Clary-Simon parabatai

CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE SPOILERS.

Hello Cassie I love all your books and have especially loved TID. My favourite was Jem, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love Tessa or Will. Jem was my favourite because I am somewhat like Jem myself, I am sick as well, and I understood why he did what he did and how he thinks. To read about Jem and the way clockwork princess ends gives me a lot of hope (maybe I will find a cure too) :) I want to thank you for that. I recently finished CoHf and loved every bit of it :) as you can probably guess I loved reading about Jem and Tessa in CoHf :) I do have a question for you: Does Clary ever find a parabatai? Also (2 questions sorry :p) can ascenders have a parabatai? I would love it if you could answer my questions (if you are reading this). I am very excited for TDA and restlessly await its release :) Thank you so much A huge fan of yours M3H4K :) — m3h4k

Hello! Thank you for your love for Jem, I love him too. I think you have a question about TMI a lot of people have. :)

its-carmen-venegas said: CoHF spoiler: I was wondering if in the future we will see Simon Ascend and become a Shadowhunter with his memories returned and/or him as Clary’s parabatai and finally together with Izzy? I love you stories and they have been great to read!!

klassysassyyysaid:

Hi I really loved COHF and I really just have to know if Clary and Simon are gonna become parabatai?

mortalacademyasked you:

Hi Cassie :) Do you think there is a possibility in the future for Simon and Clary to become parabatai? They would be brilliant for each other, in my own opinion :)

pa1g32019 asked you: Do Simon and Clary become parabatai???

Are Clary and Simon gonna be parabatai when he ascends?? — mejampo

sherlockthedivergentboywholived asked you: SPOILERS FOR CoHF I’ve just had an amazing thought. Would clary and simon become parabatai?? I think that would be the best thing ever and in the wedding scene there are runes all over simon and that would be perfect if they were parabatai.

thefaultinour-fangirling asked you: Any possibility that Simon and Clary could become parabatai??????

mayiaskquy asked you: SPOILER! Did Clary and Simon become parabatai when Simon became a shadowhunter? x

likeneverforeversaid:

Will Simon and clary become parabati?

spanish-rose said: Hi Cassie! I am asking this for my cousin (she doesn’t have a tumblr) and me. After the events of COHF do Simon and Clary become Parabatai or is it too late? Or does his lack of memories change their relationship? We always saw them having a bond like that, and now that it’s possible, we are super curious! Thank you in advance if you get to our question

lovee1795 said: Did you ever consider making Isabelle and Clary parabatai? I thought you were working towards it in CoHF but then it never happened. I feel they would’ve made a great team.

insult-to-intelligenceasked you:

are we gonna see simon ascend? is gonna continue the lightwood name or is he gonna pick another shadowhunter surname?

demi-herondale asked you: So Magnus mentioned to Simon about the ascension at the end of CoHF. Does Simon ever ascend and become a shadowhunter, or is that supposed to be up to us as readers?

yesihaveredhair asked you: The ending was beautiful, Cassie. I loved every bit of it. And I bawled my eyes out with Simon. I’m just wondering (and I’m thinking this question might be answered in Lady Midnight) if Simon does Ascend? Because that would just be amazing for him :) I’m going to miss these characters, but I’m excited for Emma and Jules! xxx

alyienated said: Cassie, please tell us more details about Simom’s ascension for I think the book didn’t really have details about him undergoing that and description of him being a Shadowhunter. I just know that Magnus helped him out and stuff to prepare him for Ascension. :)

It’s true, the book didn’t have any details about Simon Ascending because the process of going to Shadowhunter Academy/training/learning to become a Shadowhunter is a year-plus process and there was no room for it (plus tonally it would have been weird there at the end of the book.) City of Heavenly Fire ends with hope for Simon and the option of becoming a Shadowhunter, something he’s wanted, something all his friends are. Something he deserves, given how much he’s fought alongside Shadowhunters! But that’s all. You can stop there, if you want — the future of the characters is open with possibilities and you can imagine whatever you want into it, and many people like to do that.

I skipped answering this question publicly before because I was waiting for people to have a chance to read CoHF but now that many have: Simon was always meant to become a Shadowhunter in the end. When I first planned the spin-off Simon story from City of Glass it was about him becoming a Shadowhunter in the end. It was always his endgame.

As many of the characters from TMI show up in places in TDA, I had originally thought we’d find out what happened with Simon’s Ascension then. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy was originally a series of novellas connected by the existence of the Academy, but it occurred to us as we mapped it out that ideally there would be a character that also connected all the stories — which is how we developed the idea of following Simon through his arrival at the Academy to his Ascension ceremony.

I think the answer to “Will Clary and Simon be parabatai?” is that Clary and Simon would like to be parabatai. Nothing is stopping them except that Simon hasn’t Ascended. If he does it on time, it’s something they could do.

And it’s always been the idea: that Clary and Simon would try to be parabatai. I understanding wanting to see Izzy and Clary be parabatai because they’re good friends and we don’t/haven’t seen a real girl/girl parabatai situation. However, Clary and Izzy just haven’t known each other long enough for it to make sense, while Clary and Simon are basically spiritually parabatai already. 

We will have a girl/girl parabatai situation in Last Hours with Lucie and Cordelia, and an incredibly close friendship between girls with Cristina and Emma in TDA. Part of what’s been interesting about TDA actually is writing the difference between a friendship —Emma and Cristina — and a parabatai relationship —Jules and Emma. 

As for what name Simon chooses, whether he and Izzy can rekindle their relationship, what memories he gets back and which he doesn’t — Shadowhunter Academy and TDA will have to answer that!

CoHF: Magnus and Alec

SPOILERS FOR COHF.

Hi Cassie, I loved CoHF and can’t wait for TDA. One of my favourite scenes from CoHF was when the wish-demon thingy sent them to those dreams that were supposedly their heart’s desires. But, in Alec’s, was Magnus actually there when he told him to wake up and smell the cookies? Like, was Magnus in the cell in Edom aware that this was going on and helped out or was it just some part of Alec’s brain going “WAKE UP” and came across as Magnus? Thanks! — justdontflickrrr

I think it’s a part of the book that’s up for interpretation. I mean, Magnus evinces no knowledge it happened later, so if he was there in some sense, it wasn’t conscious.

When I wrote it, I thought of it as being all Alec. That he was seeing what he wanted in his head, to some extent, but just as it did with all the others, the demon got his ultimate desires slightly wrong (highly overboard, in Alec’s case) and — just as with the others — something in the dream-state tipped Alec off. In this case, the being tipped off took the form of Magnus, because I think for Alec — who despite being a badass fighter sometimes gets lost in his own head — Magnus is the person who pulls him out when he gets in that state. Magnus lets him be an internal person, because Alec very much is that, but he can also tell when Alec is spinning himself into a state and ground him. He tells Alec the truth about things, things that Alec’s other grounding forces don’t necessarily have perspective on (like the Lightwood family, because they’re in the Lightwood family). Magnus, despite being something of a wild force of nature, is a calming force for Alec. He also has a lot of faith in Alec that Alec doesn’t always have in himself. So when Alec hears “This isn’t what you want, you’re better than this” it might be him thinking it, but he puts Magnus’ face to it, because it’s Magnus that’s given him the confidence to believe that himself.

However, if you’d rather read it as Magnus being there in some capacity, you can.

Aw. Malec feels!

Maybe he had known that girl, he thought. Maybe it was something he’d forgotten - who remembered the friends you had in kindergarten?

- for Esther

Damn, that’s sad.

Prologues

I was just wondering how you choose which POV to tell a scene from. Like why the prologue in Heavenly Fire was told from Emma’s point of view and not Sebastian’s. I enjoyed Emma’s perspective but it seems like it could have been a chance to get a look into his mind? Thanks and if you post this could you take my name off?

Name redacted from incendiary question about viewpoints. :) No, I am just teasing. This falls into the category of “Writers, why do you do the things you do?” Which I always think is interesting, because the choices we make shape our work, but — even if I explain my reasoning, you don’t have to agree with it. :)

Prologues are an interesting thing in writer-land because they actually are controversial. Some people love them. Some people hate them. The big argument against them is often that if the information in them is important, why is it not in the main body of the work — i.e. why isn’t it just “Chapter One”?

Me, I like a prologue. I find that they give an opportunity to tell an event in the world from the perspective of a character you’d never otherwise hear from — for instance, Aloysius Starkweather’s perspective in Clockwork Princess. Yes, we can be told the information later in the narrative that his granddaughter died receiving her first runes, but it’s much less visceral than experiencing it on the page, and it’s interesting to be in the head of someone whose viewpoint you’ll never get again (as in 1878, Aloysius is pretty far gone in senile dementia). Similarly, we get Valentine’s viewpoint in City of Ashes and then, as far as I know, never again. And it gives us the birth of the fear demon, which means that when Agramon shows up later, we know what it is. No one else in the book besides Valentine could have been there for that, or they would not later have been surprised about Agramon being around.

Sometimes prologues indicate a time skip, big or small (the prologue of CP where we see Will and Jem at 12, or CoLS where we see Simon two weeks before the rest of the book takes place.) Sometimes they exist to set a mood (Will’s prologue in CP.) Prologues do a lot of different jobs.

As for why I chose to tell the prologue of The Dark Artifices from Emma’s viewpoint and not Sebastian’s — I have written Sebastian’s viewpoint before, in City of Lost Souls. Mostly as a way to let people know he was Up to Something with Faeries, but not what. But the prologue from Sebastian’s point of view would have been near-impossible without revealing his involvement with the Fair Folk, given that they were with him at the time. He would have had to spend the whole prologue deliberately not thinking about 1) the faeries right next to him 2) the existence of Edom, to which he is about to return 3) his overall plans, including his visit to the Adamant Citadel.

Unreliable narrators are great, but usually they’re unreliable because they’ve bought into their own mythology about themselves. Being coy is something else — just not revealing what a character is actually thinking — and Coyness in Writing is a whole other topic. It drives my critique group nuts though; whenever anyone’s being coy with info they get yelled at.

There are important factual things we learn in the prologue about the story — that Sebastian is attacking Institutes — but even if I’d never planned to write the Dark Artifices, I’d still have told it from Emma’s point of view. To me the Blackthorns have a symbolic weight in City of Heavenly Fire. They represent the stakes of war. 

Without any representation of the people — ordinary Shadowhunters, some innocent children — that Clary and the others are trying to save, they become something blurry and distantly symbolic. We can understand that they want to save their parents, and those trapped in Edom, but when what’s at stake is saving the lives of Shadowhunters overall, putting faces and personalities to those lives matters.

(Also, in the fact that they escaped the Institute, they bring important information about what Sebastian’s doing to Idris — and they could still have done that if the prologue had been Seb’s viewpoint, but from his view they would have been a bunch of fleeing kids, nameless and undifferentiated. It would have taken all the meaning out of the scene where Emma wakes up screaming for her parents and Julian gives her Cortana. It would have taken a ton of meaning out of the end, when Helen is sent away — the meaning of her being separated from her family is greatly dulled if we don’t know her family.)

So I guess if the overall question is: how do I pick who tells a scene, which POV it’s from, usually I ask myself, Who undergoes the most change in this scene? Think about the engine that propels stories as three C’s: conflict, choice and change (ideally change brought about by choice forced by conflict.) Jace tells the scene between him and Alec, because he changes the most during it. Emma changes the most during the prologue. She makes the biggest choices, her whole life is transformed and she is changed as a person. Sebastian doesn’t change at all. So as well as me wanting to establish what the stakes of the war were, to put a face to all the lives that would need saving over the course of the book, I also wanted to show the birth of a hero, the inciting incident that makes someone who they are. The superhero origin story. :) Which I think is a fun thing to experience, whether you ever read the Dark Artifices or not. :)

aegisdea:

Shh. I may or may not have been distracted.
Jonathan/Sebastian Morgenstern (c) cassandraclare

aegisdea:

Shh. I may or may not have been distracted.

Jonathan/Sebastian Morgenstern (c) cassandraclare

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If you haven’t read all the mortal instruments books (so including cohf) scroll past this because it’s full of spoilers. There’s also a bit of a spoiler for the infernal devices.

aegisdea:

Achievement unlocked indeed, Simon.
Late night doodle! Goodnight!
Sizzy (c) cassandraclare

Lord Montgomery fanart! Well, it was going to happen eventually…

aegisdea:

Achievement unlocked indeed, Simon.

Late night doodle! Goodnight!

Sizzy (c) cassandraclare

Lord Montgomery fanart! Well, it was going to happen eventually…

babies. sacrifice. CoHF spoilers.

COHF SPOILERS.

swfrthepox said: Hi again Cass! Since you said that Jace nor Tessa might not be the last Herondale, is it because Clace will going to have a baby? By the Angel, let them have a baby! :D AND (again), why is “Simon’s Sacrifice” not included in CoHF? I hope you could answer. Thank you!

They might have a baby one day, but that is admittedly not what I meant. :) 

"Simon’s Sacrifice" is the chapter now called "Judas Kiss." My editor didn’t like "Simon’s Sacrifice" — she pointed out it gave the game away a bit regarding what was going to happen in the chapter. I acknowledged her rightness and changed the title.

dumbledorelovessherbetlemons said: Jace said that he wasn’t sure how he felt about children. But he’s decided to take the Herondale name anyways (implying that he wants to continue the line of Herondales) and Clary has a general interest in children… Does this mean we can expect Clace babies in tda or twp?? What about Sizzy babies? Thanks so much!

Jace being so young I think making this decision was entirely about his identity and not about continuing the line of Herondales. (And he wanted the manor. :D) And Clary likes Emma — but a lot of people like kids and feel protective of them without wanting them. I’m not saying yes or no, but as someone who loves kids and doesn’t want them myself I do push back against the narrative that everyone has to have children to be happy. But as we do follow Clary, Jace, Simon, etc. through the books, hearing and sometimes seeing what’s happening with them, it is a question that will be answered.

And besides, something’s going to happen that renders Jace’s concerns, if he has any, about continuing the Herondale line, somewhat moot. :P

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SPOILERS FOR COHF.
A reader sent me this - yay, always happy to discover a great new fanartist.
captain-iparis:

A bit spoilery art featuring ‘Jonathan and Val’ + an extended snippet you’ve seen a long time ago from Cassie ‘cause hONEYS I PROMISED Y’ALL THAT I WOULD MAKE Y’ALL CRY WOULD POST A SEBBY FANART after the COHF buzz has ended.

"…He has always had green eyes, said the voice in her head. People often marvel at how much alike you are, he and your mother and yourself.    His name is Jonathan and he is your brother; he has always protected you.
    ‘Clary,’ he said, ‘you’re not going to believe—’
    ‘Jonathan!’ a small voice trilled, and Clary turned her wondering eyes to see a little girl dashing across the grass. She had red hair,    the same shade as Clary’s, and it flew out behind her like a banner…
    …But of course, her name is Valentina, said the voice in the back of her head. Valentine Morgenstern was a great hero of the war; he died in a battle against Hodge Starkweather, but not before he had saved the Mortal Cup, and the Clave along with it. When Luke married your mother, they honored his memory in the name of their daughter.”

A good version of Sebastian/Jonathan has always amazed me. How will he look like if there’s no demon blood in his veins? What will be his personality? And then I read COHF. That part was bittersweet. As it turned out, if there’s no demon blood in his veins, he could have been a protective brother to Clary and a good son to Jocelyn. Damn demon blood and Valentine! In the end, the root of all evil in the latter part of the series is still not Sebastian, but Valentine. I mean, look at that smile! So not-evil. *cries*
Good Jonathan + Valentina (c) Cassie Clare
Fanart (c) me
VIEW IT ON MY DEVIANTART ACCOUNT and add me to yer watch list!
 

SPOILERY ART.

SPOILERS BELOW.

SPOILERS FOR COHF.

A reader sent me this - yay, always happy to discover a great new fanartist.

captain-iparis:

A bit spoilery art featuring ‘Jonathan and Val’ + an extended snippet you’ve seen a long time ago from Cassie ‘cause hONEYS I PROMISED Y’ALL THAT I WOULD MAKE Y’ALL CRY WOULD POST A SEBBY FANART after the COHF buzz has ended.

"…He has always had green eyes, said the voice in her head. People often marvel at how much alike you are, he and your mother and yourself.    His name is Jonathan and he is your brother; he has always protected you.

    ‘Clary,’ he said, ‘you’re not going to believe—’

    ‘Jonathan!’ a small voice trilled, and Clary turned her wondering eyes to see a little girl dashing across the grass. She had red hair,    the same shade as Clary’s, and it flew out behind her like a banner…

    …But of course, her name is Valentina, said the voice in the back of her head. Valentine Morgenstern was a great hero of the war; he died in a battle against Hodge Starkweather, but not before he had saved the Mortal Cup, and the Clave along with it. When Luke married your mother, they honored his memory in the name of their daughter.”

A good version of Sebastian/Jonathan has always amazed me. How will he look like if there’s no demon blood in his veins? What will be his personality? And then I read COHF. That part was bittersweet. As it turned out, if there’s no demon blood in his veins, he could have been a protective brother to Clary and a good son to Jocelyn. Damn demon blood and Valentine! In the end, the root of all evil in the latter part of the series is still not Sebastian, but Valentine. I mean, look at that smile! So not-evil. *cries*

Good Jonathan + Valentina (c) Cassie Clare

Fanart (c) me

VIEW IT ON MY DEVIANTART ACCOUNT and add me to yer watch list!

 

Malcolm

littleteen19 said: Hello Cassandra. First I would like to congratulate you for the launch of City of Heavenly Fire. The book is divine and the end was shocking / beautiful. I have a question and doubt. The question is: Is there any chance you will post a picture of Magnus’s father drawn by Cassandra Jean? Because even with the book description, I think it is a bit hard to imagine. And the question is: If we will see Malcolm in the Dark Artifices?”

Malcolm was a bit of an Easter Egg in City of Heavenly Fire (unlike Julian, Emma and Mark who were part of the plot) — I thought it would be fun for people to catch a glimpse of him before TDA. He is the High Warlock of Los Angeles, and so yes, we will definitely see him in Dark Artifices. 

I only get to tell Cassandra Jean what to draw if I’m commissioning a piece. It’s up to her. :) If she wants to draw Magnus’ dad, she can. I wouldn’t mind if she drew Malcolm! Poor Malcolm had something awful happen to him a hundred or so years ago and his child-like-ness reflects how he’s been since …