CoHF: Magnus and Alec

SPOILERS FOR COHF.

Hi Cassie, I loved CoHF and can’t wait for TDA. One of my favourite scenes from CoHF was when the wish-demon thingy sent them to those dreams that were supposedly their heart’s desires. But, in Alec’s, was Magnus actually there when he told him to wake up and smell the cookies? Like, was Magnus in the cell in Edom aware that this was going on and helped out or was it just some part of Alec’s brain going “WAKE UP” and came across as Magnus? Thanks! — justdontflickrrr

I think it’s a part of the book that’s up for interpretation. I mean, Magnus evinces no knowledge it happened later, so if he was there in some sense, it wasn’t conscious.

When I wrote it, I thought of it as being all Alec. That he was seeing what he wanted in his head, to some extent, but just as it did with all the others, the demon got his ultimate desires slightly wrong (highly overboard, in Alec’s case) and — just as with the others — something in the dream-state tipped Alec off. In this case, the being tipped off took the form of Magnus, because I think for Alec — who despite being a badass fighter sometimes gets lost in his own head — Magnus is the person who pulls him out when he gets in that state. Magnus lets him be an internal person, because Alec very much is that, but he can also tell when Alec is spinning himself into a state and ground him. He tells Alec the truth about things, things that Alec’s other grounding forces don’t necessarily have perspective on (like the Lightwood family, because they’re in the Lightwood family). Magnus, despite being something of a wild force of nature, is a calming force for Alec. He also has a lot of faith in Alec that Alec doesn’t always have in himself. So when Alec hears “This isn’t what you want, you’re better than this” it might be him thinking it, but he puts Magnus’ face to it, because it’s Magnus that’s given him the confidence to believe that himself.

However, if you’d rather read it as Magnus being there in some capacity, you can.

Aw. Malec feels!

Have a warlock bouquet! Cassandra Jean’s flower cards. Only two more and we move from TMI to TID.

WHOOPS FORGOT RAGNOR NOW HE HAS BEEN ADDED I AM SO SORRY MY LITTLE PITCHER PLANT

Malec and weddings

herondales-and-winchesters said: Hi Cassie! First of all I’d like to say that CoHF was a perfect ending to a perfect series. I have a question about …

COHF SPOILERS BELOW.

the series of short stories about Simon. Will we be finding out what happened after CoHF in those stories? How the lives of all the main characters went on; if Simon ascended, if he and Izzy ended up together, the journeys Magnus and Alec went on, Jace and Clary’s wedding? P.S. your books are flawless and they’ve done so much for me, I can’t wait for TDA, TLH & TWP :-)

You said here that Shadowhunters can’t marry non-Shadowhunters, but I thought I also remembered you saying Magnus and Alec will get married. And wasn’t Andrew Blackthorn married to his faerie wife when he had Mark and Helen?

*sigh* Sometimes my brain doesn’t catch up with my typing fingers. Here’s the page from the Codex about Shadowhunter/Downworlder marriages:

INTERMARRIAGE

Shadowhunters are permitted to marry other Shadowhunters and, in most cases, Downworlders. (Since the Clave’s primary con- cern is the ability to birth more Shadowhunters, it is somewhat frowned upon to marry a warlock or a vampire, since they will have no children, but it is allowed.) Shadowhunters are not permitted to marry mundanes. They are, however, allowed to petition the Clave and ask that the mundane they wish to marry be allowed to become a Shadowhunter, in a process known as Ascension…..

The Shadowhunter who wishes to marry a mundane applies for Ascension on behalf of his partner. For three months the Clave considers the petition, examining the history of the Shadowhunter who has applied, and his family, in addition to the background and nature of the possible Ascender. Of necessity this is all done without the knowledge of the Ascender; prior to the Clave’s decision in the affirmative, it remains illegal to tell the mundane applicant any details of the ways of the Nephilim. Once the Clave has granted the petition, the Ascender is told about her situation, and she embarks on three months’ study of Shadowhunter Law and culture. At the end of these three months, the Ascender is given to drink from the Mortal Cup and made a Nephilim; provided she survives this process, she is rendered a full Shadowhunter, with all the protections and rights of the Law that any Shadowhunter would have.”

The thing is that the Clave doesn’t allow Shadowhunter marriages between Shadowhunters and Downworlders, because runes are part of those. But they can allow other kinds of marriage: church weddings, handfasting, faerie ceremonies (in the case of Andrew Blackthorn and Helen and Mark’s mother) etc. Tessa’s marriage to Will got fudged a bit because runes put on her skin disappear. Alec wouldn’t be able to rune Magnus because it would hurt/endanger him. Jem and Tessa don’t bother with them at all because Jem no longer wants to be a Shadowhunter.

As always, the magic in these books is ever-evolving towards changes. What is the Law at one time may not always be the Law. We know Magnus and Alec get married and have a child/children despite being a Shadowhunter and a Downworlder. (We have no idea about any other couples; I’m not promising anything about marriage and babies for anyone but Malec at this time.) I do promise that we will be checking in on major developments in the TMI cast’s lives as the serieses go forward. We will find out if Jace and Clary get married, if Simon and Isabelle make it work, if he Ascends — but I do want there to be some element of uncertainty about it!

Would you ever write a Bane Chronicles sequel?( preferably with more malec?) Also, would you consider writing more short stories??

Maureen, Sarah and I loved writing the Bane Chronicles very much and we’re definitely planning another set of short stories. We feel like we’ve  mined Magnus’ life a lot with BC, and we wanted to try something different: the next set of stories will be centered around  (CoHF spoilers)

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Stranger poetry: Magnus and Alec

A scene from CoHF illustrated by Cassandra Jean. Slightly spoilery. Magnus and Alec questions under the cut.

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cassandrajp:

Magnus Bane a la The Mortal Instruments

cassandrajp:

Magnus Bane a la The Mortal Instruments

A Downworlder bouquet, courtesy of Cassandra Jean!

aegisdea:

Let the flames begin. 

aegisdea:

Let the flames begin. 

#TMITuesdays 
For fun, one of Cassandra Jean’s postcards of scenes from City of Heavenly Fire. Above, Raphael, Magnus and Luke.
You can see the last postcard here.

#TMITuesdays 

For fun, one of Cassandra Jean’s postcards of scenes from City of Heavenly Fire. Above, Raphael, Magnus and Luke.

You can see the last postcard here.

Cassie, will there be a whole new cover for The Bane Chronicles’ print edition? — addictedtothese
Here it is! Magnus’ pretty face, revealed in honor of the release of the last of the Bane Chronicles, The Course of True Love (And First Dates)  which details Magnus’ first date with Alec, and how it went horribly wrong and then oh so right. :)
The print edition will release in November, and has a special bonus mini-story in it as a reward for those who had to wait for print. :) It also contains interstitial comics drawn by Cassandra Jean!
Maureen and Sarah and I had a blast working on the Bane Chronicles. It was a fun, fantastic experience filled with terrible green jokes about Ragnor, sexy audiobook readers, and of course, lots of time spent with Magnus, which is always a good thing. Thanks so much to everyone for your support of TBC!

Cassie, will there be a whole new cover for The Bane Chronicles’ print edition? — addictedtothese

Here it is! Magnus’ pretty face, revealed in honor of the release of the last of the Bane Chronicles, The Course of True Love (And First Dates)  which details Magnus’ first date with Alec, and how it went horribly wrong and then oh so right. :)

The print edition will release in November, and has a special bonus mini-story in it as a reward for those who had to wait for print. :) It also contains interstitial comics drawn by Cassandra Jean!

Maureen and Sarah and I had a blast working on the Bane Chronicles. It was a fun, fantastic experience filled with terrible green jokes about Ragnor, sexy audiobook readers, and of course, lots of time spent with Magnus, which is always a good thing. Thanks so much to everyone for your support of TBC!