City of Heavenly Fire hits next week and as excited as I am, I am also dreading it too? Why? Cause it’s the end of an era. I know, I know – there are lots more Shadowhunter series to come. I am excited for that, but I am also a little sad. Jace was one of my first book boyfriends and this series was one of the first that I loved.
It’s been such a journey watching this all come to life.
Over the next few days, several blogs will be highlighting the books in the series, and it’s our honor to start The Mortal Instruments Wrap Up Tour with City of Bones. The book was first released March 27, 2007.
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.
Cassie answered some questions specifically for us. But there are a lot more questions and answers to come this week. Here’s the schedule –
Now that you have reached the end of this particular part of the Shadowhunter story and you look back – is there anything that you would change in the first book to set up the others differently?
Not really. I mean, I always want to go back in time and write better! I was just figuring things out with City of Bones. I look at it and go, “oh, that’s klutzy.” But you have to accept what you’ve already written and move forward from that, and even when I am dissatisfied with City of Bones, I know it’s made a remarkably good, flexible base for me to develop other stories from.
Sometimes characters become like children and even though parents deny it, everyone has a favorite child. So which one of your characters is your favorite child?
Do they? I was an only child! Not a lot of options for my parents! I can’t pick favorites, but I’m most like Simon and Tessa, personally.
What has been the most satisfying part of writing this series? The hardest part?
Getting to see all my plans come to their conclusion and sharing them with readers is the best! The hardest part was keeping all the details straight. There’s so much worldbuilding to keep up with. I have these vast stacks of notes and also, thank God, the Codex. I use it as much as a Shadowhunter would.
There is so much coming up in the Shadowhunter universe. In five words can you give your fans a sneak peek of what they have to look forward to?
I am so exited about what’s coming up. There’s two more Shadowhunter series in the works right now. The first one is The Dark Artifices, which concentrates on Emma Carstairs, a young Shadowhunter woman who, as we see in City of Heavenly Fire, really lost everything in the terrible events of Sebastian’s war on Shadowhunters. The scars of what happens in CoHF remain on the Shadowhunter world, and they shape her life and the life of her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, and their unique relationship. The Blackthorns are a big family and it’s huge fun to write them. Then there’s the Last Hours, which deals with the children of the characters from Infernal Devices. Edwardian London is so fun to write, and these characters are also a delight — Cordelia Carstairs, who is so spunky and feisty, and dreamy Lucie, who wants to be a writer, and James Herondale, just as tortured as all the other Herondale boys, and his sweet parabatai, Matthew. Plus, it’s a retelling of Great Expectations, one of my favorite books. I’m having so much fun with them all.
You have written a strong female lead in Clary that young girls can look up to. How hard is it to write a character that people want to be like? Is it harder or easier to write a role model?
Readers seem to relate most to Clary’s identity as an ordinary person. She doesn’t turn out to be completely ordinary, but she remains a down-to-earth character. People relate to her love of art and anime, her stubbornness, the dilemmas she faces. So she’s kind of anunusual role model. She’s got a ‘by any means necessary’ attitude that sometimes gets her into trouble. She certainly doesn’t always make good decisions, but she learns from her mistakes, and she isn’t afraid to make them. I think that’s valuable in its own right.