The Mortal Instruments Final Blog Tour: Cassie Clare Looks Back on City of Ashes (Exclusive)

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Next Tuesday marks the end of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Oh, sure, Clare is still working on an assortment of spin-off series featuring the Shadowhunters … but not THESE Shadowhunters. Next week, we embark on our final journey with Clary, Jace, Simon, Alec, Izzy, and all the rest with the release of City of Heavenly Fire. To celebrate, Cassie is stopping by several blogs to look back on all of the books that have come before in The Mortal Instruments series. Plus, we’ve got an awesome GIVEAWAY to celebrate, too!

City of AshesToday, Cassie stops by to talk with us about City of Ashes,the second book in The Mortal Instruments series. Thanks for talking time out of your VERY busy schedule, Cassie! Read on below, and keep scrolling for contest information, too!

When CITY OF ASHES first came out, it was the second book in what we readers thought would be a trilogy. Did you have any idea back then that you’d continue the series with three more books? Had you started conceiving the ideas for any of the spin-off series yet?

I originally had the idea that after CoG I would spin off into a story that centered around Simon. There was even the idea that it would be a graphic novel — there’s very early drafts of the graphic novel script lying around! When I started to work on it seriously though I realized it wouldn’t work for me. I had too much left to say about the other characters, especially Jace, Clary, Magnus and Alec.

cassie clareThe scene in which Clary must kiss the “one she most desires” to escape the Seelie Court must have been controversial at the time. Fans know now that she and Jace aren’t siblings — but that reveal hadn’t been made yet. What are some of the most memorable reactions you remember hearing from readers at the time?

It was mostly variations on “AUUGHHHHHH HOW COULD YOU” — it was VERY controversial. I think after City of Bones a lot of people thought “Oh, guess Jace is Clary’s brother, and she’ll be with Simon” and boy did they not expect the Jace and Clary romance to barrel full speed ahead anyway. But I think they also found they wanted it to happen. It’s a really heartbreaking scene and at the end I think a lot of people were rooting for Jace and Clary without wanting to!

I know the status of a CITY OF ASHES movie has sort of been up in the air lately, but if and when it does make it to the big screen, what scene are you most looking forward to seeing adapted and why?

Valentine’s ship coming apart. Because that would be a great action scene!

We know you have lots more planned for the Shadowhunters, but this is sort of the last hurrah for this core group of characters who first introduced us to this world. What do you think you’ll miss most about this group of Shadowhunters?

Well, I’ll still get to spend time in the Shadowhunter world, which I am happy about, but this does mean saying goodbye. Which is about saying goodbye to these specific characters. I may get to write about Shadowhunters again, but not these Shadowhunters. I won’t get to write another Jace, another Clary, another Alec. Every character is different. I’ll miss their banter and interactions.

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city of heavenly fireHere’s where you can find all of Cassie’s Q&A sessions about The Mortal Instruments series:

To celebrate the finale to The Mortal Instruments, we’re giving away a hoodie and a signed copy of City of Ashes.

To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form here & comment below – which book in The Mortal Instruments series has been your favorite so-far, and why! (Contest is open to U.S. only.)

Contest is open through 5/31 at midnight (PT).

Tune in on Monday for yet another awesome contest celebrating City of Heavenly Fire.

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26 responses to “The Mortal Instruments Final Blog Tour: Cassie Clare Looks Back on City of Ashes (Exclusive)

  1. I’m going with City of Glass, but of the action and emotion. I loved how strong Clary became throughout. Plus the awesome fight scenes! Can’t wait to read CoHF, but I’m said to see this group of characters move on. I agree with Clare, I’m going to miss their banter, too

  2. I really love City of Glass! There’s a lot of action in it and I loved seeing everything come together. The anticipation at the end of the book was so intense, I couldn’t put the book down!

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  4. I want to point out that as much as I love her continuing the series, had she stop at City of Glass we wouldn’t have to deal with sic characters dying.

    • I don’t have a favorite book of the series I love each one! But I do love City of Glass, and City of Lost Souls, but my favorite cover is COHF

  5. Jasmine Zhang

    Definitely City of Glass. Why? Sebastian. I love how he’s just so manipulative and becomes entwined in with their lives in Idris. He’s so slippery and clever, and had everyone fooled that he was the original Sebastian Verlac. But he seemed so thoughtful and considerate, helping Clary with the Book of White and all. BUT KILLING MAX AND KISSING CLARY IS A BIG NO NO. Our OTPs Clace and Malec definitely. When Clary walked in on Jace and Aline, I was tempted to throw my book across the room (except I was in a comfortable position and my book is precious and shouldn’t be hurt). But when Jace and Clary started making out, it was all warm and fuzzy again. BUT MALEC! I love how Alec just decides he doesn’t care anymore and kisses Magnus right in front of everyone, including his parents. Tears of joy. City of Glass was pretty much my favorite book in the series (so far, although COHF might change that) and people are getting pretty annoyed of me recommending it.

  6. I think it would have to be City of Lost Souls because it has the most Sebastian. He’s a very interesting character. I don’t think he’s evil just for the sake of being evil. If he were, that’d be boring. Clearly he’s lonely. I’m hoping he’ll somehow get a happy ending in CoHF. I liked this scene where Valentine tells him why Jocelyn left. It was drawn by a fan, but Cassandra Clare wrote the dialogue, so it’s cannon. You’ll have to scroll down to see it. http://cassandraclare.tumblr.com/search/Jonathan+Christopher+MorgensternAll the books are good though.

  7. Amoolya Paruchuri

    My favorite is City of Glass. It was the best written in my opinion, and I loved the plot, the action, the final hookups, and ESPECIALLY the sexy devil known as Jonathan Christopher Morgenstern.

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  9. All of the books of TMI are great but I do think I enjoy City of Fallen Angels the most. For starters Clare writes more about Simon, his personality as he is coming to terms with being a vampire; not just physically and mentally but also emotionally. Next there is the romance with Clary and Jace. They finally are an official couple, not all is perfect but they both love and trust each other enough to overcome the predicaments that come their way especially at the end of the book when Clary, Simon, and Jace are fighting against Lilith on the rooftop; their love for one another is a “love that moves the sun and the other stars.”

  10. All of the books of TMI are great but I think I enjoyed City of Fallen Angels the most. For starters Clare writes more about Simon, how he is coping with all of the major changes in his life; not just physically and mentally but also emotionally. Next there is of course the romance of Clary and Jace. There are quite a few strains on their relationship, Sebastian for one, the secret between the two about what happened to Jace at Lake Lyn, the Greater Demon, Lilith. But their love for one another is the one thing that gets them through it all. Their love is a “love that moves the sun and the other stars.”

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  12. I loved City of Glass. I was mind blown several times and really loved the drama between Clary and Jace, and the plot!

  13. My favorite TMI book would be City Of Glass because all kind things go down in this book. we see Sebastian come into to play ,see he isnt who we think he is.We get to see loads’ of action and lots of clace moments too.

  14. My favorite book is City of Ashes. After finishing City of Bones I was so eager to jump further into the story. I really enjoyed CoA because I loved learning more about the other Downworlders. Visiting the Seelie Court, learning more about Simon’s transformation and the boat scene are all reasons the second book is the best!

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway and giving us all a chance to win! By the angel – I hope it’s me! :)

  15. My favorite book is City of Lost Souls. This book stood out from the others because of Jace’s involvement with Sebastian. I found it interesting how Clary remained faithful that she would do whatever she could to help Jace. This book showed sides of each character we hadn’t seen before.

  16. My favorite is City of Glass because of the amazing plot twist and gripping fighting scenes. Nothing will beat the revealing of Jace and Clary being “siblings”, but I loved the addition of Sebastian (as much as anyone can actually like that character but he’s crucial in the story). Sebastian and Clary being the actual siblings allows Jace and Clary to be together, YES! And the almost final scene where Clary saves Jace is just heartbreaking.

  17. My favorite is City of Lost Souls because Cassandra developed every character nicely in this book and I love the different scenes and places she goes into detail about in this book

  18. the very first book because it got me hooked on the series.

  19. The city of glass was my favorite. I felt like there was a ton going on and I was captivated the whole time.

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  21. My favorite book would have to be City Of Bones because to me it’s the book that made me fall in love with The Mortal Instruments series and it pulled me into reading Cassandra Clare.

  22. My favorite book so far has been City of Glass, it was the beginning to the end. When Clary chose Jace as what she wanted from the angel I swooned so bad. I swooned throughout the whole book.

  23. I’ve only read city of Bones, I liked it. Magnus Bane is funny. My sister begged me to enter this giveaway.

  24. I have only read the first novel so that would be my favorite!

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