Cassandra Clare shares shocking ‘Queen of Air and Darkness’ snippet + cover reveal
Subscribers of Cassandra Clare’s newsletter received a new issue yesterday and it included two things which we are going to share with you today. The first is a new snippet from Queen of Air and Darkness and then there’s the cover of A Deeper Love, the Ghosts of the Shadow Market short story that’s going to be released in August.
But first, the snippet! By the Angel, my immediate reaction to it was a loud ‘Oh shit’ because it could change everything for two characters:
It had only been a few days since Robert Lightwood’s death, but Horace Dearborn had already completely redecorated his office.
The first thing Emma noticed was missing was the tapestry of the Battle of the Burren. The fireplace was lit now, and over it Alec Lightwood’s image had been replaced by Zara Dearborn’s. It was a portrait of her in gear, her long blond-brown hair falling to her waist in two braids like a Viking’s. ZARA DEARBORN, CLAVE HERO, said a gold plaque on the frame.
“Subtle,” Julian muttered. He and Emma had just come into Horace’s office; the Inquisitor was poking around in his desk, seemingly ignoring them. The desk at least was the same, though a large sign hung behind it that announced: PURITY IS STRENGTH. STRENGTH IS VICTORY. THEREFORE PURITY IS VICTORY.
Dearborn straightened up. “‘Clave hero’ might be a bit simple,” he said thoughtfully, making it quite clear he’d heard Julian’s comment. “I was thinking ‘Modern Boadicea.’ In case you don’t know who she was —“
“I know who Boadicea was,” said Julian, seating himself; Emma followed. The chairs were new as well, with stiff upholstery. “A warrior queen of Britain.”
“Julian’s uncle was a classical scholar,” said Emma.
“Ah, yes, so Zara told me.” Horace dropped heavily into his own seat, behind the mahagony desk. He was a big man, rawboned, with a nondescript face. Only his size was unusual — his hands were enormous, and his big shoulders pulled at the material of his uniform. They must not have had time to make one up for him yet. “Now, children. I must say I’m surprised at you two. There has always been such a… vibrant partnership between the Blackthorn and Carstairs families and the Clave.”
“The Clave has changed,” said Emma.
“Not all change is for the worse,” said Horace. “This has been a long time coming.”
Julian swung his feet up, planting his boots on Horace’s desk. Emma blinked. Julian had always been rebellious at heart, but rarely openly. He smiled like an angel and said, “Why don’t you just tell us what you want?”
Horace’s eyes glinted. There was anger in them, but his voice was smooth when he spoke. “You two have really fucked up,” he said. “More than you know.”
Emma was jolted. Shadowhunter adults, especially those in positions of authority, rarely swore in front of anyone they considered children.
“What do you mean?” she said.
He opened a desk drawer and took out a black leather notebook. “Robert Lightwood’s notes,” he said.
“He took them after every meeting he had. He took them after the meeting he had with you.”
I really do not have words for how scared I am after this shocking reveal. What are Emma and Julian are going to do now? What is going to happen to them? So many questions and they won’t be answered until December 4!
Let’s move on to more cheerful things like the A Deeper Love cover reveal (out on August 14):
It is only three years since Tessa Gray lost her beloved husband William Herondale, and she is searching for a reason to live, trying to find the path of being a warlock with the guidance of her friend Catarina Loss. World War II rains down destruction on their world, and Tessa and Catarina become nurses who make bargains at the Shadow Market for enchantments to help suffering mundanes. But can Brother Zachariah bear to see the woman he loves risk her life, or might he consider breaking sacred vows to save her from loneliness?
Okay, maybe I was wrong about the cheerfulness, this also sounds really sad! But what’s new? We’re talking about Cassie Clare after all 😉
What do you think of the new snippet and how do you like the cover? Sound off in the comments below.
I am…Ugh i can’t even find words. Like…i saw it today. and i was WHAT? Just…no. Please tell me that it’s just a dream…
I haven’t reread that section in LoS yet, but I think Robert wouldn’t make the mistake of writing about parabatai love in his notes…that seems like a rookie move. So I’m guessing it’s not as dire as it seems from the snippet. But I could be wrong. I’m guessing the F’up has more to do with Annabell and how they managed that whole debacle.
Learn about Loss and A Deeper Love are both going to be really sad I think. I’m looking forward to them because Will/Jem/Tessa are my three favorite characters in all of TSC but it’s going to hurt. 😦
I will say I’m excited to hear more about Catarina and Tessa’s relationship though! I always thought Magnus would be the one to teach Tessa more about magic but this makes it sound like Catarina was the one who helped her more.
The snippet makes me think that perhaps Dearborn does not care about Emma and Julian. The fact that he said they „fudged up“ rather than being in fudging trouble seems significant. Perhaps his issue is with them telling on themselves. He does not care about them, but he would not want to have any important shadowhunter family look bad when he is trying to claim superiority over downworlders. He probably would want them to endure the curse if Dearborn even knows about it. He may want them to just use the power they are growing to further his own agenda. I have a feeling he will use them rather than help or exile them.
Idk if I missed anything but after what?, 14 books I’m pretty sure that Horace was the first the drop the f bomb. I did not see that coming.