Saturday, April 6, 2013

Two new Shadowhunter Tarots featuring Jem and Emma Carstairs and Brother Zachariah!

After giving us Jace and Alec, Simon and Isabelle and Warlocks cards, Cassandra Clare has shared two more Tarot cards by Cassandra Jean on her Tumblr. She also talks Clockwork Princess and TLH.


Below is what Cassie had to say about Clockwork Princess and new series TLH:

In fact it was really fun for me to come up with a family tree that was massively misleading. Remember, family trees are found objects — they contain only as much information as whoever drew them had. Secret marriages, arranged marriages, people being secretly dead, people being secretly other people: the family tree doesn’t reflect any of that. In fact, some of the most important characters (One of whom is a certain JH’s parabatai) don’t appear on the family tree at all.

In fact, when the Bane Chronicle is released that takes place during/around TLH*, I think everyone is going to be like: “HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE? IT DOES NOT MATCH UP.” But it does, in the end…

*TLH: the series that comes between TID and TMI, that takes place around 1903, that I have stated the acronym for (TLH) but not the full name, that has no deadline or planned publication dates because while I am having lots of fun working on the idea, I don’t want to work to deadline right now so that means it’s a WIP.

Also, Sarah would like you to know that TLH stands for The Largest Hamburger.

More TLH stuff, spoilery, under the cut.

“I just wanted to say how amazing your books are, and how much I love them! All of your writing has made me look at love in a different way, and thank you so much for that. But I just wanted to ask if we would be seeing Will Herondale (as his older self) at any time in your new series of books TLH because it is set in the early 1900’s? — shaliwali”

Yes. Will is James and Lucie’s father and James and Lucie (among others — Christopher and Grace and Cordelia and Alastair and Colin and Matthew and Charles and Jesse) are the main characters in the book. So of course, we see their parents. In fact, in one of the upcoming Bane Chronicles — the one that features James — you’ll get a sense of how much we will see them.

“Hi Miss Clare, I’ve been a big fan of your books for years and could barely wait to pick up The Clockwork Princess, so much so that I tanked the whole thing in around 6 hours (partially also due to university commitments). What I’m wondering however, has to do with the shadowhunter family tree on the book sleeve. Many of the family lines, including that of gideon’s lightwood line, come with the statement “see extended lightwood family tree.” Will we ever get to see the extended family trees? I would personally love to get more insight into shadow hunter families. Thanks for writing — little-mollusk”

Aaaand that is precisely why I didn’t include a lot of family trees: the Blackthorns, the Carstairs, the Fairchilds, the Lightwoods. I think having some information is good but not all of it. :) Maybe after TDA and TLH, I’ll do the whole family trees.

Hi Cassie! I was just wondering. It seems like we will be getting plenty of Jessa in the upcoming books - Heavenly Fire, especially. Will be able to also have more Wessa? I’d love to know more about the time they were married…Thank you!!! — literary-darling”

Well, TLH will be all Will and Tessa, married, because it takes place in 1903, so — Will and Tess are in their thirties and you get to see plenty of the loving couple that they are. There’s also a whole Bane Chronicle, the one about James Herondale, where you get a sense of what they’re like.

A lot of people have asked about whether Jem will be in CoHF or in TDA — as he clearly remains Brother Zachariah through City of Lost Souls — and unfortunately I can’t say much (there’s no reason to assume Jessa in CoHF. COHF might well be before the epilogue of CP2). Most of the things I could say about where Jem and Tessa will appear again and what they will be doing are spoilery. However I will show you two cards that Cassandra Jean drew that aren’t being used in the final tarot deck. The first is just Brother Zachariah — she drew him before she knew who he was, so now she says she has to redraw him. Here he is though, months January through December of the Hot Silent Brothers calendar :)

And this — it doesn’t take place anywhere specific, which is why Jem’s hair color is off, it’s a sort of symbolic image — but it’s a nice idea, isn’t it?

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