City of Heavenly Fire, the final book in The Mortal Instruments series, comes out in only six weeks on May 27, 2014. That means you have six weeks left to revel in the saga of Clary and her golden boy Jace and her dark angel brother Sebastian and the most loveable dork/vampire Simon and the man-eating, demon-killer Isabelle and poor, lovesick Alec. After this, guys, it’s finito.

As we roll up to the final book, Simon & Shuster is releasing a new edition audiobook for City of Bones, which will be narrated by Mae Whitman, who plays Amber Holt on Parenthood

The last installment of The Bane Chronicles, The Course of True Love (And First Dates)was published as an e-book on March 18th and Simon & Shuster has just finished the audio version narrated by Gareth David-Lloyd. David-Lloyd starred in the Dr. Who spin-off Torchwood

Whee, Mae Whitman — as I announced earlier this week - and we were thrilled to get Gareth David-Lloyd, who played Ianto on Torchwood

to read the last installment of Bane. Gareth has a gorgeous voice, and Jack and Ianto on Torchwood (pictured above!) were a seminal example of queer representation in pop culture science fiction and fantasy. After such a great lineup of readers, this is a terrific note to go out on — hope you guys are as happy as we are!

"The Letter"

Hi Cassie! I have a question regarding The Bane Chronicles: remember when there was going to be an instalment called “The Letter”? Can you tell us what it was supposed to be about and/or why didn’t you end up writing it after all? Thanks, and love you! xx — you-are-not-trivial

It didn’t wind up being in the Chronicles because it wound up being worked into City of Heavenly Fire instead. You’ll know the scene when you see it.

We wound up with Alec and Magnus’ first date instead which I think was more fun all around. :)

In my editor’s office…

In my editor’s office…

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!

the Bane Chronicles

The Course of True Love (And First Dates) detailing Alec and Magnus’ first date is done and turned in! Which means the Bane Chronicles is basically finished. The story should be out for ereaders in March (the print book sometimes in November/December.) My cowriters were kind enough to give me the Alec and Magnus’ date chapter so I could write kissing character development. Herewith a sneak peek.

The kiss caught fire and all he could see behind his closed eyes were gold sparks, all he was aware of was Alec’s mouth, Alec’s strong gentle hands that had held down a werewolf and tried not to hurt her, Alec pressing him against the banister so the rotten wood creaked alarmingly and Magnus did not even care. Alec here, Alec now, the taste of Alec in his mouth, his hands pushing aside the fabric of his own worn t-shirt to get at Alec’s bare skin underneath. 

Magnus appreciation

Magnus Bane is one of the few fictional characters that has Helped me in my Real life, and not just as an escape and an entertainment. It might be a bit silly to look up to a fictional character but the way he’s himself and everything that means (he’s not perfect and makes mistakes and can be a bit weird) reminds me to do just that, to stop being so insecure, to accept the way I am and be proud of it. Plus, I relate to him in the way he deals with the horror that sometimes surrounds him. It feels real, the way he doesn’t romanticize it, and the way he’s still himself during those situations. I live in a violent place and sometimes when going out you have to step on blood from someone that was killed the day before you feel like there’s no point in being who you are, if who you are isn’t a hero. From all the books that I’ve read, your Magnus Bane shares a place in my heart along with Bishop Myriel. So yeah. Thank you so much and please tell Magnus he’s the best. Although he knows that so nevermind. <3 — eyranne

Magnus says thank you. :)

The Last Stand of the New York Institute
Stephen Herondale would have killed me if he’d ever met me. I would not have been safe living among people like you, or like him. I am the wife and mother of warriors who fought and died and never dishonored themselves as you have. I have worn gear, wielded blades, and slain demons, and all I wished was to overcome evil so that I could live and be happy with those I loved. I’d hoped I had made this a better, safer world for my children. Because of Valentine’s Circle, the Herondale line, the line that was my son’s children’s children, is finished. That happened through you and your Circle and your husband. Stephen Herondale died with hate in his heart and the blood of my people on his hands. I can imagine no more horrible way for mine and Will’s line to end. I will have to carry for the rest of my life the wound of what Valentine’s Circle has done to me, and I will live forever.
  — Tessa Gray, The Last Stand of the New York Institute

I should probably have mentioned this was out …

Eep! Happy Holidays! Audiobook coming soon, with Jamie Bamber reading. 

aegisdea:

Ahahahahahahahahaa. I cried on a Christmas day because I read the latest TBC yesterday (GMT 8:00+).  
That was the most heart-wrenching TBC  EVER. LIKE. Oh god. I can’t… I don’t— what is the meaning of LIFE???????????
(I lost my ability to draw)
The Bane Chronicles (c) Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson &amp; Sarah Rees Brennan

aegisdea:

Ahahahahahahahahaa. I cried on a Christmas day because I read the latest TBC yesterday (GMT 8:00+).  

That was the most heart-wrenching TBC  EVER. LIKE. Oh god. I can’t… I don’t— what is the meaning of LIFE???????????

(I lost my ability to draw)

The Bane Chronicles (c) Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson & Sarah Rees Brennan

As the Bane Chronicles draws to a close, I know you&#8217;re all worried. Can we really keep up our excellent track record of Hot Guys Reading You Stories? I&#8217;m happy to announce that we can.

The actor who will be reading The Last Stand of the New York Institute, the second-last Bane Chronicle, is&#8230; Jamie Bamber. You may know him from Battlestar Galactica. (Captain Apollo!) Sarah, who has a creepily encyclopaedic knowledge of Hot British Actors, loves him from the Hornblower TV series in which apparently Jamie Bamber wore a very poofy white shirt, had a lot of feelings and served in His Majesty&#8217;s navy. I don&#8217;t ask questions.

We are so excited to have Jamie Bamber onboard, and can&#8217;t wait to hear his interpretations of Magnus, Luke, Valentine, Jocelyn&#8230;and Stephen Herondale. 

(I now disappear back into the depths of copyediting, as City of Heavenly Fire is in the very last stages of having its commas moved and its continuity errors corrected &#8230;which with a 200,000 word book is no small undertaking. I will emerge I hope in the New Year, and I&#8217;ll be posting some art Christmas Day — Cassandra Jean&#8217;s December calendar pages for both the boys and girls!)
As the Bane Chronicles draws to a close, I know you’re all worried. Can we really keep up our excellent track record of Hot Guys Reading You Stories? I’m happy to announce that we can.
The actor who will be reading The Last Stand of the New York Institute, the second-last Bane Chronicle, is… Jamie Bamber. You may know him from Battlestar Galactica. (Captain Apollo!) Sarah, who has a creepily encyclopaedic knowledge of Hot British Actors, loves him from the Hornblower TV series in which apparently Jamie Bamber wore a very poofy white shirt, had a lot of feelings and served in His Majesty’s navy. I don’t ask questions.
We are so excited to have Jamie Bamber onboard, and can’t wait to hear his interpretations of Magnus, Luke, Valentine, Jocelyn…and Stephen Herondale. 
(I now disappear back into the depths of copyediting, as City of Heavenly Fire is in the very last stages of having its commas moved and its continuity errors corrected …which with a 200,000 word book is no small undertaking. I will emerge I hope in the New Year, and I’ll be posting some art Christmas Day — Cassandra Jean’s December calendar pages for both the boys and girls!)
My inner Magnus is sad that you don't ship the two of them. "With my gorgeous eyes and your delightful skin tone our children would be beautiful, my darling peapod."

cassandrajp:

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Hypothetical Magnor child??

Magnor???