Jem’s hair and eyes: spoilery for CP2 and CoHF

writingonhands said: How do Jem’s eyes change back to a dark brown colour from silver? Was it something that happened while he was a silent brother? It’s a stupid question - I know but I have read and re-read TID, TMI, and After The Bridge -Your work is truly amazing- but I still don’t get it (maybe I missed a line or something) ? Thanks!

Thanks! Jem was not born with silver hair and eyes. They came from the side effects of the yin fen.

Clockwork Angel, page 341:
He flicked open the clasp on the box, and the lid slid back. Inside was a thick layer of what Tessa thought at first was ash, but the color was too bright. It was a layer of thick silvery powder almost the same bright silver color as Jem’s eyes.
“This is the drug,” he said. “It comes from a warlock dealer we know in Limehouse. I take some of it every day. It’s why I look so—so ghostly; it’s what drains the color from my eyes and hair, even my skin. I wonder sometimes if my parents would even recognize me. …”

As soon as Jem became a Silent Brother and ceased taking the drug, the silvery color began to fade from his hair and eyes. 

Clockwork Princess:

"“Jem?” she whispered. The sound of the vial being set down on the bedside table. A sigh. “Yes,” he said. “Tessa. Will you look at me?” She turned, and looked. And drew in her breath. It was Jem, and not Jem. He wore the parchment robes of a Silent Brother, open at the throat to show the collar of an ordinary shirt. His hood was thrown back, revealing his face. She could see the changes in him, where she had only barely seen them in the noise and confusion of the battle at Cadair Idris. His delicate cheekbones were scarred with the runes she had noticed before, one on each, long slashes of scars that did not look like ordinary Shadowhunter runes. His hair was no longer pure silver—streaks of it had darkened to black-brown, no doubt the color he had been born with. His eyelashes, too, had darkened to black. They looked like fine strands of silk against his pale skin—though he was no longer as pale as he had been.”

Tessa is seeing him during the transition, as the yin fen leaves him. When the heavenly fire returned him to being a human Shadowhunter, the yin fen had long drained from his system. Therefore his hair and eyes were dark.

Clockwork Princess pages 557-558: This was Jem. She couldn’t tear her gaze away from him. She had always thought Jem was beautiful. He was no less beautiful to her now. Once he had had silver-white hair and eyes like gray skies. This Jem had raven-black hair, curling slightly in the humid air, and dark brown eyes with glints of gold in the irises. Once his skin had been pale; now it had a flush of color to it. Where his face had been unmarked before he’d become a Silent Brother, there were two dark scars, the first runes of the Brotherhood, standing out starkly at the arch of each cheekbone.

If the question is “Was the the heavenly fire or becoming a Silent Brother that changed his hair and eye color?” the answer is the second one. That is why Brother Zachariah is always described as having dark hair. The yin fen is what turned his hair and eyes silver, and when it went away, so did the silver color.

Hi, Cassie! You have so many current projects (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours, Magisterium), that it’s really hard to keep track of all of them. I know you don’t have set release dates for most of them, but could you please make an updated timeline of the book order, and when they might possibly be coming out? I can’t wait to read Lady Midnight! — buffylives

Sure. I went ahead and updated the timeline I posted earlier below, to reflect Shadowhunter Academy.

brookeelizaxo said: Hi Cassie! I love your books so so so sooo much! I finished City of Heavenly Fire and it was amazing. I was wondering when the rest of your novels were being released (TDA, TLH, TWP, etc)? Are there set dates or years for the releases? Thank you for such wonderful series! :)

Shadowhunter Chronicles:

City of Heavenly Fire wrapped up the Mortal Instruments series. The next installment of the Chronicles is The Dark Artifices, which takes place five years after CoHF. You can read about them here.

There are three Dark Artifices books: Lady Midnight, Lord of Shadows, and Queen of Air and DarknessLady Midnight is tentatively scheduled for release in late 2015 though it is not definite yet.

The Last Hours, the sequel series to The Infernal Devices, begins publishing shortly after Lady Midnight. You can read about it here. It’s about the children of the Infernal Devices characters.

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy is a sort of follow-up to the Bane Chronicles, in that it is 10 e-book stories that follow Simon from his arrival at the newly re-opened Academy in Idris for Shadowhunter training to the day he Ascends. You can read about it here.

So the order of books is:

The Bane Chronicles print edition, November 11, 2014

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, starting early 2015

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices 1)

Chain of Gold (The Last Hours 1)

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices 2)

Chain of Iron (The Last Hours 2)

Queen of Air and Darkness  (The Dark Artifices 3)

Chain of Thorns (The Last Hours 3)

That carries us through for quite a few years, so other than saying that the Shadowhunter Chronicles is intended to wrap up permanently with an installment called The Wicked Powers, I think that’s all I can say right now.

Magisterium

The Iron Trial, the first book in the Magisterium series, came out September 9, 2014. There will be an installment of Magisterium every September for the next four years.

The second book, The Copper Gauntlet, is scheduled for September 2015.

Hope that helps!

the-manila-institute:

BOOK COVERS COME TO LIFE: Cassandra Clare’s books {the mortal instruments} (6/6)

So cool to see them all together.

TLH

What’s up with Grace and Christopher Lightwood being married in the family tree? I’m confused and worried! — timelord-amypond

There’s no reason to be worried!

The family tree is meant to be a ‘found object.’ Meaning that it is supposed to be created by a person, so it isn’t a piece of objective truth.

There are reasons for pretty much everything in the family tree. But some of the marriages are arranged/faked, some of the people marked as dead became mundanes/Downworlders, there’s a reason the Carstairs records have been destroyed, etc.

You can’t, honestly, predict the plot of The Last Hours by looking at the family tree. So even though it is a fun thing, don’t let it give you grief. By the end of the books, you will understand why even the things in it that are not true were written down as they are.

The Italian cover of the print version of The Bane Chronicles. (Coming in English in November … and in other languages I don’t know when. :)
I like how each different e-book has a different letter of Magnus’ name on it and spells out M-A-G-N-U-S B-A-N-E in the end.

The Italian cover of the print version of The Bane Chronicles. (Coming in English in November … and in other languages I don’t know when. :)

I like how each different e-book has a different letter of Magnus’ name on it and spells out M-A-G-N-U-S B-A-N-E in the end.

commanderfraya said:  I just finished City of Heavenly Fire and I was struck by Ty’s character. I don’t know if you intended for him to be autistic or not, but given the behaviors described — his stimming/counting, expanded vocabulary, difficulty communicating, agitation, aversion to touch, and other sensory issues — he’s one of the best autistic representations I’ve ever seen, even if his character wasn’t originally intended that way. My younger brother and fiancee are both autistic, and it’s really difficult to find humanizing depictions of autistic people in media… If Ty is going to be a continuing character in The Dark Artifices then I’m all kinds of excited, and if not then I’m glad we got to know him in Heavenly Fire! Your work has meant a lot to me since I was thirteen years old, thank you for sharing your imagination and I hope you have a lovely day :)

Hi! I just wanted to post this to assure you that Ty is absolutely going to be a continuing character. He’s very significant in the Dark Artifices. He is important to the other characters, and they are important to him. 

Ty is a challenge because it’s a challenge to write a neuroatypical character in a world in which there are no words for neuroatypicality and no acknowledgement that it exists. I am grateful that so many readers have identified Ty as a person with autism even though I never used that word —largely readers who have autism themselves or know someone with autism.

There is no one way that people with autism behave or feel or are. I can only say that Ty is loving and great and very much himself. Ty is based in part on my stepbrother, who has autism, and shares several traits with Ty, though not all of them. His name isn’t Ty, for instance. It’s Will. :)

cassandraclare:

Ty

After reading the COHF prologue excerpt, I have the sense that Ty has Asperger’s Syndrome. Can you confirm this? I think that would be really cool because I’ve also dealt with Asperger’s in my life (it being the worst when I was about Ty’s age) so seeing you create a character also going through that is really assuring, for lack of a better word. Thanks so much if you can answer! ➰ — malec-chat

Hi Cassie, I love your books and I cannot wait for COHF. You are an amazingly talented author on and I have fallen deeply in love with your writing. Unfortunately I shall have to wait a while for the book, but in the mean time I have been satisfying my shadowhunting needs with #TMItuesday. I have just read the new snippet from the prologue and was wondering if Ty was autistic. I have family who work with autistic children and in the snippet and noticed Ty was showing a few autistic traits, so I was wondering whether or not he was autistic? — letmeliveinbooks
Yes, Ty places on the autistic spectrum. I’m glad that that was picked up as it is a part of his character. My stepbrother is autistic (I know there is debate within the neuroatypical community as to whether to say “autistic” or “person with autism” so I try to go with what people want to call themselves) and it is partly through that relationship that I decided that I would like to write a neuroatypical hero. Ty has a loving and supportive family but certainly lives within a society that is intolerant of difference, and which has a specific poor relationship with neuroatypicality among its members. Ty is a favorite of mine and a big part of TDA. I wanted to make it clear that he was just as intelligent and skilled, and just as worthy and capable of love, respect and admiration as his neurotypical peers, when he is struggling and when he is not, and I hope you will like him.

TDA snippet

“Do I?” Diana leaned back in her chair, tapping her pencil against the back of her right hand, where the Rune of Sight was inked. Every Shadowhunter had a Voyance rune on their dominant hand, allowing them to see through glamours. Emma’s was on her left. “Well, if I know what you did, and you know what you did, maybe you should tell me what your punishment should be?” 

“I should have to take care of a box of kittens,” Emma said immediately. “Definitely a box of kittens. You know how cruel kittens are, with their tiny little claws and terrible attitudes.”

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

3. Do you now have a set month or something for the first TSA story? I’m really excited and I so miss Simon (et al.)… :D <3 — addictedtothese

We’re aiming to release the first one, “Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy,” next February.

After the Bridge: The Full Story (Jem/Tessa)

hi Cassie! idk if you’ve noticed, but I think you’ve invoked a small (and quite entertaining) url revolution. — hornyjem

I did. I am very proud. :)

This is the full story of After the Bridge, a tale for those who might have wondered what Tessa and Jem did after they met on Blackfriars Bridge in the epilogue of Clockwork Princess. If you’ve been waiting to read it until it was done, it is now done.

Those who do not like Tessa&Jem together or Jessa sexytimes probably should skip this. (You will not miss anything that will affect your understanding of later books.) Those who like that sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.

After the Bridge alternates POV between Jem and Tessa. This is Part Five, the full story. As this is one short story and not chaptered, each post will contain the whole story from the beginning up to the point where that part ends so that new readers or readers who don’t remember what happened won’t have to hunt down the previous post(s.)

AFTER THE BRIDGE : Now with (sexy) art by Cassandra Jean! 

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After the Bridge Part Four

A story for those who might have wondered what Tessa and Jem did after they met on Blackfriars Bridge in the epilogue of Clockwork Princess.

Those who do not like Tessa&Jem together or Jessa sexytimes probably should skip this. (You will not miss anything that will affect your understanding of later books.) Those who like that sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.

After the Bridge alternates POV between Jem and Tessa. It will be posted in installments. This is Part Four. It is not the whole story. There are more parts. As this is one short story and not chaptered, each post will contain the whole story from the beginning up to the point where that part ends so that new readers or readers who don’t remember what happened won’t have to hunt down the previous post(s.)

[Also just a personal note: since starting to post this, I’ve been bombarded with requests to write Clace, Malec, Sizzy, Wessa, Jemma, Jordelia, ships that don’t even have names, etc short stories. I usually turn down requests to write short stories for published anthologies because I don’t have time — I really don’t have time to write a ton of short-story-length outtakes. I’m writing this as it grew out of a discussion with Holly Black and Kelly Link about romance shapes and sat on my head and demanded to be written. When that happens again, I will happily post what I write because I like to share free content. But I do need to focus on TLH and TDA right now, and nothing else is calling to be written. In other words, and I hope I am saying this the nicest possible way, I can’t take requests. We will all just have to see if inspiration strikes and hope it isn’t Mortmain/Benedict “The Worm” Lightwood.]

Meanwhile, definitely an R rating below. I admit I don’t really understand the rating system. SEXY TIMES. These characters are consenting and 135 years old, but I would probably keep the story away from kiddies.

AFTER THE BRIDGE PART FOUR 

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