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Cassandra Clare teases what lies ahead in ‘City of Heavenly Fire’

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Cassandra Clare teased what lies ahead in City of Heavenly Fire, the conclusion to The Mortal Instruments coming May 2014, when she addressed some Twitter questions from fans, including the revelation that six characters we know by name are going to die. Check out Cassie’s answers:

What are your thoughts? Theories? Sound off in the comments and discuss!

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114 Comments on Cassandra Clare teases what lies ahead in ‘City of Heavenly Fire’

    romance please let there be malec

    • SAME!!! When she said 6 people die all i could think was CLARY JACE IZZY SIMON ALEC MAGNUS omg thats SIX!!!!!

      • theres also Luke, Jaquelyn, Sebastian, Maryse, Robert, Maia, Jordan. I don’t want them to die 😥 I BETTER GET CLOSURE ON THIS BOOK OR I WILL BE RANTING UNTIL MY OWN DEATH COMES.

      • Sebastian is going to die for sure, so you only have to worry about five more 😉

      • Eline: I don’t want Sebastian to die actually. I just want him to change. If that’s even possible.. He kinda makes stuff more interesting with the whole “I love my own sister” kinda thing xD ahhh but i feel im going crazy with all this suspence!!!!!!!! I can’t wait!!!!!!!

      • You know it might not be Clary, Jace, Magnus, Alec, Simon and Iz it could also be Maryse, Robert, Lillith, Sebastian,Jocelyn, Luke, The Silent Brothers again, The Queen, Rafael, Maureen and ect.

      • BY THE ANGEL! But i don’t think she’ll kill all the mains. She said characters we know by name so there could also be Luke, Jocelyn, Maia, Jordon, Sebastian (He should die), And don’y forget about Brother Zachariah a.k.a Jem and

      • MORTALLYANINSTRUMENT // March 23, 2014 at 3:25 PM //

        yeah but does anyone REALLY believe Camille is dead? I don’t…. and Robert lightwood is pretty high on my list too… Sebastian’s a give in, umm maybe Rafael, and i have a feeling Jordan and Maia might go in a Lupin and Tonks style. Ok so i have one more suspicion….. Magnus. Just because the Bane Chronicles are making me suspicious…

      • Zoe Nigh // May 26, 2014 at 9:44 PM //


      • Lily Potter // May 28, 2014 at 6:49 PM //

        i know i died maybe in the epilogue its like a 40 years later and there all dead or maybe its like a bunch of characters we know the names of that we just don’t like as mucho

    • Jaceisasexybabe // January 14, 2014 at 9:33 PM // Reply


    • Clary Isabella Penryn Prior // May 4, 2014 at 5:55 AM // Reply

      Anno bta!!!! Please don’t kill clace, malec or sizzy!!! I’ll probably die, or go become an iron sister so I don’t need to feel anymore!!!

  2. That’s a lot to take in in 30secs! Six characters!! Oh wow o.O March can’t come quick enough!!xD

    If any of the main couples die, I’m going to lose my effing mind. please leave Malec alone…. please 😦

  4. So frustrating, my heart hurts.
    But I get the thinking, cause you get attached to a character and then if they lived happily ever after, their story doesn’t matter…

  5. 6. 6! That’s pretty much all the main characters. >-<

  6. I really feel like one of the characters she’s going to kill of is Magnus or Alec and if that happens I don’t think I’ll be able to go on living.

  7. ??????????????? Six characters!? How can she kill off six characters? I was hopeful that this book would follow CP2, we all thought that there would be these huge deaths in it and it would be incredably sad but it all worked out perfectly. I thought this would be the same but how can it if we will lose six characters? She said six characters we know by name so chances are we won’t like them all but lets face it someone we love is going to die and I have a feeling its going to be Magnus.

  8. Catherine Herondale // September 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM // Reply

    Kill all you want but leave malec alone. U can kill clary or jace… #no i don’t mean that but… I really can’t continue with my life if anythg happen to them.

  9. I have a really bad feeling that Simon and Izzy will never make it as a couple. I also think think that it will be Izzy being killed to save Simon 😥 i.

  10. Ok, so six of our main characters will die in CoHF. It can’t be Clary or Jace! It just can’t! Seriously, they deserve to save the world and live happily ever after… Here’s my list of who’s going to die, maybe: Magnus or Alec, Simon, Maia or Jordan, Jonathan Morgenstern, Jocelyn or Luke, Maryse or Robert.
    Maybe if somebody does die, they can be brought back to life by the Angel. I think there’s supposed to be angels in this book. It just can’t be Jace or Clary that dies or both:( they’re the ones to save the world. I think it will be Clary that kills Jonathan for good. She may get hurt in the process but she won’t die…

    • Jace and Clary … NOT GONNA DIE.
      *crossed hands* *crossed legs*
      Just no.

    • teamedwardjace // September 26, 2013 at 7:09 PM // Reply

      that could be if they die and come back. perhaps alec will become a a vampire or izzy or whatever or the angel brings them back. maybe clary dies and is brough back, thus she surivives

    • I cannot handle the thoughts of Jace or Clary dying 😦 That would kill me.. I know so many say oh its just a book but too me its so much more then that! I do however agree that at least one of the partners per person dies such as you indicted above 😦

  11. SIX CHARACTERS????? Pleasepleaseplease let malec be together and alive 😦 omg this wait is gonna be the death of me

  12. MAN! I am so holding my breath… 6??!?! :-/

  13. One character dying for each book O.o

    • Good point. And she doesn’t mention MAIN characters just that we know them by name so they could be like Raphael, Meliorn, the Seelie Queen, Amatis, Maureen and Woolsey. lol

      • Good point! Except for the fact that Woolsey is dead already by a long time. XD Maybe Eric or Kaelie… lol

  14. love me some sebastian // September 26, 2013 at 12:19 PM // Reply

    I don’t think it’s magnus bc he’s in the epilogue of cp2 which I thought was after cohf. Tessa said she saw him. Maybe it’s people like mayrse and robert, and some wolves we know, blackthorns parents, etc…Maybe not all main characters. Not saying no main characters are going to see their demise but maybe it won’t be all of them.

  15. Six charaters? SERIOUSLY, I’m practically already crying and I haven’t read the book yet.. But she said that we know by name, it could be like anyone we’ve seen since book one but still, we know that one of the main characters does die soooo… cry me a river 😦 😦 😦

  16. 6 characters we know by name? Some of them can be as important as Catarina Loss is.


  18. SIX??????!???????????????!!!!!!!!!
    I can’t breath *cries for air, cough*
    *can’t breathe again*

  19. Oh God, this book will be the death of me! CP2 was excruciating, but CoHF is actually going to kill me!

  20. In the resume of ”The Dark Artifices” that the surviving characters from TMI cycle will appear in cameos. They will be in their early twenties so you’ll get to see what they’re up to in their more adult lives.

  21. Noo!!! Why?!? At first it was only 4 main characters that would die, and now its 6!!!!! SIX!! This is going to be the death of me!! Cassie you better make it end well unless you want to be the author that is chased all over the world!

  22. WHAT THE HELL I thought it was only going to be one character that would die not 6 I’m angry 😦

  23. Ok I can’t live if Cassandra Clare kills Sizzy or Malec I’m going to DIE WHY IS CASSANDRA CLARE DOING THIS TO US. But I know that Jace and Clary cannot die because there going to have huge impact on the books

  24. Lightwoodshadowhunterss // September 26, 2013 at 6:44 PM // Reply


  25. If I didn’t have two tests and a quiz tomorrow in school then right about this time I would be sitting down with all five books and skimming through the pages to list every single character we know by name. Relax, guys, Clary, Jace, Alec, Simon, Izzy, Magnus and Maia are certainly not the only six characters.

  26. oh god, oh god.ok so clace is going to survive, maybe sizzy. it could that maia jordan, sebastian , maybe maryse, robert and maybe lilith?

  27. teamedwardjace // September 26, 2013 at 7:08 PM // Reply

    i’ll be sad if maia or jordan dies, even jocelyn and luke( okay i don’t want them to die), bu it will really hard if maalec dies! not that it would be a flaw in cassies writing but i’ll be screaming no!

  28. Nooo! Six characters. I have a bad feeling about this book. I don’t think it’s going to end like CP2 because most of those characters needed to live to continue on the series next generation but since this current generation is not really need in the spinoff. Cassie might have gotten a little trigger happy and killed a couple of people that will get us crying. I really don’t want Clary, Jace, Simon, Isobel, or Magnus to die.

  29. If Jace && Clary die or get seperated I will burn the books, if Malec or Izzy and Simon die, i will burn the books -.- Why would you kill characters that we knoe CASSANDRA?!??!

  30. I want. This. Book. Now.
    What day does the codex come out?

  31. I feel that it would be poetic justice if Robert dies for Maryse.

  32. dont kill the kids that would just be wrong after what they have been through kill other people we no by name please not the the good one i wont be able to read your books again if it is anyone good

  33. True @teamedwardjace ,
    It could be that Clary, Jace, or Simon gets killed but then an angel brings them back. (Remember the rune that she revealed is in this book? “Two angel wings”) Soo many questions!

  34. this is painful omgomgomgomg

  35. SIX …. ??????? …. R U NUTTS ???
    it makes me crazy worry thinking about one… but u make it six !!!
    u should explain u’r self cassie…..
    u should make enormous happy ending … how r u going to do that by killing six characters … whooaaaaaaaaaa… *crying*
    just dont take my clace and simon please… dont take luke too … or jem or tessa…
    and u should kill jonathan…

  36. n dont take magnus coz he’s my magnum 😥

  37. MeowRibbetFrog // September 27, 2013 at 4:38 AM // Reply

    When this book comes out, I’m probably going to fake sick and skip class and read all day and all night till this is done…if Luke dies I’m going to cry. I know he is not a main main character but he deserves to be happy with Jocelyn after all he has been through 😦

  38. I am seriously gonna bawl my eyes out if Magnus dies. 😦

  39. HugeFan♥Clace // September 27, 2013 at 7:02 AM // Reply

    Does anyone else have a bad feeling that Clary will die fighting Jon and Jace will die to be with her?
    asakdsdkfdlhfgjloryiepaskcv jsxjfgeafkuhawjlNNOOOO MY JACEEE NOOOOO

  40. this women wants to kill me,i know it.

  41. Great, so does that mean that even if Alec and Magnus survive, they are going to stay seperated?! 😦 I hate this! I used to look forward to all of the books, but now, I just want to get it over with, there is no fun left in it for me, because I am sure Cassandra Clare is going to ruin this series by killing of Alec and/or Magnus or other beloved characters. Why bother spending so much time writing about characters and making readers become attached to them, when in they end they are going to die anyway?! I know this sounds bitter and I certainly don’t want to be mean, after all Clare has all the right in the world to finish her books the way she wants to be, all I’m saying is that as a huge fan of the books (and a Malec obsessive) I am really not looking forward to CoHF anymore and feel deeply disappointed already … Well, more room on my book shelves, when I put away the books in May …

    • I kinda agree with you… although i don’t think i will throw the books away. I suspect she will fuck it all up actually and there will be only a dissatisfied left.

  42. Cassie, don’t kill Malec, please!!!

  43. if magnus dies it will be very heart breaking esp for his malec relationship but it will also save him even more the burden of immortality he has been alive for a long time and I love magnus but it will only get more harder for him

    • Magnus isn’t going to die!!!
      He can’t because he’s gonna be there in every other book!!!
      Jem and Tessa will die tho 😦

  44. So what if the hints that Jace and Clary are really related are true? the Herondale star birthmark they both have as does Jocelyn.. does this mean Clace are over? If Jace dies I will riot.

    • where do you get they both have the Herondale birth mark? It is clearly stated who Clary’s parents are, and more or less who Jace’s parents are.

    • The reason they have the same mark is because they both have seen an angel! It clearly stated that in the books! & it has been clearly stated whom the parents were to Clary…

  45. Ok…6 characters will die (period! no discount!). But Cassie didn’t give us clues as to whether the 6 characters are ‘good guys’ or ‘bad guys’. Meaning? could be 6 bad guys who die (yes) or 6 good guys who die (oh no) or 50:50. My prediction (99%) between 6 characters must be Jonathan and the remaining 5 characters…I don’t even want to think about.

    Those who (in my opinion) survive: Jem & Tessa (who already read Clockwork Princess certainly understand) Magnus & Simon (Warlock & vampire).

    Next…characters who shouldn’t die:
    Jace…why him? if he is ‘dead’ then ended the Herondale generation (no next generation, no descendant)…by the Angel
    Clary…why her? it’s simple, because she is main character of six book, the heroine

    So, I don’t even want to know or think or feel if both of them die…one by one or together. If so…(damn), it means the final book is final tragedy, final closure, final fate and destiny…for them.

  46. Why in the name of the angel my fav authors insist to keep killing characters at the end?!?! oh why why why?!?!?! … 6 is just too many 😦 damn!

  47. Elizabeth Herondale // September 27, 2013 at 7:04 PM // Reply

    I’m crying. I can’t live without my babies </3

  48. Nooo! Clace, Sizzy and Malec will not die! They most certainly can’t! Cassie said 6 characters will die that we KNOW BY NAME, but we all KNOW THEM BY HEART! They will simply not die!

  49. sheilathethongbarbarino // September 27, 2013 at 10:03 PM // Reply


  50. I’m crying , please don’t kill anyone. I love ALL the good guys in this dooks, if you kill one you are going to kill me too!!!! ;(

  51. It’s going to be soooooooooooo hard to read. I don’t want anyone to die. If anyone I love dies, I might just die myself.

  52. I am gonna shed tons of tears come this last book which will be for COHF! I hate knowing that six will die & that we know them by name which means they are very much main characters! I seen where you said that a couple will stay apart forever & I truly hope that is not Jace & Clary! I love their relationship because no matter what happens they truly belong together connected! They both would die for one another..

  53. Lightwoodshadowhunterss // September 29, 2013 at 5:15 PM // Reply

    I have a feeling that Alec might die…. *cries, banging head on keyboard*

  54. If sizzy and clace end in this book i will fucking die!!! 6 characters?!? WHY?????? This book is going to be the death of me! *cries for 10 years, crawls into a hole and cries some more*

  55. Christina Herodale // September 30, 2013 at 9:40 AM // Reply

    i’m fine until sebastian but if she kills MY JACE or ALEC,CLARY,IZABELLL and MAGNUS i will FREAK out!!!!
    she just can’t kill them!!!
    Jace must live!!!!

  56. Who is Emma? I don’t remember an Emma! Did I forget something? :S

  57. am i the only one who thinks it could be possible that jace is going to die and the epilogue is about how clary handles this

  58. 6 fucken people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!what the hell!!!!:(
    [sorry for the language]

  59. It’s confirmed that Sebastian is going to die. Why is everyone forgetting Lilith?she most likely will also die. I think Izzy will die but turn into a vampire cause Simon drank her blood. I read a spoiler and it seems that Alec might die!!;(

  60. six people no WAY please not jace or clary or the lightwoods
    apparently simons going to die but i hope sebastian is going to die though he probably will 6 months to go

  61. i have a feeling tat simon will die and izzy will become one of the iron sister .. its been hinted in the last book

  62. i have to read it in english. Otherwise i have to wait for a very long time. Clace just can´t die. Malec and Sizzy I love them all…. It would be good if just 6 not main Characters like Maryse or robert dies.. 😦 very very sad

  63. Have dies because in the overview of Lady Midnight it says
    “being the best, fastest and deadliest Shadowhunter since Jace Lightwood”

  64. There is a loophole of the 6 deaths
    6 are going to die but maybe many with be revived

  65. Andrea Molnár // January 21, 2014 at 4:10 PM // Reply

    First, sorry for my bad English but I am Hungarian.
    My opinion is that Jace will become an Angel instead of Raziel.
    Clary was dreaming about Jace with Angel wings so many times and she saw bright light around him often…I am very afraid it means that with the heavely fire inside of him, Jace will sacrifice himself to destroy the demons at the end. Just like Tessa before, he will stay in fire too and the only way to survive is becoming an Angel.
    I think Sebastian will kill Raziel somehow and now Jace will become the Angel the shadow hunters can call for help in the future. Jem become a Silent Brother and Jace will become an Angel..:(((
    Cassandre Clare confirmed that one couple will stay apart, separated. She didn’t mean that they will be dead…just separated. This is the way she can separate Jace and Clary forewer…and this is the way she can break my heart! 😦
    I hate my own idea because I really love Jace and Clary together…but Cassandra destroyed already a beautiful love story (between Will and Tessa) and she will do it again with Jace and Clary..:(

  66. How can you kill 6 characters off!!!!!!!!!! That’s worse than Allegiant

  67. JayLovesClare // February 19, 2014 at 4:19 PM // Reply

    Okay, I think Magnus dies trying to save Alec, because I read a teaser talking about how Magnus’s rattling breath and he said his fathers name. I cant wait much longer. I love the cover by the way! Its beautiful! But I need to know what happens or ima die.. O.o

  68. All I have to say is that I hope Alec, Magnus, Simon and Rafael stay alive I just can’t deal with more of my favorite characters dying! I hope that last book isn’t focused to much on romance though because I kinda felt like City of Lost Souls had a bit to much romance. But that’s just my opinion.

  69. ClaceSizzyMalec // May 23, 2014 at 4:16 PM // Reply

    OMFG if malec, sizzy, or clace die i will die. but i have a feeling that some of them will… NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *cries* gahhhhhh

  70. whydoeseveveryonehavetodie // June 1, 2014 at 3:16 PM // Reply

    I will kill her I will kill her (goes on like this for 6days rocking back and forth in dark corner while slowly during inside

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