Malec shippers, today is your day because the cover of Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu’s The Red Scrolls of Magic was just revealed online on EW.com!
It’s been more than two years since Entertainment Weekly announced that Cassie would publish an adult series focused on Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood and there have been a few changes since then. But let’s have a look at the cover first before I catch you up on what has happened and what we have learned:
THE COVER OF RED SCROLLS OF MAGIC! By me and @wes_chu It's up on Entertainment Weekly with a story about the Eldest Curses, Magnus and Alec, and more. (Link in bio.) This gorgeous cover was done by Anne Lambelet. I love how unique and beautiful and cool it is– it reminds me of the TMI covers but with a flourish that says these books are different and special. 🙂 FOR THOSE ASKING: this is the first in a trilogy of novels, they are YA novels about Magnus and Alec, these are books not novellas or graphic novels, this first book comes out April 2. #malec #tec #redscrollsofmagic
I love it! It’s so great that the cover is blue (and purple) because it does remind me of Magnus’s magic. I also love that we’re seeing Alec with his trusted bow 🙂
Here’s what Cassie said about The Red Scrolls of Magic:
“The Red Scrolls of Magic is a project very close to my heart,” she tells EW. “An essential part of the Mortal Instruments series is the love between Alec and Magnus, a reserved demon-hunter and a freewheeling warlock. I carved out a space for their first romantic vacation through Europe halfway through [Mortal Instruments] and always hoped I’d get a chance to revisit it. They went on that holiday having just gotten together, and return committed to living and dying for each other, so I knew something big had happened! This book is a first chance for fans of ‘Malec’ to see them not as part of an ensemble, but taking center stage. And it’s my chance to explore the development of both the characters and their relationship — their flaws and their triumphs.”
You can read the rest of the EW article here.
Let’s talk about what we know about The Red Scrolls of Magic so far:
- The Red Scrolls of Magic is now going to be part of a YA trilogy so The Eldest Curses is just like The Infernal Devices and The Dark Artifices.
- The synopsis:
“All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.
Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. As if it wasn’t bad enough that their romantic getaway has been sidetracked, demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping.” (x)
- The book is going to begin with an Arthur Schopenhauer quote: “To desire immortality is to desire the eternal perpetuation of a great mistake.”
- The Red Scrolls of Magic is set during City of Fallen Angels when Magnus and Alec are on vacation in Europe.
- Cassie recently described it as a rom-com.
- Lots of characters from previous books are going to show up: Tessa, Raphael, Lily, Aline and Helen.
- About Helen and Aline: “we’ll see Helen and Aline meet and fall in love in TEC.”
You can also check out our The Eldest Curses tag for snippets.
I’ve already read The Red Scrolls of Magic and you guys are going to love it! Alec and Magnus’s adventure is amazing and these two have such a heartwarming relationship ♥
What do you think of the cover and are you excited for Magnus and Alec’s books? Sound off in the comments below!
The Red Scrolls of Magic is released on April 2, 2019!