The Last Hours trilogy by Cassandra Clare (x)


The Last Hours: character portraits

After the The Last Hours announcement yesterday (the day before? Sometime..) I thought you might like to see/get to know a few of the prominent characters. Cassandra Jean drew these for me months ago, back when I was still solidifying some of the plot outlines and character details. You can also find most of these names on the family tree and identify their connections. Let’s start with …


Cordelia Carstairs. Bit of a scapegrace and ever since she was ten she’s had a sort of a crush on 


James Herondale, who is parabatai with


the always-delightful Matthew Fairchild, and has a very odd relationship with Tatiana’s Blackthorn’s ward


Grace Blackthorn, whose brother Jesse Blackthorn may or may not be dead


a mystery that occupies the busy brain of writer


Lucie Herondale, whose father would really prefer she marry


Alastair Carstairs, Cordelia’s older brother. Shown with Cortana — looks like Elias did as Tessa suggested and passed it down to his own children after all.Alastair is best friends with


Charles Fairchild, who you may remember as Potentially Buford from Clockwork Princess. Charles would like to be the next Consul, alas, and Henry finds he rather gets along better with Cecily and Gabriel’s son


who is the younger brother of the ever so sophisticated


Anna Lightwood.

This isn’t all the characters, but it’s a visual tour of quite a few of the significant ones (barring those, like Tessa, Jem, Will and the other adults, who you already know!) I find having visuals of characters often helps while I’m writing so these live above my desk!


So I’m curious if Jem is meant to be off travelling the world  in 2008 how does he turn up as brother Zachariah to help jace with the heavenly fire ?! Also would you ever write a series in between TID and tmi?! — melissaelizabethsarson

I would indeed write a series in between TID and TMI, and plan to. Right now it is only known as TLH because I am contrarian. But here is everything about it.

As for the previous question, I think people often forget the City of books take place in 2007. The epilogue of CP2 takes place after City of Lost Souls and quite possibly entirely after City of Heavenly Fire. I shall resurrect Ye Olde Timeline for assistance:


"Hey Cassie! I’ve read all the TID and TMI books but the whole [redacted] Brother Zachariah thing confuses me a little bit still. What confuses me is the whole time span of it all with respect to the TMI books. Can you clear that up? (And also I can’t remember what TMI books he did appear in). —…

I had to redact a bunch of this ask’s spoilery bits but I think I managed — in essence, I’ve gotten a lot of asks about where the epilogue of Clockwork Princess fits into the timeline of TMI.

Here’s the basic timeline of the TMI books:

CoB: takes place in August 2007, the year the book was published.

CoA: begins in very early September 2007-  a few days to a week after CoB ends. 

CoG: begins in September, about 1 week after CoA ends. The whole book takes place in 1.5-2 weeks. It is mentioned that the leaves on trees are beginning to turn fall colors.

CoFA: begins in Mid-October (Halloween decorations are up, Simon mentions the month) and ends around the third or fourth week of October. In CoFA, it is also mentioned that Clary has been training to fight demons for 7 weeks.

CoLS: The prologue is set in late October. The first chapter begins two weeks later, in the 2nd week of November.

October had 5 weeks in 2007. Here’s a link to a 2007 calendar:

The Clockwork Princess prologue takes place in 2008.

We don’t know when in 2008, but we do know enough to know it takes place after the events of City of Lost Souls. It is either during or after the events of City of Heavenly Fire

As for Bro Z, he appears in City of Fallen Angels and City of Lost Souls. It is explained in City of Fallen Angels that he was among the few Silent Brothers who was not in the Silent City when Valentine attacked, and therefore survived.

So yes, basically, the epilogue of Clockwork Princess takes place in the future of the characters in City of Lost Souls. You can search it for clues about Heavenly Fire if you want. :)

October and November of the girls’ Shadowhunter calendar. Lucie being spooky for October and Jessamine celebrating Guy Fawkes Day.

Cassandra Jean and I are hoping to get the calendars put together and maybe sell them for Christmas. We’ll keep you posted!

More calendar pics! March Cecily and April Maia — I put them alongside March Will and April Matthew for compare and contrast. Everyone looks gorgeous thanks to Cassandra Jean.

Tiny wubbins baby wolf!

So the beautiful Cassandra (NOT me, Cassandra Jean) as you know collaborated to create a calendar of the TMI/TID/TDA/TLH boys — Men of the Shadowhunter Universe, I guess — and while I don’t know what we’re going to do with it yet, we decided to do a matching calendar for the girls. Cassandra wanted to work with classic pinup poses, so here’s Grace from TLH being ice queen January, and Helen and Aline being February 2014, celebrating Valentine’s Day*. Lookit Helen’s cute pointy ears! 

*But not the way Valentine celebrates it.


Eventually he’s just going to look like Cousin It from the Addams Family. 

I imagine it is not easy raising a Herondale. 

Will and James Herondale (sorry it’s so sketchy lol)

This is all because I said I thought Will would want James to cut his hair…


Thanks for coming to today’s livestream! It was hectic but fun, and those of you who came got to hear juicy news from cassandraclare so huzzah!
If you missed the livestream, here is the recording of the drawing:


Thanks for coming to today’s livestream! It was hectic but fun, and those of you who came got to hear juicy news from cassandraclare so huzzah!

If you missed the livestream, here is the recording of the drawing:

More from Cassandra Jean’s Shadowhunter calendar! Matthew Fairchild and James Herondale. I put them together because they’re parabatai and because we don’t know them that well yet. :) Matthew is April, and James is November and Guy Fawkes Day. Cassandra has captured their differing personalities exceedingly well!

parabatai, TLH, CoHF, and other questions

hi cassie! i have a couple questions that i figured I’d ask through email because its always really hectic on twitter so:

- can parabatai be love interests? i thought they couldn’t but emma/julian are right? that always kinda confused me
- so you’re writing the dark artifices, TLH, & are you writing another shadowhunter book aside from those as well?
- are we gonna see tessa/will/ jem in cohf?”

Yes, twitter has become a bit of a madhouse - I can only get on for a few minutes, and then there are so many questions I can’t follow them (usually about things I know nothing about and can’t influence, like what countries there will be movie premieres in and where the cast goes) and then I run away. I am a a wuss, I guess! But if I don’t answer you on Twitter, it’s not personal!

- can parabatai be love interests? i thought they couldn’t but emma/julian are right? that always kinda confused me”

The Clave says no. You’re not supposed to be romantically involved with your parabatai. In Clockwork Prince, one of the plot points is a past pair of parabatai, one of whom committed suicide because he’d fallen in love with his parabatai and was afraid of the secret being exposed.

The Clave has their reasons for this old Law. However, like pretty much every cultural/social law decreeing that people can’t fall in love or can’t marry, plenty of people break it. It’s not like no priest has ever fallen in love with anyone. And Emma and Julian’s relationship isn’t defined yet - not even by me! We know there is probably going to be an issue of romantic interest, but they are not a couple at the beginning of the books. They might never be a couple. We will see.

- so you’re writing the dark artifices, TLH, & are you writing another shadowhunter book aside from those as well?

My plan at the moment is to do five Shadowhunter series, total. I don’t know if I’ll do any series in the Shadowhunter world beyond that. I don’t know why five exactly — maybe because one of my major literary idols has always been Tamora Pierce and she did five series set in Tortall. :) Maybe I think I have five stories to tell in this world. Maybe I’ll get to the end and want to tell more. Maybe not — I have a stockpile of other worlds and stories in my head; I’m writing one of them by writing Magisterium now, but there are many others.

There is a special sort of enjoyment in developing stories in a created world, because you can take the rules you yourself have invented, and bend them or break them. You can create connections and history — the story of Isabelle’s ruby necklace stretches back all the way to Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale. Then again, with a brand new world, you get to make everything up again. It’s like: brand-new baby or adorable five-year old? They’re both good.

(The five Shadowhunter series are TiD, TLH, TMI, TDA, and very far down the road, TWP. Don’t even ask about that one! It’s too far in the future! There are other Shadowhunter projects like The Bane Chronicles and the graphic novel project about the Circle, currently in planning stages and known as TST, but I’m not counting them: I’m only counting book series/trilogies written solely by me.)

- are we gonna see tessa/will/ jem in cohf?”

I cannot say, because those are major spoilers. All I will say is that nobody from TiD is going to be a major character in CoHF because it’s too confusing and too spoilery for the mass majority of TMI readers, who have not read TiD. (There are also plenty of TiD readers who won’t read TMI — historical can be tricky; people either won’t read it at all, or will only read it, a lot of the time.) TMI is still Clary’s story at heart. I think for TiD readers there will be a lot of interesting connections, and the fact that Tessa is still alive is not a huge secret (we saw her in CoG) but nothing in CoHF is going to give away the ending of the Clockwork series to people who haven’t read it, and that includes who Tessa ends up with. Keep that in mind, and hopefully that can help shape expectations.