Happy May, everyone! It’s the beginning of a new month so you probably know what’s going to follow. If you guessed “a snippet from Cassandra Clare’s most recent newsletter”, then you’re 100% correct. In Cassie’s April edition of her newsletter, subscribers were treated to another snippet from The Lost World, which is the ninth Ghosts of the Shadow Market short story. You can find a previous snippet here and read the new one below:
But that night, while Ty was sleeping, Livvy found herself pulled toward Dimmet Tarn again, toward the nothingness of its depths. Every time she thought of Idris, and the experiment that she and Ty would try tomorrow, she thought of her own death, of the blow that Annabel had struck. That moment of pain and dislocation. The stricken look on Julian’s face as she fled her body.
Of course Annabel wasn’t in Idris now. Annabel was dead. And of course, even if Annabel had still been alive, Livvy shouldn’t be afraid of her murderer. A Shadowhunter shouldn’t be afraid. But the thought of her own body on the cold stone of the Accords Hall, the thought of her body burnt upon a pyre, the thought of Lake Lyn, where she had returned, all of these pursued her as she sank into the blackness of Dimmet Tarn and let its nothingness hide her.
It was almost morning when at last she rose up, pearly light already sliding over the crust of snow around the tarn. And there, too, on the lip of the tarn was a small crumpled heap as if someone had dropped their hat or scarf.
Livvy drew near and saw that it was a kitten, starved and motionless. Its paws were torn by the ice, and there were marks of bright blood in the snow. Its ears were long, tipped in black, and its coat was spotted with black as well. “You poor thing,” Livvy said, and the kitten opened its eyes. It looked right at Livvy and snarled noiselessly. Then its eyes closed again.
Livvy fled back to the Scholomance, to Ty.
“Wake up, Ty!” she said. “Hurry, wake up, wake up!”
Ty sat bolt upright. “What is it? What’s wrong?”
“There’s a Carpathian lynx down by Dimmet Tarn,” Livvy said. “A kitten. I think it’s dying. Hurry, Ty.”
He threw a coat over his pajamas and pulled on his boots. He bundled up a blanket in his arms. “Show me,” he said.
The kitten was still alive when they got back to Dimmet Tarn, Ty’s boots breaking through the snow with each step. He sank, sometimes, to his knees. But Livvy, of course, floated above the snow. There were advantages, sometimes, to being dead. Livvy could admit that.
You could see the small rise and fall of the lynx’s chest. Small wisps of breath rose from its black nose.
“It is going to be okay?” Livvy asked. “Will it live?”
Ty knelt down in the bank of snow beside the lynx. He began to wrap it in the blanket. “I don’t know,” he said. “But if it lives, it will be because you saved it, Livvy.”
“No,” Livvy said. “I found it. But I can’t save it. You’ll have to be the one who saves it.”
“Then we’ll both have saved it,” Ty said, and smiled at her. If Livvy had had a notebook, she would have written it down. It had been a long time since she’d seen her brother smile.
Looks like we now know what kind of pet Ty will get. 😉 Also, Livvy is once again breaking my heart.
The print edition of Ghosts of the Shadow Market, which will also include The Lost World, and Forever Fallen, will be published on June 4!
Other things that fans will be able to read this year and the next are free short stories focused about different characters from The Last Hours:
From now until March of next year, when Chain of Gold publishes, each month I’ll be sharing a piece of flash fiction from the world of The Last Hours, about the characters and their lives, so you can get to know them a little better. These short pieces will be from a variety of perspectives, and will jump around in time a bit. Since you’re signed up for my newsletter, you’ll see them here first. On the 1st of each month, starting on May 1st, I’ll be sending out a newsletter that will take you to that month’s piece. I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know Cordelia, James, Lucie, and the rest of their friends!
These stories are newsletter exclusives first and will be shared for everyone later so make sure to subscribe to Cassie’s newsletter before the first story. Go to her website, scroll down, enter the email address that you use the most and your name and you’re subscribed!
Furthermore, Cassie also shared the news about the 10th anniversary edition of Clockwork Angel, which is going to be published in November 2019!
There will be a 10th Anniversary Edition of Clockwork Angel coming out from Walker Books in November 2019! Unfortunately there will not be a US edition, but those of us here in the US will be able to order the special edition from Book Depository, which has free worldwide shipping. The 10th Anniversary Edition of Clockwork Angel may also be available as part of book boxes, so stay tuned for details on that! Like the 10th Anniversary edition of City of Bones, this edition will feature color portraits of the main characters by Cassandra Jean, and also some fun in-world art from the shadow world of Victorian London.
During our interview back in February we also talked about the anniversary edition – we’ll find out the characters’ birthdays 😀 – and you can read what Cassie said about it here.
Despite Cassie’s surgery and the following recovery period, she is still coming to BookCon this year and there is a second signing now!
Saturday June 1st, 11-12:00pm
Spotlight on: Cassandra Clare
Cassandra Clare in conversation with Entertainment Weekly’s David Canfield
Saturday June 1st, 12:15-2:15pm
Keep an eye on the BookCon website for signing ticket information!
Saturday, June 1st 3:30 – 4:30pm
Epic YA Panel: Tomi Adeyemi, Jason Reynolds, Julie Murphy, and Cassandra Clare
Your favorite young adult authors across the spectrum are all in one place! Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone), Jason Reynolds (Long Way Down), Julie Murphy (Dumplin), and Cassandra Clare (The Dark Artifices) will dish about their best-selling books and answer all your questions!
Sunday June 2nd, 12:00-1:00pm
150 wristbands will be given out on Sunday at the Topatoco booth (2532, right by the BookCon Store) at 10:00 a.m, first come first serve. Line starts at 11:45.
If you happen to be at YALLWEST this upcoming weekend, there’s a #Malec Meetup where you can get enamel pins, posters and tote bags!
And now, last but certainly not least, have a look at a stunning art piece of Corderlia Carstairs:
That’s all for today. 🙂 Thanks for reading and have a great day!