Cassanda Clare is spoiling her fans with snippets this week. After already sharing a Lord of Shadows snippet and an unidentified one, she has taken to her tumblr to post another scene from Lord of Shadows. This time we see Cristina and Mark in a setting that we know from The Infernal Devices: the London Institute:
Cristina was there, in the middle of the room, looking up at one of the chandeliers. There was a row of three of them, unlit but glittering with crystal drops.
Mark let the door fall shut behind him and she turned. She didn’t look surprised to see him. She was wearing a plain black dress that looked as if it had been cut for someone shorter than her — it probably had been.
“Mark,” she said. “Couldn’t you sleep?”
“Not well.” He glanced ruefully down at his arm, though the pain had gone now that he was with Cristina. “Did you feel the same?”
She nodded. Her eyes were bright. “My mother always said that the ballroom in the London Institute was the most beautiful room she’d ever seen.” She looked around, at the Edwardian striped wallpaper, the heavy velvet curtains looped back from the windows. “But she must have seen it very much alive and filled with people. It seems like Sleeping Beauty’s castle now. As if the Dark War surrounded it with thorns and since then it has slept.”
Mark held out his hand, his wound circling his wrist like Julian’s sea-glass bracelet circled his. “Let us wake it up,” he said. “Dance with me.”
By the Angel, I am so excited to read about the London Institute and its inhabitants in the 21st century. 🙂
Less than 158 days until Lord of Shadows (May 23, 2017) is released!