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Cassandra Clare hopes fans will find ‘City of Heavenly Fire’ a ‘good and fitting’ end to the series (Exclusive)

COHF placeholderIt’s no secret that fans of The Mortal Instruments are a bit anxious — and terrified to say the absolute least — for the forthcoming release of City of Heavenly Fire, coming May 27, 2014.

“They are very scared,” Clare laughed. “And I was like, ‘Gosh, everyone’s so scared. What have I done to terrify them so terribly?'”

That sheer terror and anxiety has come from the mention that six characters we know by name will die in City of Heavenly Fire, not to mention that the placeholder cover poses the question, “Who will survive?” Not exactly reassuring.

“To be fair, I didn’t pick that,” Clare laughed. “I recognize that it is a frightening tagline.”

City of Heavenly Fire is easily one of — if not the most — anticipated books of 2014. Fans are eager for any news or tease regarding the final book. When we spoke with Clare last week about the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, we just had to ask about City of Heavenly Fire. Clare teased what we can expect from the last Mortal Instruments book.

“I understand why they’re scared,” she said. “It’s the last book in the series. That’s sort of the ‘all gloves are off’ book in which pretty much anything can happen. There’s obviously a lot at stake. As I’m sort of wrapping it up now, there are sad parts, there are happy parts, there are funny parts, hopefully there are exciting parts. I hope that people will find it to be a good and fitting kind of coda to the end of the story of Jace, Clary, Simon, Isabelle, Alec and the rest of them. I really hope they’ll like it. There’s nothing more I can do at this point because I sort of feel like, I wrote the best books I could and this is what I envisioned for the characters, this is how it feels right for them to end.”

Clare said she’s having fun writing her next Shadowhunter series, The Dark Artifices, the first of which — Lady Midnight — is set for release in March 2015.

“Part of the fun part of writing The Dark Artifices has been writing in some of the new characters that will be in the next series,” she said. “I’m hoping people will get to know Emma and Julian and the Blackthorns and the Carstairs of the modern world and get to like them.”

Clare was actually writing City of Heavenly Fire while on the set of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. She said that revisiting her characters as they were in the first book actually helped with wrapping their stories up.

“It helped me look back at the roots of the characters and kind of be like, this is where they started out,” she said. “It’s been such awhile — for me it’s been six years, actually more like eight years since I wrote City of Bones. For me, Clary is no longer the girl who doesn’t know anything about magic. And Simon is no longer the guy that doesn’t have any powers. And Alec is no longer the guy who is unrequitedly in love and doesn’t talk about his love life. They’re all completely different people with different relationships. For me, it’s good to go back and be like, ‘This is where they started out.’ And that helps me figure out where they’re going to end up.”

There were even times on set when she was writing that she pictured the actors as the characters in her head.

“While I was on set I started visualizing them as the characters, but now I’ve sort of gone back to the images that were in my head,” she said. “But they were such strong images of what they all looked like starting out. But there’s ‘movie Alec’ and then ‘in my head Alec.’ They don’t look the same, but ‘movie Alec’ I still feel like I’m watching Alec.”

Though we don’t know who is on the cover of City of Heavenly Fire, Clare has seen the final cover and she likes it. As for when the cover will be unveiled, Clare said it should be January. But don’t hold her to that.

“I’m gonna throw that out there,” she said. “I think January. It seems likely to me in terms of the way the publisher does things.”

Clare is very excited about the surprise that comes on the cover jacket, which is a sort-of pull-out mini poster featuring fan-favorite characters fans have always wanted to see on the Mortal Instruments covers.

“I can’t say what characters are on the cover, but there are lots and lots of characters that people have always asked for,” she said. “‘I want a cover with this person, I want a cover with that person.’ So the inside of the book is sort of an artist’s rendering — Cliff Nielsen’s rendering — of a whole bunch of the other characters.”

Clare isn’t sure when the full pull-out poster with the characters will be revealed as Simon & Schuster might want to do that at a different time. They’re still working on that right now.

“I’ve seen the sketches and the sort of ideas for it and it looks like it’s going to be really cool,” she said. “I think it’ll be fun to have. It’ll be like a little mini movie poster.”

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30 Comments on Cassandra Clare hopes fans will find ‘City of Heavenly Fire’ a ‘good and fitting’ end to the series (Exclusive)

  1. teamedwardjace // November 30, 2013 at 11:12 AM // Reply

    This is going to be an epic book with so many emotions! I’m excited but I’ll be sad that the series is done while looking forward to the future series and hoping all the tmi and Id books are adapted to the screen

    • this book series has been one of the best i have ever read im so excited for the last one. i already read the infernal devices which was great and made me cry a lot, im thrilled for the dark artifices.

  2. I can’t decide whether I’m excited or scared for this book. But I’m glad she finally finished it. Right now I guess I’m more excited.

  3. writer-dramaqueen // November 30, 2013 at 11:54 AM // Reply

    I stopped at City of Glass. Am terrified to continue reading of fear of Clary and Jace being separated and also coz I’m waiting for the last book. So I have to ask- how is the books after City of Glass? I saw a snippet that looked like Clary was crying over Jace…

    • Some people really didn’t like the direction of COFA & COLS but I liked the books. They are good books but I must warn you they are very aggravating at the same time. After City of Glass you think Clary & Jace will have the freedom to explore their relationship since they are not brother & sister, well that isn’t the case. She teases you with passionate scenes mixed here & there with them but from the very start of COFA there is already something going on with Jace that effects their relationship and that’s what makes COFA & COLS so aggravating. That’s why for me if Jace & Clary don’t end up together in COHF then the total series will be a total waste since they fight so hard for their love & to be together in COFA & COLS.

    • the books are fantastic after cityof glass. glass was my favourite one with the happiest ending out of all five of the books. i mustsay that you will be upset in city of fallen angels becuase there s separations but they are reunited soon after that book in city of lost souls. you really should read all the books, i was sad that they got separated but the books never stopped encouaging me to read on.

      • No cause you want to get to a point where Jace & Clary are totally together without holding back. That’s why if they don’t end up together in COHF it would destroy the books for me.

      • I have read City of Bones and City of Ashes but I am reading all of the other books than the three Clockworks than I will be finished for City of Heavenly Fire.

  4. In all honesty, I only want to know one thing that will calm me down immensely. The answer to whether Alec and Magnus both live. In my mind, I want them back together but all us fans know that’s highly unlikely. I just want them to live….

    • Ok I totally agree I want the same thing to happen. If one of them dies in the end I’ll be crying for sure.

    • To be honest with you.. After all snippets right now we have.. I am pretty sure that Alec is one of the dying characters 😦 It breaks my heart to even admit the possibility but I just feel like it is truth . 😦 😦

    • i am almost certain that magnus is going to die, as much as itpains e to say it. my friend seems to think tht jace is going to die, but that would be a very bad ending, but if she kills off the fan favourite then it is just a very sad ending. i would hate for magnus to die but if one of the main characters had to die it would be him.

    • Me too! I would hate and i really mean hate the end, if Magnus or Alec are going to die! I dont think its unlikely that they will come back together again (Because the Spoilers of Cassie Show show that they still take care of each other and there was also a Spoilerpic, on wich they were kissing), I am more worried about the Situation that one of them will die to save the other! In my Oppinion, that would be the most sadest and badest end, could happen!

  5. Esther Chevalier // November 30, 2013 at 1:52 PM // Reply

    Like everyone else, I am scared out of my mind for the ending, yet there is also a bittersweet feeling to all of this. I have a feeling that whatever happens in the end, who lives and who dies, it will be sad but happy. Just like in CP2.

  6. I’m excited and anxious to read City of Heavenly Fire.

  7. Gosh I’m so excited for the release of this final book of the tmi series and I’m nervous about how it will turn out for everybody clace malec sizzy jia (well actually I don’t really care for jia) but gosh (don’t forget juke) eeeep I’m out of words to say soo hyped 😀

  8. purpleshadowhunter // November 30, 2013 at 5:06 PM // Reply

    Holy crap how did I miss this”six characters we know by name will die in City of Heavenly Fire”..I knew there was atleast one shadowhunter that would die but 6? SIX CHARACTERS??? Ok now I am seriously scared!!!!!

  9. OMG….!!!!! I can’t live if Jace, Magnus, Alec or Clary die…. I just can’t!!
    I’m terrified and scared by the hell out of my mind about the finaly book!! I am looking at these website every day just hoping to find out no one is dying and now comes this?!

  10. We know Sebastion is gonna die (There’s one)I think it’d be sweet if maybe Jem died and then Tessa gives her life to save the others because she feels like she has lived to long.(That’s 3) and then Magnus or Alec will die (There’s four(But also it’d be acceptable if the death was like Tessa’s and Magnus loses Alec so he gives his life not wanting to live anymore)) and then Simon is probably gonna die cause he is my favorite character and my favorite character always dies. (Five) and then Perhaps Clary (Doubt it) or Jace or perhaps Helen Blackthorn, or luke cuz he is always sticking his neck.

    • purpleshadowhunter // December 1, 2013 at 6:18 PM // Reply

      I have no problem with Sebastian dying but the others I do.Clary or Jace dies that will just ruin it for me I couldn’t take it if they didn’t end up togther.I am afraid Simon is one hat will die but I really don’t want him to.

    • I think Sebastian is def one. Maybe Maureen and Rapheal. I think Magnus will die and Alec will feel bad for wanting him to be mortal. One of the wolves (Jordan or Mia) will die. I could see Marse dying. Did Amatis die during the battle? She could be a possibility too. Surely she won’t kill Jace or Clary.

  11. It`s a sad ending i can see it! And im retty sure that would be Jace who is gonna die!

    • I know she doesn’t want the ending to be predictable but if she did that I would never read these books again & it would go from the top of my favorite list to the absolutely worse. Matter of fact I would be pretty anger I even picked up the series. To have Clary & Jace both suffer & fight for the love they have not to be rewarded with them together would be the worse ending ever in a book

  12. I can’t bear to think of Alec or Magnus dying.please Cassie don’t let it be them.

  13. Lightwoodshadowhunterss // December 2, 2013 at 6:51 PM // Reply

    I’m really excited for this book! But is May 27th the exact date? I really wish it would come out on the 20th of May because i don’t have school, so I can readddddddd all day! 😉

  14. Hight Warlock of Oakey // December 18, 2013 at 5:54 AM // Reply

    Ok so heres wat I think. . . .
    1. Simon
    2. Robert
    3. Mayris
    5. Sadly Alec
    6. Sebastian
    I hope Alec and Magnus live forever and ever

  15. I can’t wait for this book to come out. The only thing that would totally ruin the book & the whole series is if Jace & Clary don’t end up together. Anything else could happen but after going thru the agony of Jace & Clary’s relationship that they never quite been able to fully explore due to roadblocks that get in the way in COFA & COLS. The least she could do is allow Jace & Clary to finally be totally together without the problems of Lilith or Sebastion or anything else holding them back

  16. I don’t think people should worry that a total of 6 characters will die. Im sure some might end up really dead but remember she has basically killed off Jace twice & Simon once & they both ended up not dying.

  17. here r my six characters that i think will die.

    1. magnus
    3.seelie queen
    4.jordan or maia
    6.mayrise or robert.

    for maureen dying i think that maybe raphale will die and maureen will become official vampire leader of newyork. and maybe alec would die instea of magnus. im more sure that it will be magnus but alec is becoming very possible death. with all the parabatie stuff happening, i am thinking that he could die leaving Jace parabatieless.

    • I think that the following will DIE….

      1. Sebastian
      2. Mayrise
      4. Alec
      and I can’t think of a six right now but I think that sice the snippet I saw with Sebastian saying “I killed you boyfriend just thought you should know” I think Sebastian Killed Magnus and then Says that to Alec and Alec kills him then runs to Magnus…..

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