- Under januari gav oss Cassie en liten hint om att City of Heavenly Fire blir 733 sidor lång.
- Omslaget till City of Heavenly Fire visades för första gången.
- Vi fick veta att The Bane Chronicles kommer släppas i bokform under hösten 2014
- Vi fick smygläsa några sidor från Stad av Glas, svenska utgåvan av City of Glass
- Vi fick veta vad de mystiska initialerna TLH står för; The Last Hours, samt att vi fick reda på vad de tre böckerna i serien kommer att heta:
Chain of Gold, Chain of Thorns och Chain of Iron.
- Stad av Glas släpptes på svenska
- VI fick se omslaget till boken The Bane Chonicles för första gången.
- Vi fick se omslaget till Cassandra och Holly Blacks bok Magisterium: The Iron Trial för första gången.
- Vi fick en massa teasers inför City of Heavenly Fire, eftersom de inte var mer än en månad kvar innan den släpptes i Maj.
- Vi fick ytterligare lite flera teasers från City of Heavenly Fire
- VI fick reda på att Harald Zwart som regisserade Mortal Instruments: Stad av Skuggor inte skulle regissera någon uppföljare.
- City of Heavenly Fire släpptes äntligen den 27 maj.
- Cassandra avslöjar att hon planerar att släppa en novellsamling om Simon Lewis, liknande dem om Magnus Bane som finns samlade i The Bane Chronicles.
- City of Bones filmen blev nominerad i tre kategorier i Teen Choice Awards.
- Vi fick läsa första kapitlet i Magisterium: The Iron Trial.
- Vi fick se ett schema för Cassies alla kommande böcker och vi konstaterade att vi kommer att varje år fram till minst 2020 få läsa en ny skuggjägarebok. De böcker vi kommer att få läsa är från serierna The Dark Artifices och The Last Hours.
- Det blev ingen vinst för City of Bones filmen under Teen Choice Awards. Vinsterna gick istället till konkurrenten Divergent.
- Det startades en namninsamling för City of Ashes filmen.
- Vi fick lite info av Cassie om varför det hade dröjt med inspelningarna av Stad av Aska. Bland annat så var manuset tvunget att skrivas om.
- Cassandra Clares och Holly Blacks nya serie Magisterium släppte första boken The Iron Trial den 9 september.
- Vi fick reda på att The Mortal Instruments kommer att bli en tv-serie. Där de kommer att börja om och starta hela serien från City of Bones.
- Vi fick reda på att dem noveller om Simon Lewis som Cassandra och några vänner kommer att släppa under 2015 har fått samlingsnamnet Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.
- Vi fick även veta namnen på alla noveller och när de planeras att släppas.
- Samt att vi även fick en kort summering av alla novellerna.
- Vi fick veta att första boken, Lady Midnight, i nya serien The Dark Artifices troligen kommer att släppas i slutet av 2015 eller i början av 2016. Det blev alltså framflyttat från våren 2015.
- Vi fick premilinär info om att fjärde TMI boken City of Fallen Angels kommer att släppas på svenska i juni 2015.
- Ytterligare boknyheter kom under oktober, då vi fick reda på att första Magisterium boken som fått svenska titeln Järnprovet kommer att släppas i början av 2015.
- The Bane Chronicles släpptes i bokform.
- Cassandra gav oss några svar angående TMI tv-serien.
- Vi fick se svenska omslaget till fjärde TMI-boken och då fick vi även reda på att boken kommer att ha titeln; Fallna Änglars Stad.
Cassandra pratar om skuggjägare, hennes inspiration till The Infernal Devices och kommande serien The Last Hours, och hon avslöjar även vilken karaktär från The Mortal Instruments som hon kommer att sakna mest.
So, what made you want to delve into the ancestry and universe of the Shadowhunters with the prequel, The Infernal Devices?
I initially created the world of the shadowhunters because I knew that I wanted to create a world I could spend a lot of time on and write different stories about. I made sure to make it a worldwide organisation, with a long history that went well back. I happened to be in London promoting City of Bones, and I was crossing Blackfriars Bridge. It was very foggy, and I had a sudden vision of two people, a girl and a boy in Victorian dress standing at the edge of the bridge. I went home and jotted it down and I thought about it, and it rolled around in my brain like a little bit of sand inside an oyster, until little bits of stories started to wrap around it. I have this whole story here of the ancestors of the kids in the City of Bones.
We hear you’re in the UK for inspiration, could you tell us a bit more about that?
I am in the UK for inspiration because I’m doing a follow on series to The Infernal Devices, called The Last Hours. It’s a re-telling of Great Expectations withShadowhunters…because why not! It’s set in 1903, so I’m doing a lot of locational research. I’m trying to figure out where to situate big scenes from books and also where all the characters live, and just walking about the city for that sort of inspiration.
Are you enjoying it?
I love London, and I’m always happy when I’m here. I get to be here for about 4 months this time, so I really get to settle in and get to experience the city on a day by day basis. It’s going to really allow me to explore corners of the city that I’ve never been to before and I’m really excited about it. I’m living in South Kensington, it’s like living in Mary Poppins!
Did you always know what was going to happen in TMI, or did this enfold as the series progressed? Did you have an idea in your head about what is going to happen?
I always had a pretty clear idea of what was going to happen. I would say that I kind of think of them as two trilogies. When I started City of Bones I knew exactly what was going to happen in City of Glass. When I first started the six book series, I thought of it as a three book series. Then I was going to do another series that was just about Simon but it didn’t develop that way. That was the one big change – I couldn’t write about Simon without writing about his friends too.
What do you think makes your book so popular?
I have no idea. I wish I did know. At least if I felt like I did know then every time I sat down to write a book I would feel like well what am I doing feeling. No matter how many books you’ve written, whenever you sit down to write a new book you always feel the same challenge – how do you shape this story into a book that people are going to love. I have often no idea why people love the stories or are attached to particular characters. All I can do is write a story that I know that I’m going to love.
Who are you going to miss writing about the most?
I think I’m going to miss Clary the most, as she was my first character, my first heroin and I love a lot of things about her. She’s very very, very unlike me and it has always been interesting for me to write from the POV of somebody who’s so unlike me: she’s super reckless, she’s very brave, she’s really artistic and I can’t even draw a straight line! She’s got lots of great qualities, and other qualities that are not so great. Although we are very dissimilar I’ve come to really love her over the years and I’m going to really miss writing about her
So your books give a really realistic portrayal of teenage relationships, portraying the whole spectrum of sexualities and relationships. How do you deal with any backlash?
You just have to except that you’re going to get that backlash. Having your book banned or taken from classrooms feels very bad, because you feel like you’re being told you’re doing something wrong. Also, you feel you’re your books are being denied to kids who might need to read them. There are also times when it has opened up conversations for me with people that I wouldn’t probably have conversations with normally. I’ve actually entered into debate with them and they’ve come to understand that these are my values, and that I have a right to express them. Although they don’t agree with me, they agree to consider my viewpoint. If you actually ask them direct questions such as, “is it that you want gay teenagers to feel unhappy and alone?” they always say no.
Eliza: How do you come up with all the sarcastic comments that make the Herondale boys who they are?
I am sarcastic, and some of my friends are sarcastic, so I’m well-equipped with a sarcasm incubation chamber. But then the characters themselves are also responsible. They each have their own senses of humor, and they come up with things that surprise me all the time!
People LOVE Magnus! We had a few different questions about him! Trevor O’reilly: What was the inspiration that led to the creation of Magnus Bane? He’s an awesome character with his own attitude and eccentric personality that’s always with him, no matter when or where he is.
Magnus came from multiple sources. Part of it was my desire to play with the idea of wizards and warlocks. We tend to think of them as Dumbledore types, very wise and old with long white beards. (In fact, sometimes people still say to me they picture Magnus as having a long scraggy beard, because he’s a warlock!) So I was trying to get at the opposite of that. I wanted to create an ancient warlock mentor figure who was also a guy who threw parties, who wore glitter and leather pants, who hid his wisdom under a party-boy facade. I never expected him to grow so important, he’d have his own book, but I’m very glad he did.
TheBookAddictedGirl: OK, I’m just as much dreading City of Heavenly Fire as I am freaking desperate for it…therefore: Can you give us an estimate about how crushed/destroyed/dead-inside City of Heavenly Fire will leave us? You know, in terms of: How long will I lie in the fetal position on my bed, comatose and beyond consolation; how many tubs of Ben & Jerry’s PhishFood ice cream will I need to eat; how many episodes of Friends/Big Bang Theory/How I Met Your Mother will I need to watch to cheer myself up; how long will I be unable to even consider picking up another book, knowing just how freaking scarred and heartbroken CoHF left me?
I posted about this on my tumblr recently. I have said that six people whose names we know will die in City of Heavenly Fire. (And there was a big banner that said WHO WILL SURVIVE across the teaser cover, but to be fair, I didn’t come up with that one!) I can see how that would be nerve-racking. I feel like there’s been a lot of character death floating around in various media lately, and I have been seeing much agony about it. Which I totally understand because character death often sends me off to bed with a fluffy cat and an ice pack.
Here’s what I can say about CoHF: I do think all the deaths matter. None of them happens for shock value or no reason or to get across the message that death is random and terrible. My goal is not to destroy lives or drown anyone in a bucket of feels, just to tell an enjoyable story and create an end point that hopefully people will feel does justice to the story that came before. I don’t want anyone to feel jerked around. I want things to feel earned and meaningful. I am not a fan of nihilism (bad things happen for no reason without a glimmer of hope)—which is not really an overall judgment call on nihilism, just a preference. The ending is not a despairing one. I believe in hope! I really do.
Radhika: Did you cry in any chapter? And if so, what was it called?
I cried a bit in the epilogue, but that was because I had to say good-bye to everyone as a writer. I don’t know if you’ll cry!
“Hi, Magnus. It’s Simon. You know me. Well, you called me Soames last time we spoke, but we’ve hung out. I’m calling to, uh … to—sorry if this is out of line—suggest that you maybe take Alec back.
“I think it would be good for morale. Honestly, Alec was really horrible to Clary when they first met, and if he turns all cranky again, I don’t know what Clary’s going to do. In those days, Clary had way fewer weapons and way fewer brothers.
“This time it’s different. Her boyfriend is on fire. She’s got enough problems. I guess what I’m saying is that we’d all appreciate it if you took one for the team.
“Not that I’m part of a Shadowhunter team. Shadowhunters don’t let vampires join the team.
“This message probably seems selfish, and also crazy. I honestly do feel bad for Alec. He’s a good guy. Much less annoying than Jace. I’ve always felt like, given the opportunity, we could be friends. Maybe bros. Maybe we could be bros who shoot arrows together.
“It may at this point be obvious that Isabelle forced me to make this phone call.”
FALL LIKE RAIN
The Los Angeles Institute, December 2007
On the day Emma Carstairs’s parents were killed, the weather was perfect.
On the other hand the weather was usually perfect in Los Angeles. Emma’s mother and father dropped her off on a clear winter morning at the Institute in the hills behind the Pacific Coast Highway, overlooking the blue ocean. The sky was a cloudless expanse that stretched from the cliffs of the Pacific Palisades to the beaches at Point Dume.
A report had come in the night before of demonic activity near the beach caves of Leo Carrillo. The Carstairs had been assigned to look into it. Later Emma would remember her mother tucking a windblown strand of hair behind her ear as she offered to draw a Fearless rune on Emma’s father, and John Carstairs laughing and saying he wasn’t sure how he felt about newfangled runes. He was fine with what was written in the Gray Book, thanks very much.
At the time, though, Emma was impatient with her parents, hugging them quickly before pulling away to race up the Institute steps, her backpack bouncing between her shoulders as they waved good-bye from the courtyard.
Emma loved that she got to train at the Institute. Not only did her best friend, Julian, live there, but she always felt as if she were flying into the ocean when she went inside it. It was a massive structure of wood and stone at the end of a long pebbled drive that wound through the hills. Every room, every floor, looked out over the ocean and the mountains and the sky, rippling expanses of blue and green and gold. Emma’s dream was to climb up onto the roof with Jules—though, so far they’d been foiled by parents—to see if the view stretched all the way to the desert in the south.
His face crumpled. “He hates me,” he said. “All I do is love him, but he hates me, he just hates me, I don’t know why.”
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“Some people see a power vacuum and they want to fill it. They don’t care who they hurt.”
“’Kind of looks like something out of World of Warcraft, doesn’t it?’ he said, gesturing around them at the blasted landscape, the ash-torn sky. ‘Only, you can’t just turn it off to get away.’”
“Strength is loyalty and unity, not dividing people with lies.”
“Eveyone should die with someone holding onto them.”
“Jace told me once you’d walk all over my heart in high-heeled boots, and it hasn’t stopped me.”
“Our love is forbidden like the love of a shark and a—and a shark hunter. But that’s what makes it special.”
- Stad av Glas
- City of Lost Souls
- Stad av Skuggor
- City of Fallen Angels
- Stad av Aska