It’s day 4 of the #TMIblogtour!

Back in March we reported that Cassandra Clare’s UK publisher Walker Books would reissue the covers of The Mortal Instruments and to celebrate the publication of these stunning new editions of TMI, out in the UK today, we’ve teamed up with Walker Books for a blog tour to show the amazing artwork created for these covers!

Here’s the piece of art used for City of Fallen Angels, and the cover – click on the thumbnail and the finished cover to see the intricate detail of it! It looks absolutely amazing!

COFA ARTWORK LARGECOFA COVERThe artwork was created by Míla Fürstová, an award-winning internationally exhibited artist, who has shown in 20 solo shows in many countries, including Britain, USA, France and the Czech Republic over the last decade. During this time she has won 14 prestigious awards. Her work has become part of important private and public collections, including that of Queen Elizabeth II and the V&A Museum in London and has featured in numerous publications. She also designed the illustration for the CD cover of Coldplay’s Ghost Stories, a big reason why Walker Books commissioned her for these new covers. You can follow her on Twitter @MilaFurstova


Míla uses a print-making medium from the Middle Ages called etching:

– She uses a metal plate coated with wax

– She draws the illustration with a metal needle, exposing the bare metal

– The plate is then immersed in acid and the acid bites into the metal, where it’s exposed, resulting in lines on the plate

– The plate is inked all over, and the ink goes into the lines

– The plate is put through a high-pressure printing press together with a sheet of paper and the paper picks up the ink from the etched lines, making a print

Using this method, she made an intricate etching for each book, drawing on a metal plate. This was then used to produce the print featured above, which we then digitally coloured to use on the cover.

The choice of illustration for each cover was the result of a conversation between the Walker Books designer, Maria, and Míla. Everything had to be approved at sketch stage, because once the illustration is drawn onto the plate it’s very difficult to modify.

So for each piece of art, Maria sent Míla a full cover briefing of 5/6 pages per book with a synopsis, symbols, objects and extracts from the books with descriptions of characters, scenes and locations.

The briefing also suggested a few ways that Míla could go with the piece for the book.

Below is a snippet of the illustration briefing for City of Fallen Angels.

This book focuses a lot on Simon and his struggles at adapting to his new vampire life. He is also a Daylighter (a vampire who doesn’t get burned by the sun) and he has the mark of Cain to protect him from his enemies. Everybody wants Simon for some reason, as he is both a powerful weapon and a threatening enemy. Some vampires want to kill him and some want to have him as an ally. The demon Lilith wants to use him to resurrect Sebastian.

It would be nice to have Simon as the main character. He is now a vampire. He can stand the sun as well, but he is lost in a new world. He could be in one of the feathers arching his back and with the mark of Cain on his forehead radiating light. On the background we could have the Church of Talto and the transparent coffin where Sebastian is resting inside. On the other feather could be all his enemies: vampires, Camille, the demon Lilith… Or if that is too many figures we could have dark shadows or characters with hooded clothes. The main point is making it look like Simon is being threatened or suffering.

Míla first sent in sketches with her initial thoughts. Then there would be a bit of conversation about the sketch, before she produced the final etching on the metal plate to make the print with. Below is an example that shows the process.


Here is the etched metal plate for City of Fallen Angels (click the picture for a larger version).


Tomorrow, visit Shadowhunters World to see the artwork from City of Lost Souls!

We think that Mìla’s artwork for City of Fallen Angels looks phenomenal and the process of creation sounds incredibly interesting! Kudos, Mìla, and thank you for creating such a beautiful cover.

The new editions are available in the UK today!


Cover Illustration © 2015 Walker Books Ltd.

If you are in the UK, you can order them from Amazon, Waterstones and find them in your local bookshop.

In Australia, you can order them from Booktopia and Bookworld.

These are UK English Language editions, but you can also order them online even if you do not live in the UK. We have included the links to the Book Depository’s pages and also the ISBN numbers you need if you want your local bookseller to order them in for you.

City of Bones (ISBN 9781406362169) / City of Ashes (ISBN 9781406362176) / City of Glass (ISBN 9781406362183) / City of Fallen Angels (ISBN 9781406362190) / City of Lost Souls (ISBN 9781406362206) / City of Heavenly Fire (ISBN 9781406362213)

Countries the Book Depository ships to with free delivery.

Territories where you can buy the UK editions:

Singapore, India, South Africa, Germany, The Netherlands, Greece, United Arab Emirates, Slovakia, Lebanon, Pakistan, Switzerland, Malta, Austria, Spain, Sweden, Jordan, Denmark.

Angelic Power Rune

Thanks to the lovely people from Walker Books we are also hosting a giveaway for the complete set! Click on the angelic power rune above to get to the Rafflecopter page. The giveaway is for UK and Republic of Ireland residents only since Walker Books is an English publishing house.

Good luck! :-)


Official ‘Shadowhunters’ Website Launches

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ABC Family has launched its official website for Shadowhunters, its adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s worldwide bestselling books.

The website features information about the show, social media information for the cast and crew, as well as exclusives, including a first look video at the weapons room of the Shadowhunters set. You can watch that here.

If you check the Fandemonium section you might spot a familiar face.

Shadowhunters premieres in early 2016 on ABC Family.

‘Shadowhunters’ 1×03 Set Photos: Drunk Simon + Someone’s Thirsty


These new photos from the set of Shadowhunters’ third episode have us wondering if Simon is about to be acquainted with the vampires of Hotel Dumort.

Showrunner Ed Decter shared a couple of photos from the set, including a drunk Simon (drunk on what is the question), as well a look at a vampire who might be Camille (or Raphael), who looks pretty thirsty.

Check out the pics below:

Shadowhunters premieres in early 2016 on ABC Family.

‘Shadowhunters’ 1×03 Set Photos: Jace Training Clary in a Cemetery


Nothing says romantic like a little late night fight training in a cemetery.

Shadowhunters has began filming on its third episode and stunt coordinator John Lucescu was gracious enough to treat us to some photos of Jace training Clary in a cemetery.

Shadowhunters will premiere in early 2016 on ABC Family.

Photos: ‘Shadowhunters’ Wraps Filming on Episode 1×02

CH4uVwKXAAAS246 Shadowhunters has wrapped filming on its second episode, and Friday brought us a ton of new photos from the cast. Fret not! The first season has a guaranteed 13-episode order, which means there are still 11 episodes to film. Filming is set to continue through October in Toronto. For now, check out these photos from the cast:

Shadowhunters will premiere in early 2016 on ABC Family.

New Photos and Videos With the ‘Shadowhunters’ Cast


While the weekday is away, these Shadowhunters will play.

Over the weekend there were some new photos (and a video) released from executive producer McG and show runner Ed Decter, as well as some photos from the cast as they enjoyed their weekend.

Get caught up here:

Shadowhunters premieres in early 2016 on ABC Family.

Kaitlyn Leeb Cast as Camille in ‘Shadowhunters’


Shadowhunters has found its Camille!

Kaitlyn Leeb has been cast as vampire Camille Belcourt in ABC Family’s adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments, the network announced on Friday.

This will be the first live-action appearance by Camille, who didn’t appear in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. In the books, her character isn’t mentioned until City of Glass and she doesn’t appear until City of Fallen Angels.

In Shadowhunters, Camille is described as “beautiful and cunning” and “the sexy leader of the New York vampire clan.”

Cassie Clare told us that while she hasn’t seen Kaitlyn’s audition she’s curious to see what the show does with Camille, as are we.

Here’s the press release that went out:



Burbank, CA (June 12, 2015) – ABC Family has cast Kaitlyn Leeb (“Heartland”) as Camille Belcourt. It was announced today by the network. Leeb will be a guest star on the series.

Based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” follows 18-year-old Clary Fray, who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters – human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. When her mother, Jocelyn, is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace and her best friend, Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold.

Beautiful and cunning, Camille Belcourt is the sexy leader of the New York vampire clan.

“Shadowhunters” is produced by Constantin Film and executive produced by Ed Decter and McG. McG will also direct the first episode. The network has previously announced Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray, Dominic Sherwood for the role of Jace Wayland, Alberto Rosende as Simon, Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle Lightwood, Matthew Daddario as Alec Lightwood, Isaiah Mustafa as Luke Garroway Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus Bane.

Shadowhunters will premiere in early 2016 on ABC Family.

‘Shadowhunters’ Photos: the gang, ‘Clagnus’ and a dancing Magnus

Our executive producers Ed Decter and McG appear to be very busy tonight (or this morning depending on your time zone) because they have just tweeted several amazing photos and another video from the Shadowhunters set.

Prepare to fangirl/fanboy!

Don’t forget to check out the two clips of Jace and Alec that McG tweeted earlier!

Shadowhunters films through October in Toronto and will premiere in early 2016 on ABC Family.

Watch: McG shares first footage of Jace and Alec in action


What’s better than pictures from set? Moving pictures from the Shadowhunters set! Executive producer McG shared two very short clips of Dominic Sherwood in action as Jace Wayland and Matthew Daddario as Alec Lightwood. This is the first footage we have from the Shadowhunters set and by the Angel, the clips are awesome! Have a look for yourself:


Shadowhunters will air early next year on ABC Family.

‘Shadowhunters’ Photos: Shadowhunters on the Hunt & Seraph Blade Training

Welcome to day 2 of filming on episode 1×02 of Shadowhunters!

Wednesday’s photos brought us shots of Jace, Alec and Isabelle on the “hunt,” as well as some serious seraph blade training with Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood and Alberto Rosende.



We also got another cute Sizzy picture and Clary working on Simon’s van.

Shadowhunters films through October in Toronto and will premiere in early 2016 on ABC Family.

Lisa Marcos Joins ‘Shadowhunters’ as Captain Vargas

What better way to start a Wednesday off than with some casting news?

Lisa Marcos is joining Shadowhunters as the new character of Captain Vargas, the actress revealed on her Twitter on Wednesday morning. Captain Vargas works with Luke (Isaiah Mustafa), who is a detective in the show, at the NYPD.

Let’s welcome Lisa to the family!

‘Shadowhunters’ Photos: Filming Begins on Episode 1×02


On Monday, filming wrapped on the pilot episode of Shadowhunters, and now Tuesday marked the first day of filming on episode 1×02 — currently untitled “TBD.”

The episode is written by Hollie Overton, who shared the first photo of the day indicating that filming began today.

Here are the photos from Tuesday, June 9:

Late at night Maxim Roy shared a video of her with our Valentine, Alan Van Sprang.

Shadowhunters continues filming through October in Toronto and will premiere in early 2016 on ABC Family.

‘Shadowhunters': Photos from the Final Day of Filming on Episode 1


It’s hard to believe that filming is coming to a close on the pilot episode of Shadowhunters. On day 11 of filming, executive producer/director McG and show runner Ed Decter spoiled fans with a ton of photos from the set.

From Clace to Lightwoods to Isabelle looking fierce, here are photos from day 11 of filming:

Shadowhunters will begin filming episode 1×02 soon. According to Maxim Roy, it shouldn’t be long now.

Shadowhunters will film through October in Toronto and will premiere in early 2016 on ABC Family.

Watch: ‘Shadowhunters’ Cast Plays Werewolf


On Saturday night, the cast of Shadowhunters played a game of Werewolf and streamed it for our viewing pleasure.

Thanks to the lovely Ana Carmen Mtz, you can now watch or watch again and again!

Watch as Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende, Matthew Daddario, Harry Shum Jr., Isaiah Mustafa and Alan Van Sprang get intense in this completely confusing yet totally hilarious game that we so want to play!

Shadowhunters will premiere in early 2016 on ABC Family.

‘Shadowhunters': Photos from Day 10 of Filming


Filming has almost wrapped on the pilot of Shadowhunters, which entered its 10th day (of 12) of shooting on Friday.

Executive producer McG, who also is directing the first episode, shared a photo from dailies of what we can assume was a scene that was filmed on Friday. It’s a scene that fans of the books will remember well. McG — and Katherine McNamara — even used the exact line of dialogue from the book.

Showrunner Ed Decter shared some photos of Alberto Rosende near what appears to be Simon’s band’s van and Alberto, Kat and Dom.

Also, this photo of McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Rosende and Isaiah Mustafa looking HOT was released.

Ed later tweeted a photo of our Alec, Matthew Daddario, with a photobombing McG.

Katherine McNamara took to her twitter to share a cute photo of Clary and Jocelyn.

Early Saturday morning McG shared a photo of Simon, Clary and Jace, and a photo of the band’s van in front of the Institute.

Shadowhunters will film through October in Toronto and will premiere in early 2016 on ABC Family.

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