Spoilers for CoHF and Clockwork Princess!

usamahayat said: Hi, first of all I love your books! I have a question though, when jem becomes mortal again his years don’t catch up to him but if magnus were to become mortal his years would catch up to him and he would die. Why did this not happen to jem?

missmorgenstern said: Hi Cassie!:) I just want to say that I love your books, and those who critique them need plonking on the head! My question though is about Jem and Magnus: In CoHF when Magnus’s father was going to take Magnus’s immortality, Magnus said that he would most definitely die because the years would come at him all at once. So why did Jem not die when he became mortal again after being a Silent Brother?

Hey Cassie! I’ve just finished reading Heavenly Fire and I can now safely say that I love your books and can not wait for you to release the rest! However, I do have a question about Jem becoming mortal again. In TMI, when they were in Edom, Magnus's father wanted his immortality but Magnus said that if he gave it up, he would die as his age (of over 400 years old) would catch up on him immediately. How come this didn’t happen with Jem, after he became mortal again as he is over 130 years old?”

When I get a ton of questions that are all the same question all at once I tend to assume some sort of Conversation is happening somewhere on the internet and everyone is stumped so they are like LET’S ASK CASSIE. Which is fine. I don’t mind.

This falls into the category of questions I think of as “Why are spaghetti and fettucine both pasta when they’re different shapes?” We know the answer because we know pasta is not all one thing. Magic, also, is not all one thing, and neither are magical creatures. Different magic acts on people differently. (Being injected with demon blood worked on Sebastian differently than having a demon parent worked on Tessa. Having a demon parent and a Shadowhunter parent produces a different creature (Tessa) than having a demon parent and human parent produces (Magnus.)) If Maia drank Jace’s blood (no idea why she’d want to) she would not become a Daylighter, because she is not a vampire. Sometimes we want to think of magic as “Do A, Get B” but the magic system of the Shadowhunter books is complicated: if you Do A, it depends on why you are doing it, and with what, and to whom. So:

1) Jem and Magnus are not the same magical creature. Magnus is a warlock. Jem is a Silent Brother.

2) Magnus and Jem are not both immortal. Magnus is immortal. Silent Brothers are not. They simply age very slowly. When Jem shows up on the bridge in Clockwork Princess, he looks as if he’s aged about four, five years since 1878.

3) Magnus was going to have his immortality taken away. Jem did not have his (nonexistent) immortality taken away: he had his Silent Brotherness taken away. The aging slowly is a an aspect of being a Silent Brother, but not the point of the exercise or a significant part of the magic.

4) Magnus was going to have the spell performed on him by a demon. Jem had his true self restored by literally the fire of heaven. It is a central tenet of the Shadowhunter books that from angelic power comes good things, and from demonic power comes bad things. That is why Heaven probably does not look like Edom. 

What would have happened to Magnus was a deliberate evil spell performed by a demon, who desired to consume Magnus’ immortality for his own. What happened to Jem was a restoration, a burning away of the poison that made Silent Brotherhood necessary and then of Silent Brotherhood itself. 

In other words they were completely different kinds of magic, performed by completely different forces on completely different beings under completely different circumstances. When Magnus says that if Asmodeus takes his immortality away in Edom, he’ll die, he knows he’ll die under those circumstances. Obviously he doesn’t think he would die under any and all circumstances, or that this is a hard and fast rule that applies to all immortals all the time, or why would he ever have bothered to look in the Book of the White and elsewhere for a way to undo his immortality in the first place? 

Hopin’ that helps!

Why didn't Jem and Will go to the Academy? They didn't want to or they weren't allowed to? I'm feeling guilty as hell for bombarding you with questions but I just have to know! I'm sorry!

One usually goes to the Academy at about twelve. It’s assumed that one has been tutored at home up until that point in Shadowhunter basics.

At twelve, Will was the raggedy desperate boy who’d showed up at the door of the Institute and said he had nowhere else to go. Charlotte wasn’t going to pack him off to the Academy. Especially since he lacked the basics of knowing anything about Shadowhunters. He would have been chewed up and tortured. Charlotte didn’t know the specifics of Will’s problem, but she certainly knew enough to know he would have an awful time.

At twelve, Jem was poisoned and dying. The Academy simply would have not have wasted the resources training someone who wouldn’t survive to use the training.

The Clave are not nice people. Their school is not necessarily a nice place. :)

Clockwork Princess questions and answers: SPOILERS

thehungergames451 said: I know everyone says this, but I absolutely love your books and they have really changed my life. Anyway, re-reading the Infernal Devices, I noticed that there were very little chapters in Jem’s PoV, and was just wondering why that was…?

I thought I would reblog the below answer since it still stands, but also add that I really enjoyed getting to write Jem’s POV in After the Bridge. I had to avoid his POV again in City of Heavenly Fire because again, Jem KNOWS TOO MUCH, and it was fun to get a chance to tell things from his perspective again.

cassandraclare:

The question’s not spoilery but the answer is …

Hi Cassie! I wanted to thank you for writing a beautiful conclusion to The Infernal Devices. I was wondering, is there a special reason why Jem’s POV is so little throughout the books? Thank you for everything :) — offeringofmoonlight

The question’s not spoilery but the answer is …

Hi Cassie! I wanted to thank you for writing a beautiful conclusion to The Infernal Devices. I was wondering, is there a special reason why Jem’s POV is so little throughout the books? Thank you for everything :) — offeringofmoonlight

SPOILERS FOR CP2

Sure! I knew from early on I was going to have little or no Jem POV in the books, because the whole third book turns on not knowing several things about him.

It’s not impossible to write the POV of a character with a secret. Will has a secret in Clockwork Angel and half of Clockwork Prince and yet we have his POV. But Will is very clear that he has a secret. We know he does. It is not such a good idea to write a character with a secret who we can’t even know has a secret.

All of Clockwork Princess depends on us not knowing several significant things about Jem. First, for the beginning section of the book, we cannot know that he has been taking all his yin fen. We cannot even know he is hiding something. We need to think everything is fine until he collapses, or the whole first third of the book does not work. From there to the middle of the book we cannot know that Jem is reconsidering his decision not to try to become a Silent Brother. Far more importantly, for the entirely middle to end of the book we cannot know that he is not actually dead. It is really impossible to flash to the POV of a character who is supposed to be dead without rather giving it away that he is not.

After that, Jem is a Silent Brother. Silent Brothers are not like the rest of humanity: their minds work differently. They think differently. I did not want to write from the point of view of any Silent Brother, ever, even Jem, as I think it destroys an aspect of their mystery that is essential to the story.

Since I always knew that having Jem POV would not be possible in Princess, it is basically nonexistent in Clockwork Angel or Clockwork Prince. I did not want to get readers used to having his POV ever because then the lack of it would have seemed strange. And I did not think it was necessary to have his POV for people to come to love him. There are very many fictional characters I love whose POV I have never seen. (Calling Mr. Darcy.)

I suppose I would just say: I feel no less close to Jem for not having written as much from his view as from, say, Will’s. And now that we have the end of Clockwork Princess, it’s clear that there might still be Jem’s POV in future books . ..which I think will be fun for us all.*

Like TDA!

sad Jem pretty art. 
swifty-fox:

Atque At Vale Brother mine
whew, first picture on the new laptop. 
Man Will would throw the biggest bitchfit if he knew he had been buried next to a Lightwood

sad Jem pretty art. 

swifty-fox:

Atque At Vale Brother mine

whew, first picture on the new laptop. 

Man Will would throw the biggest bitchfit if he knew he had been buried next to a Lightwood

Jem’s hair and eyes: spoilery for CP2 and CoHF

writingonhands said: How do Jem’s eyes change back to a dark brown colour from silver? Was it something that happened while he was a silent brother? It’s a stupid question - I know but I have read and re-read TID, TMI, and After The Bridge -Your work is truly amazing- but I still don’t get it (maybe I missed a line or something) ? Thanks!

Thanks! Jem was not born with silver hair and eyes. They came from the side effects of the yin fen.

Clockwork Angel, page 341:
He flicked open the clasp on the box, and the lid slid back. Inside was a thick layer of what Tessa thought at first was ash, but the color was too bright. It was a layer of thick silvery powder almost the same bright silver color as Jem’s eyes.
“This is the drug,” he said. “It comes from a warlock dealer we know in Limehouse. I take some of it every day. It’s why I look so—so ghostly; it’s what drains the color from my eyes and hair, even my skin. I wonder sometimes if my parents would even recognize me. …”

As soon as Jem became a Silent Brother and ceased taking the drug, the silvery color began to fade from his hair and eyes. 

Clockwork Princess:

"“Jem?” she whispered. The sound of the vial being set down on the bedside table. A sigh. “Yes,” he said. “Tessa. Will you look at me?” She turned, and looked. And drew in her breath. It was Jem, and not Jem. He wore the parchment robes of a Silent Brother, open at the throat to show the collar of an ordinary shirt. His hood was thrown back, revealing his face. She could see the changes in him, where she had only barely seen them in the noise and confusion of the battle at Cadair Idris. His delicate cheekbones were scarred with the runes she had noticed before, one on each, long slashes of scars that did not look like ordinary Shadowhunter runes. His hair was no longer pure silver—streaks of it had darkened to black-brown, no doubt the color he had been born with. His eyelashes, too, had darkened to black. They looked like fine strands of silk against his pale skin—though he was no longer as pale as he had been.”

Tessa is seeing him during the transition, as the yin fen leaves him. When the heavenly fire returned him to being a human Shadowhunter, the yin fen had long drained from his system. Therefore his hair and eyes were dark.

Clockwork Princess pages 557-558: This was Jem. She couldn’t tear her gaze away from him. She had always thought Jem was beautiful. He was no less beautiful to her now. Once he had had silver-white hair and eyes like gray skies. This Jem had raven-black hair, curling slightly in the humid air, and dark brown eyes with glints of gold in the irises. Once his skin had been pale; now it had a flush of color to it. Where his face had been unmarked before he’d become a Silent Brother, there were two dark scars, the first runes of the Brotherhood, standing out starkly at the arch of each cheekbone.

If the question is “Was the the heavenly fire or becoming a Silent Brother that changed his hair and eye color?” the answer is the second one. That is why Brother Zachariah is always described as having dark hair. The yin fen is what turned his hair and eyes silver, and when it went away, so did the silver color.

After the Bridge: The Full Story (Jem/Tessa)

hi Cassie! idk if you’ve noticed, but I think you’ve invoked a small (and quite entertaining) url revolution. — hornyjem

I did. I am very proud. :)

This is the full story of After the Bridge, a tale for those who might have wondered what Tessa and Jem did after they met on Blackfriars Bridge in the epilogue of Clockwork Princess. If you’ve been waiting to read it until it was done, it is now done.

Those who do not like Tessa&Jem together or Jessa sexytimes probably should skip this. (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. This is Part Five, the full story. As this is one short story and not chaptered, each post will contain the whole story from the beginning up to the point where that part ends so that new readers or readers who don’t remember what happened won’t have to hunt down the previous post(s.)

AFTER THE BRIDGE : Now with (sexy) art by Cassandra Jean! 

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After the Bridge Part Three (Jem/Tessa)

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. (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 Two. It is not the whole story. There are more parts. As this is one short story and not chaptered, each post will contain the whole story from the beginning up to the point where that part ends so that new readers or readers who don’t remember what happened won’t have to hunt down the previous post(s.)

AFTER THE BRIDGE 3/4

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After the Bridge Part Two (Jem/Tessa)

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. (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 Two. It is not the whole story. There are more parts. As this is one short story and not chaptered, each post will contain the whole story from the beginning up to the point where that part ends so that new readers or readers who don’t remember what happened won’t have to hunt down the previous post(s.)

AFTER THE BRIDGE

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

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