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James Herondale accidentally uses his power in new ‘The Last Hours’ snippet


Art by Cassandra Jean

We’ve already come across James Herondale’s unusual power and his strong friendship with Matthew Fairchild in The Bane Chronicles and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy respectively and now we can add The Last Hours to the list. Cassandra Clare took to her tumblr to share the following snippet:

James cried out. Lightning seemed to fork behind his vision, and suddenly he was back in Regent’s Park, kneeling on the grass. There was a firm grip on his shoulders. “Jamie, Jamie, Jamie,” said an urgent voice, and James — his breath tearing in and out of his chest — tried to focus on what was in front of him.


Everything was blurred in that moment but Matthew’s face, his green eyes wide and dark and steady. Behind him moved other figures; they seemed in that moment like the shapes James had been finding in the clouds — inchoate and untouchable.

“Jamie, breathe,” Matthew said, and his voice was the only steady thing in a world turning upside down. It had been years since this had happened. Years. The horror of it happening in front of a crowd of people —

“Did they see me?” he said in a cracked voice. “Did they see me turn?”

“You didn’t,” Matthew said, “or at least, only a very little bit — perhaps just a bit fuzzy round the edges —“

“It’s not funny,” James said through his teeth, but Matthew’s humor acted like a slap of cold water; he opened his eyes fully, saw Thomas and Christopher looking down at him. They had positioned themselves so as to block him from the crowd at the lake’s edge.

“Get up,” Thomas said. “It’s the best thing you can do, James, we’ll tell them you tripped or fell.” His hazel eyes were anxious but his tone was reassuring. “Honestly all the attention was on Ariadne — “

Matthew’s hands on James’ shoulders turned into a grip on his arms, and James was hauled upright by his three best friends. Christopher produced a handkerchief from somewhere and began to dust his lapels.

Chris,” said Matthew. He was the only person who ever used that nickname for Christopher besides Anna. “Stop. Who cares if he’s dusty? He was just invisible.”

“But he isn’t any more,” Christopher pointed out.

“We need to get you back to the Institute,” said Matthew to James in a low voice. “If you’re going to start suddenly going all — shadowy — for no reason, then the Silent Brothers —“

“Not the Silent Brothers,” said Thomas. “Just Zachariah.”

Ariadne. who used to be Daphne in a previous snippet, is engaged to Charles Fairchild.

The Last Hours does not have a release date yet, but you can catch up with all the released snippets here.

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6 Comments on James Herondale accidentally uses his power in new ‘The Last Hours’ snippet

  1. Wow, okay I think I must have missed the part where James used his powers in the bane Chronicles because this is the first time I am hearing about him having powers. But this was a really cool snippet.

  2. Did anyone else get teary eyed at the mention of Jem? Lol. It’s nice to see that James has such good friends though. Ones that don’t find him strange for having powers like those of Jace and Clary’s generation might since they didn’t know that the Herondale line had a warlock in it. I can’t wait for these books. I mean I really want Lady Midnight, but I think I’m lookin forward more to The Last Hours, because it seemed like that generation was more accepting of those who weren’t totally normal, like James. And of those who were mundane like Sophie had been before. And of course of Downworlders like Tessa. I just really can’t wait. 🙂

  3. Sorry my phone was being temperamental. What I was saying was I think I’m anticipating this series more than any other. I want the others too, but I really can’t wait for this one. I just really want to see the next generation you know. It seems that they were more tolerant towards people like James and Tessa. Like they were more willing to be friends than they were in Jace and Clary’s generation. Now I know it’s mainly because by the time Jace came around no one remembered the Warlock in the Herondale family or that they had special powers because of it. And did anyone else get teary eyed at the mention of Jem! Lol

  4. Reblogged this on YA on my Mind and commented:
    I’m certainly intrigued

  5. Just thought I’d share, this morning on my way to work I saw the poster announcing the TV show. Took a photo but I can’t seem to be able to post it here.

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