Julian is jealous in new ‘The Dark Artifices’ snippet

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Ask and you shall receive (at least this time). A fan and Jemma shipper asked Cassandra Clare for a Julian and Emma snippet and Cassie was kind enough to oblige:

“I know things haven’t been exactly right between us since I got back from England,” he said. “And I don’t know if it’s because I’m a little jealous of Cristina, or a lot jealous of —“

“JULIAN,” Emma said.

Cassie also noted that “it’s not much but i shouldn’t encourage the idea of asking for snippets, i was in the mood though!.

In another recent tumblr post, Cassie talked about the release date for Lady Midnight:

Late 2015/early 2016 is my guess. We are leaving room because we don’t want to end up with a crunch situation like we did with the end of Heavenly Fire. It almost killed like six people at my publisher, as well as me.

Fingers crossed for a late 2015 release date and no almost casualties! We want everyone to be healthy!

What do you think of the new snippet and who do you ship in The Dark Artifices? Sound off in the comments!

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Emma and Julian argue in new ‘The Dark Artifices’ snippet

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Cassandra Clare’s new Shadowhunter trilogy The Dark Artifices doesn’t have an official release date yet and Cassie certainly knows how to make us even more impatient for Lady Midnight with this new snippet:

“Emma —“

“I’m calling.” Emma lunged for her phone.

“No!” Julian said, forcefully enough to stop her. “You know we can’t tell anyone. About Mark —“

“You’re not going to bleed to death in a car for Mark!”

“No,” he said, looking at her. His eyes were eerily green-blue, the only bright color in the dark interior of the car. “You’re going to fix me.”

Cassie also cautioned her readers about the snippets: “remember nothing is set in stone till publication

What do you think happened to Julian and how is Emma going to fix him? Sound off in the comments.

Click here if you’ve missed the news about the updated The Dark Artifices synopsis.

James observes his parents in new ‘The Last Hours’ snippet

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Ready for a Herondale teaser from The Last Hours? Ask and Cassandra Clare shall deliver.

In the latest snippet from The Last Hours, James Herondale takes a look at his “extraordinary” parents.

James could see his mother moving like an anxious pale star among the guests in her lilac dress, greeting each of them warmly, welcoming them to her home. She had not glamoured herself to look her husband’s age for the evening, and she appeared enormously young, though her hair was done up like a gracious older woman’s, not a girl’s. When Will materialized out of the crowd and came to put his arm around Tessa, smiling down at her, the gray at his temples flashed like silver. James looked away; he loved his parents for being extraordinary, but sometimes he also hated them for the same thing.

The first book in The Last Hours Chain of Thorns is slated for a 2017 release*

*date not final

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.

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.

‘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!

‘City of Heavenly Fire’ debuts No. 1 on Wall Street Journal’s Best Sellers List

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The final installment of Cassandra Clare’s international best-selling The Mortal Instruments, City of Heavenly Fire, has debuted at No. 1 on Wall Street Journal’s Best Sellers list for the week ending May 30, 2014.

City of Heavenly Fire ranked No. 1 in both Hardcover Fiction and Fiction E-Books.

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A huge congratulations to Cassandra Clare and Simon & Schuster!

Stay tuned for more announcements on where City of Heavenly Fire ranks on the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly and USA Today bestsellers lists.

‘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.

Cassandra Clare signing ‘Shadowhunter’s Codex’ and ‘The Iron Trial’ at BEA today

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Listen up, New York Shadowhunters. Cassandra Clare will be at BookExpo America today (Saturday, May 31) participating in two autograph sessions, including The Shadowhunter’s Codex and The Iron Trial, book 1 of Magisterium co-written with Holly Black. Both signings will be ticketed.

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At 10 a.m., Cassie will be signing copies of The Shadowhunter’s Codex at Table 1 from 10-11 a.m. This is a ticketed event.

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At 11:30 a.m., Cassie will be signing ARCs of The Iron Trial with co-author Holly Black at Table 3 from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Also, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Simon & Schuster will be handing out Mortal Instruments swag at the big display out front of BEA.

‘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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05/30/14 West Chester, PA (just outside Philly)

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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.

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!

TMI Wrap Up Tour: Exclusive interview with Cassandra Clare + giveaway

COG We are so very honored to be a part of the TMI Wrap Up Tour, in preparation of City of Heavenly Fire, and today we’re looking back at City of Glass, the book that was originally intended to be the final book in the series.

Thankfully that didn’t prove to be the case. I couldn’t imagine saying goodbye to these characters after just three books. City of Glass has remained my favorite book in The Mortal Instruments for many reasons, including character development, action, ships, Idris and the guaranteed emotional trauma that is accustomed with Cassie Clare’s books.

Here’s our exclusive interview with Cassandra Clare where we look back at City of Glass. Also, be sure to keep reading below for a giveaway you won’t want to miss! Angelic Power Rune TMI Source: At the time, City of Glass was intended to be the final Mortal Instruments book. What was the most difficult part about wrapping up the series at that time?

Cassandra Clare: The story would have wrapped up pretty neatly . . . except for all the other ideas I kept having! I had introduced Sebastian, and I loved him as a villain, and I couldn’t say goodbye to him: his body never turns up in City of Glass. I knew I was going to revisit him. And after going on this huge journey with Simon, I had so much more I wanted him to do! The thing is, I always did intend to continue the story in some form, so even though things weren’t wrapped up in City of Glass, that was okay. 

Had you planned Simon’s Mark of Cain from the beginning of the series? Where did the inspiration come from?

I had. The Shadowhunter world is so centered around runes, I wanted to tie in a more storied, ancient symbol. It was also a perfect demonstration of the double-edged nature of the power Clary has— creating such an infamous mark showed the Nephilim what she’s capable of, but they were also deeply disturbed by it. Even Raziel was disturbed by it! But yes, the Mark of Cain is seeded into City of Ashes, where Magnus tells them it was the first Mark. That was a hint we would see it eventually.

What was your favorite chapter or scene to write in City of Glass?

The scene where Jace and Clary finally snap at the manor house and just start kissing like crazy. Maybe that’s silly but they’d both been holding back so long and so hard that when they dropped the pretense finally it was a relief for me, too!

What influenced the character and development of Sebastian?

Valentine. Through Jace, we already saw one example of the results of his, shall we say, unique parenting style. Taking Valentine’s ideas to their extreme gave me Jonathan/Sebastian. He was always meant to be Jace’s shadow self. He shares many traits with Jace. Even their love for Clary — if you can call it love in Sebastian’s case — is something they share.

City of Glass was intended to be the final book in the series, yet Sebastian’s fate was left up in the air. Did you always intend his fate to be left hanging?

Yes. I had written a plot for a graphic novel about what would happen to Simon after the events of Glass, which is why I left so many threads untied at the end of City of Glass (where was Sebastian’s body, what would happen with Simon’s love life, the Seelie Queen’s threat, etc).

And now for the giveaway (which is open to U.S. residents only. Publisher’s rules). Enter below for your chance to win the following:

    • Mortal Instruments hoodie
    • Signed copy of City of Glass

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Be sure to visit the previous stops and remaining stops below:

May 22 – Fangirlish (TMI)

May 23 – Novel Novice (City of Ashes)

May 24 – TMI Source (City of Glass)

May 25 – Hypable (City of Fallen Angels)

May 26 – Dark Readers (City of Lost Souls)

May 27 – Mundie Moms (City of Heavenly Fire)

May 28 – Wondrous Reads (The Bane Chronicles)

TMI Tuesday: Listen to a ‘City of Heavenly Fire’ excerpt read by Sophie Turner

It’s the last TMI Tuesday – only one more week until City of Heavenly Fire is released :-)

Over the last few weeks we had two exclusive excerpts from City of Heavenly Fire, a look at the artwork inside the cover and a video in which Cassandra shared three secrets.

Today’s TMI Tuesday exclusive content is another real treat! A few weeks ago it was revealed that Sophie Turner – Sansa Stark from Game of Thrones – and Jason Dohring – Logan Echolls from Veronica Mars – will read the City of Heavenly Fire audio book and now we have an excerpt read by Sophie.

Click here to listen to it

or watch the video below:

What do you think of this final excerpt? Do you like Sophie and Jason’s voices and how are you preparing yourself for City of Heavenly Fire? Sound off in the comments.

Edit: Since the video isn’t availabe to everyone, here’s the written version of it. The punctuation and possible typos are by me. Please give credit to TMI Source if you use this excerpt:

Clary set her bag down by the door and looked around. She could hear her mother and Luke moving around her, putting down their own luggage, turning on the witchlights that illuminated Amatis’s house. Clary braced herself; they still had little idea how Amatis had been taken by Sebastian.

Though the place had already been examined by Council members for dangerous materials, Clary knew her brother. If the mood had taken him, he would have destroyed everything in the house, just to show that he could. Turned the sofas to kindling, shattered the glass and the mirrors, blown the windows to smithereens.

She heard her mother give a small exhale of relief, and knew Jocelyn must have been thinking what Clary was.
Whatever had happened, the house looked fine. There was nothing in it to indicate that harm had come to Amatis.

Books were stacked on the coffee table, the floors were dusty but uncluttered. The photographs on the walls were straight. Clary saw with a pang that there was a recent photograph near the fireplace of her, Luke and Jocelyn at Coney Island, arms around one another smiling.

She thought of the last time she had seen Luke’s sister, Sebastian forcing Amatis to drink from the Infernal Cup as she screamed in protest. The way the personality had faded out of her eyes after she had swallowed its contents.

Clary wondered if that was what it was like to watch someone die. Not that she hadn’t seen death, too. Valentine had died in front of her. Surely she was too young to have so many ghosts.

Luke had moved to look at the fireplace and the photos hanging around it. He reached out to touch one that showed two blue-eyed children. One of them, the younger boy, was drawing while his sister looked on, her expression fond.

Luke looked exhausted. Their Portal travel had taken them to the Gard and they had walked down through the city to Amatis’s house. Luke still winced often from the pain of the wound in his side that hadn’t quite healed, but Clary doubted the injury was what was affecting him.

The quiet in Amatis’s house, the homey rag rugs on the floor, the carefully arranged personal mementos; everything spoke of an ordinary life, interrupted in the most terrible way possible.

Jocelyn moved over to put her hand on Luke’s shoulder, murmuring soothingly. He turned in the circle of her arms, putting his head against her shoulder. It was more comforting than in any way romantic, but Clary still felt as if she had stumbled on a private moment.

Soundlessly, she plucked up her duffle bag and made her way up the stairs. The spare room hadn’t changed; small, the walls painted white, the windows like portholes, circular. There was the window Jace had crawled through one night and the same colorful quilt on the bed.

She dropped her bag onto the floor near the nightstand. The nightstand where Jace had left a letter in the morning, telling her he was going and he wasn’t coming back. She sat down on the edge of the bed, trying to shake off the web of memories. She hadn’t realized how hard it would be to be back in Idris. New York was home, normal. Idris was war and devastation. In Idris she had seen death for the first time.

 

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