Happy International Women’s Day!
A drawing of Lucie Herondale from The Last Hours. (written by cassandraclare). May we enjoy her snooping and sleuthing and writing!
More tarot cards from Cassandra Jean’s complete Shadowhunter Tarot. We’ve moved on from the Major Arcana to the minor Arcana — we’re finishing up the suit of Runes, which takes the place of the suit of Cups. Clary and Jace stand in for the ace of Runes (angelic power); Mark Blackthorn, chained to his chair, is Surestrike; Emma, Queen of Runes, is Strength; Julian, Knight of Runes, is True North, and Livvy and Ty, the twins, are Philia, or familial love.
But I watch my brothers give their hearts away and I think, Don’t you know better? Hearts are breakable. And I think even when you heal, you’re never what you were before.
Shadowhunters and demons square off for the final showdown in the spellbinding, seductive conclusion to the #1 New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
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Idris had been green and gold and russet in the autumn, when Clary had first been there. It had a stark grandeur in the winter: the mountains rose in the distance, capped white with snow, and the trees along the side of the road that led back to Alicante from the lake were stripped bare, their leafless branches making lace-like patterns against the bright sky.
Sometimes Jace would slow the horse to point out the manor houses of the richer Shadowhunter families, hidden from the road when the trees were full but revealed now. She felt his shoulders tense as they passed one that nearly melded with the forest around it: it had clearly been burned and rebuilt. Some of the stones still bore the black marks of smoke and fire. “The Blackthorn manor,” he said. “Which means that around this bend in the road is …” He paused as Wayfarer summited a small hill, and reined him in so they could look down to where the road split in two. One direction led back toward Alicante — Clary could see the demon towers in the distance — while the other curled down toward a large building of mellow golden stone, surrounded by a low wall. “ … the Herondale manor,” Jace finished.
The wind picked up; icy, it ruffled Jace’s hair. Clary had her hood up, but he was bare-headed and bare-handed, having said he hated wearing gloves when horseback riding. He liked to feel the reins in his hands. “Did you want to go and look at it?” she asked.
His breath came out in a white cloud. “I’m not sure.”
Hi, I love your books and wanted to say thank-you for making them and more books about shadow-hunters because I absolutely love the idea. Anyways I have a question that you may or may not have been asked before. Why can’t parabatai fall in love or get married with each other? I mean wouldn’t they be a perfect match since they know each other better than any one else. Thanks again for writing the books, they are a huge part of my life and one of the reasons why I have am a book reader.
Thank you! I do get asked this a lot. :) The answer is twofold:
1) The Clave has a lot of weird rules. It’s a cultural thing, obviously, but it’s partly because the parabatai bond is supposed to be forever, something beyond human emotion, the way Silent Brothers and Iron Sisters dedicate themselves to the Angel and their calling. It’s supposed to be a little outside the human realm, separate from things like jealousy and infidelity. Because if they did fall in love, and then out of love, they’d be stuck with each other forever anyway, legally required to remain at each other’s sides, and it would be awful. (This is why hooking up with your parabatai is forbidden/a bad idea: if you could manage it without any emotions or strings, it wouldn’t be a problem, but what’s the likelihood you could manage that with someone you’re that close to already?)
2) There’s also another reason that reaches back into Shadowhunter history and the founding of the Law. Let’s just say it happened once, and it went very badly. Any further explanation will have to wait for Dark Artifices. :)
Since your answering some Last Hour questions - can we expect James and Lucie’s parentage and unique powers (? in Lucie’s case) to be a point of prejudice they regularly face in Shadowhunter society? — glamourweaver
Lucie may or may not have powers — she doesn’t know as the books open. It’s something she wonders about.
James does (as we know from Midnight Heir) and does regularly face prejudice regarding it. To the point, in fact, where he had to leave the Shadowhunter Academy in Idris as a kid because he was badly bullied. It is however how he and Matthew became friends, so silver lining to everything I guess!
I love how this art of James and Matthew (above) echoes the art of Will in Jem’s lap (below.) Someone’s always reading, and it’s always a Herondale.
(art by Cassandra Jean!)
Cassandra..if we are expecting something steamy from jace and Clary in CoHF… will we be expecting something from Will and Tessa in TLH as well? — mundanedoppleganger
Oh, perverts. You are my people. Certainly a lot of weird things happen in the Shadowhunter world that lend themselves to pervy thoughts. Kind of like on Teen Wolf, which I have just finished catching up on.
My husband: What’s going on on Teen Wolf?
Me: A magical vet has stolen poisonous moss from a mob boss with a lethargic wolf and is planning on using it to expel demons from teenagers! Also evil firefly ninjas have attacked a werewolf while he was handing out candy to schoolchildren.
My husband: Did you ever think you’d say those words?
Me: Maybe not in that order.
ANYWAY. I would not be expecting anything steamy from Will and Tessa in TLH because 1) that already happened in Clockwork Princess and 2) the books are told from their children’s point of view so they would be watching, and the thought creeps me out so much it makes my head want to fall off and roll around.
Will and Tessa have a very happy marriage, and that’s pretty much what I want to say about that.
Besides, I am pretty sure that once you actually get into the Last Hours, it is not Will and Tessa you will be asking me for steamy scenes from. I promise! :)