The Wild Hunt

"Loved the ending to the series. But just curious, I might have glazed over this in the books, but what exactly is the Wild Hunt? It seemed like they were Faerie but then not. — timbi-sha"

Well, here’s what Jace says about them in City of Lost Souls when they are first foreshadowed:

At last Clary heard it, a long slow rushing noise, like water pouring through a broken dam. The sky darkened and churned as figures rushed across it. She could barely make them out through the clouds and the distance, but they seemed to be men, with long hair like cirrus clouds, riding horses whose hooves gleamed the color of blood. The sound of a hunting horn echoed across the night, and the stars shivered and the night folded in on itself as the men vanished behind the moon. She let her breath out in a slow exhalation.

“What was that?”

“The Wild Hunt,” said Jace. His voice sounded distant and dreamlike. “Gabriel’s Hounds. The Wild Host. They have many names. They are faeries who disdain the earthly Courts. They ride across the sky, pursuing an eternal hunt. On one night a year a mortal can join them—but once you’ve joined the Hunt, you can never leave it.”

So you are correct in a way - they are faeries but not, in the sense that they answer neither to the Seelie nor Unseelie Court.

And now a CoHF spoilery question under a cut, about the Queen.

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Hi Cassie, first I love your books and I can’t wait for CoHF to come out, even though I’m kind of scare that it might break my heart, anyways, I don’t know if you’ve already answered this question ( sorry if you have) but can you please help me to better understand Jonathan/Sebastian’s feelings or non feelings or whatever his deal is towards Clary? Or is it going to be better explained in CoHF? Thanks! — racheltavarez18

Jonathan/Sebastian’s relationship with and feelings toward Clary are complicated. Part of the reason they are not just explicit on the page “Jonathan looked at Clary, and realized that he loved her as a sister/hated her as an enemy/loved her the way you love a pet frog and did not have any other feelings or any conflicting emotions as regarded her” is because Sebastian is himself working through what he feels about Clary. (Also because no one actually thinks that way.) 

Ideally, all characters have complicated emotions about other characters. Alec loves Jace like a brother, but he did once have a crush on him, and he also is sometimes jealous of him for getting all the attention, and he feels protective of him but also is driven to distraction by his self-destructiveness and recklessness. Even positive emotions are complicated.

Sebastian is a character who has a very uneasy relationship with emotions at all. He was probably attached to Valentine. He got very upset at the idea that Valentine might have cared about Jace. He doesn’t really think of himself as someone who can love but he gets annoyed when people don’t love him. He actually goes on at great length in City of Lost Souls to Clary about what he thinks he feels about her (“You know, when I first met you, in Idris, I had hopes—I had thought you would be like me. And when you were nothing like me, I hated you. And then, when I was brought back, and Jace told me what you did, I realized that I had been wrong. You are like me” — etc. pg 361) , and then she explains to Jace in the end what she thinks Sebastian feels about her. (“Loneliness drove him as much as a desire for power—loneliness and a need to be loved without any corresponding understanding that love was something you earned. “)

Now you don’t necessarily have to believe Sebastian when he talks about his feelings, and you could think Clary is wrong. Or I guess you could be looking for something really explicit and categorizable — “He loved her as a frequent traveler loved a rolling suitcase” — but sometimes the thing is that the characters don’t necessarily understand or want to comprehend their own emotions explicitly because they are in the process of coming to understand them. Think of Harry and Snape — how Snape actually felt about Harry was somewhat baffling right up to the end of the Harry Potter series because the development of Snape’s relationship towards our protagonist is, in fact, his character arc. You cannot just be told it up front. That would wreck the story.

So I guess the answer is that you really need to read to the end of the series to get the clear picture of how Sebastian feels about Clary because again, how this particular character feels about the protagonist is his character arc. I don’t think my explaining it would be a good idea further than it has already been explained in the books — I wouldn’t have been all that happy with someone who had handed me a card that said SNAPE HAS COMPLICATED FEELINGS ABOUT HARRY BECAUSE HE WAS IN LOVE WITH HIS DEAD MOM before Deathly Hallows came out. (Though, admittedly, I had guessed. But I still prefer the journey on the page, and therefore I inflict it on you!)

If you want to read more Sebastian from his POV, you can check out Becoming Sebastian Verlac on my website.

Aw, love! Scene from City of Lost Souls.
fallenshadowhunter:

The Real Downworld: Brooklyn by ~o0-sarcasm-0o

Aw, love! Scene from City of Lost Souls.

fallenshadowhunter:

The Real Downworld: Brooklyn by ~o0-sarcasm-0o

That’s so lovely! Thank you.

tricksterss:

My new tattoo inspired by one of my favourite authors Cassandra Clare. This quote is from her book ‘City of Lost Souls’.
I keep Cassies stories very close to my heart and they are my escape when everything feels like it’s falling apart. This tattoo is a tribute to her work and a reminder to myself - there is light even in darkness. 
That’s so lovely! Thank you.

tricksterss:

My new tattoo inspired by one of my favourite authors Cassandra Clare. This quote is from her book ‘City of Lost Souls’.

I keep Cassies stories very close to my heart and they are my escape when everything feels like it’s falling apart. This tattoo is a tribute to her work and a reminder to myself - there is light even in darkness. 

So Cassandra Jean has finished the complete Shadowhunter Tarot, so for the next … seventy-something days I’ll be posting a card a day (okay, maybe not every day — I tend to get distracted!)  in order, from the first card to the last. Some will be under spoiler cuts; some you’ll have seen before — I’ll explain why each character has the card they have. 
We’ve moved on from the Major Arcana to the minor Arcana — the first suit is the suit of Rings, which takes the place of the suit of Pentacles. The Ace of Rings shows Meliorn and the Seelie Queen: the rings are the gold leaf rings the Seelie Queen gives to Clary and Simon in Lost Souls so they can hear each other’s thoughts.
All the Rings in this suit are family rings except this card, and one other.

So Cassandra Jean has finished the complete Shadowhunter Tarot, so for the next … seventy-something days I’ll be posting a card a day (okay, maybe not every day — I tend to get distracted!)  in order, from the first card to the last. Some will be under spoiler cuts; some you’ll have seen before — I’ll explain why each character has the card they have. 

We’ve moved on from the Major Arcana to the minor Arcana — the first suit is the suit of Rings, which takes the place of the suit of Pentacles. The Ace of Rings shows Meliorn and the Seelie Queen: the rings are the gold leaf rings the Seelie Queen gives to Clary and Simon in Lost Souls so they can hear each other’s thoughts.

All the Rings in this suit are family rings except this card, and one other.


Atop the wings was a folded piece of paper, addressed to the New York Institute. After splashing water on her face, Maryse had taken the letter and read it. It was short - one sentence - and was signed with a name in a handwriting oddly familiar to her, for in it there was an echo of Valentine’s cursive, the flourishes of his letters, the strong, steady hand. But it was not Valentine’s name. It was his son’s.Jonathan Christopher Morgenstern.She held it out to Brother Zachariah. He took it from her fingers and opened it, reading, as she had, the single word of Ancient Greek scrawled in elaborate script across the top of the page.Erchomai, it said.I am coming.

Atop the wings was a folded piece of paper, addressed to the New York Institute. After splashing water on her face, Maryse had taken the letter and read it. It was short - one sentence - and was signed with a name in a handwriting oddly familiar to her, for in it there was an echo of Valentine’s cursive, the flourishes of his letters, the strong, steady hand. But it was not Valentine’s name. It was his son’s.
Jonathan Christopher Morgenstern.
She held it out to Brother Zachariah. He took it from her fingers and opened it, reading, as she had, the single word of Ancient Greek scrawled in elaborate script across the top of the page.
Erchomai, it said.
I am coming.

Bad Angels by *Street-Angel
I just love this illustration of the scene from City of Lost Souls.

Bad Angels by *Street-Angel

I just love this illustration of the scene from City of Lost Souls.

From Cassandra Jean’s Shadowhunter Tarot — there were just so many requests for Simon/Izzy it had to be done. They take the Ace of Swords/Blades which can mean unity and breakthroughs. Also Simon is holding Glorious which is definitely worthy of being the Ace of Blades.

From Cassandra Jean’s Shadowhunter Tarot — there were just so many requests for Simon/Izzy it had to be done. They take the Ace of Swords/Blades which can mean unity and breakthroughs. Also Simon is holding Glorious which is definitely worthy of being the Ace of Blades.

"So i just finished clockwork Princess in 7 hours (it was aca-amazing), and i was just wondering which year COLS is set in?? — the-pointless-blog-of-a-teenager"

I am warning you now: I am going to start answering questions about Clockwork Princess soon. I WILL put them all under a read-more tag unless they are absolutely not spoilery (as above). Even if they are even slightly a tiny bit spoilery I will put them under a read more tag. I will also  tag all replies with cp2spoilers . Please be careful about reading and clicking!!!!

Thank you for all the responses to Clockwork Princess so far too: they have been by and large amazing.

On page one of chapter one of City of Lost Souls, it says: Outside the window a November storm was in full bloom.

City of Fallen Angels mentions that it is the end of October, City of Glass that it is the middle of September, City of Ashes that it is the beginning of September, City of Bones that it is August. 

All of this takes place in 2007, the year City of Bones was released.

Clary with a badass sword!
terriblenerd:

I got totally distracted by silly things today, so we’re a little late tonight, but here’s a Clary a la Glorious.

Clary with a badass sword!

terriblenerd:

I got totally distracted by silly things today, so we’re a little late tonight, but here’s a Clary a la Glorious.