Mark

Heeeeyyy, can you tell us anything about Mark Blackthorn??? PLEASE? I feel like he’s going to be a sex god — kay-the-quinn

But why would you think that?

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Joking aside, I feel we should revisit this question after City of Heavenly Fire. You’ll meet him in that, and can make up your mind accordingly!

Only a month and a half till CoHF. Very excited for you to meet the Blackthorns and rejoin Clary, Jace, Alec and the others for their last adventure.

*Picture by Cassandra Jean of course. Note the pointy ears! Mark is part-faerie, it’s one of the most interesting things about his story.

TDA

Hi, Cass!!! I’m very excited about tda. Will there be any lgbt couples in that series? :)

— lamebookworm
There is a trans* character in TDA; there is a relationship between a lesbian woman and a bisexual woman, and also two bisexual male characters. There is also a gay male character.
Not all of them have romances (romance isn’t always part of a character arc and there are straight characters who don’t have romances either) but there are definitely some!
Schedule of books

Hey cass! First of all, i love your books and i can’t wait for city of heavenly fire to come out! My question is: what is the exact scheme of all your books and when are they coming out (if they are not yet) Ily ♥ — ipeedsohardihadtolaugh

Hey! A lot of my books are not scheduled yet as I’m still outlining them and determining when they will be done/how long they’ll take. But I can give you the order, if not the dates.

City of Heavenly Fire

Magisterium 1

The Dark Artifices 1

Magisterium 2

The Dark Artifices 2/The Last Hours 1 (quite close together)

Magisterium 3

The Last Hours 2

Magisterium 4

The Dark Artifices 3

Magisterium 5

The Last Hours 3

THE FUTURE YAWNS BEFORE US. Wicked Powers, perhaps?

Shadowhunter series(es)

Hi Cassandra! So my friend and I have been a bit obsessed with TLH, especially the relationship of Cordelia Carstairs and James Herondale. We both are HUGE Jordelia shippers, and know little to nothing about the two. It is known that they are married with a child (Owen) but know one has done anything with their relationship. We both are overly excited to see what happens and if there is a depth relationship there at all. So my question was, is there going to be an in depth relationship between the two? Wouldn’t it be a bit awkward because of Lucie being Cordelia’s best friend and James being Lucie’s brother? Also one last question, does Cordelia live in Idris or close/in the London institute? Thank you for you time! :) — partyingwithmagnus

Jordelia! I am tickled pink there is a ship name for this.

I’m still learning about Cordelia and James myself. We know from The Midnight Heir that James is in love with someone else. The book is based on Great Expectations, with James as Pip and not!Cordelia as his Estella. (Tatiana Blackthorn is Miss Havisham, so you can figure it out if you’ve read TMH.)

I don’t think Lucie would mind Cordelia being in love with James. She’s a very practical girl, and it’s not like she thinks her brother is never going to have a love life. Might as well be someone she likes. If only James was more malleable!

The Last Hours also deals quite a bit with Clave politics, and moves back and forth between London, Cornwall, and Idris. Cordelia splits her time between Idris, Paris and London and does live in London for the action of the series, along with her family.

 

HI CASSIE! So the thing is that I am doing(more like trying) a Family tree with ALL the characters of the Shadowhunter world and I want to know if Charles or Matthew Fairchild, Jessie Blackthorn or Alistar Carstairs had children? It would mean a lot if you can answer me, I am stuck at this part of the tree. Anyway, I love you Cassie so much and your books and your characters they are all so perfect. — icityofdauntlesstributes

I can’t answer you, unfortunately! I left quite a bit out of the family tree on purpose so as not to spoil too many developments in Last Hours. Quite a few others are misleading — at least one of the marriages listed is arranged, another is a political sham, some of the death dates aren’t really death dates but people being turned/becoming Mundanes, etc.

Is city of heavenly fire going to be the final book of the MI series? If so, are you planing to continue the infernal instrument series? — sadowoolcock

City of Heavenly Fire is the last book of TMI. I am not going to continue TID per se, though The Last Hours continues with the story of the next generation — the children of Will, Tessa, Sophie, Gideon, Gabriel, Cecily, Charlotte, Henry, etc. TDA likewise continues five years after City of Heavenly Fire with new characters, who you will meet in Heavenly Fire. Then the Shadowhunter world wraps up with The Wicked Powers. (That’s the plan, anyway.)

teen wolf and television and male narrators

Greetings my favourite author. I write this to ask about your future books if you have a male character that is a Shadowhunter and doesn’t know, and he finds out about the Shadow-world, kind of like what happened with Clary and Tessa. I also want to know if you are a fan of: Teen Wolf, Supernatural, Smallville, The Vampire Diaries, Being Human (UK/US) and The Big Bang Theory? I’m excited for the coming series of yours and admire your fabulous work. — the-divine-installments

I don’t have a male character like that coming up, because I feel like I’ve already written intro-to-the-supernatural twice and I don’t think I’d want to do it again (and I don’t think a male perspective would add anything — we’ve already seen that with Simon anyway.)

There is a male viewpoint in a future book of a Shadowhunter who was born mundane and Ascended, and also a boy who is a Shadowhunter whose parents left the Clave and has grown up in the mundane world. 

Of the TV shows you listed the only one I have seen is Teen Wolf, and that is because Sarah Rees Brennan brought the DVDs to Mexico this February and said “THERE IS A MURDER LIZARD IN THIS SHOW.”

I mean, I cannot resist a murder lizard.

Also, DANNY.

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I watch Game of Thrones, Sherlock, White Collar, Elementary, Hannibal, and now, I guess, Teen Wolf.* (It is somewhat ironic that I never watched it before, because Daniel Sharman read the Clockwork Princess audiobook and I only knew his work through his demo reel. (The casting director for City of Bones had thousands of demo reels and I watched a ton of them.) I’d seen Tyler Posey’s demo reel too so when Sarah RB and I saw him at Wondercon with Dylan O’Brian we had this conversation:

Me: Hello, you are Tyler Posey?

Him: Yes.

Me: Your demo reel was great! You’re a great actor! 

Him: How nice of you! Thanks! I am a really nice guy! Here is my girlfriend! She is really nice too!

Dylan O’Brien: I am also here.

Me: I have no idea who you are!

Sarah *gives me the look you give a parent when they have done something stupid* I DO. YOU ARE ALSO TALENTED.

Me: Whatever you do, I bet it’s great!

Tyler: Hee.

Anyway, I have now seen Teen Wolf and I feel embarrassed in hindsight, sort of in the manner I did when I met Randall Munroe at a conference and he said he wrote a webcomic called XKCD and I asked him to write the name of it on my hand because I’d never heard of it. Then my husband was like “Why does your hand say XKCD?” and I said “I met this guy who says it’s his comic?”

Then he screamed for about two hours.

*That’s it, really. I have seen some episodes of Doctor Who.

Part of Cassandra Jean’s Seasons project — TMI was fall, TiD was winter, and the Dark Artifices was summer. The Last Hours is spring. (And yes there was totally an earlier version of this but I asked CJ to re-draw it as the characters were re-imagined and some discarded from the story.)
From left, Alastair Carstairs arguing with Charles Fairchild, Christopher Lightwood and Anna Lightwood, Cordelia Carstairs and Lucie Herondale, Matthew Fairchild and James Herondale, and Grace and Jessie Blackthorn.
Hi cassie, how are you?  I love your books so much. I’d like to know how is the relationship between Charles and Matthew ‘cause Charles looks like so serious and Matthew “naughty”.  — alecssoul
Matthew and Charles are definitely very different brothers. They have an interesting relationship since Charles wants to become the next Consul and is very rules-bound, and Matthew is a rule-breaker.

Part of Cassandra Jean’s Seasons project — TMI was fall, TiD was winter, and the Dark Artifices was summer. The Last Hours is spring. (And yes there was totally an earlier version of this but I asked CJ to re-draw it as the characters were re-imagined and some discarded from the story.)

From left, Alastair Carstairs arguing with Charles Fairchild, Christopher Lightwood and Anna Lightwood, Cordelia Carstairs and Lucie Herondale, Matthew Fairchild and James Herondale, and Grace and Jessie Blackthorn.

Hi cassie, how are you?  I love your books so much. I’d like to know how is the relationship between Charles and Matthew ‘cause Charles looks like so serious and Matthew “naughty”. — alecssoul

Matthew and Charles are definitely very different brothers. They have an interesting relationship since Charles wants to become the next Consul and is very rules-bound, and Matthew is a rule-breaker.

cassandrajp:

And for my second smoker of the day… Julian Blackthorn! (from the dark artifices written by cassandraclare)

Mine is a Cassandra Jean life!

cassandrajp:

And for my second smoker of the day… Julian Blackthorn! (from the dark artifices written by cassandraclare)

Mine is a Cassandra Jean life!

parabatai love

 Hi, I love your books and wanted to say thank-you for making them and more books about shadow-hunters because I absolutely love the idea. Anyways I have a question that you may or may not have been asked before. Why can’t parabatai fall in love or get married with each other? I mean wouldn’t they be a perfect match since they know each other better than any one else. Thanks again for writing the books, they are a huge part of my life and one of the reasons why I have am a book reader.

Thank you! I do get asked this a lot. :) The answer is twofold:

1) The Clave has a lot of weird rules. It’s a cultural thing, obviously, but  it’s partly because the parabatai bond is supposed to be forever, something beyond human emotion, the way Silent Brothers and Iron Sisters dedicate themselves to the Angel and their calling. It’s supposed to be a little outside the human realm, separate from things like jealousy and infidelity. Because if they did fall in love, and then out of love, they’d be stuck with each other forever anyway, legally required to remain at each other’s sides, and it would be awful. (This is why hooking up with your parabatai is forbidden/a bad idea: if you could manage it without any emotions or strings, it wouldn’t be a problem, but what’s the likelihood you could manage that with someone you’re that close to already?)

2) There’s also another reason that reaches back into Shadowhunter history and the founding of the Law. Let’s just say it happened once, and it went very badly. Any further explanation will have to wait for Dark Artifices. :)

TLH questions

Hi Cassie! Tessa is my favorite female character and I was wondering on what did she do as the years passed by? Did she train all these years to be a better fighter? Does she continue reading :3? Will we find out in CoHF? — love-herondales

You do find out a little of what Tessa has been background doing in CoHF. She has been much more a scholar than a fighter and in fact the Spiral Labyrinth of the warlocks (mentioned only once before, briefly!) is important in Heavenly Fire.

"So.. my question is.. Will Magnus be in TLH?" — siegemaelstrom

He does appear in TLH. (The Midnight Heir dates his first real reappearance into Will/Tessa/Jem’s lives.) 

In TLH there will be Will and Tessa?

— jim-moriarty-is-the-king
Indeed. They are James and Lucie’s parents, and James and Lucie live with them in the Institute. I don’t know how I’d get rid of them if I wanted to (extended balloon tour!) but I’m happy to have them and write about them as a bit older. The story is not theirs, but the next generation’s, but they are there.
Is there a family tree that encompasses all of the Shadowhunter books? I absolutely adore the series but with all the new releases/reveals am getting a bit lost as to who is related to who and how. — settingfiretoourinsides-forfun
Here is the family tree that exists that should clear up connections between Infernal Devices and TLH . Only 5 years passes between TMI and TDA, and the blood relationships between the characters isn’t super important — also I think it’s hard to keep track of relationships between characters who you don’t yet know, but once the books are real things, and you meet the characters, it’s a lot easier.
I was wondering if will herondale will be in TLH
I’m sensing a theme. :)
Q&A

[COFA SPOILER]

Cassandra, I heard that you said in Mexico City that Magnus would forgive Alec, is that true?

There seems to be a lot of semi-true stuff floating around based on my appearance in Mexico City — remember everything I said had to be filtered through a translation headpiece! I said, in fact, “Magnus forgives what Alec did but that does not mean they get back together.” I mean, Magnus is not a bitter grudge-holder so I never thought it would be a surprise that he would not be furious with Alec forever. :) So their chances of getting back together are exactly the same as before.

Hello! Um, so I was wondering: does Jace ever begin to use Herondale as his surname(even if just on paper)? Or at least does the Herondale name exist outside of Jace? It just makes me sad to think that the Herondale line will disappear after getting so attached to Will and Cecy.

— aquilaswing
All I can say is that the continuing existence of the Herondale name is addressed in CoFA!
 I know a lot of people on the Shadowhunter wiki, including me, are Downworlder sympathizers, and we were wondering, will we be learning more about them (like almost as much as we know about the Nephilim) in the future series? I’m optimistic that since Mark & Helen are half-fey, we’ll learn more about the Fair Folk in TDA. But more about warlocks would be pretty cool, too.
You are definitely right that you will be learning a lot more about the Fair Folk in TDA. They’re a big part of the story. They’re also a big part of CoHF, maybe in ways you might not expect? There have been some hints scattered through CoFA and CoLS about the part they play. And there is a big political issue that has to do with them toward the end.
TDA also features a new warlock character — the High Warlock of Los Angeles.

Ms. Clare, I recently read the snippet of Julian and Emma from COHF and the writing with their fingers really stuck with me. When I was younger, there was one year when my cousins and I went to about five funerals and to console each other in the pews we would do the exact same thing as Julian and Emma, and we still do to this day. Thank you for that detail, and for the books that brought magic back into my life. — make-dreams-your-master

Aw…I teared up a bit . .. It is a thing I used to do with my best friend when we were kids. Though we sucked at figuring out the letters we were tracing half the time and were like “What do you mean, is there any newts?” “Not newts! NEWS!”

* 1234 is etched on the base of Raziel’s statue, along with the Shadowhunter motto, above the entrance to the Silent City. What’s the year’s relevance to their history?
That is the year that Shadowhunters began looking better in black than the widows of their enemies. Previously when wearing black they looked only equally as good, or worse, than the widows of their enemies.