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!”

Yike. :D

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New (and scary) synopsis for ‘City of Heavenly Fire’

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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.

Ready, Shadowhunters?

In the long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have…

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writin’ stuff

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.”

The thing is, all that stuff is writing.

Creating characters: that’s writing. World-building: that’s writing. Plot: that’s writing.

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.  

tmiaustralia:

nippaaah:

Have some not-approving Shadowhunters for your dash ;)
Gosh, I forgot how much I love drawing Clary and Jace! And also how great their hair color combination is for drawings :P
Yeah, it’s been YEARS since I’ve done some TMI fanart and it was about time to draw some again..also, I gotta re-read the books and pre-order COHF!! 
on dA c:

and I’m THANKFUL for it! Great stuff!

Clary and Jace do not approve …

tmiaustralia:

nippaaah:

Have some not-approving Shadowhunters for your dash ;)

Gosh, I forgot how much I love drawing Clary and Jace! And also how great their hair color combination is for drawings :P

Yeah, it’s been YEARS since I’ve done some TMI fanart and it was about time to draw some again..also, I gotta re-read the books and pre-order COHF!! 

on dA c:

and I’m THANKFUL for it! Great stuff!

Clary and Jace do not approve …

TDA

Hi, Cass!!! I’m very excited about tda. Will there be any lgbt couples in that series? :)

— lamebookworm
There is a trans* character in TDA; there is a relationship between a lesbian woman and a bisexual woman, and also two bisexual male characters. There is also a gay male character.
Not all of them have romances (romance isn’t always part of a character arc and there are straight characters who don’t have romances either) but there are definitely some!
#TMI Tuesdays

#TMITuesdays 

For fun, one of Cassandra Jean’s postcards of scenes from City of Heavenly Fire. Above, the Blackthorns and Emma in Idris. (Dru is around, but not in the picture.)

Also:

Announcing the Ultimate Shadowhunter Fan Sweepstakes!
Test your Shadowhunter knowledge and enter for a chance to receive a copy of #COHF a day BEFORE it goes on sale 5.27! Good luck! 

www.Shadowhunters.com/ShadowhunterSweepstakes

 

A little Cassandra Jean spoilery art …

A little Cassandra Jean spoilery art …

Sebastian(s)

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.)

aegisdea:

Good Meoowwniing.
Chairman Meow (c) The Mortal Instruments, Cassandra Clare
Note: Followed Cassandra Jean’s design in the Shadowhunter Codex. Coz, well, it’s the official design. 

THE CHAIRMAN.

aegisdea:

Good Meoowwniing.

Chairman Meow (c) The Mortal Instruments, Cassandra Clare

Note: Followed Cassandra Jean’s design in the Shadowhunter Codex. Coz, well, it’s the official design. 

THE CHAIRMAN.

cassandrajp:

Happy New Year! 
The Year of the Wooden Horse.
(A little wooden horse that Will has made for Tessa upon hearing of their incoming infant!) 

cassandrajp:

Happy New Year! 

The Year of the Wooden Horse.

(A little wooden horse that Will has made for Tessa upon hearing of their incoming infant!) 

cassandrajp:

Jem and Tessa~ (The Infernal Devices written by @CassieClare)

so pretty

cassandrajp:

Jem and Tessa~ (The Infernal Devices written by @CassieClare)

so pretty