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Hi Cassie, I have a couple of questions and I hope you do have time to answer them. 1. Is Ghosts of the Shadow Market replacing the ten The Last Hours short stories? Please say no, I’m so much looking forward to TLH/the stories!
Hello! No, GoTSM is not replacing those short stories. Those stories are only about the Last Hours characters, where there are only two short stories in GoTSM about the TLH characters — one about Matthew Fairchild, and one about Anna Lightwood. Plus, the free TLH short stories were always meant to be very short vignettes, where the GoTSM stories are 10,000+ word novellas. Also, the GoTSM short stories all feature Jem. They’re not related at all!
2. Didn’t you say that Queen of Air and Darkness was supposed to be released in FALL 2018? December 2018 is so far away! I’m sad it’s over a year until the new book although I’m going to (impatiently) wait for it.
I know it seems like a long time! When I started serious work on Queen, it was already summer 2017 and the book has to be finished by early 2018 to ensure publication in 2018 at all (that’s not a lot of time to write and edit a 220,000 word book). I was told publication would be in Fall, and then recently I was told the specific date – Dec 4. Now to be fair to the publishing industrial complex, this is Fall as far as they are concerned. There are only two publishing seasons, spring and fall. Spring is the first half of the year, fall the second half. December is a fall publication because there is no winter. So there is no contradiction — just a later pub date than we’d all probably like, but a date that I strongly suspect was as soon as they could possibly get it.
3. What happened to all the bonus stories that were going to be in the anniversary edition? I love your books and thanks for answering your fan questions <3
I really don’t know what happened there? I have seen a few people say they thought there were going to be bonus stories — i.e. old extras I’ve written that appeared in special editions of past books — included in the anniversary edition. However, while I remember discussing that with my publisher, they came down very firmly on the side of not doing that because the bonus content would have contained enormous spoilers for later books (since I think there’s only been one extra scene that actually took place during CoB: Jace’s POV on the greenhouse scene) and they had to assume that even though this is a special edition, it would be some people’s first introduction to City of Bones.
That is why The Clave Files, which is the piece that is included and was written specifically for the Anniversary Edition, is set specifically between Bones and Ashes, so nothing is spoiled for new readers. S&S overall thought people would be happier to get new background on the book characters (like their birthdays) than see stories that had already been published and are available to read on my website. They might have been wrong! I can’t say, but I do love the Files, and I think the art and illustrations in the Anniversary Edition are gorgeous, so I hope people aren’t disappointed and I’m sorry if there was misinformation out there.
cordeliafairchild said:My tenth anniversary edition of city of bones arrived and it is so beautiful! I especially love the character portraits and the illustrations throughout the book that take up an entire page. I remember hearing somewhere that we would find out Jace’s real birthday from this book, the calves files have it to be in the spring/summer, when I thought it was actually in the winter? Thanks!!
We couldn’t include Jace’s real birthday in the Clave Files, because in order to avoid major series spoilers, we had to make the files a historical document from the point in time between CoB and CoA, when Jace didn’t know who he really was and neither did Imogen, who created the Files. His real birthday is in winter. Don’t worry, you will find out what it is, and pretty soon — we have some fun stuff planned to celebrate book!Jace’s birthday…
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waterlilyvioletfog said: Hi Cassie! In your most recent Q&A you said that Annabel is the villain of QoAaD, rather than the person we would expect, the Seelie Queen. I had assumed in LoS and LM that Annabel was the victim of all of this, that her lashing out at the end of LoS was her reaction to being grilled under the Mortal Sword. Did I read the scene wrong, or is there more to it? Was Annabel manipulating Malcolm or something? I’m a bit confused. Thanks!
Annabel is a complicated character, and I agree that it’s reductive to call her a villain and leave it at that. One of the interesting things about Malcom and Annabel is that they were once good people who have been twisted and turned by the tragic circumstances of their lives into something else, something dangerous. But the terrible things that happened to Malcolm don’t justify all the murders he committed, and likewise, the trials Annabel lived through (and died from) don’t excuse the fact that she murdered Livvy and Robert. That’s the type of action that is very, very hard to come back from. Will Annabel do anything in Queen of Air and Darkness that would move her towards some form of redemption? You’ll have to wait and see. What I will say is that Annabel has her own motivations and priorities that are quite different from those of any other character in the series, and in QuAD you’ll get to see more of what those motivations are.
One could make the same arguments for the Seelie Queen really, in terms of villainy — she does what she thinks is right for her people, she is working to free a captive from the King. It’s not as if she never does anything understandable or with an understandable motivation; while it doesn’t excuse her actions, she’s as complex as Annabel in her way. It’s true that the Seelie Queen is a type of villain who tends to manipulate people from the shadows, which is very different than lashing out the way Annabel did at the end of Lord of Shadows. The Queen would never get blood on her own hands; she prefers to manipulate other people into doing her dirty work for her. She and Annabel are examples of two types of antagonists; which one you think is “more” villainous is subjective.
I understand your question, in the sense that it has not seemed like Annabel is the main villain of TDA. That’s because she isn’t. TDA is a story that doesn’t have one main villain, unlike TID and TMI, where we had Mortmain, Valentine, and Sebastian neatly taking center stage as the primary villain for three books each. TDA is structured differently— it’s a story that has several villains: Malcolm, The Cohort, The Unseelie King, The Seelie Queen, and yes, Annabel.
Annabel’s primacy on the cover has a lot to do with her importance to the Blackthorns and her significance to the themes of the books. Annabel and Malcolm have been there from the beginning, modeling a relationship that mirrors Emma and Julian’s. They were in love, but that love was forbidden and had terrible consequences. Grief drove both of them to do extreme things. That’s Julian and Emma’s potential story, depending on how they react to the end of Lord of Shadows, and depending on how the curse plays out. The Seelie Queen is no more a villain here that she has been before: she meddles, she messes things up for our characters, she gets them in danger, she has her own agenda. She is not, however, a thematic mirror for our protagonists — only Annabel is that.
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In the early nineteenth century, Tobias Herondale abandoned his fellow Shadowhunters in the heat of battle and left them to die. His life was forfeit, but Tobias never returned, and the Clave claimed his wife’s life in exchange for Tobias’s. Simon and his fellow students are shocked to learn of this brutality, especially when it is revealed the woman was pregnant. But what if the child survived…could there be a lost Herondale line out in the world today?