I have received quite a few messages about The Bane Chronicles, which is most pleasing! And most of them have gone like this: ‘SARAH YOU FILTHY TEASE, WHERE CAN WE FIND J.H.?’

Here’s where…

The link of the title will take you to all the fine Chronicles of Bane and purchases thereof, but here’s the skinny on…

#4: The Midnight Heir

by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan | July 23, 2013

In Edwardian London, Magnus Bane discovers old friends and new enemies—including the son of his former comrade Will Herondale. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles. 

Magnus thought he would never return to London, but he is lured by a handsome offer from Tatiana Blackthorn, whose plans—involving her beautiful young ward—are far more sinister than Magnus even suspects. In London at the turn of the century, Magnus finds old friends, and meets a very surprising young man … the sixteen-year-old James Herondale.

On the Princess Bus tour, Maureen left us and Cassie and I–to console ourselves for our loss–began to tell each other a story. Cassie’s Team, the two lovely men who lived on the bus with us, grew progressively more puzzled as they wound in and out to bring us bagels and tell us jokes. They kept hearing us screech 'Grace!’ 'Matthew!’ and 'Cordelia!’ Sometimes also 'Bang! Bang!’ and 'He’s going to be a total fashion plate.’

CASSIE: If I were to write about the Infernal Devices descendants, I’d want lots of interwoven families and tangled love affairs…

SARAH: You know what I like? Gentlemen’s clubs where people shoot stuff. Gothic shizz. Manors. Ruins. Curses. Misery!

CASSIE: I love misery too.

SARAH AND CASSIE: *sro fistbump*

CASSIE: James’s hair will be black and his eyes will be gold.

BUS GUYS: You guys have been talking about this guy for TWO DAYS and you don’t know what colour his hair and eyes are?

… I think the bus guys thought J.H. was a friend of ours. Possibly a friend we were plotting against.

In a way, they were right.

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


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, Christopher, who is the younger brother of the ever so sophisticated Anna Lightwood.

The Last Hours Theories

It says in the Shadowhunters Codex that a new set of accords were passed in 1903. GUESS WHAT ELSE HAPPENS IN 1903. THE LAST HOURS.

I feel like James and Lucie Herondale are going to be discriminated against because they are half warlock AND THAT JUST MAKES ME REALLY MAD OK. 


TMI alphabet:

G: Gabriel and Gideon Lightwood

Gabriel Lightwood is a Shadowhunter in the London Enclave. He is the second child of Benedict Lightwood and the brother of Gideon and Tatiana. 

Gideon Lightwood is the eldest child of Benedict Lightwood and Barbara Pangborn. (SPOILER CP2) He later went on to marry the mundane Sophie Collins, who underwent Ascension and has become a Shadowhunter.

so if the main characters of tlh are 16/17 and it takes place in 1903 then it’ll probably be about christopher lightwood (16), james herondale (17), grace cartwright (17), and i’m assuming cordelia carstairs because of james even though she’d be 18 (unless her birthday is later in the year i guess).  so then thomas lightwood could also be a main character since he’d be around 18 as well…

(TLH and The Midnight Heir Spoilers ahead)

Now, we all know the Cassandra Jean seasons pictures. I think that they’re set after that series is over. This is based on the winter picture of the TID gang, because Jessamine is a ghost, Gideon and Sophie, and Gabriel and Cecily are together. So the TLH picture might also be after the series ends. As in the Lightwoods figure out what Tatiana is up to, rescue Grace, it turns out she’s really a Cartwright, she falls in love with Christopher, and the picture is of James being depressed and Lucie telling Cordelia, “Hey, maybe you could cheer James up?” and that’s how the series ends?


In TLH Cordelia is in love with James since she was a child and in the family tree she marries James and not Grace who is James’ (Pip) Estella.

Biddy = Cordelia

“She acts as Estella’s foil.”

 foil is a character that serves the purpose of making another characters traits or ideas more apparent. Usually by being “the opposite”. 

Cassie did say that Cordelia is a scapegrace which means she’s a mischievous or maybe even a little mean (maybe a little like James’ father?). Her being a scapegrace may have led people, and james’ attention, to Grace who might be, as Tatiana (Miss Havisham) trained her, the most beautiful and most graceful charmer/deciever then. 

“Pip ignores her affections for him as he fruitlessly pursues Estella.”

of course we all know he’s sooooo in love with Grace, tried to harm himself even, so how can he possibly notice Cordelia if he’s blinded by the Grace.

“he returns to claim Biddy as his bride, only to find out she married Joe

I have a feeling that Joe might be Matthew?? I don’t know. just a guess.

Joe and Pip are friends, i don’t remember if they were best friends or something but they were friends. It could be possible that Matthew and Cordelia or Cordelia and another get married, we don’t know, its a possibility that James might have the same stupidity of timing with regards to proclaiming their love to the woman meant for them, like his father.

But of course Cassie would do a lot of plot twists and stuff there about the whole Pip-Biddy-Estella thing just like what she did on Tale of two cities story in TID. 

Regarding TID. *spoiler* Will’s death is actually a reference to Tale of two Cities so is Jem and Tessa’s engagement and Will’s stupidity over screwing up his chance with her. which means Will’s death is actually a thing that follows ToTC’s story and not Cassie’s own evil plan to make us cry for weeks or more. In ToTC Sydney Carton dies and Sydney is Will so to follow the story she has to do it. I think?

Back to TLH..

Estella’s husband dies so Christopher Lightwood (Grace’s husband, as written in the family tree) might die. I have a feeling that Grace and Christopher’s marriage is the arranged one that Cassie said before.

As for Matthew and Grace’s “odd” relationship I don’t know what that is.. I have this thought at the back of my mind that it might be that Grace seduces Matthew as she is trained to do but I don’t think that is likely to happen. 

.. and matthew could be gay??? we dont know.


“Grace lowered her sword, nothing more. It’s point rested gently on the ground. Her hand did not shake, and her lashes screened her eyes. ‘What do I care for James Herondale?’ she asked. “

“I thought you might. After all, a blade does not get to choose where it is pointed.”

The Midnight Heir, by Cassandra Clare