After the Bridge (Jem/Tessa) Part One

A story for those who might have wondered what Tessa and Jem did after they met on Blackfriars Bridge in the epilogue of Clockwork Princess.

Those who do not like Tessa&Jem together or Jessa sexytimes probably should skip this one. (You will not miss anything that will affect your understanding of later books.) Those who like that sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.

After the Bridge alternates POV between Jem and Tessa. It will be posted in installments.

This is Part One. It is not the whole story. There are several more parts.

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I just finished my signing tour in Brazil on Monday. Here is my video of the signing stage in Sao Paulo…a little intimidating as you can see!

Cassie, I just wanna say thank you for everything here in Brazil. We’re over moon and… I just don’t know, you made us very very happy and pround of being your fans. You’re the kindest person ever. Thank you again, love. Virna — isabelle-lightwood

Thank you! I had such a great time in Brazil meeting readers. You guys were so sweet. I hope to come back.

Hi Cassie! My name is Alessandra, I’m brazilian fan and I knew you on last monday in Rio de Janeiro. I wrote a letter for you, remember? Do you read? Please, tell me your answer!! — sweet-angels-and-demons

Hi Alessandra! I got so many letters and packages that we had them shipped from Brazil to my house. There was no suitcase big enough to hold them! I can’t wait to read them all when I get home. Letters are the best.

Speaking of which right now my inbox is full of messages from people I met at the fair or people I didn’t get a chance to meet. I’m technically on vacation with family right now, but I hope to get through all the messages, just don’t feel bad if it takes a while, it’s not you — it’s me!

xoxox

Cassie

Hi I’m Hannah first things first I love your books! I have read each multiple times and can’t wait for TDA but my initial question is do you and Cassandra Jean know when you are going to put the tarot cards up for sale? Thanks! — smithhann

Hi Cassandra! First, I love your books … But my question is related tarot cards of shadowhunters. I wonder: if you want to sell them? If yes, when? Thank you! — giuliaherondaleangel
We’re putting them out through Topataco, they do merchandise for Homestuck and Welcome to Night Vale. Things this complicated take a while to print, but we’ve approved finishes, etc. and we’re hoping to have the cards up for sale before Christmas. In the meantime, have a Cassandra Jean Gabriel Lightwood flower card, because he looks foxy!

Hi I’m Hannah first things first I love your books! I have read each multiple times and can’t wait for TDA but my initial question is do you and Cassandra Jean know when you are going to put the tarot cards up for sale? Thanks! — smithhann

Hi Cassandra! First, I love your books … But my question is related tarot cards of shadowhunters. I wonder: if you want to sell them? If yes, when? Thank you! — giuliaherondaleangel

We’re putting them out through Topataco, they do merchandise for Homestuck and Welcome to Night Vale. Things this complicated take a while to print, but we’ve approved finishes, etc. and we’re hoping to have the cards up for sale before Christmas. In the meantime, have a Cassandra Jean Gabriel Lightwood flower card, because he looks foxy!

kaidarknight:

Saw The Iron Trial's coverage and the first two chapters and I'm already excited for their first series to come.
Callum Hunt©cassandraclare and Holly Black
-Kai

kaidarknight:

Saw The Iron Trial's coverage and the first two chapters and I'm already excited for their first series to come.

Callum Hunt©cassandraclare and Holly Black

-Kai

hebeldesign:

#magisterium cuff. @cassieclare @hollyblack Every student gets one of these. Iron strip means first year student. Stones are earned when an element is mastered…are you ready to become a Mage?

hebeldesign:

#magisterium cuff. @cassieclare @hollyblack Every student gets one of these. Iron strip means first year student. Stones are earned when an element is mastered…are you ready to become a Mage?

The Last Hours

Hi cassie! I am a huge fan of your books and i was wondering about your upcoming book series TLH. I looked it up online but I cannot seem to be able to find much on it. There is probably a limit of things you are willing to mention about the series, so I was wondering if you tell me what has been already released about the series? — thislittlebookowl

Hello Cassie! I am a huge, huge fan. :) I was wondering if you could maybe give some insight as to how the characters in The Last Hours are going to act, like their personalities and such. — thelastinstruments

There is a limited amount I can say, especially this far in advance — and keep in mind things can always change. But this is pretty much what we know so far, the illustrated version:

The Last Hours is a new Shadowhunters series set in 1903. It deals with the next generation after Will, Tessa and Jem as well as Charlotte and Henry’s children, Tatiana Blackthorn’s children, the Lightwood kids, and many more. 1903 is right around the time the Victorian era tips over into the Edwardian era — beautiful clothes, fabulous history and so much more that I’m excited to write about! (I’ve even been keeping a crazy Pinterest board for inspiration.) The title is taken from the book Great Expectations, of which the series is a retelling: those of you who’ve read The Midnight Heir installment of the Bane Chronicles probably have some ideas about certain of the characters!

You have been in every line I have ever read, since I first came here, the rough common boy whose poor heart you wounded even then. You have been in every prospect I have ever seen since — on the river, on the sails of the ships, on the marshes, in the clouds, in the light, in the darkness, in the wind, in the woods, in the sea, in the streets. You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with. The stones of which the strongest London buildings are made, are not more real, or more impossible to be displaced by your hands, than your presence and influence have been to me, there and everywhere, and will be. Estella, to the last hours of my life, you cannot choose but remain part of my character, part of the little good in me, part of the evil. — Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

There will be three books: Chain of Thorns, Chain of Gold, and Chain of Iron — also a reference to Great Expectations.

(“Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day." — Great Expectations)

The books will interconnect with The Dark Artifices trilogy as two separate trilogies that are also the stories of the Blackthorns, Herondales and Carstairs, much like TMI and The Infernal Devices interconnected despite taking place in different time periods and locations. The exact order of publication isn’t decided yet. Lady Midnight, the first of the Dark Artifices, will certainly be the next Shadowhunter book coming out, and I’ll keep you up to date on the publication order when it’s nailed down.

I hope you’re looking forward to reading about Jem, Tessa and Will and their immediate families and descendants as much as I am looking forward to writing about them! In the meantime, I thought you might like to see/get to know a few of the prominent characters. Cassandra Jean drew these for me back when I was still solidifying some of the plot outlines and character details. You can also find most of these names on the family tree and identify their connections. Let’s start with …

image Cordelia Carstairs. Daughter of Jem’s Uncle Elias. Bit of a scapegrace and ever since she was ten she’s had a sort of a crush on

image James Herondale, who is parabatai with image the always-delightful Matthew Fairchild. James is totally in love with and has a very odd relationship with Tatiana’s Blackthorn’s ward image Grace Blackthorn, whose brother Jesse Blackthorn may or may not be dead image a mystery that occupies the busy brain of writer image Lucie Herondale, whose father would really prefer she marry image Alastair Carstairs, Cordelia’s older brother. Shown with Cortana — looks like Elias did as Tessa suggested and passed it down to his own children after all.Alastair is best friends with image Charles Fairchild, who you may remember as Potentially Buford from Clockwork Princess. Charles would like to be the next Consul, alas, and Henry finds he rather gets along better with Cecily and Gabriel’s son image Christopher, a scientist, who is the younger brother of the ever so sophisticated image Anna Lightwood, who keeps her own flat on Percy Street and everyone else’s secrets.

This isn’t all the characters, but it’s a visual tour of quite a few of the significant ones (barring those, like Tessa, Jem, Will and the other adults, who you already know!) I find having visuals of characters often helps while I’m writing so these live above my desk!

Shadowhunter Academy titles

COHF SPOILERS

Hello, CC! Do you have any news for us about The Secret Treasons and The Shadowhunter Academy? Thank youuu! <3 — yssaoeyt

Well, TST is a big art project, so, it happens when it happens. I don’t know when it’ll be exactly.

I’m holding off also on saying too much about Academy until we nail down dates — it will be ten stories, like the Bane Chronicles, and like the Bane Chronicles will end up as a print book eventually. The stories cover Simon’s arrival at the Academy through to his Ascension Ceremony, but a lot of them also time-hop: back to 1830, 1893, 1900, to the time of the Circle and some switch perspectives. I’ll say more when we make the actual announcement but for now have the list of titles to play with!

1) Welcome to the Shadowhunter Academy.

2) The Lost Herondale.

3) The Whitechapel Fiend.

4) Nothing But Shadows

5) The Evil We Love

6) Pale Kings and Princes

7) Bitter of Tongue

8) The Fiery Trial

9) Born to Endless Night

10) Angels Twice Descending

Last but assuredly not least, Cassandra Jean&#8217;s Tessa and Will and the DSDS in Clockwork Princess.

Last but assuredly not least, Cassandra Jean’s Tessa and Will and the DSDS in Clockwork Princess.

More Cassandra Jean sexytimes — Jem and Tessa in Clockwork Prince. 

More Cassandra Jean sexytimes — Jem and Tessa in Clockwork Prince. 

Hi Cassie! Has CJP finished all the DSAS/DSBS/DSES/DSDS pictures? I’m not sure if she has and I’ve missed them but I’ve only ever seen the DSES and the DSAS and that was a while ago… I can’t seem to find them anymore. Could you repost them? — tmitidtdatlh

Ask and ye shall receive. The first is the DSAS which started it all — Clary and Jace in City of Fallen Angels. The second is Clary and Jace in the club in City of Lost Souls. And the last is Clary and Jace in Edom in City of Heavenly Fire. I believe they grow progressively more nakedish in each picture (though there is NO NUDITY here.)

There are also two from The Infernal Devices, which I will post separately in a minute.