Whee! Magisterium got a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. In celebration I thought I’d put up Cassandra Jean’s art of Call’s friends, Aaron Stewart and Tamara Rajavi.
ReviewL Set in a magic-inflected version of the present-day U.S., this first title in the Magisterium series combines the talents of Black (Doll Bones) and Clare (the Mortal Instruments series) in a thrilling coming-of-age story that embraces fantasy tropes while keeping readers guessing. Twelve-year-old Callum Hunt has been raised to distrust magic. Mages killed his mother, and his father has warned him that the Magisterium, a school where young mages are trained, is a deathtrap. Callum’s attempts to fail the entrance exam go awry, and he is chosen to apprentice under Master Rufus, along with fellow students Aaron and Tamara. As Callum, Tamara, Aaron, and their classmates embark on their first of five years of schooling, Callum realizes how little he knows of his own heritage. The strange, subterranean Magisterium is vividly rendered, and a string of ominous revelations will leave readers eager for future installments. Fans of both authors will enjoy getting to know this well-rounded cast in the first steps of their adventure.
I just finished reading the ARC of your newest series with Holly Black. I gotta say I’m sooooo excited for more! Loved it!! — v-e-r-t-e-b-r-a-t-e
Thanks! I put this up here for Holly to read it. Also I thought I’d start intro-ing some of the character designs that Cassandra Jean did. Meet Call, our grumpy protagonist, and his pet, Havoc, a wolf with a secret.
"frozeninstruments said: Hello Cassie! I’m looking forward to the first book of TDA and Magisterium series, now that TMI is over. :’) I see that you’ve been posting TDA snippets lately… can you share some snippets from Magisterium?"
I will soon! I’m letting the post-CoHF hangover wear off first. Right now you can read the prologue and first chapter of Iron Trial here. And here is the upload of the full cover. The poem on the back is called the Cinquain — it’s part of the rules of the alchemical magic of the Magisterium. Each element has a purpose and each balances another.
Cassandra Jean’s also drawn the characters of the Iron Trial and I look forward to showing them to you!
Magisterium- The Iron Trial excerpt
THE IRON TRIAL COVER REVEAL - TOMORROW
Why do we get so few things about The Iron Trial? I want to know every little thing about Callum :( and what a about the cover? >.< — barryfanboyallen
:) Because it’s been actually early book-wise for there to be much news. Too early for ARCs, or a cover, so I’ve been waiting for there to be interesting stuff to share — and IN FACT, I’ve found out today that the cover will be revealed tomorrow in USA Today.
And then there will be lots more Magisterium stuff coming until September, when it publishes, and Holly and I will be sharing it all with you!
My interpretation of Callum Hunt and his best friend, Aaron. This drawing is based off the description Cassandra Clare, gave me. I shamelessly fanmailed her about Magisterium and I got a list of characters and their distinct looks. Their description isn’t final yet, so chillax peeps~
I decided to do a sketch of them before I hit my books again, my hands were itchy! I’ll probablt do the other three characters (Tamara included) after my final exams~
I will quote again, “the descriptions are not yet final”, and I am just a fangirl excited for this book. ||D Ciao!
Magisterium (c) Cassandra Clare & Holly Black
I love this! Magisterium fanart! Squee! Call and Aaron - names that mean nothing now but hopefully soon they will. :)
Hello Ms Clare;
I’m enjoying your Shadowhunter chronicles insofar, and I’ve recently heard about TDA and the Bane Chronicles - which are great, but I’m just wondering if you’re going embark on a completely new and divergent series after those wrap - because as much as I’m enjoying this world, it would be great to see you put your skill to use on the creation of another, equally detailed and developed one.
Sincerely yours and have a nice day!
Thanks for your kind words!
There isn’t any need to wait for TDA and the Bane Chronicles to wrap up if you want to see me writing a non-Shadowhunter book. Though I don’t talk about it much, because there is only so much to say about books no one has read yet, I have another series, called the Magisterium series (first book: The Iron Trial) coming out next year — it’s cowritten with Holly Black, and we’ve already finished the first book and are starting the second.
It’s also fantasy, and also in our world, but the magic system is very different: it’s elemental magic with five elements, and a magical history based in part on the robber baron era of American history. You can see what I’ve blogged about it on tumblr before. There’s also information about it on my website.
It’s fun to create a whole new world with new kinds of magic, and lots of fun to work with Holly. It exercises different kinds of creative muscles and different parts of one’s imagination than expanding an already existing universe. I do love the Shadowhunters and do intend to keep writing in that universe for a while — I have a plan for a series after TDA even — because there is a specific kind of creative enjoyment in taking a world that doesn’t need to be re-introduced to readers and ringing changes on it: it allows you to play with reader expectations, reverse tropes, and break the rules of the world you’ve created in ways you can’t do with a world people are unfamiliar with (to break a rule readers have come to believe is inherent to the world — for instance, that ordinary humans don’t know about Shadowhunters — is interesting/shocking if you’re familiar with the world; not interesting if you’ve just encountered it.) It’s also fun to create a new magical system without the restrictions of rules you’ve already created. It’s like writing within the formal restrictions of a sonnet vs. writing blank verse — neither is better and both are enjoyable, but it’s interesting to experience the differences.
Hey Cassie, I was wondering about Callum and his new series. Any news about him/the story? I am very excited for it! =)
Right now, my favorite character is a lizard named Warren, but that could change.
Holly and I are very excited about The Iron Trial. We’ve been having ridiculous fun working on it.