Whee! Magisterium got a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. In celebration I thought I’d put up Cassandra Jean’s art of Call’s friends, Aaron Stewart and Tamara Rajavi.

ReviewL Set in a magic-inflected version of the present-day U.S., this first title in the Magisterium series combines the talents of Black (Doll Bones) and Clare (the Mortal Instruments series) in a thrilling coming-of-age story that embraces fantasy tropes while keeping readers guessing. Twelve-year-old Callum Hunt has been raised to distrust magic. Mages killed his mother, and his father has warned him that the Magisterium, a school where young mages are trained, is a deathtrap. Callum’s attempts to fail the entrance exam go awry, and he is chosen to apprentice under Master Rufus, along with fellow students Aaron and Tamara. As Callum, Tamara, Aaron, and their classmates embark on their first of five years of schooling, Callum realizes how little he knows of his own heritage. The strange, subterranean Magisterium is vividly rendered, and a string of ominous revelations will leave readers eager for future installments. Fans of both authors will enjoy getting to know this well-rounded cast in the first steps of their adventure.

People often ask what the parabatai ceremony looks like, so I asked Cassandra Jean to render Emma and Julian’s, complete with the oath and the the three rings of fire — you step from your individual ring into the shared ring, and you draw the rune on each other. Don’t try the fire part at home.

Almost to the end of the flower card pictures! (If you want to see all of them you can check the flowers tag on my tumblr or the Cassandra Jean page on the amazing Shadowhunter wiki.)

Cards for ladies in power! Jia, the consul, gets circumspection since she’s a careful politician, Camille gets cold-heartedness, Lily ambition, and Imogen Herondale (remember when that was the first time we heard the name Herondale?), the Inquisitor, gets Justine Shall Be Done.

Magisterium

I just finished reading the ARC of your newest series with Holly Black. I gotta say I’m sooooo excited for more! Loved it!! — v-e-r-t-e-b-r-a-t-e

Thanks! I put this up here for Holly to read it. Also I thought I’d start intro-ing some of the character designs that Cassandra Jean did. Meet Call, our grumpy protagonist, and his pet, Havoc, a wolf with a secret.

Ace and five of steles
Have you released the ace and five of steles from the tarot card set. I just scrolled through all of cassandrajp’s posts and she was always really good to reblog them all but I didn’t see them.
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Here you go! I do think I’ve posted them but maybe I didn’t tag them. Cecily Herondale and Gabriel Lightwood make up the ace of steles, and the five of steles is Clary and Simon, the scene where she marks him with the Mark of Cain. 

Would you ever write a Bane Chronicles sequel?( preferably with more malec?) Also, would you consider writing more short stories??

Maureen, Sarah and I loved writing the Bane Chronicles very much and we’re definitely planning another set of short stories. We feel like we’ve  mined Magnus’ life a lot with BC, and we wanted to try something different: the next set of stories will be centered around  (CoHF spoilers)

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"frozeninstruments said: Hello Cassie! I’m looking forward to the first book of TDA and Magisterium series, now that TMI is over. :’) I see that you’ve been posting TDA snippets lately… can you share some snippets from Magisterium?"
I will soon! I’m letting the post-CoHF hangover wear off first. Right now you can read the prologue and first chapter of Iron Trial here. And here is the upload of the full cover. The poem on the back is called the Cinquain — it’s part of the rules of the alchemical magic of the Magisterium. Each element has a purpose and each balances another.
Cassandra Jean’s also drawn the characters of the Iron Trial and I look forward to showing them to you!

"frozeninstruments said: Hello Cassie! I’m looking forward to the first book of TDA and Magisterium series, now that TMI is over. :’) I see that you’ve been posting TDA snippets lately… can you share some snippets from Magisterium?"

I will soon! I’m letting the post-CoHF hangover wear off first. Right now you can read the prologue and first chapter of Iron Trial here. And here is the upload of the full cover. The poem on the back is called the Cinquain — it’s part of the rules of the alchemical magic of the Magisterium. Each element has a purpose and each balances another.

Cassandra Jean’s also drawn the characters of the Iron Trial and I look forward to showing them to you!

TDA snippet

meghanqueen said: It’s crazy how I go on your tumblr page everyday just to read that snippet of Julian and Emma. It’s what 49 words long? Yes, I counted but I can’t help it! I’m just so excited for this duo and their story!! This isn’t a question, sorry about that! I just wanted to tell you this really random thing I do.

Why, thank you! Have another one.

Emma swallowed. She was remembering Julian, two years ago, standing in the overlapping circles of fire where the parabatai ritual was performed. The look on his face as they each stepped into the central circle and the fire rose up around them, and he unbuttoned his shirt to let her touch the stele to his skin and carve the rune that would bind them together for their whole lives. She knew if she just reached out now, she could touch it, touch the rune cut into his shoulder, the rune she had put there …

sarahreesbrennan:


@WalkerBooksUK: @cassieclare and @sarahreesbrenna Shadowhunter selfie with our #TMIPartyDublin pic.twitter.com/CnTDA5lF8d

Cassie’s UK-and-Ireland tour with me emceein’ is now complete! This is a picture of us in Dublin. 
The best part, as with any tour, were the readers. That was especially impressed upon me since this tour happened while yet another piece about how dreadful YA is came out. I just gazed upon all these lovely, smart, engaged readers: who waited in the rain and in line, who asked in-depth psychological and historically-informed questions, and I felt that the world looking down upon their reading choices was a world that would be swept aside and left way behind.
(The man on the far right looking delighted to be there is, in fact, my popsicle. Readers are delightful but I am at all times a shameful individual.)

Thank you, Dublin! :) I’m off in a seaside hideaway right now, working on Lady Midnight, but it was such a pleasure to see so many readers on tour. 

sarahreesbrennan:

Cassie’s UK-and-Ireland tour with me emceein’ is now complete! This is a picture of us in Dublin. 

The best part, as with any tour, were the readers. That was especially impressed upon me since this tour happened while yet another piece about how dreadful YA is came out. I just gazed upon all these lovely, smart, engaged readers: who waited in the rain and in line, who asked in-depth psychological and historically-informed questions, and I felt that the world looking down upon their reading choices was a world that would be swept aside and left way behind.

(The man on the far right looking delighted to be there is, in fact, my popsicle. Readers are delightful but I am at all times a shameful individual.)

Thank you, Dublin! :) I’m off in a seaside hideaway right now, working on Lady Midnight, but it was such a pleasure to see so many readers on tour. 

BOSTON, PHILLY, NEW YORK Just adding that I am about to head off for my first tour stop in Hay on Wye, Wales — looking forward to next’s weeks events and getting to talk to people about City of Heavenly Fire, finally! Reposting the info for the three US events I’ll be doing below because I was told tickets are almost sold out, so if you want one, get one, and I hope to see you there!

cassandraclare:

'Hey cassie! I saw on your boston post that you will be going to philly too. Do you have any information on that one yet? Thanks! — falling-for-you-tonight”

do! 99 times out of a hundred when people ask me if I’m going to go somewhere — Vancouver, Chicago, Argentina, Singapore — I have no idea. I don’t by and large get info about where I’m going that much in advance. 

My US tour for City of Heavenly Fire is short, because the book is released during BEA and I have to be in New York for that! So here are the full dates and places; these are the only CoHF tour stops I have in the US.

05/26/14

New York, NEW YORK

Kaufmann Concert Hall 

Time: 10:00pm. Admission: 22.00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address:Lexington Avenue at 92nd St. This is the book launch of the final book in the Mortal Instrument Series. A midnight signing will follow the talk. BUY TICKETS 

BOSTON

05/27/14
Wellesley, Massachusetts
Wellesley Books at Wellesley Middle School Time: 7:00pm. 
Box office: (781) 431-1160. 
Venue phone:4132303013. 
Celebrate with Cassandra Clare when she comes to Wellesley for the release of City of Heavenly Fire, the thrilling conclusion to her The Mortal Instruments series. Best-selling author Jodi Picoult lead a discussion with Cassandra at the Wellesley Middle School at an exclusive evening of audience Q&A, trivia, book signing, and much more. BUY TICKETS

PHILADELPHIA

05/30/14 West Chester, PA (just outside Philly)

Chester County Books

Time: 6:30pm. Box office:610.696.1661. 

Address: Stetson Middle School, 1060 Wilmington Pike. The Cassandra Clare event, moderated by author Jenny Han, is Friday, May 30th at 6:30 pm at Stetson Middle School, 1060 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, PA 19382. This is a ticketed event. For more information, visit our Facebook Event page, email us, or call 610-696-1661. BUY TICKETS 

I will also be at BookCon at BEA.  — with Holly Black!