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.

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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!

 

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‘City of Heavenly Fire’ debuts at No. 1 on New York Times Best Sellers List

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City of Heavenly Fire, the final installment of The Mortal Instruments, has debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list, under Children’s Series. The Mortal Instruments has now been on the NY Times Best Sellers List for 142 straight weeks.

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City of Heavenly Fire also nabbed the top spot on Wall Street Journal’s Best Sellers List.

A huge congrats to Cassandra Clare and Simon & Schuster!

Cassandra Clare to release short story collection centered around Simon

Cassandra Clare just dropped some amazing news at her City of Heavenly Fire event in Newcastle.

Get ready for a “super secret” short story collection that is focused all around Simon Lewis. Sounds like another The Bane Chronicles. City of Simon, anyone? Maureen Johnson, I’m looking at you ;-)

How excited are you for this Simon goodness? Sound off (spoiler-free) in the comments!

Exclusive: Cassandra Clare chats with ‘City of Heavenly Fire’ audiobook narrator Jason Dohring

It’s been just over a week since City of Heavenly Fire was unleashed upon the world, and the story was such a beautiful and fitting end to the series (read our spoiler-free review here). But there are different ways to experience City of Heavenly Fire, including listening to the audiobook.

We have an exclusive interview with Clare and one of the audiobook’s narrators, Veronica Mars‘ Jason Dohring. Clare and Dohring chat about their favorite books, which character Jason most enjoyed voicing and how Cassie dealt with saying goodbye to The Mortal Instruments.

The City of Heavenly Fire audiobook is now available, which features Dohring and Game of Thrones‘ Sophie Turner. The book is also available in hardback and eBook.

‘City of Heavenly Fire’ Spoiler-Free Review: As one chapter closes, another begins

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In the months leading up to the release of City of Heavenly Fire, I was terrified about this book. Not because of the six confirmed deaths of characters we knew (though that piece of information certainly had me sweating bullets), but because it meant saying goodbye. Goodbye to these characters that have lived and breathed through Cassandra Clare’s words and in my mind and heart for nearly a decade. And I’m sure most fans felt that way. How could you not?

There were tears. (There always are.) Lots of tears. Happy tears. Sad tears. Unexpected tears. Tears that I succumbed to in the most random moments of the book. When a book or a series – an author, really – can make you feel that much, it’s something extraordinary.

In City of Heavenly Fire, we pick up after the events of City of Lost Souls where Sebastian has left a warning for the Nephilim: Erchomai. I am coming. And he came. When the Nephilim are confined to Idris, Clary, Jace, Simon, Alec and Isabelle must journey to the realm of demons in hopes to defeat Sebastian and save their world. That’s where the actual synopsis part ends, as this is a spoiler-free review. Shh.

Perhaps my favorite thing about City of Heavenly Fire was how it united four Shadowhunter Chronicles series. The other series in a way gravitated back to The Mortal Instruments. Yes, the five series are all related in some way, but in City of Heavenly Fire, The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, The Dark Artifices and even The Last Hours, theywere united. They all had a part somewhere between those 733 pages. There was so much weight in the names that were mentioned, past events reflected upon, teases of what’s yet to come.

When I heard that we’d get to see some characters from The Dark Artifices, including Emma and Julian, I thought we’d get brief cameos. But they played a huge role in City of Heavenly Fire. And that’s one of the reasons why City of Heavenly Fire is my favorite book from The Mortal Instruments series. It was like The Mortal Instruments was passing the torch on to The Dark Artifices. It was such a beautiful introduction and backstory for those new characters, and I’m even more excited to read Emma and Julian’s story.

As far as concluding the series goes, Clare knocked it out of the park with City of Heavenly Fire. Dare I say it was an even better conclusion than City of Glass, which I thought was a perfect end to the series at the time. Without going into spoilers (spoiler-free review, remember), the epilogue was everything I wanted before I knew that was what I wanted, if that makes any sense. There was an even greater sense of closure to this story without ever really saying goodbye. Because these characters will continue living their lives. Just without the continuous threat of impending death. They deserve a reprieve after all they’ve been through in six books, I’m just saying.

You know in television series finales where you’ll see a montage of all of the past seasons with that sappy music that brings you to tears instantly? That’s what the epilogue was to me. References to past books, back to the very beginning, watching everything come full circle within Clare’s beautiful words. It was so bittersweet because it was beautiful and fitting, but it was the end. I guess you could say it was a sad happy ending. But that just means Clare did it right.

There was so much emotion, especially at the end, that at times I forgot that we still have three Shadowhunter Chronicles series on the way, which provides ample opportunity for surviving Mortal Instruments characters to make cameos. As the saying goes, ‘When one door closes, another one opens.’ And The Mortal Instruments has opened up numerous doors for future Shadowhunter Chronicles series that will keep readers entranced and feeling all the feels for years to come.

Watch: Panel from ‘City of Heavenly Fire’ launch party in NYC

Did you miss Monday’s live stream of the City of Heavenly Fire launch party in New York City?

92Y has posted the full panel featuring Cassandra Clare with special guests Josh Lewis, Maureen Johnson, David Levithan, Holly Block and Kelly Link.

City of Heavenly Fire is now available in hardback, eBook and audiobook.

‘City of Heavenly Fire’ tour concludes in Philadelphia tonight

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Attention Philly Shadowhunters!

Tonight Cassandra Clare’s U.S. City of Heavenly Fire tour concludes in Philadelphia at 7 p.m. Clare will be participating in a Q & A, trivia and signing copies of City of Heavenly Fire, where she’ll be joined by author Jenny Han.

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Time: 6:30pm. Box office:610.696.1661. 

Address: Stetson Middle School, 1060 Wilmington Pike. The Cassandra Clare event, moderated by author Jenny Han, is Friday, May 30th at 6:30 pm at Stetson Middle School, 1060 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, PA 19382. This is a ticketed event. For more information, visit our Facebook Event page, email us, or call 610-696-1661. BUY TICKETS

City of Heavenly Fire is now available.

Recap of the UK ‘City of Heavenly Fire’ launch party

Our reader (and my friend) Donna attended the UK City of Heavenly Fire launch party in London on May 27 and has written a recap of her day for us:

On Tuesday I went to the City of Heavenly Fire launch party held at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London. Fans gathered to celebrate the release of the last book in the Mortal Instruments Series as well as receive a copy of the book before anyone else in the UK.

The first hour was spent mingling with other shadowhunters while also having the opportunity to get rune nail and body art. Unfortunately, due to time, we weren’t able to get our nails done, however, we did get some awesome runes. I’m sure Magnus would heartily approve of the glitter.

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On stage they also had a couple of very cute Shadowhunters who you were able to take photos with.

Paul from Walker Books was also keeping fans entertained, asking questions and reading tweets, (and making us all jealous with the copy of CoHF he was walking around with).

At around 2pm fans were seated for a very exciting message from Cassie, she thanked us all for coming, encouraged us to keep tweeting so she could keep up with all the fun, and finally, shared an exclusive snippet from CoHF that caused many gasps and worried faces.

During the message Cassie announced that we would then be watching a screening of the City of Bones movie and she wanted us to get involved. We howled for Luke, cheered for Team Good, booed Valentine, and most of all, screamed for our ships. It was such a great experience watching the movie with all the fans and emotions were high.

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When the movie ended it was sadly time for the event to end, however, this meant it was the moment we had all been waiting for- when we finally got our hands on City of Heavenly Fire! Fans received a goodie bag filled with a copy of the book, an exclusive City of Heavenly Fire postcard, and a City of Bones movie-tie in journal.

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I want to personally say a huge thank you to Walker Books for putting on the event, it was a lovely day and an amazing way to celebrate the end of a series that has meant so much to us all.

You can see more ‘shadowhunter selfies’ by checking out the #tmiparty hashtag on twitter that trended not only in the UK, but worldwide!

Thank you for this great recap, Donna! It looks like the UK Shadowhunters had a lot of fun.

Cassandra Clare will start her UK tour on June 3 and finish it in London on June 7. I’ll be attending the London event so come and say hi if you see me.

City of Heavenly Fire is now available.

Cassandra Clare talks Shadowhunter universe, inspiration with Glamour U.K.

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Glamour U.K. chatted with Cassandra Clare about the release of City of Heavenly Fire, including the Shadowhunter universe, inspiration for The Infernal Devices and the upcoming The Last Hours, as well as what character she’s going to miss writing the most in The Mortal Instruments.

So, what made you want to delve into the ancestry and universe of the Shadowhunters with the prequel, The Infernal Devices?

I initially created the world of the shadowhunters because I knew that I wanted to create a world I could spend a lot of time on and write different stories about. I made sure to make it a worldwide organisation, with a long history that went well back. I happened to be in London promoting City of Bones, and I was crossing Blackfriars Bridge. It was very foggy, and I had a sudden vision of two people, a girl and a boy in Victorian dress standing at the edge of the bridge. I went home and jotted it down and I thought about it, and it rolled around in my brain like a little bit of sand inside an oyster, until little bits of stories started to wrap around it. I have this whole story here of the ancestors of the kids in the City of Bones.

We hear you’re in the UK for inspiration, could you tell us a bit more about that?

I am in the UK for inspiration because I’m doing a follow on series to The Infernal Devices, called The Last Hours. It’s a re-telling of Great Expectations withShadowhunters…because why not! It’s set in 1903, so I’m doing a lot of locational research. I’m trying to figure out where to situate big scenes from books and also where all the characters live, and just walking about the city for that sort of inspiration.

Are you enjoying it?

I love London, and I’m always happy when I’m here. I get to be here for about 4 months this time, so I really get to settle in and get to experience the city on a day by day basis. It’s going to really allow me to explore corners of the city that I’ve never been to before and I’m really excited about it. I’m living in South Kensington, it’s like living in Mary Poppins!

Did you always know what was going to happen in TMI, or did this enfold as the series progressed? Did you have an idea in your head about what is going to happen?

I always had a pretty clear idea of what was going to happen. I would say that I kind of think of them as two trilogies. When I started City of Bones I knew exactly what was going to happen in City of Glass. When I first started the six book series, I thought of it as a three book series. Then I was going to do another series that was just about Simon but it didn’t develop that way. That was the one big change – I couldn’t write about Simon without writing about his friends too.

What do you think makes your book so popular?

I have no idea. I wish I did know. At least if I felt like I did know then every time  I sat down to write a book I would feel like well what am I doing feeling. No matter how many books you’ve written, whenever you sit down to write a new book you always feel the same challenge – how do you shape this story into a book that people are going to love. I have often no idea why people love the stories or are attached to particular characters. All I can do is write a story that I know that I’m going to love.

Who are you going to miss writing about the most?

I think I’m going to miss Clary the most, as she was my first character, my first heroin and I love a lot of things about her. She’s very very, very unlike me and it has always been interesting for me to write from the POV of somebody who’s so unlike me: she’s super reckless, she’s very brave, she’s really artistic and I can’t even draw a straight line! She’s got lots of great qualities, and other qualities that are not so great. Although we are very dissimilar I’ve come to really love her over the years and I’m going to really miss writing about her

So your books give a really realistic portrayal of teenage relationships, portraying the whole spectrum of sexualities and relationships. How do you deal with any backlash?

You just have to except that you’re going to get that backlash. Having your book banned or taken from classrooms feels very bad, because you feel like you’re being told you’re doing something wrong. Also, you feel you’re your books are being denied to kids who might need to read them. There are also times when it has opened up conversations for me with people that I wouldn’t probably have conversations with normally. I’ve actually entered into debate with them and they’ve come to understand that these are my values, and that I have a right to express them. Although they don’t agree with me, they agree to consider my viewpoint. If you actually ask them direct questions such as, “is it that you want gay teenagers to feel unhappy and alone?” they always say no.

You can read the full interview at Glamour U.K.

Jodi Picoult is a ‘Mortal Instruments’ fangirl

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On Tuesday, Cassandra Clare’s City of Heavenly Fire tour stopped in Boston, where she was joined by fellow best-selling author Jodi Picoult. When The Boston Globe spoke to Picoult about joining Clare, she couldn’t help but fangirl over Cassie and The Mortal Instruments.

Best-selling author Jodi Picoult is a fangirl when it comes to Cassandra Clare’s “Mortal Instruments” series. Picoult, the New Hampshire author known for novels such as “My Sister’s Keeper” and “TheStoryteller,” moderated the Wellesley Books event Tuesday night celebrating the release of the final book in Clare’s series, “City of Heavenly Fire.” She also dressed like Clare’s characters, wearing all black and marking her arms with runes to look like Jace and Clary, the stars of Clare’s mega-popular young adult fantasy novels. Picoult told the packed auditorium at Wellesley Middle School that she and her son, Kyle, started a book club together and wound up reading Clare’s “Mortal Instruments” series. After starting with “City of Bones” (which became a 2013 movie starring Lily Collins), they couldn’t stop. Picoult was giddy to meet Clare for the first time. “She’s lovely, she’s smart, she’s funny,” she said, beaming.

City of Heavenly Fire is now available. The final stop of Clare’s U.S. City of Heavenly Fire tour hits Philadelphia on Friday. Clare will also make an appearance at BookExpo America on Saturday, where she will sign copies of The Shadowhunter’s Codex and The Iron Trial, with co-author Holly Black.

Listen: Excerpt from ‘City of Heavenly Fire’ audiobook read by Sophie Turner and Jason Dohring

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You know you want to hear an excerpt from the City of Heavenly Fire audiobook, as read by Game of Thrones‘ Sophie Turner and Veronica Mars‘ Jason Dohring.

Luckily, Simon Audio has shared a snippet from the audiobook which leaves us begging for more.

City of Heavenly Fire is available now in hardback, eBook and audiobook (order from Amazon here)

Note: Please do not leave spoilers in the comments section or they will be deleted. You can talk about City of Heavenly Fire and all of its spoilery glory at our CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE FORUM.

Cassandra Clare chats with ‘City of Heavenly Fire’ narrator Sophie Turner

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EW.com has an exclusive video of Cassandra Clare interviewing Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones), who is one of the narrators of the City of Heavenly Fire audiobook along with Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars).

Here’s what Clare had to say about both Sophie and Jason:

“Sophie Turner is wonderful at imbuing young characters with humanity and feeling, and that’s why I thought she would be a perfect narrator for City of Heavenly Fire,” Clare told EW in an exclusive statement. “And Jason Dohring can turn on a dime from vulnerable to sinister, which is a wonderful quality in an audiobook reader.”

You can watch the video at EW.com

City of Heavenly Fire is now available in hardback, eBook and audiobook.

‘City of Heavenly Fire’ tour stops in Boston tonight

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Attention Boston Shadowhunters!

Tonight Cassandra Clare’s U.S. City of Heavenly Fire tour makes a stop in Wellesley, M.A., at 7 p.m. Clare will be participating in a Q & A, trivia and signing copies of City of Heavenly Fire, where she’ll be joined by best-selling author Jodi Picoult.

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05/27/14
Wellesley, Massachusetts
Wellesley Books at Wellesley Middle School Time: 7:00pm.
Box office: (781) 431-1160.
Venue phone:4132303013.
Celebrate with Cassandra Clare when she comes to Wellesley for the release of City of Heavenly Fire, the thrilling conclusion to her The Mortal Instruments series. Best-selling author Jodi Picoult lead a discussion with Cassandra at the Wellesley Middle School at an exclusive evening of audience Q&A, trivia, book signing, and much more. BUY TICKETS
The U.S. City of Heavenly Fire tour wraps up in Philadelphia tomorrow (May 28) at Chester County Books.

Happy Release Day to ‘City of Heavenly Fire’

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The wait is finally over. City of Heavenly Fire, the final book in the best-selling The Mortal Instruments, is now available.

Check out our SURVIVAL GUIDE TO CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE for tips on how to try and survive this book

Also, be sure to check out our EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH CASSANDRA CLARE as she reflects on City of Glass, as well as enter our giveaway to win a signed book and limited edition Mortal Instruments hoodie.

This week, we also looked back at The Mortal Instruments with FANS REFLECTING on what the series means to them, as well as us here at TMI SOURCE.

Once you’ve finished and want to discuss City of Heavenly Fire, you can discuss it HERE on our forum. Beware of spoilers!

Note: Please do not post City of Heavenly Fire spoilers on the site for at least the next three months. If you want to discuss City of Heavenly Fire with fans, you can talk in our CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE SPOILER FORUMThe book isn’t out in some parts of the world, so we’d appreciate it if you’d respect those fans who haven’t had a chance to read it yet. Getting the book (especially this one) spoiled for you is not fun.

Happy reading, Shadowhunters! We’ll see you on the other side.

Tonight: ‘City of Heavenly Fire’ launch party in NYC

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Shadowhunters! Tonight is the launch party for City of Heavenly Fire in New York City, just hours before the book is unleashed upon the world. The party kicks off at 10 p.m.

We’ll be at 92Y covering the event, along with hundreds of other Shadowhunters, but if you can’t make it to the event, 92Y is live-streaming it here.

Join Cassandra Clare for the exclusive book launch for The City of Heavenly Fire! Shadowhunters and demons square off for the final showdown in the spellbinding finale of the bestselling series The Mortal Instruments. Special guests include authors Maureen Johnson, Holly Black, Kelly Link and Scott Westerfeld.

We can’t wait to see other Shadowhunters and love knowing that the rest of you will be there in spirit!

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