Today I’m going to focus on the covers of CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS, CITY OF LOST SOULS and also CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE.
On 23rd August 2009 Cassie announced the publication of CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS which sets off the second cycle of her THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series. Almost a year and 4 months later, the cover for CoFA was revealed by EW’s Shelf Life (watch the video here) and Cassie also wrote a LiveJournal entry about it (here).
CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS was released on 5th April 2011 and every TMI fan was now able to hold a copy with this beautiful cover in their hands:
Here is a Cassie quote about the new cover because there obviously were some changes for the second cycle of TMI:
“[W]e wanted to do something that would link the cover aesthetically to the earlier covers while having a different quality that announced that this was a new chapter in these characters’ lives. We decided that each of the Second Cycle covers is going to have two characters on it — in this case Clary and Simon.”
So we have Clary and Simon. The best friends, one Shadowhunter and one Daylighter. Clary’s face is almost fully shown this time – which will also be the case for CITY OF LOST SOULS. Simon’s face is turned to the right side with his eyes and upper head cut off. It’s probably too dangerous to show his Mark of Cain although I was always very curious about its look.
Simon is wearing a quiver with 4 arrows – possibly a reference to CITY OF BONES, the first book of the first TMI cycle. His hoodie jacket and T-Shirt are both dark. Clary is standing behind Simon on his left side. She wears a yellow sleeveless dress and the Morgenstern ring around her neck. Her red curls are once again very wild and a bit more orange than on the cover of CITY OF ASHES. Her green eyes can be clearly seen and more runes cover her arms and also her neck.
Behind the book title there is a skyscraper – maybe the luxury apartment complex where Lilith used to bring back Sebastian? The colors are all very warm: we have copper, brown and gold. They remind me of fall which is very fitting because CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS is set in October.
Here is the next cover:
It’s from Turkey and I quite like it – I also admit to staring at the guy’s muscular arms for several moments. The bottom of the cover is almost the same as the US cover; the colors seem to be a bit more defined. We see Clary in a red sleeveless dress and what appears to be leather cuff around her right wrist. Pretty cool. I love her hair and the red lips.
Then we have Simon. He wears a gray wifebeater and a watch. That’s definitely a lot less than on the US cover. His and Clary’s face are not shown, just like on the cover of the first 3 TMI books.
The next cover is from bella Italia.
It’s very simple and dark, like its predecessors. I like the soft rose color. Solely based on the hair color the girl could be Isabelle. The shapes on the sides of her neck could be wings. I love the sentence underneath CITTÀ DEGLI ANGELI CADUTI because it is a quote used in the book: “Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death.” Jace quotes this from the Book of Solomon when he and Clary talk about Shadowhunter weddings (Sanctuary, page 244, McElderry edition).
The last CoFA cover is from Germany.
The mix of gold and purple is fantastic and I like that the German covers always use New York City landmarks. They also stick with the pillars, gargoyles and birds. It’s going to be interesting to see which landmark and colors they’ll use for CITY OF LOST SOULS.
Which brings me to the US cover of CITY OF LOST SOULS!
This gorgeous cover was revealed on 4th January 2012 on USA TODAY together with the prologue. Let’s start with the bottom part of the cover. It shows Pont Neuf in Paris. We know that there’s a lot of traveling – Paris is only one stop of many – and since it is the city of love and we have Clary and Jace on the cover it just fits.
Together with CITY OF ASHES this is definitely the darkest cover but also one of the prettiest.
Now to Clary and Jace. Don’t you love how they are embracing each other with their faces only inches apart? Jace looks so good in his dark clothes and his hair color is like I always imagined it. The runes on his arms look badass! Clary, our heroine Clary. The dress is cute and a much better color than on the CoFA cover. The model is the same and her hair is a bit different. It looks like Clary got even more runes and I like that the runes are shining which they also do on the CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS cover.
I would love to show you more CITY OF LOST SOULS covers but the book has only been out for 4 months and one day so there is no international cover – yet. As soon as there are some, I’ll write another article and let you know!
At the beginning I promised you to also focus on CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE which will be the last aspect of today’s article. Right now we only have this placeholder and because of the 2014 release we have to be very very patient for our last THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS cover.
Thanks to twitter we already know that Clary will be on the last cover but who will be the other person?
I think that it will be Sebastian. My reasons?
- Sebastian was on the cover of CITY OF GLASS which ended the first TMI cycle. Why shouldn’t he close the second one, too?
- He is Clary’s brother and wouldn’t you love a Morgenstern siblings cover?
- And probably the most important reason why Sebastian could be on the cover of CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE: he is the villain of the story! After the events of CoLS and especially the epilogue we know that Sebastian means business!
In my opinion we can eliminate Simon and Jace because they’ve had their covers.
A great twist would be an angel or the angel. Who knows? That’s why there’s only one thing left to say:
Sound off in the comments, Shadowhunters! Who do you think will be on the last cover and how do you like the international covers for CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS?