Hello there. I have three questions actually, very short ones. One. Will CoHF have an epilogue like CP2 had? Two. Can you be parabatai with your brother or sister? And three. There will be any important fairy characters in TDA? I would really liek to see one. Sorry for any writting mistake. I…
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
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. :)
“Cassie-Cass, I have a question. Is it possible to have more than one parabatai? Everything to do with James Herondale is confusing me right now. If you do answer this, thank you so much for taking the time to do so! — clockworkwords”—
James, you conundrum, you.
You can only ever have one parabatai. You pick them before you’re eighteen, and you are stuck with them forever unless death, exile, one of you becoming a mundane, or one of you becoming a Downworlder or Iron Sister or Silent Brother parts you. In other words, you are parted by massive transformative changes that alter the person you are.
You cannot then find another parabatai. You’re out of the game. You had the one, and you have to learn to live without them. The Law is hard, but it is the Law.
You can be parabatai with someone unrelated to you, or with a family member, a brother or sister or cousin. Parabataican be any gender mix. You can’t fall in love with them, and you can’t marry them. You’re not really supposed to hook up with them either but if I had a nickel for everyone who ever broke that rule I’d have a swimming pool full of nickels and I could roll around in it like Scrooge McDuck.
So in honor of my having finished City of Heavenly Fire (the first draft anyway!) I thought I would post the soundtrack. I listened to these songs on endless repeat while I was writing. All the lyrics have some sort of connection, at least in my weird little mind, to the story.
I’ve been thinking about how fiction puts moral weight to a child’s origins. It can get kind of gross at times, especially when you think about the message being sent to kids who might come from a broken or abusive home.
It’s something that bugs me a bit in Once Upon a Time, with the importance of Emma being the “child of true love”, not to mention the inherent weight the narrative puts on biological parents as “real parents” - they could really use a positive example of adoption.
Harry Potter is guilty of it too - with the great thematic weight given to the love of Harry’s parents, as contrasted with the thematic implication that Tom Riddle was a born sociopath because his mother drugged & raped his father, and thus was born without love.
I realized thinking on this though, that I really appreciate Cassandra Clare inverting the trope. Tessa is a straight up product of rape, and that’s the origin of her powers. Clary has effectively the same origin as Voldemort - her father was drugging her mother (with angel blood), under the effects of which she was conceived. Like Tessa, her unique abilities come from that.
With James Herondale we see the opposite - not that he’s a villain of course, but he is effectively fucked up by the fact that he was born from true love and raised in a home dominated by it. His parents didn’t do anything wrong, but that upbringing left him with no defenses against those who would manipulate or use love as a weapon. (He’s essentially the polar opposite of Izzy, who can’t let her walls down for someone who DOES selflessly love her; James doesn’t have any degree of walls to begin with)
Alec pulled his knees up to his chest and looked thoughtfully at Jace. “I know,” he said. “I’m not jealous. I always knew, from the first, that everyone thought you were better than me. My dad thought it. The Clave thought it. Izzy and Max looked up to you as the great warrior they wanted to be…
“Don’t quit. It’s very easy to quit during the first 10 years. Nobody cares whether you write or not, and it’s very hard to write when nobody cares one way or the other. You can’t get fired if you don’t write, and most of the time you don’t get rewarded if you do. But don’t quit.”—ANDRE DUBUS (via kadrey)
Today, The Mortal Instruments is officially over I guess. No more words to be written. That makes me wanna cry, but also stand up and applaud at the same time because it was such an amazing series that was such a big part of my life and others for so long.
Hi Cassie, I just had to write a short note to tell you that I love your books and can’t wait for COHF! I’ve passed the books on to my 67 year old dad who also loves them:) ( though for some reason that I don’t understand he hates Jace!) Thanks for hours of entertainment :) All the best, Briona….
“Experiencing intense stress might not be very pleasurable while it’s happening, but according to excitation transfer theory, all that intensity can carry over to boost positive emotions like relief or happiness if the episode ends on a good note.
And this is why we torment you.
Media psychologists … have been trying to understand why people subject themselves to entertainment that they know will elicit negative emotions.
Dolf Zillmann, widely recognized as the founder of entertainment psychology as a field of study, theorized that the answer lies in the emotional intensity these types of shows make us feel. His excitation transfer theory says that we can experience a wide range of emotions while we watch distressing shows, and that all the excitement from each of those emotions builds up while we watch. … Experiencing intense stress might not be very pleasurable while it’s happening, but according to excitation transfer theory, all that intensity can carry over to boost positive emotions like relief or happiness if the episode ends on a good note. In other words, enduring some emotional turmoil during viewing can actually heighten the rewards of a happy ending.
Other media research suggests that we seek out hard-to-watch shows because it makes us feel more competent and in control during emotionally difficult situations. … Watching [such shows] makes us feel sad, anxious, or aghast, but in reflecting on our emotional reactions (which often seem appropriate) we may conclude that we are very in-touch, sympathetic, and humane. This feels good. This can even make the experience of watching a fictional portrayal of terrible events somewhat enjoyable.
Several theories on the psychology of why watching stressful TV shows appeals to us.
Can you pre-order CoHF in the UK? And will there be any special perks? — jack-jack-attackk
You can always pre-order books. You can do it online, or by walking into any bookstore with the title and author and saying you want to pre-order. You can do it in any country, in any language, anywhere…
“I think Magnus has learned very few things are eternal. … But of course, life-long love, having only one romantic love, happens to so few of us, and we don’t live forever. Someone who does would have to be even more aware than the rest of us of how very easy love is to lose. And yet Magnus remains very hopeful: he maintains this great belief in love.”—
I was very nervous when Malinda asked me to do the interview, but having a protagonist like Magnus on the bestseller lists (not down to me of course, not at all), and seeing how readers respond to him, is notable and important, and so I talk about it and try not to make too much of a fool of myself. Malinda is, of course, a brilliant interviewer, as she is brilliant at most things.
“Hello Miss Casandra:
I have a really unusual question that keep my sleep far away, Why in the two first series of Shadowhunters (TID and TMI) in the names of the books one word is repeated, like in TMI is “City” and in TID is “Clockwork” but in the series of Dark Artifices that doesn’t happen?
I’ll be very thankful if you answer my question.
Changing it up a little? Honestly I didn’t think about it at all and I don’t think my publisher ever asked about it when I handed the titles in. Series titles have themes, sometimes, and the theme of the Dark Artifices titles were honorifics/titles:
Lord of Shadows
Queen of Air and Darkness
Lord/Lady/Queen - all honorifics. They may be different honorifics, but they basically serve the same function as “City of” or “Clockwork” which is mostly indicating the books are all part of a series.
Wow, that was a boring answer. I’ll try for something more interesting next time, like which of the characters is secretly into newts.
Hi Cassie, first I love your books and I can’t wait for CoHF to come out, even though I’m kind of scare that it might break my heart, anyways, I don’t know if you’ve already answered this question ( sorry if you have) but can you please help me to better understand Jonathan/Sebastian’s feelings…
TW: Swearing, and use of the word “bitch.” Not my favorite word, but unfortunately has to be used in this context because I’m quoting what others have said. Also TW for a ton of sexism, again, in narratives I’m quoting/describing.
"Hey, just thought I’d say that I love your books (I’ve only read…
"I love you," Will said. "I love you desperately. I have never felt for another the way I feel for you. My love for you is as eternal as the sea, and like the rocks against which the waves are dashed, again and again, it shall remain unyielding. In you I have found my own heart’s heart, which I…
Hi cassie! I’ve just finished TID and I’ve been wondering. Tessa is half shadowhunter, half demon, but someone (I think Mortmain but I’m not sure) tells her that her angel part “wins” against the demon part, so wasn’t she supposed to be mortal and die, like a shadowhunter? I know she is like a different race, but it still bothers me. Forgive me if that’s a stupid question. By the way, I love your books! Kisses from a brazilian fan.
Helllo. Here’s what Mortmain actually said:
“In you the blood of demons and the blood of angels has fought its own war in Heaven, and the angels have been victorious. You are not a Shadowhunter, but you are not a warlock, either. You are something new, something entirely other.”
So he is explicitly says “You’re not a Shadowhunter.” So there is no reason she would be mortal like a Shadowhunter or age like a Shadowhunter. She can’t bear Marks, like a Shadowhunter. She’s clearly not one.
Tessa is a new and entirely other thing. No rules apply to her. There is no reason for her not to be immortal. There is no reason for her not to turn into a hot air balloon when she turns sixty and float to France. That would be very festive.
The Shadowhunters are often on about how their blood is dominant, by which they mean it’s dominant as far as they know —children born of werewolves and Shadowhunters, or faeries and Shadowhunters, or mundanes and Shadowhunters, are Shadowhunters. But that is also because they are not too excited about the idea that there are things outside their experience. (Shadowhunter/demon hybrids.) Meanwhile, Tessa, being what she is, is immortal because there is no reason for her not to be, but her children aren’t — they do however have issues and powers out of the norm of regular Shadowhunters, which is something they must deal with as a difficulty during their lives.