can their friendship survive years and miles? Will they gamble everything for true love?

You can follow Love, Rosie on Twitter, Facebook and InstagramAnd be sure to use the hashtag #LOVEROSIE!

Love, Rosie hits U.S. theaters on October 24.

Mark talks about his brothers and sisters in new ‘The Dark Artifices’ snippet

The Dark Artifices artIt’s a new week and we got a new The Dark Artifices snippet by Cassandra Clare.

In today’s snippet from Lady Midnight, Mark Blackthorn talks about his younger brothers and sisters:

Mark whirled on them. His eyes were blind, unseeing. “You bring the twins in front of me and you kill them over and over. My Ty, he doesn’t understand why I can’t save him. You bring me Dru and when she laughs to see the fairytale castle, all ringed round with hedges, you throw her against the thorns until their pierce her small body. And you bid me wash in Octavian’s blood for the blood of an innocent child is magic under the Hill.”

Cassie herself called the snippet ‘grimmish’ and also noted that “not all snippets make it into the finished work but they are parts of later drafts”.

It looks like Mark is confronting someone, maybe a faerie? What are your guesses? Sound off in the comments.

The Dark ArtificesLady Midnight will be released in 2015/16.

 

Emma reminisces about Julian, their parabatai ritual in new ‘Dark Artifices’ snippet

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Cassandra Clare keeps the Dark Artifices snippets coming.

Check out this new snippet from Lady Midnight, the first book in The Dark Artifices, where Emma reminisces about Julian and their parabatai ritual.

Emma swallowed. She was remembering Julian, two years ago, standing in the overlapping circles of fire where the parabatai ritual was performed. The look on his face as they each stepped into the central circle and the fire rose up around them, and he unbuttoned his shirt to let her touch the stele to his skin and carve the rune that would bind them together for their whole lives. She knew if she just reached out now, she could touch it, touch the rune cut into his shoulder, the rune she had put there …

The Dark ArtificesLady Midnight will be released in 2015/16.

‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ nominated for three Teen Choice Awards

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has been nominated for three Teen Choice Awards in the first wave of nominations, including Action Movie, Actor in an Action Movie (Jamie Campbell Bower) and Actress in an Action Movie (Lily Collins).

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Head over to Teen Choice to vote for The Mortal Instruments!

The Teen Choice Awards will air August 10 at 8/7c on FOX.

Emma and Julian are ‘tethered’ to each other in new ‘Dark Artifices’ snippet

The Dark Artifices artCassandra Clare knows what we want. And what we want is more snippets from The Dark Artifices. Cassie notes “that drafts always change and I can’t promise the snippets will make it into the book! Though they often do.”

Check out this new snippet from Lady Midnight, the first book in The Dark Artifices, where Julian opens up to Emma.

“Yeah,” he said, eyelashes lowering as his gaze traced the movement of her fingers. “It hurt me being away from you. It feels like there’s a hook dug in under my ribs, and there’s something pulling at the other end. Like I’m tethered to you, no matter the distance.”

The Dark Artifices: Lady Midnight will be released in 2015/16.

Exclusive: Cassandra Clare talks Simon short stories, ‘The Secret Treasons,’ ‘The Iron Trial’ + more

After Cassie’s London event on Saturday,  I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing her. Cassie took nearly 15 minutes of her time to talk about faeries, The Secret Treasons, Simon and her planned short stories with Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan.

Sarah and Cassie

There are two spoilers for City of Heavenly Fire right at the end of the interview so do not read the last two questions and answers if you haven’t finished reading City of Heavenly Fire!

During your New York launch party, Holly said that you dislike writing about faeries and that it’s a really slow writing process. What’s really easy for you to write and what’s really fast?

I think the easiest thing for me to write of the Downworlders are probably the warlocks. I don’t know why I like them, I sort of relate to them. Writing Magnus is really easy and fun. I think the faeries are just difficult because they have this complicated way of talking and also they can’t lie so instead they twist the truth and so the incredibly complicated way they twist the truth around without actually lying is a lot of work. […] Holly’s really good at it, that’s the thing so I’m always like, “Oh God, I have no idea how to do this” [laughs] She always helps me out.

Can you tell us anything about The Secret Treasons [the graphic novel project about the Circle]?

It’s a big graphic novel/art project. It’s not like anything I’ve ever done before. I was approached by John Ney Rieber who did The Books of Magic with Neil Gaiman and he was just sort of saying, “I’m a big fan of the books and I really love them; I’d really love to see Valentine’s story one day, the story of the Circle” and I was like, “I don’t think – it’s probably not going to fit in my structure of series that I’m gonna do, but I would like to write about it and he basically said, “If you do an outline of what happened, then I can turn that outline into a graphic novel script so it’ll be like a co-project.” So I did an outline of “this is all the things that happened to all the characters and this is how their lives went. This is why they made the choices they did” and gave it to him and he’s turning it into a graphic novel script and Cassandra Jean, who we all know and love, is illustrating it because it’s being published by Yen Press who published the graphic novel adaptations of Infernal Devices so she’s done a lot of work for them before. So it just kind of came together that way.

Is it going to be published this year or next year?

Well, it’s hard to say. I’ve done my part of it so I’m waiting for John to turn around the graphic novel screenplay, like the first third and then we have to wait for Cassandra to be done with the graphic novel she is working on now and have the free time to do this so I’m hoping, I’m actually thinking that it’ll probably be next year, early next year.

The titles for Magisterium: The Iron Trial, The Copper Mask, The Cosmos Blade, The Golden Boy, The Enemy of Death, correct?

Yeah, but it might change. I don’t wanna commit myself to anything, especially knowing Holly. She always changes her book titles like six or seven times.

There’s a lot of diversity in your books, you’ve got a lot of characters that aren’t white. You’ve got Maia, Raphael and Magnus, have you ever encountered criticism because of that?

Yeah, sure. All the time. You get pushback, but the pushback comes often in strange ways. You definitely get these sort of “I don’t like this character, I don’t want to see the story be so much about this character” and you’re kind of like, “Well, could it be that you’re uncomfortable that this is a character of color?” And usually the pushback you get is people saying, “Absolutely not. That’s not the problem, I just don’t like them for some unspecified reason” and I’m like, “Well, you know, when you see this happen 300, 500, 600, a thousand times, “I just don’t like this character for some unspecified reason” and that character is always a character of color, you sort of start to see the pattern”. So I think that writers get held accountable for a lot of, you know, what we do in our books, for writing diversity properly, for being respectful, for being representative in a good way and we should be, but you also have to come to it with an open mind and it’s very difficult, I think, to do. We live in a society that really privileges the stories of white, straight, able-bodied people and so when you’re a reader and you’re coming to the stories, you’re kind of expecting that and when you get something different, it can be an adjustment. So we all need to work together to realize that these other stories are equally as important.

You’re often writing with your writer friends, Sarah, Holly, Maureen and the others. Are there scenes you have to write on your own without getting any immediate feedback from others?

Well, there’s definitely scenes that I write alone, because I can’t track any of my friends down or they’re all asleep or we’re not all together in the same place. I do most of the drafting of stuff on my own, I think most of us do, because you need to have enough in place to show to other people for them to get a sense of it to be able to give you useful critique. Like I said what there is of The Dark Artifices around a couple of weeks ago, but I had to have like thirty-five, forty thousand words before there was enough to bother to send it to Holly and Sarah and Kelly and everybody, because otherwise they’re gonna be, “Well, this a lot of piece of something and it looks like it could work out. We’re not so sure what you’re trying to do.” So you have to get enough together to really get good feedback.

A lot of your fans are aspiring writers; can you outline your research process before you actually start writing?

Well, it depends on whether I’m writing the present day books or the historical books. The historical books require a lot more research of a very specific kind so for people who want to write historical I would say try to treat it as a sort of immersion program as if you were learning another language. For me that was only reading books set in the Victorian era for half a year, only watching movies that were set in the Victorian era, only reading a ton of primary source material and that was a lot of work. For the modern day books it’s much more researching into mythology, demonology, angelology. […] For the last book I did a ton of research and just the mythology of the Wild Hunt. I always knew I wanted to bring them in, but I wanted to do a new twist on them so I think for that I would say that there’s a lot of really terrific resources, because almost all this stuff is public domain. These are myths, they’ve been around forever so there are huge databases online and in libraries of myths and fairy tales and stuff like that and I would say make the best use of those.

In The Iron Trial Callum and his friends are twelve and your Shadowhunters are 16 to 18. What’s easier to write: pre-teens or young adults?

For me young adults are easier. Holly really is the middle grade genius. We started the books and it took me a while to kind of get into the mindset of writing twelve and thirteen year olds and I got into it and I started to really love it. There’s something that’s a lot of fun about writing for that age group. They have different concerns than older teenagers. For the older teenagers there’s a lot more about romance and relationships and for the younger age there is a very specific importance that’s placed on friends and friendships so a lot of the emotional stuff that you would normally put into a romance you put into friends and friendship and best friends and the drama of that. I carried that over into City of Heavenly Fire when I was writing Emma and Julian. It was really a big help to have written Magisterium because I was able to write about Emma and Julian’s relationship and keep it kind of firmly in the friendship area, but still give it an enormous amount of emotional weight.

SPOILERS FOR CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE!

Simon and the last few chapters of City of Heavenly Fire. Why? Why did he have to lose his memories?

[laughs] Everybody thought he was gonna be for the chopping block so I thought that they would be pleased that all that happened was that he lost his memories.

But it is so sad because he doesn’t remember Clary, Isabelle -

I know. It is sad, it’s really sad. When you write a book about a big fight between good and evil, there has to be, the story really has to work – If good beats evil, they have to do it at a cost. There has to be a kind of a cost to everybody. The cost to Clary of losing Simon like that, the cost to Izzy of that, there’s a cost really to all of the characters in what happens. And the cost to Simon is losing his vampirism and his immortal life, but in a sense he never liked being a vampire. There is a running thread through the books of Raphael saying “You’re a terrible vampire, you don’t know how to be dead, you don’t wanna hang out with the other vampires, you just wanna hang out with the Shadowhunters” and he says he hates being a vampire. He never comes to like it. There is never a storyline where Simon comes around and is like, “Being a vampire is great!” […]

From the beginning I thought that by the end of this series, Simon is going to have to become a Shadowhunter, because that clearly is what he wants and where he is going, but it felt too easy just to have at the end everybody be like, “And we won the war and Simon’s a Shadowhunter! For some reason!”

So it had to be for him to sort of get the thing he really wants which is to be a Shadowhunter, to be parabatai with Clary, to able to really be with Isabelle, to have a life with her, to have kids. You know, to have all of those things, he has to give up being immortal and being a vampire and become a Shadowhunter, but he has to do it at a price. And that’s the price: losing his memories.

I’m so happy for him. I’m so much looking forward to The Dark Artifices when he’s hopefully going to be in it as a Shadowhunter, maybe married to Izzy or engaged or maybe just seriously dating her.

Well, we definitely are looking forward to writing – it’s [the short stories] tentatively called The Shadowhunter Academy [...] If Simon wants to Ascend and become a Shadowhunter, he gonna have to go to the Shadowhunter Academy and learn how to be a Shadowhunter and go through the training process. So the framework of the stories is, What’s it like for Simon to go through this training process and what does it mean for his relationship with Isabelle? What does it mean for his relationship with Clary? Are they gonna become parabatai? How is everybody else reacting to him becoming a Shadowhunter? How does he resolve things with his family? That’s the framework of the story and then we also get some peeks into the backstory of the Academy, because it’s been there for hundreds of years. We get to see James and Matthew. We get to see other characters pop up again that we maybe not expect to see again –

Ragnor, Ragnor!

[laughs]

[Sarah Rees Brennan] We do have an idea for putting Ragnor in.

[Cassie] Ragnor is very likely to make an appearance –

[Sarah] There’s a lot of Catarina Loss. She’s being very helpful.

[Cassie] Yeah, there’s a young Will and Tessa and Jem go up against Jack the Ripper, it’s gonna be fun.

Jocelyn and Luke, they’re now married. What’s Jocelyn’s surname and did Luke officially adopt Clary?

[laughs] Luke officially adopted Clary and since Luke’s last name is just a made-up name anyway and Jocelyn wouldn’t really want to have a Shadowhunter last name, she just kept Fray.

A very big thank you to Cassie for another great interview and I’d also like to thank Jill Kidson and Paul Black from Walker Books for arranging everything.

Are you excited for The Shadowhunter Academy? Sound off in the comments!

 

Recap of ‘A morning with Cassandra Clare’ in London

A morning with Cassandra Clare

On June 7, Shadowhunters from England but also Central Europe traveled to London to see Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan. Despite the rain, Cassie’s fans gathered in front of Prince Charles Cinema close to Leicester Square long before the event started at a little past 11 am.

Cassie and Sarah both looked fabulous and first took a selfie with the crowd.

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As usual they both knew how to entertain the fans and kicked the event off with reading Magnus’s voicemails to a rapt audience. After that it was time for the Q & A where lots of cool and exciting things were revealed. I’ve picked out the most interesting parts, for example news about the Simon short stories and the City of Ashes movie. If you want to read the whole Q & A  then head to our friends from Page to Premiere.

BEWARE OF CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE SPOILERS!

Q: In your description for your new trilogy of books, you said that Emma was the best Shadowhunter since Jace, what does that mean exactly? Does Jace somehow become a much worse Shadowhunter?

Cassie: Yes, Jace just starts to suck, he’s terrible. Actually, hilariously, that was a piece of ad copy that was written by my publisher. I gave them a general overall description of what the book was like and they wrote that bit about her being the best fighter since Jace. […]

I had written that Emma looked up to Jace and wanted to be like him and that she wanted to be the pre-emptive Shadowhunter of her generation. Like Jace had been the pre-emptive Shadowhunter of his generation and probably still is. But they’re different generations; all it means is that she looks up to him and she wants to be like him. She wants to be the toughest and she wants to be the bravest and she wants to kill the most demons. […] It was never meant to be a dark portent of Jace’s future and he doesn’t actually get any worse at Shadowhunting.

In the end of City of Heavenly Fire Magnus writes or gives Alec a book with all his bits and bobs in, I was wondering if that was any link to The Bane Chronicles?

So yes, Magnus does give Alec a book in City of Heavenly Fire, I don’t think that this is that big of a spoiler. He says, “This is the story of my life” and it is supposed to be The Bane Chronicles, so it’s like a book within a book. It’s a nod to The Bane Chronicles if you’ve read them, if not it still has the same meaning, that he has finally decided that Alec should know the whole story of his life and you know the important things that happened to him.

Was City of Heavenly Fire always going to be that ending? Or did you plan for an alternative ending?

No, it was definitely always going to be that ending, I had planned for that since the beginning. I won’t say as far back as City of Bones because when I wrote City of Bones I thought I was writing a trilogy and then a series of spin offs and it turned into a trilogy and a second half of a trilogy. But from the minute that I wrote out what was going to happen in City of Fallen Angels, Lost Souls and Heavenly Fire, that was what was going to happen, it stuck pretty exactly to the plan. I don’t think there were any major deviations at all. […] I changed some details, but I’d say that I always know where I start and always know where I’m gonna end up.

As a massive fan I was just wondering when filming is going to start for City of Ashes? Do you know if Jamie will still be playing Jace? [From Page to Premiere because my memory card was full]

I don’t know, I would think so. I would personally be surprised if they didn’t have him. They had to completely redo the entire screenplay, which takes a long time but believe me you wanted that screenplay redone! I will tell you one thing that is, Clary split into 2 people that both looked like her and had a shovel fight with one another. (Sarah Brennan) Oh and of course Magnus running for mayor of New York. (Cassie) I thought you liked when Jace rode the mermaid! The cast was never the issue, the script was the issue but I have been told that I would hear from them in the next couple of weeks! I mean he (Magnus) would make a great mayor in principle but a race of peoples entire reason for being is to hide themselves from Mundanes, probably running for mayor isn’t a good idea.

What do you miss most about The Mortal Instruments and will the characters from The Mortal Instruments be in other books?

I miss writing about the characters from The Mortal Instruments, definitely. I feel like their story has come to an end. There’s sadness about saying goodbye to them while they’re still evolving and changing. Certainly the surviving characters from Mortal Instruments will appear in The Dark Artifices so they’ll be in their twenties cause The Dark Artifices is taking place about five or 6 years later so we’ll get to see people getting married, having kids, getting jobs. While I’m sad to say goodbye to their teenage selves I’m excited to interact with their adult selves.

I’ve got a question about Simon. At one of the previous events you said you were going to write short stories about Simon, are they going to be like The Bane Chronicles? Are there any plans yet? Obviously you can’t tell us the plot, but are there any plans on how the short stories are going to be published? [As a Simon fan I was obligated to ask this]

They’re going to be like The Bane Chronicles. Same authors, so we really missed doing The Bane Chronicles and we loved it and we actually had an idea to do a second round of them. […] It’s not like The Bane Chronicles in that it focuses solely on Simon because Simon hasn’t lived for four hundred years, he’s got less vast historical experiences. It’s such an enormous spoiler that I’m having a hard time describing it. He would definitely be the main character/narrator figure, but then it also delves into Shadowhunter history. It involves stories about Will and Tessa, it involves stories about their kids, it involves stories about Emma and Julian, about Jace and Clary. It involves a certain story about a certain character’s stag night whose getting married and Simon is invited – (Sarah) Simon’s the organizer – and it’s like the worst stag party ever! (Sarah) Whereas somebody organizes the best hen night!
(Cassie) We’re very excited about doing it. Hopefully we’ll be able to put the details out soon, we’re holding off because they are spoilery for City of Heavenly Fire. It would be 10 stories, each story online and then made into a book and sold in a different version.
(Sarah) He really is the Mortal Instruments character with the most unfinished business.

I have a question about the Iron Sisters, are we gonna have a bit more about them?

Well, we do see a lot about the Silent Brothers because they are allowed to come out and mix with the Shadowhunters. They are the healers, they’re the archivists and the Iron Sisters specifically stay in the bound citadel. They don’t come out, only except they can have a visit from a Shadowhunter if it’s a woman. So you don’t see them much, because they don’t get out much. But they’re really interesting to me and we’ll definitely see more of them. They’re more important in The Last Hours and also there is a moment in City of Heavenly Fire where Luke says his mother was an Iron Sister and that’s important later.

After the Q & A, Cassie and Sarah signed books (and also faces) before I sat down with Cassie for an exclusive interview which will be online shortly.

Thank you to Walker Books and Waterstones for once again hosting such a fantastic event!

 

 

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