Hi Cassie! Let me tell you that TID is my favourite trilogy EVER and I'm in love with the characters in an unexplainable way, so of course I'm really excited for The Last Hours, my question is when did you come up with the idea? It was thought since the beggining or it came out during the writing of CP2 or maybe CoHF? THANK YOU, LOVE YOU

Sometimes stories appear at convenient times and sometimes at inconvenient times. I knew (I had to know for the family tree and for connections between TMI and TID) about Lucie and James Herondale, and I had to know about several of the other characters, too. I was finishing Clockwork Princess at the same time that we began discussing the Bane Chronicles, so the genesis of the story of The Last Hours began when Sarah and I started talking about how my favorite Dickens book wasn’t actually Tale of Two Cities but Great Expectations, and how Tatiana was set to turn into a Miss Havisham, and from there came the idea of Grace, and how Jesse tied in, and Matthew, and everything just snowballed. The Midnight Heir is, to me, a story complete in itself but also a peek into the larger world of The Last Hours. And so will be Nothing But Shadows.

Hi Cassie! I know that you might never read this but I'm asking anyway. First of, you're my favorite author so thank you for your amazingly heartbreaking books!! In the dark artifices, will we meet the lost herondale before it is revealed that that character is the lost herondale???

Maybe you’ve already met them.


The Mortal Instruments + Texts From Last Night

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A Guide to Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

Cat was kind enough to give me the heads up that pages to buy the first seven novellas of Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, along with summaries, have been posted on Amazon. So here I give you the masterlist, 1-10, with short summaries.

About Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy

Simon Lewis never thought he’d become a Shadowhunter…and now he has the chance. Ten novellas, each released as an individual e-book over the course of ten months, make up Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. The series will launch with one story a month beginning in February 2015 with:

Story 1: Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy.

After living as a Mundane and a Vampire, Simon never thought he would become a Shadowhunter, but today he begins his training at Shadowhunter Academy.

2) The Lost Herondale: Simon learns the worst crime a Shadowhunter can commit: desertion of their comrades. In the early nineteenth century, Tobias Herondale abandoned his fellow Shadowhunters in the heat of battle and left them to die. His life was forfeit, but Tobias never returned, and the Clave claimed his wife’s life in exchange for Tobias’s. Simon and his fellow students are shocked to learn of this brutality, especially when it is revealed the woman was pregnant. But what if the child survived…could there be a lost Herondale line out in the world today?

3) The Whitechapel Fiend

Simon learns the truth behind the Jack the Ripper murders—“Jack” was stopped by Will Herondale, his former parabatai, and his institute of Victorian Shadowhunters.

4) Nothing But Shadows: Simon challenges the setup of the Shadowhunter Academy and in doing so learns the story of James Herondale and Matthew Fairchild and the unusual way that they became friends and parabatai.

5) The Evil We Love : The story of Valentine’s Circle at the Shadowhunter Academy.

6) Pale Kings and Princes : Simon has an encounter with Downworlders and is reprimanded for not following the rules for Academy students interacting with Downworlders. A story within a story: Andrew Blackthorn, while a student at the Academy, becomes enthralled by a faerie and has two children with her: Mark and Helen.

7) Bitter of Tongue : When faeries kidnap Simon he encounters a member of the Wild Hunt, the former Shadowhunter Mark Blackthorn.  

8) The Fiery Trial : Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn become parabatai. Simon and Clary both act as their witnesses, so they can see what a parabatai bond forming looks like as they want to become parabatai as soon as Simon graduates — and because Emma asked Clary. The ritual goes unexpectedly …  

9) Born to Endless Night:  Simon, like the rest of the Academy, is stunned when a navy-skinned warlock baby is found on the Academy steps. They hand the child over to guest lecturer Magnus Bane, who has to bring a child home… temporarily, of course… to his man!  

10) Angels Twice Descending: Someone lives and someone dies at Simon’s Ascension ceremony.  

Cassie, by the Angel! How is Tobias Herondale related to Edmund who was born in the 1830s? Will we find out in The Last Herondale or do we have to wait until The Wicked Powers? Please picture Loki’s “Tell me” gif here. I am so, so excited for more Simon and more Herondales! Just because Tobias was worse than Stephen doesn’t mean that future (maybe same generation as Jace) Herondales are! — catreadsbooks

Well, Tobias could have been maligned! Who can say? Herondales, they’re either awesome or awesomely terrible. All I can tell you is that you will find out who the Lost Herondale is before The Wicked Powers

cottoncandybeefalo said: Hi Cassie! Do you know if The Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy will be out in print edition like The Bane Chronicles?

Yes, it will.

;) We’re super excited about Shadowhunter Academy and we hope you are too!

Hey Cassy, So in TDA, you have Emma & Julian as parabatai and Emma falling in love with him when their love is forbidden. Why is that? Because Emma would have to see Julian marry someone else which would be devastating.

Authors like to write about devastating things.

Happy things are boring. :)

TV stuffs what you have been asking about

Well, here’s the thing. I pretty much know what you do. I knew there was discussion about whether to continue with making TMI films or explore the avenue of television. I didn’t know about the definite decision, or who the writer/show runner would be until it was announced at Mipcom and reported in the Hollywood Reporter.

I have no idea what channel it will be on, or what countries it will be shown in (though I have seen some fretting that it will be “only in the US” which seems wildly unlikely since the production company isn’t even American) and no idea at all about …

It’s not that it bothers me, it’s that I don’t know the answers. Everything in this post is pretty much guesswork. The cast is the first thing fans care about, but it is the last thing that is important or relevant in TV development. The first things are scripts and showrunners.

So clearly the biggest question about the TV show is “Will they keep the same cast from the film?”

And the answer is unfortunately I don’t know. 

I mean, I can look at the history of television. There are hundreds of movies that were adapted into television shows, some based on books (Friday Night Lights) some not (Buffy the Vampire Slayer.) I can think of only one where they kept anyone from the feature film, and that’s MASH, in which Radar was played by the same actor in the film and the show.

Now that I look at what I just said, I see I’ve made somewhat the same phrasing mistake I see all over, which is about whether they’ll “keep the cast” as if the cast definitively wanted to be in the show, when I am pretty sure none of us knows any such thing. So there’s that.

Now keep in mind I have absolutely no idea whether the cast wants to return, and no idea what the plans of the production company are — but usually the cast of a feature film changes when it becomes television because 1) movie actors often don’t want to do TV 2) contractual obligations can prevent it 3) they may have other commitments that would prevent them from being able to do something as time-consuming as television 4) the ages of the characters in the TV show may not be the same as the ages of the characters in the film 4) any of a million reasons. To be able to keep the same cast a million factors would need to line up perfectly: desires, times, contracts, availability, etc.

So I have no idea. The only position of authority I am speaking from here is as someone who used to work for an entertainment magazine and knows something about the business of TV and movies. That’s it. 

I have no idea about this one. Buffy started up after the first movie, placing the events of the film squarely in the show’s past, and rarely referring to them (since they didn’t really track with the show.) Teen Wolf recaps the events of the film with a different spin. They could go either way, with the caveat that they’d have to start the show somewhere where people who’d never seen the film could understand it.

There was a rumor that TID was going to be a TV series. I never encountered a single piece of factual evidence that that was happening. (Like, for instance, in this case, when they are developing a TMI TV show, there are multiple articles about it.) 

It’s only been about 2 years since TID ended - not much of a wait really. We live in an odd media moment where we expect everything to be fast-tracked, but that’s not really the norm. I think Game of Thrones and Outlander both took about 20 years to become television shows.

If there was a TMI series, and it was successful, it would dramatically increase the chances of a TID film or TV show. If you want a TID show or movie, this is the best news you could get, not the worst. Because I saw no signs a TID show was happening otherwise.

One of the nice things about there being a TV show is the opportunity to see characters like Raphael, who was cut from the film, and Maia. I admire both those actresses and would certainly want Maia to be played by an actress of color.

I don’t know why “accept” is orange. Odd.

I understand being scared about the idea of a TV show instead of more films. You got used to the cast of the films and the look and settings. I like the film cast a lot. I like them as actors and as people.

However I do think that TMI is a better fit for TV than movies because it has a huge amount of backstory, which is nearly impossible to fit into a film, which is why for instance unless you read the books you would never have found out in the first film what the Mortal Cup actually did. TV gives you a chance to see the Circle in detail, the backstories of characters rendered visually, more time for more minor characters (like Magnus) etc. It really gives you time to wallow around in a world. And whatever actors they cast, if they were good choices, I am confident you you would come to love them as well, in the same way it is possible to love both Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, or Martin Freeman and Lucy Liu and Jude Law as Watson. No one actor is ever the only one in the world who can interpret a character — that’s not how acting is supposed to work, really. Even when they are amazing and lovely, as the TMI cast was and is.

I’m not trying to convince anyone to like the idea of a TV series if you don’t. I’m just saying that as someone with no more control over the situation than you, I think this is a good thing. Maybe they would have made a City of Ashes movie. Maybe not. I’d rather know something is happening than not know if anything is happening. And in Hollywood, what breeds development is success. If a TV show were successful, they’d probably be more likely to make a CoA or TDA or TID movie, not less. If what you want is to see movies and TV of the books you like, than the worst thing that can happen isn’t a movie when you wanted a TV show or a TV show when you wanted a movie, or a radio play when you wanted a musical. It’s nothing.

Anyway, I’ll be going out this November to see the production company and TV folks, so I may have more information then. We will see!

infininate27 said: Bonjour Cassie, with all these new books coming out could you explain or give a list of books coming out? For example is The Last Hour connected to The Dark Artifices or is it a different series? Thank you, and a HUGE fan of The Infernal Devices!!! :)


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

The 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.

The Magisterium Series

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!

The Dark Artifices
Hi, Cassie! I hope you’re doing well. Lately I have seen a couple of people say Emma lost her virginity before/at the age of seventeen, and I was wondering if that was ever confirmed by you or if it’s just pure speculation. 
Hello. I tend to be very forthcoming with snippets and spoilers, because I like to share the process, but I feel like I should say that  things about the characters that are true while they are being developed — as Lady Midnight is a work in progress — are always subject to change. I have always thought of Emma as having dated before the start of LM, but I don’t think anything I say about her or her sex life at this point (not that I would consider it that important to her character either way) should be considered set in stone.
(Like remember when I said there was a littlest Blackthorn girl named Ariadne? Then as I was writing I realized she just cluttered up space so I got rid of her. Sorry, Ariadne. Those are the breaks.)
Hi Cassandra, I was wondering if Tessa and Jem are going to have important roles in The Dark Artifices. Perhaps mentors? Or real game players? I’m so excited for this new series and to reunite with my beloved favorite characters and fall in love with new ones. Thank you always for creating such a beautiful world. — infernalbeauty
Thanks! As of the current writing, Tessa and Jem are in The Dark Artifices. For the reasons I outlined above I probably shouldn’t commit to how much. I know that the Dark Artifices needs to be accessible to people that have never read The Infernal Devices and don’t know or care who they are. To that end, Emma, Julian, Cristina, Mark, Ty and the rest must be the most important, forefront characters. And they must fight their own battles: they can’t be bailed out by Jem and Tessa, or Clary and Jace. I think it is a good idea to look to Magnus’ appearance in Infernal Devices — you didn’t need to know who he was from TMI to understand his role, and he didn’t take over the story (I mean perhaps there were people who had no idea who Magnus was before they picked up CA and thought “Drat Will and Jem and Tessa — why is this book not about Magnus and Woolsey and Camille?” But, you know, that was certainly not my aim. That’s why there’s the Bane Chronicles.)
I think sometimes people find it disturbing that stories do not appear full-fledged in a writer’s mind, suffering or being improved by no changes before publication. It makes the story feel less Real. But it is the way stories are made, and you would not have liked, for instance, the first draft of Clockwork Angel nearly as much as the final. Changes are Good. So all I can say is that yes, Jem and Tessa are In the Book — at the moment they’re in the first chapter of LM. But I can’t really commit to How Much yet.

Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy.



Sarah Rees Brennan and I had a quick twitter chat about Izzy in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. I love how Sarah is telling us little TSA teasers.


Sarah Rees Brennan and I had a quick twitter chat about Izzy in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. I love how Sarah is telling us little TSA teasers.