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Hey Shadowhunters! Will you be at NYCC Comicon? Make sure to stop by the Simon and Schuster booth (#2128) Thursday… twitter.com/i/web/status/10428…
Q&A - is Tessa the first person to have made out with a Silent Brother? ... tmblr.co/ZAIltw2bycHOT
Hey Shadowhunters! Will you be at NYCC Comicon? Make sure to stop by the Simon and Schuster booth (#2128) Thursday -Sunday and grab this exclusive poster of Ash from Queen of Air and Darkness, art by Charlie Bowater. If you don’t remember Ash, we caught a brief glimpse of him when Dru traveled to Faerie in Lord of Shadows – he’s back in Queen of Air and Darkness with a more significant role to play and several years older – that time in Faerie works differently thing is strange and interesting indeed! #qoaad #tsc #tda
claraml12 said: Hey cassie! first, thank you. We know that this is a very difficult time for you and we appreciate everything you do for us. That being said, WOW the wicked ones was so good!! But also i couldn’t stop myself from feeling so bad for Celine. Not only her life was so horrible but also her death and the way she is remembered i feel like it doesn’t do her justice. I guess what i want to know is: will Jace learn more about his mom? Where she came from and why she did the things she did?
Aw, Robin and I are so pleased you liked it! Céline’s life was a tragedy, but I do think part of the tragedy was that because of her parents and because of Valentine, she felt she had to keep so much of herself a secret. Nobody else ever got the chance to really know her. She also never got the chance to be a mom: we don’t know what she would have thought of being a mother, or whether she wanted to be one. Given how her own parents treated her, I think we can say with confidence that she would have been horrified to see Jace in Valentine’s hands, and grateful to Maryse for taking Jace into her heart and being his living, loving, imperfect but trying mother. Evil often brings injustice with it, and there are too many women who rest in forgotten tombs: we told this story because we wanted to let you guys in on the before-untold story of Céline. Only you know her secrets. That said, Jem is able to tell Jace a little.
lvciecarstairs said: Is alastair getting a love interest in tlh? Do we know them yet?
–Yes indeed, and yes. That is to say… Alastair is getting at least one. And we know at least one of them. (Where’s the fun, if love is not a complicated thing… and Alastair’s love life is definitely complicated!)
liviablackthornswatch said: Hi Cassie! Will we see Kit in Through Blood, Through Fire?
Yes indeed you will!
celine-carstairs said: towards the end of her life did Céline ever lose her trust and faith in valentine?
Céline died under mysterious circumstances. She never had 100% trust and faith in Valentine–she was far more invested in her love for Stephen, and would have been devastated to lose him, as she’d put so much of her hope for happiness in him, and when they were married I am sure Stephen was at least kind to her. Whether that meant she took her own life when she did lose him, or if it meant she tried to bolt while pregnant with a child Valentine wanted and was stopped from doing so… well, either way, I don’t think Céline ended her life feeling much trust or faith in Valentine at all.
hot-faerie-threesome said: Hi Cassie! Thanks for being a effing queen! I ABSOLUTELY LOVED ADL, and had a quick question, is Tessa the first person to have made out with a Silent Brother? Cause that’s pretty cool. On another note, I remember reading that there would be short stories/novellas (?) about the TLH gang leading up to the release of Chain of Gold? I know it’s down the line but I just can’t wait to read about them ♥️ Love and thank you for existing and writing, I hope all our love can help mitigate the absurd hate.
My readers are the greatest comfort I can imagine. You are all so lovely to come and love my characters, and fill the world I’ve imagined with your company, and I believe love is always stronger than hate. Thank you for the love!
I think Tessa is probably the first person to have ever made out with a Silent Brother, yes–the Silent Brothers are very remote and thus removed from those kinds of urges, and people don’t often have those urges around them! (No offence to Brother Enoch, a very striking man.) It’s a testament to Jem’s own heart, and to his attachment to Tessa, and hers to him, that he was kept closer to humanity than any other Silent Brother and thus the human love he cherished, and that she guarded for him when he could not.
… Of course it’s POSSIBLE that someone took a wild hair and macked on Brother Enoch. Don’t hate the silent player, hate the silent game!
There are going to be vignettes in Chain of Gold–short stories in which we see crucial events from the past of the characters–and we’re thinking that we will release them early as a taster for what’s coming: how James first met Grace, how Lucie first met Jesse, and different takes on things we’ve already seen–Anna’s love life, Matthew’s sins, and the time James, Matthew, Thomas, Christopher and Alastair spent at Shadowhunter Academy. And you never know what else you might get. ;)
We’re coming up on a Shadowhunters fiesta, with Queen of Air and Darkness, then Red Scrolls, then the release of the bindup and last stories of Ghosts of the Shadow Market, and then Chain of Gold! I hope you will like it all, and I am really excited for you guys to start on the adventure of the Last Hours with me!
epineclaire said: Hello Cassie, so I finished reading the Wicked Ones this morning and LOVED it! I have so many question, but the most important ones are did Stephen ever feel something for Cèline and did he say what he said to Robert just because he didn’t want to admit it? And was Valentine genuine in his behaviour towards Cèline or was it just Valentine being the manipulative person that he is? It felt like he really meant what he told her. PS: loved that interaction between Cèline and Rosemary! Thank you.
I’m so happy you enjoyed, especially the interaction between our two heroines! The two Herondale Mamas have some interesting parallels and characteristics, especially in the choices they make. This story could also be called ‘Brother Zachariah Is Turned Down By Morally Ambiguous Blondes’: they are both too afraid, and understandably so, to trust him with their secrets and their safety. Jem symbolizes a chance both of them lose.
Valentine was a manipulative person, as we know from the fact he exploited and manipulated a lot of people to join his hate group. He was a cult leader, essentially, and he went for weaknesses–Stephen and Robert and Cèline all had essential flaws and poor senses of self, and Valentine seemed to offer them shining certainty. Yet that doesn’t mean Valentine didn’t mean what he told her, and Valentine also did plenty of lying to himself. See City of Glass, in which it’s pointed out that Valentine didn’t want Sebastian with him when he called Raziel–that he’d be ashamed to have Sebastian there with him, even though he deliberately created Sebastian and there is no way to hide your sins from heaven! Valentine was definitely manipulating Cèline, but that doesn’t mean he was lying to her–he probably convinced himself that what he was saying to her was true, and that he was doing this for her own good. Insofar as he thought of her good at all… which wasn’t much. Valentine was very ready to hurt Jocelyn, whom he loved. Cèline was always an acceptable casualty to him.
Shortly before he died, Stephen Herondale wrote a letter to Jace in which he described Amatis as “the woman I love” and Cèline as “a girl I did not know” and “child-bride I barely knew.“ Did he feel something for her? Yes. In the letter it says 'I loved her, in my fashion, just as in my heart, I was faithful to Amatis.’ He felt sorry for Cèline, who he knew her family had brutalized, and he may well have been attracted to her in this story and felt a little guilty about it–or he might not!–and she was devoted to him. They did live together as a married couple for a time, so it would be hard not to have some feelings for her, especially as she always tried to be good to him. But he was in love with Amatis. Cèline thinks slightingly of Amatis, but one doesn’t love a girl for beauty–one loves her because she sings a song only you can understand. ;) Stephen Herondale’s worst and most terrible choice was rejecting love (Amatis) in favor of hate (Valentine’s prejudiced agenda, which forbade a wife with a werewolf brother). But this story was about Cèline’s worst and most terrible choice.
To be truly loved is to be truly known, and because of the horrific abuse of her parents and the manipulation of Valentine Cèline was afraid to let anybody know her, and afraid nobody would love her if they did. In this story she does feel an impulse to trust Jem with the truth of herself, and if she’d done so perhaps he would have helped her get away and live in peace, and she could have found someone who would have chosen her for herself (or she would’ve got a crush on the Handsomest Silent Brother, which would have been very awkward). And Jace would never have been born.
Instead she makes the choice to pursue Stephen, who loves someone else, with the help of someone evil. In all her interactions with Stephen, she tries to be whatever he might want—and thus tries not to be herself. It’s entirely understandable that Cèline is afraid to be known, and she in no way deserved the tragedy of her short sad life, but in this one way she was the architect of her own tragedy. She did turn away from the possibility of real love.