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Emma watches the ocean in new ‘Queen of Air and Darkness’ snippet

Fans who are subscribed to Cassandra Clare’s newsletter were treated to a new Queen of Air and Darkness snippet a while ago. Since this was an exclusive sneak peek for Cassie’s subscribers, we waited a little while before sharing it with our readers. This snippet features Emma and it is somewhat spoilery for Lord of Shadows so read it at your own risk!

Fear prickled up and down Emma’s arms like goosebumps. Since she was twelve, she had been terrified of the ocean: she had always believed her parents had died in it, dragged below the surface by Raziel knew what, choked to death on bitter seawater. The surge and crash of waves, the imagined black velvet of the ocean’s depths, had filled her nightmares.

Even when she found out her parents had been murdered on dry land by Malcolm Fade, their bodies thrown into the sea after death, the fear remained. She reached for it now, welcomed it in. She could feel it filling the empty spaces, the hollows left by grief.

She glanced back down at the sea. The surging whirlpool below, the waves slamming like dark blue walls against sheer needles of stone, looked like a painting of a maelstrom, a photograph of a hellscape taken from a safe distance.

The wind screamed in Emma’s ears like a warning. Another wave hurled itself against the cliffs, sending up an explosion of spray. Emma smiled grimly into the wind and salt, and jumped.

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If everything goes according to plan, Queen of Air and Darkness is published in 2019.


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3 Comments on Emma watches the ocean in new ‘Queen of Air and Darkness’ snippet

  1. Eliana martin // July 2, 2017 at 1:25 PM // Reply

    Reminded me of Bella jumping of the cliff on New Moon.

  2. I’m curious why she’s doing it. By all descriptions it sounds like really dangerous waters. Is it a dream? Does she have to jump for some specific reason or is she doing it to feel something other than grief herself. Is she trying to get Julian to come save or help her to force him to do something besides grieve. I half wonder if he’s the type to grieve by not eating or sleeping and just locking himself in his room or studio… I’m just curious about context.

    • i think maybe shes trying to face her fears, to confront what she thought for so long which turned out to be a lie and shes just trying experience the wonders of the ocean/what she felt before her parents deaths.

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