Some time ago the lovely Cassandra Jean did a series of postcards leading up to the release of Clockwork Princess. This was one of them. Whose hand Tessa was holding was deliberately not shown, but under the cut is the finished card … and a little extra artwork too, just for fun. Warnings for shipping and spoiling.
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 Infernal Devices takes the season of winter. From left: Gideon, Sophie, Henry, Charlotte, Will, Tessa, Church (in a bad mood!) Jem, Gabriel, Cecily, and in the background, Magnus and Jessamine.
So Cassandra Jean has finished the complete Shadowhunter Tarot, so for the next … seventy-something days I’ll be posting a card a day 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.
I was going to post a card a day but I am several days behind, so these three cards go up together since they fit together thematically.
Will gets the Hanged Man which symbolizes someone caught in a bad situation between impossible choices.
Jem gets Temperance, which means balance, and can mean the blending of opposites.
And Tessa gets the Star, which is an otherworldly card, symbolizing magic. It also symbolizes love, vulnerability and hope.
These cards have been posted before but it’s interesting to reevaluate them again in the light of Clockwork Princess, thank you Cassandra Jean!
Today’s Cassandra Jean tarot card! Charlotte gets the card of Justice, here The Leader. Interestingly: “Justice mediates the various claims of right, of morality, of duty. In a world of scarcity, not every claim can be met. Justice, in theory, sets forth a system to judge between the claims. The tarot card is therefore typically closer to the notion of Jurisprudence than to the abstract concept of Justice.” - Wiki
This works well for Charlotte because she, being the leader of the Institute, works within the laws of the Clave to bring about moral change. She also has a lot of personal charisma and smarts, all leadership qualities — recognized, I think, in Clockwork Princess!
People often ask about cut scenes from books, and they can be hard to come by, because a lot of the time we don’t have scenes that we’ve cut out, the way one might in a movie, but rather ones we’ve rewritten.
I decided to post a rewritten scene from CP2 under the spoiler tag. It is the scene that begins around page 468, with Will in Henry’s room. If you put the scenes side by side you can see the differences — the timing of when Charlotte learns a certain piece of information, where Will is when a certain thing happens, the players who are present, and Jem and Will’s attitude toward each other.
I'm Cassandra Clare. I write books about the adventures of the demon-fighting Shadowhunters. The Mortal Instruments series is set in modern New York: City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, and City of Heavenly Fire (set to release in 2014). The prequels to the Mortal Instruments series are called The Infernal Devices (Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, and Clockwork Princess). A movie based on City of Bones will be released by Sony Pictures this August 23rd. My ask box is closed to asks and fanmail on tumblr but you can reach me through my website. www.cassandraclare.com