Cassandra Clare

Sep 20

Jem’s hair and eyes: spoilery for CP2 and CoHF

writingonhands said: How do Jem’s eyes change back to a dark brown colour from silver? Was it something that happened while he was a silent brother? It’s a stupid question - I know but I have read and re-read TID, TMI, and After The Bridge -Your work is truly amazing- but I still don’t get it (maybe I missed a line or something) ? Thanks!

Thanks! Jem was not born with silver hair and eyes. They came from the side effects of the yin fen.

Clockwork Angel, page 341:
He flicked open the clasp on the box, and the lid slid back. Inside was a thick layer of what Tessa thought at first was ash, but the color was too bright. It was a layer of thick silvery powder almost the same bright silver color as Jem’s eyes.
“This is the drug,” he said. “It comes from a warlock dealer we know in Limehouse. I take some of it every day. It’s why I look so—so ghostly; it’s what drains the color from my eyes and hair, even my skin. I wonder sometimes if my parents would even recognize me. …”

As soon as Jem became a Silent Brother and ceased taking the drug, the silvery color began to fade from his hair and eyes. 

Clockwork Princess:

"“Jem?” she whispered. The sound of the vial being set down on the bedside table. A sigh. “Yes,” he said. “Tessa. Will you look at me?” She turned, and looked. And drew in her breath. It was Jem, and not Jem. He wore the parchment robes of a Silent Brother, open at the throat to show the collar of an ordinary shirt. His hood was thrown back, revealing his face. She could see the changes in him, where she had only barely seen them in the noise and confusion of the battle at Cadair Idris. His delicate cheekbones were scarred with the runes she had noticed before, one on each, long slashes of scars that did not look like ordinary Shadowhunter runes. His hair was no longer pure silver—streaks of it had darkened to black-brown, no doubt the color he had been born with. His eyelashes, too, had darkened to black. They looked like fine strands of silk against his pale skin—though he was no longer as pale as he had been.”

Tessa is seeing him during the transition, as the yin fen leaves him. When the heavenly fire returned him to being a human Shadowhunter, the yin fen had long drained from his system. Therefore his hair and eyes were dark.

Clockwork Princess pages 557-558: This was Jem. She couldn’t tear her gaze away from him. She had always thought Jem was beautiful. He was no less beautiful to her now. Once he had had silver-white hair and eyes like gray skies. This Jem had raven-black hair, curling slightly in the humid air, and dark brown eyes with glints of gold in the irises. Once his skin had been pale; now it had a flush of color to it. Where his face had been unmarked before he’d become a Silent Brother, there were two dark scars, the first runes of the Brotherhood, standing out starkly at the arch of each cheekbone.

If the question is “Was the the heavenly fire or becoming a Silent Brother that changed his hair and eye color?” the answer is the second one. That is why Brother Zachariah is always described as having dark hair. The yin fen is what turned his hair and eyes silver, and when it went away, so did the silver color.

Sep 19

Books, books, books -

Hi, Cassie! You have so many current projects (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours, Magisterium), that it’s really hard to keep track of all of them. I know you don’t have set release dates for most of them, but could you please make an updated timeline of the book order, and when they might possibly be coming out? I can’t wait to read Lady Midnight! — buffylives

Sure. I went ahead and updated the timeline I posted earlier below, to reflect Shadowhunter Academy.

brookeelizaxo said: Hi Cassie! I love your books so so so sooo much! I finished City of Heavenly Fire and it was amazing. I was wondering when the rest of your novels were being released (TDA, TLH, TWP, etc)? Are there set dates or years for the releases? Thank you for such wonderful series! :)

Shadowhunter Chronicles:

City of Heavenly Fire wrapped up the Mortal Instruments series. The next installment of the Chronicles is The Dark Artifices, which takes place five years after CoHF. You can read about them here.

There are three Dark Artifices books: Lady Midnight, Lord of Shadows, and Queen of Air and DarknessLady Midnight is tentatively scheduled for release in late 2015 though it is not definite yet.

The Last Hours, the sequel series to The Infernal Devices, begins publishing shortly after Lady Midnight. You can read about it here. It’s about the children of the Infernal Devices characters.

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy is a sort of follow-up to the Bane Chronicles, in that it is 10 e-book stories that follow Simon from his arrival at the newly re-opened Academy in Idris for Shadowhunter training to the day he Ascends. You can read about it here.

So the order of books is:

The Bane Chronicles print edition, November 11, 2014

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, starting early 2015

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices 1)

Chain of Gold (The Last Hours 1)

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices 2)

Chain of Iron (The Last Hours 2)

Queen of Air and Darkness  (The Dark Artifices 3)

Chain of Thorns (The Last Hours 3)

That carries us through for quite a few years, so other than saying that the Shadowhunter Chronicles is intended to wrap up permanently with an installment called The Wicked Powers, I think that’s all I can say right now.

Magisterium

The Iron Trial, the first book in the Magisterium series, came out September 9, 2014. There will be an installment of Magisterium every September for the next four years.

The second book, The Copper Gauntlet, is scheduled for September 2015.

Hope that helps!

kaidarknight:


They all yelled in excitement. Tamara yelled because she was happy, Aaron yelled because he liked it when other people were happy, and Call yelled because he was sure they were going to die.
-Chapter Ten of Magisterium Book One: The Iron Trial.

I am officially hooked of this series. That scene definitely my most favorite and it’s stuck in my head. Now I want to read the second book so bad I can’t wait for next year.
Magisterium© hollyblack and cassandraclare
-Kai

Aw, adorbs.

kaidarknight:

They all yelled in excitement. Tamara yelled because she was happy, Aaron yelled because he liked it when other people were happy, and Call yelled because he was sure they were going to die.

-Chapter Ten of Magisterium Book One: The Iron Trial.

I am officially hooked of this series. That scene definitely my most favorite and it’s stuck in my head. Now I want to read the second book so bad I can’t wait for next year.

Magisterium© hollyblack and cassandraclare

-Kai

Aw, adorbs.

Sep 18

shadowhunters-02 said: Dear Cassandra Clare, my best friend and I, are fans of TMI. We love the saga! We would to know if you will write another saga with our favourite characters (Jace, Clary, Simon, Izzy, Alec, Magnus etc.) Love, Dafne and Anita ❤ (Sorry for the bad english, we are from Italy)

Hi! Jace, Clary, Simon, etc. will show up in Shadowhunter Academy (Simon’s the main character) and as characters in The Dark Artifices. This is the question I get more than any other question, so … I owe a post about it. I’ll do my best to get on that ASAP.

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cassandrajp:

Due to popular demand, I drew up some Alec and Magnus to put on my Society6 store! 
»So Here You Go!«

cassandrajp:

Due to popular demand, I drew up some Alec and Magnus to put on my Society6 store! 

»So Here You Go!«

Sep 17

TLH

What’s up with Grace and Christopher Lightwood being married in the family tree? I’m confused and worried! — timelord-amypond

There’s no reason to be worried!

The family tree is meant to be a ‘found object.’ Meaning that it is supposed to be created by a person, so it isn’t a piece of objective truth.

There are reasons for pretty much everything in the family tree. But some of the marriages are arranged/faked, some of the people marked as dead became mundanes/Downworlders, there’s a reason the Carstairs records have been destroyed, etc.

You can’t, honestly, predict the plot of The Last Hours by looking at the family tree. So even though it is a fun thing, don’t let it give you grief. By the end of the books, you will understand why even the things in it that are not true were written down as they are.

liegh42 said: Sorry if you've been asked this question before, but: Was there ever an original plan for Tessa to end up with only Will, or only Jem? Or was it your plan from the beginning for her to have both?

It was always my goal to write a love triangle where the resolution rendered questions of “ending up with” basically meaningless

In other words, Tessa was always meant to love Jem and Will equally and be with them equally at different times. Hope that makes sense!

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Sep 16

The Italian cover of the print version of The Bane Chronicles. (Coming in English in November … and in other languages I don’t know when. :)
I like how each different e-book has a different letter of Magnus’ name on it and spells out M-A-G-N-U-S B-A-N-E in the end.

The Italian cover of the print version of The Bane Chronicles. (Coming in English in November … and in other languages I don’t know when. :)

I like how each different e-book has a different letter of Magnus’ name on it and spells out M-A-G-N-U-S B-A-N-E in the end.