Shh. I may or may not have been distracted.
Jonathan/Sebastian Morgenstern (c) cassandraclare
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.
Achievement unlocked indeed, Simon.
Late night doodle! Goodnight!
Sizzy (c) cassandraclare
Lord Montgomery fanart! Well, it was going to happen eventually…
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
SPOILERS FOR COHF.
A reader sent me this - yay, always happy to discover a great new fanartist.
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 CRYWOULD 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!
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 …
sociopathwithyournumber said: Hi Cassie, first off i wanted to tell how much i admire your writing. CoHF was fantastic but I do have questions about it. This was brought to my attention by polandbananasbooks video, but was never addressed in CoHF. why is Izzy the only lightwood child with dark eyes when both Maryse and Robert have blue eyes? why does it seem like we know practically every character’s eye color but max? Is this just coicindence or will it be adressed in another series? thanks for sharing the shadow world :)
Hello! I’m not sticking this under a spoiler cut because honestly, it’s not really a spoiler, any more than “City of Heavenly Fire contains no sharks!” is a spoiler.
One of the things readers/watchers do between installments of books/movies/TV is theorize. It’s part of a way of remaining engaged with the text. Characters’ comments are analyzed, and their appearances, and their interactions. Polandbananasbooks is one of my favorite video-book-bloggers actually because she’s so engaged with the books she reads, and so positive about reading. Theorizing in between books is something writers love to see because when it doesn’t happen we worry we haven’t given readers enough of a big, detailed, complicated world to chew over.
That said, we can’t always predict the theories that are going to arise. Some of them are really great, and based in textual analysis, just like Christine’s — I remember the Ron is a time-traveling Dumbledore theory that literally took the Harry Potter fandom by storm before Deathly Hallows. Let me just tell you, it was very convincing.
It gained so much traction JKRowling eventually debunked it in an interview (sort of what I’m doing now) but she never addressed it in the books, probably because it had never occurred to her. You can’t really address an issue in a book that you’ve never actually raised.
It had never occurred to me that anyone would think Isabelle wasn’t a Lightwood (and it had never occurred to me anyone would find a lack of Max’s eye color description suspicious, mostly because there is one.) City of Ashes, my page 326:
Alec glanced down and saw gray eyes glaring at him from behind a bent pair of spectacles. “Max,” he said. “Come on, little brother, let me in.”
Max’s eyes are gray. Alec’s are blue. Alec’s parents’ eyes are blue. Isabelle’s are dark. The problem here is the way US schools teach high school biology. We have to draw these dumb Punnett squares that tell us that Brown eyes are dominant, blue eyes are recessive, and two blue-eyed people can only have blue-eyed children.
The problem is that this is very generally true but not actually true. The Punnett square is more than a hundred years old. We have learned a lot more about genetics since then. (Famously in 1908, Punnett was asked at a lecture to explain why recessive phenotypes still persist — if brown eyes were dominant, then why wasn’t the whole world becoming brown-eyed? — and couldn’t answer.)
As it turns out, it isn’t just a question of B (brown, dominant) and b (blue, recessive.) B is actually two genes. They need each other to work. If either gene is broken (broken genes are enormously common and most people have about 100 of them) then you wind up with a carrier of the brown-eyed dominant gene who has blue eyes.
Why did I give Isabelle brown eyes? Because my best friend is the daughter of two blue eyed people who have one blue eyed son and a brown eyed daughter. That’s it. No larger reason was at play. And I never honestly thought anyone would give it a single thought, because I’d grown up around a dark-eyed daughter of blue-eyed people and I assumed others had too (you probably have, and just not thought about it!)
(As for Max, gray eyes are just a variant on blue.)
If you were greatly hoping Isabelle would turn out to be Valentine’s daughter, I apologize if you were disappointed. It literally never crossed my mind. Isabelle is such a Lightwood — and I would have hated for Cecily’s necklace and her Lightwood ring and her whip to no longer be her birthrights.
I can see how there’s lots of compelling fun in the idea that Isabelle might be Valentine’s daughter — but that is already Clary’s story, and the character whose heritage being in question has been his arc is Jace. Isabelle’s arc was in learning that her actual parents, who always have been her parents, were flawed and dealing with those flaws, first alone and later with support. Certainly mirroring plotlines can be a lot of fun, and I can see a fun story about Isabelle being Valentine’s daughter, but since it wasn’t the story I was telling I never thought about it.
Anyway, I love that my readers are so engaged and excited about developing theories — especially one that gives a lot of action and angst to an important female character. Hurrah for the significance of the feelings and interiority of women! And thank you for being so invested.
How blue-eyed people can have a brown-eyed child. (thetech.com)
Blue-eyed parents can have brown-eyed kids (USA Today)
Questions about Sebastian/Jonathan under the cut.
shadowhunter-halfblood said: Hi Cassie. Firstly, I’d just like to thank you for CoHF. It was amazing and a fantastic ending to a remarkable series. I was just wondering, what made you decide not to kill …
SPOILERS. BIG SPOILERS ABOUT WHO LIVES AND WHO DIES. MORE UNDER THE CUT.
haepenguin said: A couple months ago you said that if we squinted we would see Jessamine in CoHF. I was wondering what you meant by that (now that the book has been out for a while)?
Spoilers under the cut …but it’s on my page 196.