FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I love getting questions and comments from readers, and try to always answer my mail; I just ask that 1) please don't send me those mass holiday greeting comments — I hate them! — and please, before messaging to ask me questions, you read the answers below:
1) There are going to be four books in the Mortal Instruments series: City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, and —coming in March, 2011 — City of Fallen Angels. City of Glass will be out in paperback August 3, 2010. [It will contain exclusive content from both The Clockwork Angel and City of Fallen Angels when it is released.] The next Shadowhunter book is called The Clockwork Angel, and it is part of a new series, called The Infernal Devices. So for the record, here’s the publishing schedule:
September 7, 2010: The Clockwork Angel
March 11, 2011: City of Fallen Angels
September 2011: The Clockwork Princess
September 2012: The Clockwork Prince
2) What are the Infernal Devices about? : The Infernal Devices is a series of prequels to The Mortal Instruments, set in 19′th century London. It won’t have our current characters in it, except for Magnus Bane, but it does deal with their ancestors. You can find out more at: http://www.theinfernaldevices.com/ 16-year-old orphan Tessa Gray’s quiet life is thrown into turmoil when her older brother Nathaniel suddenly vanishes, leaving her alone. Her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London’s dangerous supernatural underworld, where warlocks throw masked balls for half-demon Downworlders. When Tessa discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must come to trust her natural enemies, the demon-killing Shadowhunters, if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother. Torn between the beautiful Will, a Shadowhunter who isn’t what he seems, and the devoted Jem, whose own deadly secret is slowly destroying him, Tessa must draw on all her strength to save her brother and keep herself alive in this deadly new world. There are three books in the Devices series. The first is The Clockwork Angel, the second, The Clockwork Prince, the third, The Clockwork Princess.
3) What is City of Fallen Angels about? When will it be released?
: City of Angels takes place after the events of City of Glass. It shifts its focus from Jace and Clary to Clary’s best friend, Simon, and how he adjusts to life as a vampire. From the press release: “Love, blood, betrayal and revenge — the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels. Simon Lewis is having some trouble adjusting to his new life as a vampire, especially now that he hardly sees his best friend Clary, who is caught up in training to be a Shadowhunter—and spending time with her new boyfriend Jace. Not to mention that Simon doesn’t quite know how to handle the pressure of not-quite-dating two girls at once. What’s a daylight-loving vampire to do? Simon decides he needs a break and heads out of the city—only to discover that sinister events are following him. Realizing that the war they thought they’d won might not yet be over, Simon has to call on his Shadowhunter friends to save the day — if they can put their own splintering relationships on hold long enough to rise to the challenge.” City of Fallen Angels is set to be released in March, 2011.
4) The film rights to The Mortal Instruments have been optioned by Unique Features. This is a film production company set up by former founders and co-presidents of New Line Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, who oversaw the production of the Lord of the Rings movies — probably my favorite fantasy movies of all time. They’re very dedicated to fantasy and they understand it, and I definitely trust them with the story of the Mortal Instruments. Now, a book series being optioned doesn’t mean a film is being made right now or is definitely going to be made at all — it means that the studio or production company in question is developing the books as a film project — right now they’ve nailed down financing and a screenwriter (I don’t know who that is yet) and are working towards the next stages in the development project. That is ALL THE INFORMATION I HAVE. I HAVE NO OTHER MOVIE INFORMATION. NONE.
They are nowhere near the casting stage. I cannot tell you anything about casting. I cannot help you get cast. I cannot tell you about auditions or casting calls. I'm sorry! 5) If you want to know where I'll be doing book signings or appearances, you can check herefor my upcoming signing schedule!.. It's updated daily, so if it's not on the page, it's not scheduled yet.
ABOUT THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS TRILOGY
Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments trilogy involves nephilim - humans with angel blood running through their veins. This time, the nephilim are a secret and elite group of warriors, called Shadowhunters, charged with protecting humanity from demons. Set in Manhattan and Brooklyn, "City of Bones" (Simon Pulse, ages 14 and up) drops a seemingly normal 15-year-old named Clary Fray into a world where humans unknowingly exist alongside vampires, the Fair Folk (faeries) and werewolves. Hours after encountering teen Shadowhunters in action, Clary's mother is kidnapped, a demon tries to kill her and she's thrust into the Shadowhunter world, where she might not be as normal as she thinks.
—— THE NEW YORK POST, APRIL 5, 2008
You can read the first chapter of City of Bones here.
THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS TRILOGY: BOOK ONE: CITY OF BONES
BOOK TWO: CITY OF ASHES
BOOK THREE: (coming March, 2009): CITY OF GLASS
The THIRD book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy, City of GLASS, will be out in North America in MARCH, 2009.
City of Glass: With two of the Mortal Instruments now in Valentine's hands, the world of the Shadowhunters teeters on the brink of civil war. Jace and the Lightwoods are recalled to Idris, the Shadowhunters' remote and hidden home country, where a search has begun for the last of the Instruments, the Mortal Glass. When Clary breaks the Law to follow Jace to Idris, hoping to find the warlock who might cure her mother, she finds herself caught up in the chaos as the delicate social order of the Nephilim begins to shatter, pitting Downworlder against Downworlder and Shadowhunters against each other. As Clary grows closer to Sebastian, a mysterious new Shadowhunter, Jace, driven by guilt and despair, sets out on a suicide mission to kill his father and end the war. With the City of Glass itself under attack, can Downworlders and Nephilim fight together to defeat Valentine, or will their longstanding hatred destroy them all? And when Clary discovers the unbelievable truth about her own past, can she find Jace before it's too late?
Reviews for City of Glass:
"The Mortal Instruments series is a story world that I love to live in. I hate to see the story end, but if it has to end, then City of Glass is the most perfect way for that to happen. Beautiful!" — Stephenie Meyer, author of Twilight..
"This book has terror, unexpected twists, sorrow--it is tragedy edged by lightning, driven by power and love. Clare keeps getting better!" — Tamora Pierce, bestselling author of The Will of the Empress
"In search of a potion for her dying mother, Clary sneaks into the City of Glass and is immediately caught up in a life-and-death battle. As the children of the Moon (werewolves), Night (vampires), and Faerie gather for a war that will rend the heavens, Clary calls upon her untrained powers to control an angel who will save or destroy them all. Readers should be familiar with the first two installments in the Mortal Instruments series, but there is nevertheless plenty of romance, loss, honor and betrayal to make the journey worthwhile. An experienced storyteller, Clare moves the plot quickly to a satisfying end." Booklist
"Vampires and werewolves are prominent in the evocative and mesmerising story concerning Jace and teenager Clary Fray, a human who has a rare gift of seeing the shadow world." — The Courier Mail
""The time has come for the Clave to oppose Valentine, but he has no intentions of submitting, putting both the Shadowhunters and the Downworlders on edge. Clare's concluding volume of The Mortal Instruments trilogy is complex and striking. Not to be missed."— Spring 2009 Children's Indie Next List
Cassandra Clare works magic with this novel. The excitement begins on the first page and doesn’t stop until the final sentence. She brings everything full circle for a completely satisfying ending – even though fans would be more than happy to read about these beloved characters forever. — Karin's Book Nook
City of Glass is beautifully written and interwoven with amazingly unforgettable characters and moments; everything is brought full circle and I have to say that I want to get back on the ride and do it all over again and again.— The Ravenous Reader
The second book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy, City of Ashes, is OUT IN BOOKSTORES NOW.
You can read the first chapter of City of Ashes here. See below on the left side of this page for more info about City of Ashes, including overseas release dates.
Praise for City of Ashes:
"Cassandra Clare delivers another sexy, dark novel chock-full of complicated characters, big ideas, supernatural thrills, nonstop action, and gimlet-eyed wit. I haven’t had this much fun since a certain vampire slayer named Buffy was on the scene. Simply put, these books kick ass." — Libba Bray, author of the New York Times bestseller A Great and Terrible Beauty
"I love this book so much it's creepy." — Maureen Johnson, author of Suite Scarlett.
"Trust us, you’ll be so into this smart, funny, romantic read that you won’t even be frustrated at the cliff-hanger ending — we’re just counting down to 2009, when the final chapter in Clary’s story hits the shelves!" — Cosmo Girl Magazine
"The climactic scenes are more than just cinematic action scenes crammed with special effects; the emotional relationships between the young protagonists only deepen as the dangers and challenges grow. . . .[It] seems to point the way toward a strong conclusion for The Mortal Instruments." — Locus
With the plethora of vampire titles published lately, it is difficult to find the good ones, but this one is it — a must-read for all vampire fans. If your teens missed the first book in the Mortal Instruments series, buy multiple copies and watch both books fly off your shelves… The interaction between Clary, Jace and Simon, Clary's on-again, off-again boyfriend, is fascinating, the plot is fast paced, and the battle scenes are straight out of an action movie. Look for the third installment, City of Glass, forthcoming in 2009. — VOYA
"This action-packed tale uses melodrama ... to good effect, crafting emotional tension and heart-wrenching romantic dramas. Readers of urban fantasy will devour this deliciously overwrought adventure." —Kirkus
"Well written in both style and language, City of Ashes compares favorable to others in its genre; the human characters are well developed and quite believable. The whole book is like watching a particularly good werewolf/vampire movie, and it leaves readers waiting for the next in the series. Watch this one fly off the shelves!" — School Library Journal
"You won't want to put this second book in the series down, even when it's over!" — Kewl Magazine
""As is the case with most sequels, this book had a lot to live up to. Would it be as good as the first? Would it keep readers interested? I say yes, on both counts."" — Edwards Magazine
"Reading City of Ashes made me want to go back and enjoy City of Bones . . . It's quite a series, filled to the brim with friendship, conflict and magic. This second episode takes on issues of trust and conflicted loyalties, reveals gifts of which Clary and Jace were unaware, hints at further secrets of their heritage, and permanently changes Clary's relationship with Simon. I highly recommend this Mortal Instruments series to anyone who enjoys a well written fantasy romp with delightful characters and surprises around every corner. —Book Loons
"City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare is fast-paced, exciting, hilarious, and heartbreaking." — 3evilcousins.blogspot.com
"If possible, City of Ashes was even better than its prequel City of Bones. The story has non-stop action which kept me on the edge of my seat in suspense. I also highly enjoyed the love tensions among nearly all the characters. The story was just as unforgettable as the first, and the end left me hungering for more. City of Ashes is the type of story that I want to read over and over because it is just such a well-written and amazing story. The characters in City of Ashes are just incredible. Clary is my hero; she’s strong and resourceful, even if she sometimes doubts herself. Jace is an alternate form of Edward Cullen; he’s sexy and will give anything to protect the ones he loves. The cast of characters from the Mortal Instruments series are some of my favorite fictional characters ever. They make me wish I could participate in their attractive, although dangerous, world. I most definitely recommend the Mortal Instruments series to every eager reader out there (if you couldn’t already tell from my excited raving). Fans of supernatural series such as the Twilight series or the A Great and Terrible Beauty series, among others, will certainly fall in love with this amazing story. If you’ve already read City of Bones but not yet its sequel, then get on it! And if you haven’t even begun the series, you’d better get started. I promise you won’t regret investing your time in this incredible series." — YABookscentral.com
"This book, like the first one, thoroughly entertained me. With this series, Cassandra Clare will easily make herself a household name." — teensreadtoo.com
The second book in the Mortal Instruments series is full of fast paced action and twists and turns that you won't see coming. Clary gets more and more involved in the supernatural world as she and Jace struggle to accept their relationship, while at the same time fending off attacks from all sides. In between it all is exhilarating excitement, the awkwardness of being a teenager, and intriguing mysteries. Readers looking for more breathless adventure and a spectacular battle against evil will delight in City of Ashes. — The Compulsive Reader
"Cassandra Clare has written a fabulous sequel to City of Bones, one that readers should not miss!" — readerrabbit.blogspot.com
"Cassandra Clare has the ability to create the kind of emotional tension that I haven’t found since Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight. You’ll be sorry when you get to the last page and be tempted to turn back to page one and start the adventure all over again." — http://karinsbookbytes.blogspot.com
It's fast-paced, very readable, has likable characters (Magnus Bane is top of my list at the moment), a fun magic system (I love the tattoos), a major twist I didn't expect, and I especially appreciated the fact that Cassandra Clare didn't spend a lot of time getting new readers up to speed -- she just jumped right into the story.—Bookshelves of Doom
This isn’t just a book about demons, vampires and werewolves, it’s so much more. It’s the whole package of fantasy, with a perfect good and evil balance, in a world you can almost imagine existing down the road in the next town. It’s definitely what I call one of my books you can put down because it’s too hard to bear when it’s over. You just want more (411 pages apparently just isn’t enough), so the longer you can make it last, the better. — CHICKLISH
"The reality of growing up is intricately woven into the supernatural elements of this story. The magic, the drama and the fantasy are all portrayed so clearly that its easy to forget that this is just fiction. Cassandra Clare’s prose is flawless, engaging and a pleasure to read. My enthusiasm for this series increases with every single read through. Like so many others, I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the third installment. March 09 can’t get here fast enough." -- YAReads.com
Praise for City of Bones:
"Clare's atmospheric setting is spot-on, informed equally by neo-gothic horror films and the modern fantasy leanings of Neil Gaiman. Werewolves, vampires, angels and fairies all fit in this ambitious milieu. At the core, though, this is a compelling story about family secrets and coming-of-age identity crises. Fans of the smart/chic horror typified by Buffy the Vampire Slayer will instantly fall for this new series."
- Publishers Weekly
"Move over Buffy, here's the new line in monster slaying. Meet Clary Fray, 15, who sees things she can't remember having seen before. Things get seriously weird when the cute boy at the club stabs another boy to death, who then disappears in front of her. When her mother mysteriously vanishes and a monster is wating for her when she gets home, Clary must come to terms with the fact that nothing is quite what she thought. In a word: fabulous!" — The Herald Sun
City of Bones is a highly readable first novel, refreshingly free of the attitudes that make some YA fiction for non-adults only…City of Bones skillfully evades the tedium of YA clichés and “Mary Sue” fiction through a combination of wit, imagination, and a sense of place—including the massive presence of New York itself. Clary’s adventures take her to the unearthly City of Bones and encounters with the Silent Brothers, granting her tantalizing bits of knowledge about Downworlders, the history of angels, the Mortal Instruments whose involvement makes this tale the start of a longer quest, and—of course—herself. Mixing light and dark, teen banter with Miltonian citations, Cassandra Clare manages to make the whole thing work and left me looking forward to the next adventure.
"This urban fantasy series opener spices its fight against evil with sexual tension. Fifteen-year-old geek hipster Clary thought she was just a normal kid, but normal kids don't see invisible people, and normal kids' mothers don't suddenly disappear, seemingly captured by horrific monsters. But like many fantasy heroines, Clary isn't normal, and she's got all the secret parentage, dramatic revelations, and amazing magic powers to prove it....The story's sensual flavor comes from the wealth of detail: demons with facial piercings, diners serving locusts and honey, pretty gay warlocks, and cameo appearances from other urban fantasies' characters. Lush and fun."
- Kirkus Reviews
"This fast-paced fantastic thriller will keep readers on the edge of their seats. It includes everything from werewolves and mind-sucking librarians to vampires and a brother unknowingly kissing his sister—just what teenagers love to read. Clary is an independent, saucy female character who adapts to her newfound powers easily and thinks nothing of throwing a weapon at a werewolf." - VOYA
This version of New York, full of Buffyesque teens who are trying to save the world, is entertaining and will have fantasy readers anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. — School Library Journal
An edgy, witty read full of danger, self discovery and a love triangle that gets a bit sticky. Clare has a knack for creating memorable characters and fantastical scenes dropped into the urban sprawl of New York City. With mirrored portals, flying motorcycles powered by demon energies and a Downworlder café that serves up fairy food right next to the city’s best onion rings, she has brilliantly painted a world hidden by glamoured facades. — The Examiner
"Debut novelist Cassandra Clare is someone to watch out for if this book is anything to go by. All the traditional themes are there: good versus evil, the child with unknown powers and a deep, dark secret to uncover . . . and so on. What sets this apart from many of the genre is the quality of the writing — witty, controlled, vivid and with characters who do much more than drive the plot. In a New York nightclub, Clary Fray sees a boy being stabbed — but then he vanishes before her very eyes. This is Clary's introduction to the invisible war being fought in the kingdom below 'te glamour' that mortal perceive as the real world. Clary also discovers, after her mother disappears, that this world is a bigger part of her life than she can possibly imagine. By turns suspenseful, scary and funny, this is one of those books that grips you and makes you want to read on. Just as well it's the first in a trilogy!"
Readers looking to the future will note that Clary succesfully harnesses her rediscovered supernatural powers and and forms several new, intense friendships, that she will desperately need as she tries to save her still-comatose mother, discover her own complex and often dark familial roots, and determine her destiny, both in the magical world and in her own everyday life. Indeed, with the strong plot, brilliant heroine, and surrounding cast of intriguing and well- developed side characters (including the sexy and tortured Jace), fantasy buffs will be eagerly anticipating the next volume. - — The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This book is so much fun to read! Fast-paced, funny, dark, and exciting. Clare has dipped her pen in the deep resources of fairy lore and epic tales, and has her ear well tuned to the teenage voice. The plot is tight, twisting, and full of surprises. City of Bones is the first of a series -- The Mortal Instruments -- and it promises great things to come." - Endicott Journal of the Mythic Arts
A chance encounter in a New York club thrusts Clary Fray into a strange, violent world of demons and demon hunters, a world she never knew existed before now. Who are the Shadowhunters, and how exactly has Clary's fate become entangled with theirs? What secrets has her mother kept from her all these years? And what will Clary have to do to rescue her mother from the dark forces at work, and to stay alive? The journey of a lifetime begins here, as Clary makes new friends and enemies, and descends into the world of the Shadowhunters. Dark and edgy, City of Bones constantly surprises with its plot twists and emotional turns. This is the start of an exciting new series, and I can hardly wait to see what else Clare has to offer in the next volume. — Realms of Fantasy.
Written with a clarity of style and a pace, that barely allows you to catch your breath, this is not an author who is talking down to her audience - in fact Clare has delivered a book that should appeal to all ages, regardless of the fact that her main protagonists are teenagers. Other authors who purport to write for this age group would do well in picking up a copy of the book to see how it's really done. — Sci-Fi Online.com
The cover of my copy of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare says “funny, dark and sexy”. I don’t know if I’d have picked those words myself, mostly as I wouldn’t know which praise words to choose if I had to narrow it down to only three. I wouldn’t normally use this phrase but: this book is really hot. I totally loved it from page one. Clary Fray is the brilliantly written main character, one day a normal teenage girl - the next plunged into a mystery which gradually reveals itself to turn her life, identity, and what she knew as her family, completely upside-down. ... I savoured each chapter, with its great plot, characters and excellent writing. I haven’t read that many urban fantasies but if this is how it goes, I’m in. Hopefully you’ll go read it and join me in the anxious wait for book two. — CHICKLISH
City of Bones is an absolutely riveting fantasy novel, I daresay the best new series since Harry Potter. Cassandra Clare .. encompasses all the elements of magic and different fantasy creatures, creating an urban mythical world entirely her own. ... When her mother is abducted, Clary Fray knows that she must learn all she can about the world she has only recently discovered if she ever wants to see her mother again. Along with the “fighting evil” element, Cassandra Clare manages to incorporate a very believable romantic plot, involving Clary, her best friend Simon, and the arrogant, but ever sexy Shadowhunter, Jace. Their little love triangle takes a sharp turn with an unexpected plot twist near the end of the novel.... If the next two books in the trilogy are as exciting with the witty banter between characters that I have come to enjoy so much, Cassandra Clare will have written an exceptional fantasy trilogy! — YABookscentral.com
Loads of fun, wholeheartedly recommended to fans of urban fantasy. It's funny and smart, faast-paced with loads of action, romance -- some steamy moments and a love triangle, Three Powerful Magical Items, a magic carriage ride through the city*, a very cool system of non-magic, a mysterious villain named Valentine and yes, vampires AND werewolves. Your understanding of their world will expand as the characters learn -- the politics and history of the Shadowhunters are much more complicated than our young heroes and heroines realize.—Bookshelves of Doom
"City of Bones is that ever-so-rare rare creature these days—well-crafted YA fiction where at least some of the teenagers are both likable and believable....Before this novel reaches its ending point, Clary will get used to sexy teen-aged boys covered in tattoos, really cool flying motorcycles powered by things best not thought about, awesomely cool weapons, werewolves who are allies in the Shadowhunters' war, vampires who most decidedly are not friendly, flirtations with being in love, lessons about the dangers of finding out what you didn't know, and much more. It this a fast-paced novel? Yes indeed. Is it a good set-up for the next two novels in the series? Quite so. And quite original as well." - Greenmanreview.com
"This debut novel from a brilliant, smart new voice in Young Adult literature is a marvelous adventure, full of fantastic twists and turns just when they're least expected. The complexity of the story, the threads from the past and present intertwined, is reminiscent of the Harry Potter series—and that's high praise! The captivating story told by the very talented Cassandra Clare in City of Bones is surely the start of a brilliant series—I can't wait for the next Mortal Instruments book. This fantasy is truly unforgettable." - TeensReadToo.com
"A non-stop action novel that blends magic with humor, romance with vengeance, resulting in an irresistable labyrinthine tale of rich and (seemingly) infinite subplots. Characters switch sides, then switch again, and points of view get skewed partway through, leaving the reader wondering just what the true story is and who Clary should trust. Motorcycle vampire gangs, a hard-partying Warlock, and street-packs of werewolves—not to mention some horrific creatures all Clare's own invention—find their way into the story, bringing both aid and hindrance. Weaving elements of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatural with Holly Black's modern faery stories, the author has crafted a new classic of contemporary fantasy that is going to have readers tearing up the Internet with discussion, and has raised the bar for other writers in the genre." - The-Trades.com
"There are many names out there producing some great fairy adventure at the moment. A new name has joined the ranks—Cassandra Clare. There are many things to love about City of Bones, including a cat by the name of Chairman Meow. The adventure can only get better as this trilogy progresses and I, for one, will be waiting eagerly for the next installment." - Blogcritics.org
"Cassandra Clare's much-anticipated first young adult novel makes an excellent story for audio. Clare excels at creating stories with lots of fast-moving action and, even more impressively, fast-paced dialogue which is alternately funny and poignant. Clary's struggle to learn to see beyond the glamour that prevents her from perceiving Jace and the world of dark magic around her is paralleled by her struggle to see beyond her blindness to the true nature of the people close to her, the people she loves and struggles to protect. I'm already anticipating the next book in the Mortal Instruments series, and I fully expect that City of Bones will be the hottest YA fantasy novel of the summer." - Greenmanreview.com (review of audio edition)
A thrilling urban fantasy of vampires, warlocks and shapeshifters that fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will love to get their teeth into. Clary is your typical girl next door character that everyone wants to like and with whom young teenage girls in particular will instantly relate. Until her mother's disappearance life is very ordinary and normal but then everything changes. The author's descriptions of an alternate, parallel world are so cleverly drawn that you feel right there within the story. We haven't read such a brilliant mixture of razor-sharp wit and humour and spine tingling fear but above all a terrific page-turning read that will have you saying just one more page, then one more chapter and suddenly you've finished it, for quite a while. In addition it's the start of a great trilogy, the only downside is that you'll have to wait for the second, City of Ashes and then City of Glass, probably until 2008. —www.lovereading4kids.co.uk
Clare succeeds primarily in managing to make the Shadowhunters – the putative guardians of humanity – effectively as alien as any monster. Their isolated, archaic society, their ignorance of modern developments, the rigidity of their views and the potentially deadly manner of their creation combine to make them seem almost inhuman. That the great villain of the piece is also a Shadowhunter increases the sense that these are not heroes to be trusted lightly.—Writeaway.co.uk
Well-plotted dark fantasy aimed squarely at teens, but which will also find fans amongst older readers. Cassandra Clare has managed to write a book that seems familiar and new the same time. There are secrets that are only hinted at and the story gradually became clearer as I read but there were a number of plotlines left artfully dangling that made me itch to get my hands on the second book in the trilogy.—Teenlibrarian.co.uk
There's plenty of sword and sorcery, tragedy and sacrifice, jealous smoulderings and youthful angst . . . [along wih] the ambitious, risky excitement of the narrative and the wit of the dialogue between the teenage cast. There is very little of the "And I went omigod" that grates so much in print; we are if anything closer in spirit to the glinting exchanges of The West Wing. Keep up, or you've lost it. — Books For Keeps
" This book was an incredibly enjoyable surprise. In this world, "all the stories are true." Meaning, the stories about werewolves, vampires, and other things that go bump in the night are all real. With smart-aleck, teenage characters, scary adults, and even scarier bad guys; you never know when the next twist in the story will be revealed. ... With intense action scenes, big mysteries, amusing characters, and a little teenage angst; this book should be a lot of fun for teens and adults alike." - scifichick.com
"The story of an underground world of demon hunters is appealing and unique. If you like theatrical, fey dialogue, a little humor with your action and many references to familiar fantasy stories, then CITY OF BONES --- and the subsequent installments in this new series --- may be the perfect fit for you." www.teenreads.com
This book was fast-paced and fantastic. I couldn’t stop myself from turning the pages to see what would happen next. —thestorysiren.blogspot.com
I haven't gotten this sucked into a novel in a long time. There was something really unique about this book, and I doubt I'll be able to find one similar to it. The writing was fluent, and the dialogue beyond excellent. The humor, mixed with the action and romance, made for a book a very wide variety of readers would enjoy. The Page Flipper
The Mortal Instruments is published by Walker Books in the United Kingdom and Australia/NZ, where the covers look like this:
The overseas release dates are as follows for City of Ashes:
RELEASE DATE FOR City of Glass in the UK:
The UK: July, 2009
In Australia/NZ: August, 2009
The Mortal Instruments is also published in the following countries: Italy (Mondadori); Spain (Planeta), Portugal and Brazil (Record), France (Pocket Jeunesse), Germany (Arena Verlag), Finland (Otava), and Denmark (Borgen Forlag). You can go here to see some of the foreign covers of the books.
BooksI run a mailing list for discussion and updates about the Mortal Instruments series. It means you'll get messages from me with chapters from the new MI books in it, and get to participate in book giveaways and other fun stuff. Since Myspace disables all embedded links to Google Groups for some reason, you can find it by cutting and pasting the link below:
HeroesWhen I was on book tour, I made a City of Bones CD to give away to tour event attendees; when I get home, I made an iMix out of it. you can find it here.
These aren't new songs - not surprisingly, since I've been working on CoB for three years now, and these are the songs I was listening to while I was writing it (except for Morningstar by AFI, which was suggested by a reader after the book came out.) I often find it useful when I'm writing to listen to music because if I need to get back into the mood of a scene, I can do that by listening to the song I was listening to when I first worked on the scene.
There's also a City of Ashes iMix, which you can see below:
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THE INFERNAL DEVICES BOOK ONE: CLOCKWORK ANGEL
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When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld,where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos. Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own. Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by — and torn between — two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world… and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.”
There are three books in the Devices series. The first is The Clockwork Angel, the second, The Clockwork Prince, the third, The Clockwork Princess.
Who I'd like to meet:
Hi! Welcome to my Myspace. I'm Cassandra Clare. My first book, City of Bones, was the debut novel in a young adult fantasy trilogy called The Mortal Instruments. The second book in the series is called City of Ashes and the third, City of Glass. My next book is called THE CLOCKWORK ANGEL and it comes out AUGUST 31, 2010!
ABOUT THIS MYSPACE:
.. I use this Myspace primarily to update about book news - reviews, events, all sorts of projects, and I try to keep it updated with blog posts and cool links.
You can also find my website at www.mortalinstruments.com and my livejournal at http://cassandraclare.livejournal.com/
I love to meet readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, and anyone with an interest in YA or fantasy fiction.Two things:
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The official fansite, MUNDIESOURCE.NET, where you can find icons, banners, wallpaper, fanmixes, and other fun stuff HERE.
You can share your Mortal Instruments theories here:
The Mundanes: Fansite and Podcast:
You can find fan-made wallpapers, art, and icons here in the GALLERY.
If Alec is your favorite character, there's a fan group on Live Journal run by Bibi:
There's also several discussion groups on Myspace; the first you can find here:
And the second, "By the Angel", which is new, here:
And lastly, there's a FACEBOOK fan group here.
Here you can find official downloadables like avatars, countdown clocks for the next book, wallpapers, and more:
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APPEARANCES AND SIGNINGS:
I list my upcoming signings and events on the events pages of my websites. If you'd like to have me come out for a reading, signing, library appearance or event in your town, you can go ahead and use the demand function. If there's enough of a demand, there's a good chance I can get my publisher to send me out there!
View the complete Cassandra Clare tour schedule
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