A very happy Saturday to all of you! A new issue of Cassandra Clare’s newsletter reached her subscribers yesterday so here’s a recap. Today’s post is really special because we now already have and can listen to the playlist of Chain of Iron! We usually get playlists a little before the book’s release date or after so I’m very excited to already give the playlist a listen. 😀
Here is what Cassie had to say about some of the songs:
All these songs represent some aspect of the books and characters to me. Some are more obvious — everything i wanted makes me think of Cordelia, while Save Me From the Monster in My Head reminds me of James and Don’t Say You Do makes me think of them together. Bad Liar makes me think of Matthew, Horns reminds me of Grace, For You is about Lucie (to me!) — Young Blood makes me think of Thomas and Alastair and bad idea! of Anna and Ariadne. Deep Red Bells (No speckled fawns raise round your bones/ Who took the time to fold your clothes/ And shook the valley of the shadow) was originally written about the Green River Killer, and since Chain of Iron features a serial murderer . . . Well. Some of the songs are just about Shadowhunting in general, like The Hunter and Become the Beast.
A newsletter from Cassie wouldn’t be a real newsletter if there wasn’t a new snippet. 😉
Slowly, the ghost began to coalesce out of shadows and air, darkening to an appearance of solidity. Lucie had seen him in the courtyard first, just past James’s shoulder—for a moment she had thought he was Jesse, and nearly panicked.
But Jesse could not appear during the day. Most ghosts took no notice of sunrise or sunset, though, and this one was no exception. He did appear to be a young man, but looked nothing like Jesse: he was sandy-haired and short, with a sharp, pointed face. He wore the clothing of the Regency era—breeches and boots and a wide cravat, like a portrait of Mr. Darcy. There was a desperate look about him as he drifted a little closer to her, twisting his insubstantial top hat between his hands. “Miss Herondale,” he said, his voice a low whisper. “I have heard that you listen to the dead. That you can help us.”
Lucie shook her head slowly. “I can see and hear the dead,” she said. “But I do not know what I could do to help you. I don’t think I’ve ever been very helpful in the past.”
The ghost’s eyes were entirely colorless. He blinked at her. “That is not what I’ve heard.”
I wonder what this ghost could want from Lucie, I hope it’s nothing bad!
There are other The Last Hours news as well:
The Last Hours 2021 limited edition calendars have officially sold out! I hope you got one if you wanted one, and will enjoy Charlie Bowater’s gorgeous artwork all year long.
Chain of Gold is a finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards! Thank you so much to everyone who has already voted. Click here to vote for the Merry Thieves for Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction.
Let’s all vote for Chain of Gold so that Cassie wins this year! You have until the end of the month and the winner is announced on December 8.
And finally, we do have some new Gabriella Bujdosó art for you!
I can’t wait to see more of the cards and hope they are going to be sold somewhere!
Have a great weekend and stay safe!