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Cassandra Clare talks ‘Dark Artifices’ with Hollywood Crush

Fan-made cover of 'The Dark Artifices: Lady Midnight'

Earlier this week we learned that bestselling author Cassandra Clare was continuing her Shadowhunter world with a new sequel series to The Mortal Instruments. The Dark Artifices takes place five years after the conclusion of The Mortal Instruments, which will come to a close with City of Heavenly Fire, which is due out in 2014, in 2013 Los Angeles and introduces new Shadowhunters, including Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn. Check out the synopsis of the first book of the trilogy, working title Lady Midnight:
Los Angeles, 2012. It’s been five years since the events of the Mortal Instruments when Nephilim stood poised on the brink of oblivion and Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs lost her parents. After the blood and violence she witnessed as a child, Emma has dedicated her life to the eradication of demons and being the best, fastest and deadliest Shadowhunter since Jace Lightwood. Raised in the Los Angeles Institute, Emma is paired as a parabatai with her best friend, Julian. As Emma hunts those who caused the death of her parents, the trail they’re following leads back to those they’ve always been taught to trust. At the same time, Emma is falling in love with Julian — her closest friend and, because he is her parabatai, the one person in the world she’s absolutely forbidden by Shadowhunter Law to love. Set against the glittering backdrop of present-day Los Angeles, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.
Clare spoke with out friends at Hollywood Crush about her new Shadowhunter series and even shared a snippet.
Hollywood Crush: How will the events of "The Dark Artifices" mesh with the world of "The Mortal Instruments"? Cassandra Clare: I realized that as long as I was writing "The Mortal Instruments" I would be stuck in 2007, 2008, because anything beyond that and the main characters age out of teenagerhood, which is the life period the books are about. But I wanted to push forward into the current day, so "The Dark Artifices" takes place in 2012. Five years after the events of "The Mortal Instruments." That would make the characters of "TMI"—Clary, Jace, Simon—22, 23 years old (well, the ones who survive, anyway!). We'll be able to check in with them and see who's still together and who broke up, who's married, who has what job, what they're like as adults.

What’s the inspiration for the series title?
The inspiration for the title! Okay, this is so dorky. The main family, the Blackthorns, of “The Dark Artifices,” have a father who is a classicist. He is obsessed with Greek and Roman mythology and history. So “The Dark Artifices” comes from “The Annals of Imperial Rome” by Tacitus. “It would have been less ignominious to die by the dark artifices of Tiberius or the fury of Caligula.” I just liked the phrase. And all the kids in the family have Greek or Roman names—Helen, Julian, Marcus, Olivia and even Tiberius. (Poor Tiberius.) As for the individual books, the working title for the first book is “Lady Midnight.”

New York and London are such integral elements—almost characters in and of themselves—in your series. How will moving the action to L.A. affect the goings-on? Should we expect surfing Shadowhunters?
Los Angeles is my hometown! Now, I have nothing against surfers. Surfers are hot, and the beach and the ocean play a huge role in “Dark Artifices.” But there is a wonderful darkness to Los Angeles that people often don’t see unless they live there. There are the wonderful sea caves up by Leo Carillo, the deserts just outside the city, and there are supposed to be ghosts haunting the Hollywood Hills.There’s the whole genre of “sunlit noir” and the tradition of hard-boiled detectives like Phillip Marlowe. Los Angeles is this place that has a glittering, glamorous surface but below it is this machine that grinds up dreams and crushes them. Which is so much fun to work with when you’re writing!

There’s a lovely description of the Santa Ana winds, the hot winds that blow out of the desert, by Raymond Chandler: “Those hot dry winds that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands’ necks. Anything can happen.”

How much have you written of the first novel?
Well, we’re years out! But I have the first book outlined, and quite a few scenes written. Here’s a little bit: “The cycle hit the beach and spun out. Emma came to a stop on her back, her body shaking, her hair and clothes full of sand and her ears full of the sound of the wildly crashing ocean.”

How excited are you for The Dark Artifices?

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11 Comments on Cassandra Clare talks ‘Dark Artifices’ with Hollywood Crush

  1. “How excited are you?”

  2. Moar Shadowhunter books?! MY LIFE…IT IS COMPLETE!!!

  3. I would love to see the links and connections the characters have with TID and TMI! Like Emma is a Carstairs, which means she’s Jems descendent. I hope that theres a Herondale!!! 🙂

    • Belle, i think the story takes place right after the last mortal instruments book, it would be to early for a Herondale descendent…… 😦 I WISH THERE WAS!!!!!

      • Katie The Obsessed One // June 2, 2012 at 6:45 PM //

        well u never know! it’s been five years, maybe Jace and Clary have a kid! but his/her last name wouldn’t be Herondale b/c the Lightwoods adopted Jace, so he/she would be a Lightwood…

  4. Im freaking out seriously!!!!!!!!!! im excited theres going to be another series!!! im hopeing that jace and clary will be mentioned in it ….. and as for the mortal instruments movie ….. the male actor playing jace makes me sooooooooo sad, i know its not ur fault Cassandra!!!! i was hoping Alex Pettyfer and i cant wait to her more details about the Dark Artifices!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CAN NOT WAIT. Isn’t anywhere a store where they sell this book earlier. Please tell that they will sell it now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I love Shadowhunters books ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
    Please give it to me i will give you my life if you want, just let me read it now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Cant wait. shadow hunters rule. there awsome. sad on some of the castings. clary is supposed to be short. great job on Issy, Magnus and a few others though.

  7. JACE LIGHTWOOD??????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3 Trackbacks / Pingbacks

  1. Weekly News Recap: ‘Mortal Instruments’ movie news + ‘Dark Artifices’ is official | The Mortal Instruments Source
  2. 2012 Year in Review: THE DARK ARTIFICES « TMI Source
  3. Cassandra Clare autora de Cazadores de Sombras, incluirá a una heorína mexicana en en su nueva saga. | NBP1's Blog

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