James could see his mother moving like an anxious pale star among the guests in her lilac dress, greeting each of them warmly, welcoming them to her home. She had not glamoured herself to look her husband’s age for the evening, and she appeared enormously young, though her hair was done up like a gracious older woman’s, not a girl’s. When Will materialized out of the crowd and came to put his arm around Tessa, smiling down at her, the gray at his temples flashed like silver. James looked away; he loved his parents for being extraordinary, but sometimes he also hated them for the same thing.
Since your answering some Last Hour questions - can we expect James and Lucie’s parentage and unique powers (? in Lucie’s case) to be a point of prejudice they regularly face in Shadowhunter society? — glamourweaver
Lucie may or may not have powers — she doesn’t know as the books open. It’s something she wonders about.
James does (as we know from Midnight Heir) and does regularly face prejudice regarding it. To the point, in fact, where he had to leave the Shadowhunter Academy in Idris as a kid because he was badly bullied. It is however how he and Matthew became friends, so silver lining to everything I guess!
I love how this art of James and Matthew (above) echoes the art of Will in Jem’s lap (below.) Someone’s always reading, and it’s always a Herondale.
(art by Cassandra Jean!)
I was inspired by the reveal of TLH! I wanted to finish Lucie but my body is giving up on me. Just wanted to sneak this drawing of James because I’ve been having the urge to draw him after I saw cassandraclare's pinterest for TLH. I wanted to draw Cordelia too and her freckles, because- just because.
I can’t promise but I really want to do a drawing thing for them! I just love the pictures miss Cassie pinned. The laces and the dresses of the Edwardian era, good god, they’re so gorgeous! My hands are itching to draw them. Maybe after my finals, then and only then can I go bonding with my tablet. My hands are pretty much itching to draw the fashion and the hair. Aheehee. Can’t wait!
Tata, wish me luck on mah finals!
James Herondale (c) TLH, Cassandra Clare
SPOILERS FOR CLOCKWORK PRINCESS.
Hi cassie! I’ve just finished TID and I’ve been wondering. Tessa is half shadowhunter, half demon, but someone (I think Mortmain but I’m not sure) tells her that her angel part “wins” against the demon part, so wasn’t she supposed to be mortal and die, like a shadowhunter? I know she is like a different race, but it still bothers me. Forgive me if that’s a stupid question. By the way, I love your books! Kisses from a brazilian fan.
Helllo. Here’s what Mortmain actually said:
“In you the blood of demons and the blood of angels has fought its own war in Heaven, and the angels have been victorious. You are not a Shadowhunter, but you are not a warlock, either. You are something new, something entirely other.”
So he is explicitly says “You’re not a Shadowhunter.” So there is no reason she would be mortal like a Shadowhunter or age like a Shadowhunter. She can’t bear Marks, like a Shadowhunter. She’s clearly not one.
Tessa is a new and entirely other thing. No rules apply to her. There is no reason for her not to be immortal. There is no reason for her not to turn into a hot air balloon when she turns sixty and float to France. That would be very festive.
The Shadowhunters are often on about how their blood is dominant, by which they mean it’s dominant as far as they know —children born of werewolves and Shadowhunters, or faeries and Shadowhunters, or mundanes and Shadowhunters, are Shadowhunters. But that is also because they are not too excited about the idea that there are things outside their experience. (Shadowhunter/demon hybrids.) Meanwhile, Tessa, being what she is, is immortal because there is no reason for her not to be, but her children aren’t — they do however have issues and powers out of the norm of regular Shadowhunters, which is something they must deal with as a difficulty during their lives.
Eventually he’s just going to look like Cousin It from the Addams Family.
I imagine it is not easy raising a Herondale.
Will and James Herondale (sorry it’s so sketchy lol)
This is all because I said I thought Will would want James to cut his hair…
Thanks for coming to today’s livestream! It was hectic but fun, and those of you who came got to hear juicy news from cassandraclare so huzzah!
If you missed the livestream, here is the recording of the drawing:
More from Cassandra Jean’s Shadowhunter calendar! Matthew Fairchild and James Herondale. I put them together because they’re parabatai and because we don’t know them that well yet. :) Matthew is April, and James is November and Guy Fawkes Day. Cassandra has captured their differing personalities exceedingly well!
For those who haven’t read The Midnight Heir, this is spoilery for both TMH, and Clockwork Princess.
"I just read the Midnight Heir, it was great :) I have so many questions. First of all, I thought it was so cute when Jem, Will, and Tessa were all there. It was so beautiful. And James… they call him Jamie? That is beyond cute. He is so like Will. And so like Pip. The story is kind of based off of Great Expectations, right? Are there going to be more similarities, or do the parallels stop at the Grace=Estella, Tatiana=Ms. Havisham thing? And why does James marry Codelia? Are your other stories based off of classics as well? Also, how the heck does Lucie marry Jesse, he’s dead (or is he)???! And isn’t he like 10 years older than her? And are you going to revisit the TLH picture that Cassandra Jean drew?? Sorry that’s a lot of questions. I’m so confused!”
I kind of figured people would be confused!
The answer is: yes, TLH is based on Great Expectations, just like The Infernal Devices is based on Tale of Two Cities. As in, very loosely based! But those who are familiar with GE probably recognized in The Midnight Heir some of the bones of the plot of Great Expectations: the parallels between Lightwood Manor and Satis House, the fact that Tatiana is still wearing the same dress in TMH that she wore in Clockwork Princess, just like Miss Havisham always wore her wedding dress — the reiteration of “love her, love her, love her.”
Which yes, makes James/Jamie: Pip, and Grace: Estella. For those confused: Grace (like Estella) is Tatiana’s ward, which means she is not her daughter, but she would call her Mother anyway as Tatiana, basically, has raised her. As for Jesse, yes, all those questions are valid (how can he be dead and not dead?) — and there are clues in the story as to what is going on with him — but they’re not going to be answered until TLH. Ditto on why James marries Cordelia, etc. I’ll just say nothing unfolds for the reasons you’d expect. (And Cordelia is important, and awesome.)
The thing that always fascinated me about Tale of Two Cities is the love triangle and how it works itself out, and the themes of sacrifice and of stories. The thing about Great Expectations that always interested me was that, like Of Human Bondage, it’s a story about a love so epic and compelling that it almost doesn’t matter what the subject of the love is — Pip’s love for Estella is about what Estella symbolized, and he knows she’s imperfect, but it doesn’t matter: it’s the intensity of the love that matters. (It’s the inverse of Sophie’s statement about loving someone who doesn’t love you back being all right as long as they deserve it.)
Once for all; I knew to my sorrow, often and often, if not always, that I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.
And a fun peek at a few of the characters, courtesy of Cassandra Jean:
THE MIDNIGHT HEIR will be released tomorrow! Are you ready to meet James Herondale?