symbaray617 said: Hi Cassie, I finished COHF in like 1-2 days, and I loved every word of it. I will be expecting TDA to be just as good, if not better. Anyways, as for my question, I’ve noticed in my Codex, that it mentions the Seelie and Unseelie Court, but it doesn’t really explain difference/similarities between the two groups. I assume the Unseelie Court is a badder version of the Seelie Court, and the Codex discusses the types of creatures that are in the courts, but will they be further explained in TDA?
claireknoetze.tumblr.com said: Hi Cassie! I’m sure you’ve heard this 1000 times, but THANK YOU so much for your books! I just finished reading CoHF and I absolutely loved it! It was perfect in every way possible! So this isn’t really an ask about CoHF but I just wanted to ask what the difference between the Seelie Court and the Unseelie Court is? Is that something that will be addressed in future books?
Hi Cassie! So after reading COHF and seeing the major role the seelie court plays in it I was wondering if the unseelie court would play any part of TLH and/or TDA? As in the shadowhunter chronicles so far they havent been mentioned much. Is there any truth to my speculation? Or is having to wait before TDA comes out driving me mad? Thank you in advance. Mizpah xxx P.S I’m that random girl at the book signing at the Prince Charles Cinema that had the matching tops with my Parabatai (Carstairs & Herondale) thank you so much for letting us take a photo you’ve made my life. Like I dont know how I’d exsist without your books. They mean so much to me, anyway I’ve drabbled now, sorry! — uhwhatsmynameagain
treacherous-angels said: Hii Cassie i just want to know if we’ll be hearing more about the faeries in TDA because I feel I don’t know a lot about them even though we hear about them a lot. And in cohf i could feel Magnus hinting to it. Just curious. :)
Hi Cassie, I just had a question, maybe this is something that I missed in the past books, but what is the difference between the Unseelie and Seelie fairies? I didn’t even realize there were different groups until this book where it became slightly more relevant. (I’m a huge fan and cannot wait for the next series to start!) Much love <3 — onehellofasoul
viviennesss said: Hi Cassie, may I ask why we haven’t seen any of the Unseelie Court? I know they’re a mysterious group of faeries and all, but you’ve introduced the Wild Hunt and the Seelie Court so far, and now I’m super curious! Do they have any role at all in the Shadowhunter world?
THE PEOPLE DEMAND ANSWERS. Interestingly, This was in the original version of City of Ashes.
It got cut out, actually, of the final version since my editor didn’t think it was necessary info. I’ve always written assuming the existence of a Seelie Court posits the existence also of an Unseelie Court — as Seelie and Unseelie Courts are part of the established mythology of faeries, not a thing I made up. Most of us who write about faeries have to deal with the Seelie and Unseelie, whether you call them Light and Dark, or Winter and Summer. In fact, one of my favorite things about Holly Black’s Tithe is that Corny just googles “seelie court” when he’s trying to figure out what is going on with all these wacky faeries.
The Seelie court are known to seek help from humans, to warn those who had accidentally offended them, and to return human kindness with favors of their own. Still, a fairy belonging to this court will avenge insults and could be prone to mischief. The most common time of day to see them is twilight. Other names for the Seelie court are ‘The Shining Thron’ or ‘The Golden ones’ and ‘The light Court’. The categorization of fairies based on court is whether or not a fairy is light or dark. Light fairies are known for playing pranks on humans and having a light hearted attitude, forgetting their sorrows quickly and not realizing how they might be affecting the humans they play pranks on. The Unseelie Court consists of the darkly-inclined fairies. Unlike the Seelie Court, no offense is necessary to bring down their assaults. As a group (or “host”), they appear at night and assault travelers, often carrying them through the air, beating them, and forcing them to commit such acts as shooting at cattle. Like the beings of the Seelie Court who are not always benevolent, neither are the fairies of the Unseelie Court always malevolent. Most Unseelies can become fond of a particular human if they are viewed as respectful, and would choose to make them something of a pet…The division into “seely” and “unseely” spirits was roughly equivalent to the division of Elves in Norse mythology, into “light” and “dark” distinctions.
The “carrying humans through the air and beating them” thing may sound more like the Wild Hunt, but the Wild Hunt is another myth entirely.
(You’ll recognize Gwyn in there, if you’ve read CoHF.)
These are myths that infiltrate all our literature. As authors, especially of fantasy, the challenge is to put your own spin on them. The Wild Hunt in the Shadowhunter Chronicles are part of Wild Faerie, which is neither Seelie nor Unseelie, and subject to no laws. They reap the dead and are fairly morally ambiguous. They don’t acknowledge either the Seelie Queen or the Unseelie King as a monarch.
As for the Seelie and Unseelie, for the purposes of the Chronicles, it’s not so much that one court is good and the other bad, it’s that one court involves itself in outside affairs and the other doesn’t. The Unseelie aren’t very interested in Shadowhunters or playing nice with Accords. Their court is a terrifying place. The mention of the Unseelie at the end of CoHF was largely simply to establish their existence, which will be further explored in TDA.