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. :)