"Well, you’ve heard this a lot but.. I LOVE your books! Your stories have changed my way of feeling things, every character (even the villains) made me see a little of me. Your mind is brilliant and I love you for sharing it with the world! I have a question for you. I’m a BIG fan of Tessa, Will and Jem. I wonder what year and how long Tess and Jem were together. If City of Bones is going in 2007, they got together in the 90s or in 2000? Because we see Brother Zachariah, so.. That’s it! Sorry for my bad english. Can’t wait to see you in Brazil! Much love <3 — hiclickhere “
Well, the Clockwork Princess epilogue is dated in the book. 2008. So we know that that’s when Tessa and Jem got together, because we see it.
I’m pasting in the timeline for the series below, because the question of where the Clockwork Princess epilogue fits in is a popular one! There is no answer to how long Tessa and Jem “were together” because — they only just got together, so recently that they are not together as of City of Lost Souls or the beginning of City of Heavenly Fire.
I had to redact a bunch of this ask’s spoilery bits but I think I managed — in essence, I’ve gotten a lot of asks about where the epilogue of Clockwork Princess fits into the timeline of TMI.
Here’s the basic timeline of the TMI books:
CoB: takes place in August 2007, the year the book was published.
CoA: begins in very early September 2007- a few days to a week after CoB ends.
CoG: begins in September, about 1 week after CoA ends. The whole book takes place in 1.5-2 weeks. It is mentioned that the leaves on trees are beginning to turn fall colors.
CoFA: begins in Mid-October (Halloween decorations are up, Simon mentions the month) and ends around the third or fourth week of October. In CoFA, it is also mentioned that Clary has been training to fight demons for 7 weeks.
CoLS: The prologue is set in late October. The first chapter begins two weeks later, in the 2nd week of November.
October had 5 weeks in 2007. Here’s a link to a 2007 calendar:
The Clockwork Princess prologue takes place in 2008.
We don’t know when in 2008, but we do know enough to know it takes place after the events of City of Lost Souls. It is either during or after the events of City of Heavenly Fire.
As for Bro Z, he appears in City of Fallen Angels and City of Lost Souls. It is explained in City of Fallen Angels that he was among the few Silent Brothers who was not in the Silent City when Valentine attacked, and therefore survived.
So yes, basically, the epilogue of Clockwork Princess takes place in the future of the characters in City of Lost Souls. You can search it for clues about Heavenly Fire if you want. :)
City of Heavenly Fire, the final book in The Mortal Instruments series, comes out in only six weeks on May 27, 2014. That means you have six weeks left to revel in the saga of Clary and her golden boy Jace and her dark angel brother Sebastian and the most loveable dork/vampire Simon and the man-eating, demon-killer Isabelle and poor, lovesick Alec. After this, guys, it’s finito.
As we roll up to the final book, Simon & Shuster is releasing a new edition audiobook for City of Bones, which will be narrated by Mae Whitman, who plays Amber Holt on Parenthood.
The last installment of The Bane Chronicles, The Course of True Love (And First Dates)was published as an e-book on March 18th and Simon & Shuster has just finished the audio version narrated by Gareth David-Lloyd. David-Lloyd starred in the Dr. Who spin-off Torchwood.
Whee, Mae Whitman — as I announced earlier this week - and we were thrilled to get Gareth David-Lloyd, who played Ianto on Torchwood
to read the last installment of Bane. Gareth has a gorgeous voice, and Jack and Ianto on Torchwood (pictured above!) were a seminal example of queer representation in pop culture science fiction and fantasy. After such a great lineup of readers, this is a terrific note to go out on — hope you guys are as happy as we are!
Here’s some interesting information that just came out. Actress Mae Whitman, who currently plays Amber Holt in the TV series Parenthoodand was also in the feature film The Perks of Being a Wallflower, will be the narrator on a new edition of Cassie Clare‘s first book of The Mortal Instruments series, City of Bones. Simon and Schuster made this announcement today…
As a sort of celebration of City of Heavenly Fire coming out (and the audiobook coming out — I think you guys will love the narrators) Simon&Schuster decided to re-record City of Bones (with the corrections that have been added over the years — Simon having one sister instead of two, for instance!) — with the lovely Mae Whitman as the narrator.
I always think of her as Ann from Arrested Development but she was also fantastic in Perks of Being a Wallflower. Mae!
Hi, Cassie! So, it has been more than a year since the release of CP2 and I still didn’t get over it. I feel both happy and depressed when I think about this series. And I know that we will still see the characters in TLH, but it will not be the same, because it will be in their children points of view. So, I was wondering… you have written many extra scenes for TMI, and scenes from different characters POVs (like Jace’s, when it was Clary’s POV in the book). Are you planning on sharing with us any more scenes like that from TID? I wouldn’t mind at all a POV of Jem’s, specially that scene from the CP2 epilogue ♥ Thank you so much, and I’m super excited for CoHF and your coming to Brazil! — fairchild-gray-fray
I’ve never written the scene on the bridge from Jem’s point of view because Jem knows way too much about what happens in City of Heavenly Fire. It would, bizarrely, be spoilery for TMI. So maybe TMI is done; we’ll see.
If you want to read Jem’s POV on the bedroom scene with Tessa in Clockwork Prince, though, I wrote that. It’s called An Offering of Moonlight. I’ll paste it in, though many of you may have read it before — it’s not new. Under the cut, from the chapter “Fierce Midnight” in CP. There’s also “Burning Bright" which is Jem’s perspective on meeting Tessa for the first time.*
*And now I noticed the first thing Jem ever says to Tessa is “You’re not Will.” Huh.
** Ooh, Cassandra Jean gave me a Jessa scrap the other day. Now I get to use my scrap!
Within the last few weeks, the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, and CNN have all published articles examining the lack of diversity in children’s and young adult literature — and next month, School Library Journal plans to publish an entire issue devoted to…
HI CASSIE! Wow, i don’t know How to start. I love your books! Before reading your books i was like, not alone, but just didn’t felt complete. When i read what will said about books and that they make him feel that he was not alone, i was feeling so identified with him! I love Will, but who doesn’t? BACK TO THE POINT,I have a question that i really hope you could answer me. The question is about CoHF, about Helen Blacthorn. Because in the snippet i read it said that Julian was the oldest who escaped from the LA institute, Does that means that Hellen is gonna die? And if that’s so, does Helen count like one of the six name people? Love your books, please keep writting AMAZING stories — luchiodair
If Helen died in the beginning of the book, she would certainly count as one of the six named people who died. We know her well enough, and her relationships with the other characters, especially Aline and Alec, are important enough that she would absolutely count.
However the reason she isn’t in the Institute in the beginning of the book is because she’s in Idris with Aline. Helen is 18, and can go where she likes. So she simply isn’t home. That scene doesn’t mean she’s dead. I don’t think there are any snippets that point toward any particular deaths. Mark is also older than Julian, but that snippet doesn’t mean he’s dead either.
New (and scary) synopsis for 'City of Heavenly Fire'
In the long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.
Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Dark Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.
The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris — but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?
When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee — even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned …
Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the world in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!”
Shadowhunters all over the world are counting down the days until City of Heavenly Fire hits book stores on May 27 – less than 50 days! – and fans can now read a new (and scary) synopsis, which was published on Cassandra Clare’s official website.
In the long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have…
All I want in life, is to be able to write a book/series that’s as beautifully written as The Infernal Devices. I’m currently studying to become a vet, & as much as I adore animals… I want to be an author so much more. But I can’t write an interesting sentence to save my life. I’m sure you hear it everyday, but you are amazing, & authors like you are what keep my dreams alive. — jessikweh
First: thank you.
Second: If you can’t write a sentence of surpassing lyrical beauty right now on command, don’t worry about it.
One of the most common comments about books I see is “I don’t like the writing, I’m just there for the plot/the characters/the world-building.”
Being able to write sentences that drift down gently upon the reader like beautiful crystalline snowflakes is a hell of a skill. But it is a piece of a skillset, the screwdriver in a toolkit full of tools. If you are freaked out about your sentences, concentrate on world-building or character creation for a while. Being able to create characters people care about is hard. And it is also writing. You are bringing a person to life with nothing but words on a page. You have to give them a life, a heartbeat, goals, despairs, risks, blood. That is the alchemical magic of writing, just as much as we beat on, boats against the current, drawn back ceaselessly into the past or The barefooted drummer, beating a folded newspaper with whisk-brooms in lieu of a drum, stirs the eye’s ear like a blast of brasses in a midnight street.
Beautiful prose makes us feel all sorts of feels, but characters we love make us laugh and hurt, and plot that engages makes us gasp and flip pages. The ability to create any of these things is a talent. And like the development of any talent, we learn by example. If you want to write beautiful prose, read a lot of beautiful prose. (Read poetry. Poetry is all about the distillation of language into the specific and the beautiful, and it isn’t obscure or incomprehensible, I promise. Try Elizabeth Bishop: “One Art” or “Insomnia.” )
Learn the rhythms and the echoes of prose you admire. Take a month and read only beautiful prose; you’d be surprised at the effect it has on your own work. It’s like a language immersion class. We learn to speak by hearing; we learn to write by reading.
But don’t think that stylistic loveliness is all there is to writing. (There’s nothing particularly poetic about the prose in, say, Harry Potter, which is actually one of its strengths. You can mainline plot and character because the writing is so undistracting and straightforward. That’s not a bad thing. The “I don’t like the writing but I like the plot/characters” thing is something I first saw said about Harry Potter, and even then I thought, but characters are writing.) Plot and character are the bones and skin of a story, style is like designs drawn on that skin. Work on the bones, the skin the design first, whatever makes you comfortable. Ideally, they all work together.
How many people do you think will name their children after your characters? And how does that make you feel? I ask because I almost named my son Sebastian because he’s my favorite… Sorry if it’s weird me and a friend were debating naming baby’s after characters so I thought I’d ask you…. — fallingorchid —
It’s always strange when there are people I meet in life who have the same names as my characters. Clary and Jace are unusual names so it doesn’t happen often, but I run into plenty of Wills and Isabelles and Simons.
Holly Black recently complicated my life by naming her son Sebastian. So there’s Sebastian in my books who is a bloodthirsty evildoer and then Sebastian in my actual life.
Sometimes I get confused and accuse Sebastian in real life of trying to take over the world. But fortunately as I’ve been finished with TMI for a while now, that’s starting to pass.
(That said, do I mind people naming their kids after fictional characters of mine? No, it’s an honor! Besides I always think naming kids after fictional characters is fun though it can get problematic when it’s high fantasy and your kid is the only one in school named Joffrey.)
"Hi Cassandra! I’m one of your italian fans and I really ship Clace…but…should I be worried about what will happen to them in CoHF? — thunderiswishperinginmyear "
"Hey Cassie! I am a heavy sizzy and malec shipper. Im just wondering if I should be preparing my heart for some serious shredding? x — burningsilver"
OH DEAR GOD CASSIE, PLEASE DON’T KILL OFF JACE OR CLARY IN COHF! clace is my OTP and i think my heart will break into a million pieces if they aren’t together in the end. i honestly LOVE your work and i think you’re a genius but come on, don’t be cruel. love ya x — dramixne
Hey cass! First of all, i love your books and i can’t wait for city of heavenly fire to come out! My question is: what is the exact scheme of all your books and when are they coming out (if they are not yet) Ily ♥ — ipeedsohardihadtolaugh
Hey! A lot of my books are not scheduled yet as I’m still outlining them and determining when they will be done/how long they’ll take. But I can give you the order, if not the dates.
Hi Cassandra! So my friend and I have been a bit obsessed with TLH, especially the relationship of Cordelia Carstairs and James Herondale. We both are HUGE Jordelia shippers, and know little to nothing about the two. It is known that they are married with a child (Owen) but know one has done anything with their relationship. We both are overly excited to see what happens and if there is a depth relationship there at all. So my question was, is there going to be an in depth relationship between the two? Wouldn’t it be a bit awkward because of Lucie being Cordelia’s best friend and James being Lucie’s brother? Also one last question, does Cordelia live in Idris or close/in the London institute? Thank you for you time! :) — partyingwithmagnus
Jordelia! I am tickled pink there is a ship name for this.
I’m still learning about Cordelia and James myself. We know from The Midnight Heir that James is in love with someone else. The book is based on Great Expectations, with James as Pip and not!Cordelia as his Estella. (Tatiana Blackthorn is Miss Havisham, so you can figure it out if you’ve read TMH.)
I don’t think Lucie would mind Cordelia being in love with James. She’s a very practical girl, and it’s not like she thinks her brother is never going to have a love life. Might as well be someone she likes. If only James was more malleable!
The Last Hours also deals quite a bit with Clave politics, and moves back and forth between London, Cornwall, and Idris. Cordelia splits her time between Idris, Paris and London and does live in London for the action of the series, along with her family.
HI CASSIE! So the thing is that I am doing(more like trying) a Family tree with ALL the characters of the Shadowhunter world and I want to know if Charles or Matthew Fairchild, Jessie Blackthorn or Alistar Carstairs had children? It would mean a lot if you can answer me, I am stuck at this part of the tree. Anyway, I love you Cassie so much and your books and your characters they are all so perfect. — icityofdauntlesstributes
I can’t answer you, unfortunately! I left quite a bit out of the family tree on purpose so as not to spoil too many developments in Last Hours. Quite a few others are misleading — at least one of the marriages listed is arranged, another is a political sham, some of the death dates aren’t really death dates but people being turned/becoming Mundanes, etc.
Is city of heavenly fire going to be the final book of the MI series? If so, are you planing to continue the infernal instrument series? — sadowoolcock
City of Heavenly Fire is the last book of TMI. I am not going to continue TID per se, though The Last Hours continues with the story of the next generation — the children of Will, Tessa, Sophie, Gideon, Gabriel, Cecily, Charlotte, Henry, etc. TDA likewise continues five years after City of Heavenly Fire with new characters, who you will meet in Heavenly Fire. Then the Shadowhunter world wraps up with The Wicked Powers. (That’s the plan, anyway.)
You use a lot of other languages in your books and I was wondering how you did the translations? Or do you speak them?
I’m writing a book and including other languages and I was wondering if I could use Google Translate?
First: Definitely, I do not speak Mandarin, Welsh, French, and Spanish. I’m conversational in French and speak some Spanish and Italian.
Secondly, no, Google Translate is never a good idea except if you’re trying to get a basic idea of what a website is about or something like that.
The translations in my book are done by native speakers — the French was translated by Angélique Issen who runs TMIFrance, and the Mandarin was translated by native speaker Margaret Pon, who is the mother of the lovely Cindy Pon.
The phrases, and then the translations of the phrases, then go to Wolfstone Translations to be checked over. I would never do the translations myself! *— even though I’ve lived in France, literally the worst translations you can get are if you think you know a language, or if you do know a language well enough to chat in it, but you don’t know the idioms, you don’t know when things are supposed to be inaccurate because that’s how it’s colloquially spoken (“I’ve got all the feels” means nothing at all in standardized English, but all languages have expressions like it) and you don’t know how the same word is interpreted differently in different locales (“pants” in America and “pants” in England.)
You’re never going to get every single thing about a language right, and there will be native speakers who disagree with other native speakers about how language should be used. Language is a mutable thing. Consult native speakers; if you can’t, work with a reputable translation agency. Ideally do both.
Hey Cassie! I love your books and I love the fact you are very aware of racial diversity. My question is are we going to see African American shadow hunters in the main cast for future books? Also can you tell us more about Los Rosales. — axenicxspirit
Thank you. That is extremely kind of you to say. I was reading over Malindo Lo’s breakdown of Diversity in YA bestsellers and even though I was happy to see so many Shadowhunter books on the list it made me more aware of the ways in which, when I first started writing, I wasn’t aware of the lack of diversity in YA fiction, and my own shortcomings in rectifying the problem in past years. I am trying to do better and will continue to try.
There is an African-American Shadowhunter in City of Heavenly Fire (Maia of course is African-American, but not a Shadowhunter, though she has her own big plot line in CoHF) — her part is small, but I introduced her because she carries over to Dark Artifices where her plotline will be much bigger: she is part of the core group who lives at the Institute.
You’ll meet Cristina Mendoza Rosales’ father in City of Heavenly Fire as well, the head of the Mexico City Institute. Cristina in TDA is at the Institute because she’s just turned 18 and she’s doing what Shadowhunters do — traveling to other Institutes, like Gideon in TiD, to compare the way different Institutes do things. I don’t want to talk too much about her yet because characters change as you write them — I deleted an entire Blackthorn family member (Ariadne) (yes I’ve ALREADY KILLED A BLACKTHORN AND THE BOOKS HAVEN’T EVEN STARTED) because she wasn’t working with the plot structure. So Cristina as she is now is principled and thoughtful, she has a close, sometimes resentful relationship with her mother and father who have her whole life mapped out for her but she has a different vision, and she is two things I am not: calm and put-together. No, seriously, I haven’t seen my hairbrush in three days. *worries* Aspects of her could change, but I’ve pulled her very much to the forefront and given her more story and romance. I do speak Spanish but I’m trying to get myself to the point where my Spanish is as good as my French, for Cristina and the other Hispanic characters in TDA.
A few people have asked, having seen the cover of Iron Trial, what race Tamara, the heroine, is. She is Middle Eastern: specifically she is of Iranian descent, born in America. As a lot of you know I was born in Iran and Farsi was my first language and I’ve wanted to write an Iranian character forever. Cordelia in TLH has an Iranian mother and Cordelia speaks Farsi/Parsi so I’m excited to revisit the language.
"Hi I was wondering if you were really born in Tehran, Iran. I’d like to wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous Noruz! — 1stdayofsummer"
Thanks! I really was. I was born to American parents in the Bimaristan Elizabeth (Elizabeth Hospital) on the Boulevard Elizabeth in Teheran. We lived in the neighborhood of Yousefebad at the time (we were behind the Cinema Goldis, the English language cinema. It is probably long gone by now.) My first word: شیر .
Greetings my favourite author. I write this to ask about your future books if you have a male character that is a Shadowhunter and doesn’t know, and he finds out about the Shadow-world, kind of like what happened with Clary and Tessa. I also want to know if you are a fan of: Teen Wolf,…
I see Cassie has decided to spread about our shame. (I stand by everything I ever said about murder lizards. Also that is just what being my friend is like. I will try to foist all my interests upon people. ‘Read this book someone gets spanked with a ballet slipper. Read this book an airplane wins a horse race. OK enjoy this movie it’s kind of like A Clockwork Orange meets A Little Princess. We’ll talk later, ok, bye!’)
Ah Wondercon, where we stared at a tray of sandwiches marked ‘for the Vikings,’ I had watched Teen Wolf and was like ‘it’s Scott and Stiles! Scott and Stiles!’ when I saw the actors, and Cassie whispered ‘What are their real names?’ and I answered ‘Tyler, everybody on that show is called Tyler.’ Elite Teen Wolf knowledge, dispensed by moi.
Speaking of narrators we also met a future narrator for the Bane Chronicles, the super nice George Blagden.
SARAH: Oh hi, you were in Les Miz, right? You were great, I loved your drunk impression. People do not give convincing enough drunk impressions in my opinion.
SARAH: I’m Irish.
GEORGE: I understand everything.
SARAH: These sandwiches are only for Vikings, have you heard?
GEORGE: I am on Vikings! You can have sandwiches.
SARAH: Cool, you’re a Viking? I’ll have to watch.
GEORGE: i’m a monk.
SARAH: Cassie, I’ve hooked up with a monk—
CASSIE: YOU HOOKED UP WITH A MONK?!
SARAH: —in the sense of having met a nice chap who plays a monk and also he says we can have the Viking sandwiches?
SARAH: … You’ve got to let me finish sentences.
This is also true. Boy was I disappointed when I found out that Sarah had not actually sneaked away from the Wondercon green room during the .5 seconds I was gone and hooked up with a monk. So I will reveal that at London Comicon Sarah crept up behind Peter Dinklage and whispered “You’re very good-looking!” to him. I was with Jamie CB and he said : “it is very nice that though your friend is so strange, you still take her everywhere.”
So I said, “She’s Irish.”
Greetings my favourite author. I write this to ask about your future books if you have a male character that is a Shadowhunter and doesn’t know, and he finds out about the Shadow-world, kind of like what happened with Clary and Tessa. I also want to know if you are a fan of: Teen Wolf, Supernatural, Smallville, The Vampire Diaries, Being Human (UK/US) and The Big Bang Theory? I’m excited for the coming series of yours and admire your fabulous work. — the-divine-installments
I don’t have a male character like that coming up, because I feel like I’ve already written intro-to-the-supernatural twice and I don’t think I’d want to do it again (and I don’t think a male perspective would add anything — we’ve already seen that with Simon anyway.)
There is a male viewpoint in a future book of a Shadowhunter who was born mundane and Ascended, and also a boy who is a Shadowhunter whose parents left the Clave and has grown up in the mundane world.
Of the TV shows you listed the only one I have seen is Teen Wolf, and that is because Sarah Rees Brennan brought the DVDs to Mexico this February and said “THERE IS A MURDER LIZARD IN THIS SHOW.”
I mean, I cannot resist a murder lizard.
I watch Game of Thrones, Sherlock, White Collar, Elementary, Hannibal, and now, I guess, Teen Wolf.* (It is somewhat ironic that I never watched it before, because Daniel Sharman read the Clockwork Princess audiobook and I only knew his work through his demo reel. (The casting director for City of Bones had thousands of demo reels and I watched a ton of them.) I’d seen Tyler Posey’s demo reel too so when Sarah RB and I saw him at Wondercon with Dylan O’Brian we had this conversation:
Me: Hello, you are Tyler Posey?
Me: Your demo reel was great! You’re a great actor!
Him: How nice of you! Thanks! I am a really nice guy! Here is my girlfriend! She is really nice too!
Dylan O’Brien: I am also here.
Me: I have no idea who you are!
Sarah *gives me the look you give a parent when they have done something stupid* I DO. YOU ARE ALSO TALENTED.
Me: Whatever you do, I bet it’s great!
Anyway, I have now seen Teen Wolf and I feel embarrassed in hindsight, sort of in the manner I did when I met Randall Munroe at a conference and he said he wrote a webcomic called XKCD and I asked him to write the name of it on my hand because I’d never heard of it. Then my husband was like “Why does your hand say XKCD?” and I said “I met this guy who says it’s his comic?”
Then he screamed for about two hours.
*That’s it, really. I have seen some episodes of Doctor Who.
Hi Mrs. Clare :) Is there any news on the b&n signed pre-orders yet?? Will it be a special pre-order? I’m so paranoid I’ll miss the link and not get one! lol I would be gutted if I missed the chance to buy the signed copy… My cat is named after Church so I’m keeping my fingers crossed I get Church sketch copy when I order! Any update info would be appreciated, and thank you for being so amazing ♥ x — chelle-ma-belle
Could you please make some more signed books. <3 i really want one. :P — hippytrippie
Is it still possible to get a signed copy of CoHF? If not, where can I order the normal one?
The signed copies from Barnes and Noble that I posted about two weeks ago unfortunately sold out in a few days. They are gone and they won’t be replaced because what I did was sign “tip-in pages” — kind of like what John did with Fault in Our Stars — which means signing pages that will later be bound into the book when it’s printed. The books are being printed now so it’s too late to do more.
I work with one indie bookstore, Books of Wonder, in New York, owned by Peter Glassman, that stockpiles signed copies of my books — I go in whenever I am in town and sign them. Peter has hooked me up with signed Harry Potter first editions, so I owe him. Also it’s a fabulous indie bookstore that should be supported. :)
I will be going into BoW the day CoHF pubs and signing copies for them. I’ll try to put some Church sketches in. If you want one, you can always contact the store via email or phone and place an order. In fact, they have a big old banner about it on their frontpage:
Why do we get so few things about The Iron Trial? I want to know every little thing about Callum :( and what a about the cover? >.< — barryfanboyallen
:) Because it’s been actually early book-wise for there to be much news. Too early for ARCs, or a cover, so I’ve been waiting for there to be interesting stuff to share — and IN FACT, I’ve found out today that the cover will be revealed tomorrow in USA Today.
And then there will be lots more Magisterium stuff coming until September, when it publishes, and Holly and I will be sharing it all with you!
Hi, is everyone really gonna die in the last book of the Mortal Instruments? — deansgirl27
Everyone is not going to die in the last book of The Mortal Instruments.
I feel like there’s been a lot of character death floating around in random media lately (Homeland, Teen Wolf, various) and I have been seeing much sad. Which I totally understand because character death often sends me off to bed with a fluffy cat and an ice pack.
I have said that six people whose names we know will die in City of Heavenly Fire. (And there was a big banner that said WHO WILL SURVIVE across the teaser cover but to be fair I didn’t come up with that one!) And I can see how that would be nervewracking.
I guess what I can say is:
1) I do think all the deaths matter. None of them happen for shock value or no reason or to get across the message that death is random.
3) While some deaths might be surprising (?) — there is a big war going on so I don’t think the fact that some characters die will actually be that shocking.
4) My goal is not to destroy lives or drown anyone in a bucket of feels, just to tell an enjoyable story and create an end point that hopefully people will feel does justice to the story that came before.
5) I don’t want anyone to feel jerked around. I want things to feel earned and meaningful. I am not a fan of nihilism — which is not really an overall judgement call, just a preference. The ending is not a despairing one. I believe in hope! I really do. I hope this calms some of the more trepidatious fears. I guess time will tell — two more months — how it all works out, but that’s the goal!
And now, a gratuitous picture of my cat looking at my husband. WHO HAS FLUFFY TINY PAWS? (Josh, of course.)