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!
Today, 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.
The 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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- May 22nd – Fangirlish – City of Bones
- May 23rd – Novel Novice – City of Ashes
- May 24th – TMI Source – City of Glass
- May 25th – Hypable – City of Fallen Angels
- May 26th – Dark Readers – City of Lost Souls
- May 27th – Mundie Moms – City of Heavenly Fire
- May 28th – Wondorous Reads – The Bane Chronicles
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.