If there is one theory that anyone in the TMI/TID fandom would have you consider it’s “Who is Brother Zachariah?” The rumors and theories surrounding this character are astounding, considering the little we know about him.
Brother Zachariah first appears in CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS which specifically mentions his looks “He didn’t look like Brother Jeremiah had, with his hollow eyes and stitched mouth. Brother Zachariah’s eyes were closed, his cheekbones each marked with the scar of a single rune. But his mouth wasn’t stitched shut either. It was hard to tell, with the hood up, whether she was seeing shadows or dark hair” (CoFA Ch.6) Besides the Brother Jeremiah there has never been a Silent Brother so singled out in description before. So why now? Cassandra Clare has kept Brother Zachariah a mystery to all of her fans, rarely answering questions about him if at all, which causes the fandom to theorize.
Many fans believe that Brother Zachariah is Will (William Herondale) from THE INFERNAL DEVICES. There are a few points that credit this theory. First, is the “dark hair” that Clary sees. There is also the fact that Brother Zachariah is dedicated to the Herondale family saying “We cannot and should not harm the boy. Old tie exist between the Herondales and the Brothers. We owe him help.” (CoFA Ch.13)
Some believe Brother Zachariah to be Jem (James Carstairs) from THE INFERNAL DEVICES. The biggest indication of this is a description of Brother Zachariah’s hands. “Zachariah’s fingers were slim, unlined – a young man’s fingers.”(CoFA Ch.13) The reason this one line causes Jem to be in the lime light of this theory is because his hands are described very similarly in CLOCKWORK ANGEL and CLOCKWORK PRINCE. We also know that Jem has spent a great deal of time with the Silent Brothers due to his illness. Another great indication is a conversation Brother Zachariah has with Maryse Lightwood in CITY OF LOST SOULS.
“I was once a Shadowhunter like you. I lived like you do. And like you there were those I loved enough to put their welfare before anything else – any oath, any debt.
“Did you…” Maryse hesitated. “Did you ever have children?”
No. No children.
Don’t be. And try not to let fear for Jace devour you. He is a Herondale, and they are survivors -“
Now we know that the Herondale line lives on but Cassandra Clare will not say if that line is through Will or another Herondale line. We also know that the Carstairs name lives on with Cassandra Clare’s new character Emma Carstairs in THE DARK ARTIFICES.
If you would like my opinion (and I know you do because you have read this far) I believe that Brother Zachariah is Jem Carstairs. I believe that Jem (in CLOCKWORK PRINCE) already knows that this is a possible cure to his disease but has not shared it with the others. There is too much (for me) that points to Jem being Brother Zachariah than anyone else.
I also believe that Will is Brother Jeremiah. There was a big emphasis in CLOCKWORK PRINCE about Parabatai and being buried where the other is buried. I believe that if in fact Jem is Brother Zachariah, it is more than likely Will would choose that path as well. (Which would also explain Tessa being in white at the end of CITY OF GLASS.)
Time can only tell, and it seems like March 2013 can’t get here soon enough for us to learn more about this mysterious brother.
Who do you think Brother Zachariah is? Leave a Comment below and we will let you know who the majority believes Brother Zachariah to be.