THIS IS WHAT GOT ME INTO THE FANDOM. Maka goes looking for her father and ends of joining a dark circus while on the search. Set in the 1920s . Beautifully written, full of historically accurate details, and with some smut later on. Anything by Mindy ispretty good too
10 things we learned from seeing Cassandra Clare at YALC
Last Saturday, we saw YA fantasy writer Cassandra Clare talking to Sarah Rees Brennan at YALC. Here’s what we learned:
1. Cassandra’s next book will be Lady
Midnight, the first book in The Dark Artifices series. The series is set in
Los Angeles five years after the last book in The Mortal Instruments series,
City of Heavenly Fire, and follows Emma Carstairs, Julian Blackthorn and his
family, who appeared in COHF. The book is a murder mystery in which we
will collect clues on the way and includes a new class of specially-trained
elite Shadowhunters called Centurions. Cassandra found writing this book
different to writing her other books because of the new structure of the
mystery narrative. She also found it fun to write Emma’s character as, unlike
her other female protagonists Clary and Tessa, Emma is a “badass from the
start” and fights like a female Jace.
2. Lady Midnight will also feature some
of the main characters from The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices
series! In it, Tessa will take Jace and Clary on a tour of the Herondale Manor.
Tem and Jessa will get to know each other during the course of the book and
through Tessa, Jace will get to know more about his biological family.
Additionally, Jem and Tessa will be on their own spy mission, which will see
them disappear for a couple of years but Jem is always checking up on Emma, as
she is a Carstairs too.
3. Cassandra has also been working on Chain
of Gold, the first book in The Last Hours series, which is a sequel to her
other Shadowhunter series, The Infernal Devices. The events of The Last Hours
take place 20 years after the end of TID and the series focuses on the children
of Tessa and Will and their friends.
4. Cassandra hasn’t seen any of the upcoming
Shadowhunters TV series yet but she has met the actors. The characters are
going to be portrayed differently to how they are in the film. So far her
favourite actor is Alan Van Sprang, who plays Valentine and there is a chance
that Magnus Bane – played by dancer and former Glee star Harry Shum Jr – might
dance in the show!
5. If she was going to belong to one of the
Shadowhunter bloodlines, Cassandra thinks that she’d be a Fairchild as they
have red hair and freckles, but she’d like to be a Blackthorn because they’re a
big, close family and she missed that as an only child.
6. If she had to be a Downworlder, she’d want
to be a warlock because “living forever is cool” and warlocks don’t have to
deal with the same issues as vampires e.g. not being able to go out in the day
and the “disgusting” need to drink blood.
7. Out of all her characters, Cassandra would
most like to get stuck on a desert island with Magnus Bane because he could use
magic to escape. Sarah said she’d most like to get stranded with “strong and
sturdy” Gideon Lightwood
8. When collaborating on projects, Cassandra
works in different ways depending on who she’s working with. When writing the
Magisterium series with Holly Black, they sit in the same room and take it in
turns to write a couple of paragraphs before passing it back to the other
person. For The Bane Chronicles, which she writes with Maureen Johnson and
Sarah Rees Brennan, they send each other their work via email. They have also roleplayed
some of the characters – once Sarah Rees Brennan was Jace and Holly Black was
9. Cassandra likes writing about relationships
that involve people who are different. She found Magnus and Alec’s relationship
fun to write and enjoyed seeing the power balance between Isabelle and Simon
change, as well as finding it interesting to cross class barriers when creating
the relationship between Sophie and Gideon in The Infernal Devices.
10. Regarding her writing, she finds working on both
novels and short stories difficult in different ways. For example, in short
stories, you have to convey a lot in not much space. When writing from
alternating point of views, the thing she finds hardest is working out the
logistics and the times in different zones.
Irish author Sarah Rees Brennan, author of the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy, is back with a new YA novel, Tell the Wind and Fire, this spring. The title comes from a passage in Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities: "Tell Wind and Fire where to stop … but don’t tell me.” Here’s the book’s official description: “In a world of opulent magic and merciless violence, two boys share a dangerous connection. One girl guards their secret.