"Gracious," Sophie said, startled out of all countenance. "Have you been practicing that?”
Gideon blinked. “I assure you it was entirely extemporaneous.”
"Well, it was lovely." Sophie squeezed his hands. "And yes. Yes, I love you, and yes, I will marry you, Gideon."
A brilliant smile broke out over his face, and he startled both of them by reaching for her and kissing her soundly on the mouth. She held his face between her hands as they kissed — he tasted slightly of tea leaves, and his lips were soft and the kiss entirely sweet. Sophie floated in it, in the prism of the moment, feeling safe from all the rest of the world.- Clockwork Princess
/me reading book 6 ;_;
De-stressing with little Clary and Simon ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿
There is a ton of terrific TMI fanart at this blog!
Hi Cassie I love your books and am a huge fan but I was just wondering… Jace reveals (not that he’s had sex) that he’s been intimate before with a girl(s). I was just wondering if you had anyone in mind whom he’d been intimate with and why that didn’t even bother Clary? Would be so grateful if you answered my question Thank you — rottinpeace
I have various thoughts about Jace’s love life before Clary (we know he dated the faerie waitress, Kaelie, before Clary, because they actually snuggle and cuddle in front of Clary — I think people forget that!) but nothing so concrete I want to put to paper/Internet yet.
I assume Clary doesn’t care because why would she? It’s got nothing to do with her. He dated before her, in TDA Emma’s had boyfriends and sex before the book starts, in TID neither Will or Jem has had any sex before Tessa — people vary. I’m sure he’d tell her about it if she asked, but I suspect readers want to know the gory details more than she does. :)
Hi Cassie, I read CoHF and The Infernal Devices too and I thought that Jem Carstairs was the last Carstairs alive, so how does Emma have the same last name? I read this and got a little confused, because Jem becomes an silent brother, resulting in the ending of that last name. Please help me. (if my English is a little poor I’m so sorry, because I’m Brazilian) Kisses! — aninkheart
And I’m leaving for Brazil tomorrow! Meanwhile, this is how the Carstairs name continues.
He was stocky, perhaps in his late thirties, with a scar that ran along his jaw. Tousled, fairish hair, and blue eyes, and skin tanned by the sun. It looked even darker against his starched white shirtfront. There was something familiar about him, something that teased at the edges of Tessa’s memories.
He came to a stop in front of them. His eyes flicked to Will. They were a paler blue than Will’s, almost the color of cornflowers. The skin around them was tanned and lined with faint crow’s-feet. He said, “You are William Herondale?”
Will nodded without speaking.
“I am Elias Carstairs,” the man said. “Jem Carstairs was my nephew.”
— Clockwork Princess
The Carstairs line continues through Elias Carstairs. There are also other Carstairs. Jem never says he is the last of his line or the last Carstairs out there. Shadowhunter families can sometimes be huge — Cristina, Diego and Jaime are all Rosaleses, but Cristina is in fact related to neither of them except perhaps incredibly distantly.
Fire wants to burn
Water wants to flow
Air wants to rise
Earth wants to bind
Chaos wants to devour
So I finished City of Heavenly Fire and was overcome by the urge to draw the TMI teens as members of a band (I think Magnus is their manager, or maybe their fashion consultant?)
Also, I borrowed the idea of Alec with an undercut from assassinandthecaptain so credit to her <3
about the Dark Artifices, are Jem and Tessa going to play a similar role to Will and Tessa in the Last Hours? I really enjoyed reading about the relationship in the Infernal Devices and the snippet in Heavenly Fire. I know you said in a previous post about how letting go of characters is a part of life, but JESSA. You’re amazing, your books are amazing, and Jem Carstairs is amazing. - Lily — falling-into-rain
I would say they play very different roles because Jem and Tessa are not the parents of anyone in The Dark Artifices.
Yes, Jem is distantly related to Emma through his uncle Elias, but neither he or Tessa are the parents of any of Our Heroes in TDA. They don’t even look old enough to be any of their parents. They have a more, I don’t know, almost Magnus-y role.
By contrast Will and Tessa are James and Lucie’s parents. They are obviously enormously bound up in their lives, love them enormously, and are people who James and Lucie spend their lives comparing themselves to and seeking approval and love from. They are also a generation older than them. Their friends are Jem and Gideon and Cecily and Gabriel and Sophie and Charlotte and Henry. Their kids are their kids, not so much their compatriots.
It’s known that Tatiana Blackthorn (nee lightwood) is the antagonist in TLH. I was just curious, if she still remained close to Gabriel and Gideon, and if she ever even attend their weddings? (Is this also when she started to plot her “revenge”?) — dumbledorelovessherbetlemons
Well, she is an antagonist. She may not be the only one. And she did not remain close to Gabriel or Gideon. She hates them.
Hi Cassie, I can’t wait for TLH and I would like to know what kind of relationship there’s between Lucie and Matthew? :) — warlockintothetardis
Lucie adores Matthew. He’s her brother’s parabatai. Everyone loves Matthew. He’s one of those people. Snippet:
Matthew held out his hands. “Pax,” he said, wheedlingly. “Let it be peace between us. You can pour the rest of the port on my head.”
James’ mouth curved up into a smile. It was impossible to stay angry with Matthew. It was almost impossible to get angry at Matthew.
“Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again.” - Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
SPOILERS FOR CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE
Hi Cassie! Correct me if I’m wrong. Jace lived with the Lightwood’s under the assumption that he was Michael Wayland’s son. But he was really Stephen Herondale’s son. In CoHF Robert says to Alec he doesn’t like gays because Michael was gay and liked him. How did Robert take care of Jace if he knew Michael was gay? He would know that Jace isn’t really his son. Thanks. ~Nat — divergentshadowhunterpotterhead
That’s not what Robert says. Here’s the text of what he did say:
“There was a time, though, when we [Michael and Robert] were close, the best of friends; there was a time when he told me that he loved me.”
Something about the weight his father put on the words brought Alec up short. “Michael Wayland was in love with you?”
“I was—not kind to him about it,” said Robert. “I told him never to say those words to me again. I was afraid, and I left him alone with his thoughts and feelings and fears, and we were never close again as we had been. I took Jace in to make up, in some small measure, for what I had done, but I know there is no making up for it.” He looked at Alec, and his dark blue eyes were steady. “You think that I am ashamed of you, but I am ashamed of myself. I look at you, and I see the mirror of my own unkindness to someone who never deserved it.”
At no point does Robert say he “doesn’t like gays(sic)” [not really acceptable terminology]. Nor am I saying that Robert is a fabulous human being and a great ally. It’s just that his feelings are complicated. Bigotry and prejudice and ignorance and discomfort exist along a spectrum. Robert was uncomfortable when Michael told him he loved him, and he treated him badly. He knows he treated him badly and Alec being gay (and in love with his own parabatai) reminded him all over again that he had been an intolerant asshole, not that he had disapproved of Michael.
There’s another thing that’s complicated, and that’s the immediate assumption on the basis of Robert’s story that Michael was gay. No one ever actually says that. Sexuality isn’t binary — straight or gay. It exists along a spectrum. Thinking about it as completely binary leads to bisexual erasure (something Alec would be unlikely to do because Magnus, his boyfriend, is bisexual.) It also erases many other identities along the spectrum. Michael could well have been bisexual. He could have been straight and in love with Robert. Robert told Alec that Michael expressed feelings for him—he doesn’t say if he thinks Michael was gay and married unhappily to a woman, or if Michael was bisexual and had a child with a lady he loved, or any of a million other options.
Because Michael did have a son. We already know that as a fact. It was his bones and his son’s that Valentine buried in his burned out mansion when he faked his own death. So since there was an infant boy there who actually existed, it would be very strange for Robert to suddenly decide that this kid didn’t actually exist and couldn’t (grown-up) be Jace.
And lastly, gay men throughout history (if you assume Michael was gay, which is a big assumption) have gotten women pregnant. If Oscar Wilde, Alexander the Great, and King Edward the Second pulled it off, one suspects Michael could also have managed.
Robert knew Michael was married, knew Michael got his wife pregnant, knew Michael had a child, and had no questions about how. Nor should he. He has no reason to, nor should anyone else. I actually do know whether Michael was straight, gay, or bi, but I think it’s so irrelevant to whether he could have had children that I’m going to save it for another post (or maybe just Shadowhunter Academy!)