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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Walker Books Acquires NEW Cassandra Clare Trilogy: The Last Hours!

To the delight of many of us Shadowhunter fans, Cassandra Clare announced yesterday that she has a NEW BOOK DEAL!! Her deal is with Walker Books, who's based in the UK. The deal is for a new series called: TLH, or THE LAST HOURS. This three book series includes books:
  1. Chain of Thorns
  2. Chain of Gold
  3. Chain of Iron
The series is a retelling of Great Expectation's includes characters who lived during the The Midnight Heir installment. Here's more on what Cassie said in yesterday's announcement, which was post here.
The beans are spilled! TLH, yes, stands for The Last Hours. 
The Last Hours is a new Shadowhunters series set in 1903. It deals with Will and Tessa’s children, James and Lucie Herondale, as well as Cordelia Carstairs, Charlotte and Henry’s children, Tatiana Blackthorn’s children, the Lightwood kids, and many more. 1903 is right around the time the Victorian era tips over into the Edwardian era — beautiful clothes, fabulous history and so much more that I’m excited to write about! (I’ve even been keeping a crazy Pinterest board for inspiration.)
The title is taken from the book Great Expectations, of which the series is a retelling: those of you who’ve read The Midnight Heir installment of the Bane Chronicles probably have some ideas about certain of the characters!
You have been in every line I have ever read, since I first came here, the rough common boy whose poor heart you wounded even then. You have been in every prospect I have ever seen since — on the river, on the sails of the ships, on the marshes, in the clouds, in the light, in the darkness, in the wind, in the woods, in the sea, in the streets. You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with. The stones of which the strongest London buildings are made, are not more real, or more impossible to be displaced by your hands, than your presence and influence have been to me, there and everywhere, and will be. Estella, to the last hours of my life, you cannot choose but remain part of my character, part of the little good in me, part of the evil. — Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
There will be three books: Chain of Thorns, Chain of Gold, and Chain of Iron — also a reference to Great Expectations.
(“Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day." — Great Expectations)
The books will interconnect with The Dark Artifices trilogy as two separate trilogies that are also the stories of the Blackthorns, Herondales and Carstairs, much like TMI and The Infernal Devices interconnected despite taking place in different time periods and locations. The exact order of publication isn’t decided yet. Lady Midnight, the first of the Dark Artifices, will certainly be the next Shadowhunter book coming out, and I’ll keep you up to date on the publication order when it’s nailed down.
I hope you’re looking forward to reading about Jem, Tessa and Will and their immediate families and descendants as much as I am looking forward to writing about them!

YAY! I am so excited about this news! I love that this series not only has Great Expectations references, but it will be a retelling of it with Shadowhunters. SOLD! Congratulations to Cassie!!

City Of Heavenly Fire Teaser Featuring Julian & Emma

Cassandra Clare was full of all sorts of exciting surprises yesterday. From her new book news (see above post), to THIS!
Julian’s skin was cold, as if he’d been leaning out the window into the night air. She turned his hand and drew with her finger on his bare forearm. It was something they’d done since they were small children and didn’t want to get caught talking during lessons. Over the years they’d gotten so good at it that they could map out detailed messages on each other’s hands, arms, even their shoulders through their T-shirts.
D-I-D Y-O-U E-A-T? she spelled out.
Julian shook his head, still staring at Livvy and Ty. His curls were sticking up in tufts as if he’d been raking his hands through his hair. She felt his fingers, light on her upper arm. N-O-T H-U-N-G-R-Y. 

When asked about them, here's what else she had to say:

You sent me a smiley face!!! I feel so special!!! so i was just wondering, Julian and Emma are gonna be in CoHF but we don’t really know them that well. so are we gonna get to know them in CoHF? cause i’m already shipping them but i don’t really KNOW them. you know? Stay awesome Cassandra!!! -fangirlfromshanghai — spiffy2020
I am a fan of the smiley face. It contains multitudes.
I do think you will get to know Julian and Emma in City of Heavenly Fire. There is a lot about them. The first notes my editor sent me back on the draft of CoHF were about Emma and Jules.
The hope was to introduce you to the whole family, including Tiberius and Livvy, and Drusilla and even Tavvy (though he is about 2.) It is worth remembering Jules and Emma are only twelve! They have a partnership, extremely focused around the littler kids, but not a great romance …though the seeds of something else are there.

I can't wait for May!