His eyes shone when he looked at her, green as spring grass.
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.
Somewhere in the back of Clary’s mind she saw black eyes and whip marks, but she didn’t know why. He’s your brother. He’s your brother, and he’s always taken care of you.
I love writing about artists because they see the world completely differently than I do. I see everything in terms of words and descriptions, they see everything in terms of visual representation.
It’s been fun with Jules because Clary is a sketcher of life and an manga artist and Jules works in paints that express imaginary scenes. She’s more of an illustrator, he’s a fine artist (neither being better than the other!)
I had been meaning to draw Clary and Julian for a while now and I finally got around to it. That awesome CoHF snippet Cassie gave us sealed the deal for me.
So here are Cassie’s artists :D
A moment later, Helen had returned; she was walking slowly now, and carefully, her hand on the back of a thin boy with a mop of wavy brown hair. He couldn’t have been older than twelve, and Clary recognized him immediately. Helen, her hand firmly clamped around the wrist of a younger boy whose hands were covered with blue wax. He must have been playing with the tapers in the huge candelabras that decorated the sides of the nave. He looked about twelve, with an impish grin and the same wavy, bitter-chocolate hair as his sister.
Jules, Helen had called him. Her little brother.
The impish grin was gone now. He looked tired and dirty and frightened. Skinny wrists stuck out of the cuffs of a white mourning jacket whose sleeves were too short for him. In his arms he was carrying a little boy, probably not more than two years old, with the same wavy brown hair that he had; it seemed to be a family trait. The rest of his family wore the same borrowed mourning clothes: following Julian was a brunette girl about ten, her hand firmly clasped in the hold of a boy the same age: the boy had a sheet of tangled black hair that nearly obscured his face. Fraternal twins, Clary guessed. After them came a girl who might have been eight or nine, her face round and very pale between brown braids.
The misery on their faces cut ay Clary’s heart. She thought of her power with runes, wishing that she could create one that would soften the blow of loss. Mourning runes existed, but only to honor the dead, in the same way that love runes existed, like wedding rings, to symbolize the bond of love. You couldn’t make someone love you with a rune, and you couldn’t assuage grief with it, either. So much magic, Clary thought, and nothing to mend a broken heart.
“Julian Blackthorn,” said Jia Penhallow, and her voice was gentle. “Step forward, please.”
Julian swallowed and handed the little boy he was holding over to his sister. He stepped forward, his eyes darting around the room. He was clearly scouring the crowd for someone. His shoulders had just begun to slump when another figure darted out onto the stage. A girl, also about twelve, with a tangle of blond hair that hung down around her shoulders: she wore jeans and a t-shirt that didn’t quite fit, and her head was down, as if she couldn’t bear so many people looking at her. It was clear that she didn’t want to be there — on the stage or perhaps even in Idris — but the moment he saw her, Julian seemed to relax. The terrified look vanished from his expression as she moved to stand next to him, her face ducked down and away from the crowd.
“Julian,” said Jia, in the same gentle voice, “would you do something for us? Would you take up the Mortal Sword?”
Does that mean Eric has a Myspace?
who’s gonna have a Twitter then?
The question should really be: Who’s going to have an Instagram?
Just before the events of The Mortal Instruments, curiosity is sparked on both sides…
This is gorgeous!
“Hi! I was just wondering how you feel about Jace being the one who kills the demon in Clary’s house in the movie? In the book she is the one who kills it and I feel like that is a really important moment. I’m not sure I like the fact that Hollywood has turned her into just another woman that needs a man to come save her. Big fan by the way, I love your books! — brijstat”
I guess my first thought was: Why are we assuming there’s only one Ravener? If there’s one thing Hollywood likes, it’s taking one monster and making there be EVEN MORE MONSTERS.
But then I have no basis for that guess, it just made sense to me that there would be a demon for Clary to kill and one for Jace to kill, since he’s been pretty cold and brutal in the trailer up until then and she needs a reason to trust him. (Also, there seems to be a lot happening in terms of that scene that isn’t in the book – I don’t remember writing a scene where Clary uses a fridge door to block herself while her kitchen explodes.)
However, I’ve no idea if that’s what happens or not. I just think we’ve all had the experience of watching a trailer and realizing that our assumption about how one scene went, was not at all how it turned out to actually be in the film. I haven’t seen the final cut of the film. I don’t know the answer or how the scene plays out.
And I feel I bit awkward defending or discussing something I didn’t make happen, wouldn’t know about happening, and wouldn’t even know the reasons behind the choices as to why it happened. Moviemakers make the decisions about what to cut out and what to leave in and what to change. It’s what they do.
All I can say is that yeah, I definitely would be upset if Clary was turned into a girl who needed a man to come save her. She’s the one who goes to save Simon, who saves her mom, who saves Jace in the end. I very much wanted that arc to stay in, since it’s who Clary is. This is a hero story about a girl. She’s the hero. It was something I kept saying through the production — agency, agency, give Clary agency. As in, she’s the one who makes decisions, moves the plot, takes the risks.
So, basically — I don’t know what’s happening in the scene but I’m not going to make assumptions till I see the whole film. I want to see what else they’ve done with her character, what else they’ve given her to do, if she still throws knives at werewolves, if she kills vampires and demons — there does appear to be this fairly cool shot of her holding off what looks like an army of demons on her own.
I know none of us would judge a book by a page taken out of context or a summary, so I figure, you have to see the whole film, and then, if you’re not happy with how they treated Clary’s character, you have the whole context to look at it in. I mean, maybe she doesn’t kill that demon, but maybe she does something more badass right before or after. We don’t know, so I’m going to wait and see.
(You may disagree, which is fine. But I am so totally not the right person to ask about this stuff. If there are changes, I don’t know why they were made. If you want to know how I feel about them, I don’t know because I haven’t seen the whole film. I am useless.)
Taking a break briefly from the tarot card project, I asked Cassandra Jean to draw the four seasons as the four Shadowhunter series I have either written or planned right now — The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, the Dark Artifices, and The Mysterious TLH.
Here The Mortal Instruments takes the season of fall. From left: Maia, Simon and Isabelle, Sebastian (lurking darkly on a bench) Jace and Clary, Luke and Jocelyn, Alec and Magnus, and Jordan, all in Central Park on a fall day.