"Did Brother Zachariah just steal our cat?"
Snippet from City of Heavenly Fire
cassandraclare sent me this scene to read. And I read it. And then I cried. And then I ran back to her begging her to let me draw a part of the scene into a comic and she said yes! So I did.
So I can’t say anything more about the scene but it’s glorious!
A parabatai. Like he was. And Jace knew, too, what that faded rune meant: a parabatai whose other half was dead. He felt his sympathy leap toward Brother Zachariah, as he imagined himself without Alec, with only that faded rune to remind him where once he had been bonded to someone who knew all the best and worst parts of his soul.
So, I haven’t read The Infernal Devices yet, and I was wondering if I will be confused about the part with Tessa Gray and who she is? Should I read before the new book comes out? Thanks. :) And just wondering how many people and who will die in the last book. — hoona-boona
Hello! If you mean because Tessa appears in City of Heavenly Fire, no, you shouldn’t be confused. I’ve tried really hard to make it so that you can read The Infernal Devices and never read The Mortal Instruments and it still makes sense, and you can read The Mortal Instruments and never read The Infernal Devices and it still makes sense. It helps to have read The Infernal Devices because then Tessa is a familiar figure, and her activities, and relation to the other characters, should be more interesting. Otherwise, there’s still a legitimate reason for her to be in the part of the story she is in, and it shouldn’t be confusing any more than Brother Zachariah’s appearances in CoFA and CoLS are confusing.
And just wondering how many people and who will die in the last book. — hoona-boona
So in honor of my having finished City of Heavenly Fire (the first draft anyway!) I thought I would post the soundtrack. I listened to these songs on endless repeat while I was writing. All the lyrics have some sort of connection, at least in my weird little mind, to the story.
"I’m Sorry I Love You" by the Magnetic Fields
A single rose in your garden dwells
Like any rose it’s not itself
It is my love in your garden grows
but let’s pretend it’s just a rose
Well I’m sorry that I love you
It’s a phase that I’m going through
There is nothing that I can do
and I’m sorry that I love you
Do not listen to my song
Don’t remember it, don’t sing along
Let’s pretend it’s a work of art
Let’s pretend it’s not my heart.
The rose will fade when summer’s gone
The song will fade and I’ll be gone
because my heart is dying too
and it’s all the same to you.
Ryan Star “Losing your Memory”
Call all your friends
And tell them you’re never coming back
Cause this is the end
Pretend that you want it
Don’t react The damage is done
The police are coming too slow now
I would have died
I would have loved you all my life.
Airborne Toxic Event, “Timeless”
Just help me through this moment
After everything I told you
How the weight of their loss is like the weight of the sun.
I see their faces near me,
I hear their voices calling,
It was like their lives were over before they begun.
"Us Ones In Between" by Sunset Rubdown
And I’ve heard of pious men
And I’ve heard of dirty fiends
But you don’t often hear
Of us ones in between…
And in the darkness I taught myself to hate.
But where were you, oh where were you?
And where the f*** did the sun go?
Ingrid Michaelson, “Breakable”
Have you ever thought about what protects our hearts?
Just a cage of rib bones and other various parts.
So it’s fairly simple to cut right through the mess,
And to stop the muscle that makes us confess.
And we are so fragile,
And our cracking bones make noise,
And we are just,
Breakable, breakable, breakable girls and boys.
"Epic Last Song" by Does It Offend You, Yeah
I called today but missed you again
Today’s the day I go up in flames
I sent the money to you, my dear
Today’s the day I burn away
I say baby, babe I’ve loved you a long time
"Samson" by Regina Spektor
You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first, I loved you first
Beneath the stars came fallin’ on our heads
But they’re just old light, they’re just old light
"Control" by Garbage
The world might end,
The night might fall.
Rain on down and cover us all,
And drown us with the burdens of our sins.
Maybe I’ll look you in the eye,
Tell you, you don’t wanna die.
Maybe I’ll hold my breath and jump right in.
"Orange Sky" Alexei Murdoch
And I had a dream
I stood beneath an orange sky
With my sister standing by
I said, “Sister, here is what I know now
In your love, my salvation lies.”
"Your Ex-Lover is Dead" by Stars
This scar is a fleck on my porcelain skin
Tried to reach deep but you couldn’t get in
Now you’re outside me
You see all the beauty
Repent all your sin
"Daughter" by Youth
And if you’re in love, then you are the lucky one,
'Cause most of us are bitter over someone.
Setting fire to our insides for fun,
To distract our hearts from ever missing them.
But I’m forever missing him.
"Upward Over the Mountain" by Iron and Wine
Mother remember being so stern with that girl who was with me
Mother remember the blink of an eye when I breathed through your body
So may the sunrise bring hope where it once was forgotten
Sons are like birds flying upwards over the mountain
Mother I made it up from the bruise on the floor of this prison
Mother I lost it all in the fear of the Lord I was given
Mother forget me now that the creek drank the cradle you sang to
So may the sunrise bring hope where it once was forgotten
Sons can be birds taken broken up to the mountain.
Greg Laswell, “Goodbye”
Then lonely lay the day
I can’t remember you at all
And it’s not easy to say that day
Has already come and gone
And all that remains is a place
Where you no longer are
One day I won’t regret this
Oh how I want to believe that’s true
Once I pick up the parts I broke on you
I’ll get used to the idea
It’s not you.
"Sorrow," The National
Sorrow is my body on the waves
Sorrow is a girl inside my cage
I live in a city sorrow built
It’s in my honey, it’s in my milk.
It’s only half my heart alone,
On the water,
Cover me in rags and bones, sympathy.
'Cause I don't wanna get over you.
I don’t wanna get over you.
Bright Eyes, “A Perfect Sonnet”
We’re singing, I believe that lovers should be chained together
And thrown into a fire with their songs and letters
And left there to burn
Left there to burn in their arrogance
But as for me I’m coming to my final failure
I’ve killed myself with changes trying to make things better
But I ended up becoming something other than what I had planned to be
Now I believe that lovers should be draped in flowers
And laid entwined together on a bed of clover
And left there to sleep.
Left there to dream of their happiness.
Nick Cave “The Ship Song”
We talk about it all night long
We define our moral ground
But when I crawl into your arms
Everything, it comes tumbling down
Come sail your ships around me
And burn your bridges down
We make a little history, baby
Every time you come around
Your face has fallen sad now
For you know the time is nigh
When I must remove your wings
And you, you must try to fly.
Interpret away! :->
Hello there. I have three questions actually, very short ones. One. Will CoHF have an epilogue like CP2 had? Two. Can you be parabatai with your brother or sister? And three. There will be any important fairy characters in TDA? I would really liek to see one. Sorry for any writting mistake. I can’t wait to read CoHF — gabriel-herondale
1) City of Heavenly Fire has both a prologue and an epilogue. The epilogue is set some time after the main action.
3) Yes, there are important faerie characters in TDA. Mark and Helen Blackthorn are both half faerie and that has bearing on the plot of both COHF and TDA.
|—||There really is. I’m already working on the first book, Lady Midnight (while also editing City of Heavenly Fire — no rest for the wicked.) You will meet Emma and the Blackthorn family in City of Heavenly Fire (Julian made his first appearance in City of Lost Souls) and hopefully get a sense of the relationships between them, and the situation created by the circumstances in City of Heavenly Fire that will resolve through the plot of TDA. I had a lot of fun introduced Emma and Jules, Mark and Ty and Livvy and the rest, and I hope you like them, too.|
Alec pulled his knees up to his chest and looked thoughtfully at Jace. “I know,” he said. “I’m not jealous. I always knew, from the first, that everyone thought you were better than me. My dad thought it. The Clave thought it. Izzy and Max looked up to you as the great warrior they wanted to be like. But the day you asked me to be your parabatai, I knew you meant that you trusted me enough to ask me to help you. You were telling me that you weren’t this lone and self-sufficient warrior able to do everything alone. You needed me. So I realized that there was one person who didn’t assume you were better than me. You.”
Can you pre-order CoHF in the UK? And will there be any special perks? — jack-jack-attackk
You can always pre-order books. You can do it online, or by walking into any bookstore with the title and author and saying you want to pre-order. You can do it in any country, in any language, anywhere in the world.
I’m sure Walker UK will want to do something special for CoHF but right now I don’t know what. I have information only about the North American hardback first edition. I don’t have info about anything that might be available in any other language or version or country right now.
"Just wondering will the picture on the inside of the jacket of CoHF have spoilers? I admit I wish I hadn’t noticed the inside of the jacket on clockwork princess until I’d finished the book. — lindybell21"
Yeah, that was really stupid of us. I don’t think we’ll ever do that again. The tree should have gone in the back, even though it was pretty on the inside cover. I don’t think it ever occurred to any of us that people would take the jacket off the book before they started reading, but of course people do, to preserve the cover, etc. And while the tree didn’t tell the whole story, it was spoilery. So no, we’d never do anything like that again. What the CoHF special first edition cover offers is basically a chance to see Cliff (the cover artist who has done all my covers) do his take on characters that would otherwise not make it onto covers, especially since this is the last book about them.
Hullo, Miss Cassie. I’ve been following your books since I read Infernal Devices back in January 2011 (as stated on my Clockwork Angel book) and I’ve wanted to ask you if… Well, if you can ask Ms. Cassandra Jean to draw a modern style Tessa and Jem. I’m sorry, I’m a diehard fan of them. Also, if I pre-order a CoHF, when will it be shipped here in Asia. Thanks. P.S. My last name’s the same as Cristina!! :) — eulphy
Modern day Tessa and Jem by Cassandra Jean:
That’s an older one, part of her CP2 postcard set. Maybe she’d draw a new one if you made eyes at her.
I don’t know anything about shipping of books; that’s way out of my bailiwick! You can always ask the bookstore that’s doing the shipping!