Cassandra Clare has announced that the erstwhile Shadowhunters Chronicles series ‘TLH’ is called The Last Hours.
The Last Hours is a new Shadowhunters series set in 1903. It deals with Will and Tessa’s children, James and Lucie Herondale, as well as Cordelia Carstairs, Charlotte and Henry’s children, Tatiana Blackthorn’s children, the Lightwood kids, and many more. 1903 is right around the time the Victorian era tips over into the Edwardian era — beautiful clothes, fabulous history and so much more that I’m excited to write about!
“For as long as Lucie Herondale can remember, the Herondale family manor has adjourned the manor of the Blackthorns.
It’s too bad that Tatiana Blackthorn, the matriarch of the family, has always been, as her father Will Herondale says, “mad as a mouse trapped in a teapot.” Since the day that her father Benedict murdered Tatiana’s husband, and was killed in turn by a group of Shadowhunters that included both her brothers, Tatiana has nursed a burning grudge against the London Institute and all its inhabitants, especially Will, Tessa and their children: Lucie and her brother, James …”
Clare took to her Tumblr blog to explain that the title comes from The Great Expectations, of which the series is a retelling.
You have been in every line I have ever read, since I first came here, the rough common boy whose poor heart you wounded even then. You have been in every prospect I have ever seen since — on the river, on the sails of the ships, on the marshes, in the clouds, in the light, in the darkness, in the wind, in the woods, in the sea, in the streets. You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with. The stones of which the strongest London buildings are made, are not more real, or more impossible to be displaced by your hands, than your presence and influence have been to me, there and everywhere, and will be. Estella, to the last hours of my life, you cannot choose but remain part of my character, part of the little good in me, part of the evil. — Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
The individual titles of the three books are as follow:
- Chain of Thorns
- Chain of Gold
- Chain of Iron
The books will interconnect with The Dark Artifices trilogy as two separate trilogies that are also the stories of the Blackthorns, Herondales and Carstairs, much like TMI and The Infernal Devices interconnected despite taking place in different time periods and locations.
As a fan of The Great Expectations, I am really excited for this connection. Fans of Dorian Gray would know how Will Herondale’s trips to the opium den and subsequent unraveling is a great retelling from the classic Oscar Wilde book. A Shadowhunter retelling is a great way to revisit the Charles Dickens classic now.
However, Clare confirms that the next Shadowhunter book will definitely be The Dark Artifices‘s Lady Midnight.
Jamie Campbell Bower attended the Burberry Prorsum show at London Fashion Week AW14 on Monday, February 17, at Kensington Garden in London. Pictures of the Jace Wayland actor from the event can be seen in the gallery here.
Jamie also stopped by for an interview at arrival, where he talks about his day and Burberry. Watch it below:
A very Happy Valentine’s Day to all the Shadowhunters out there! Here’s my favorite quote about Jace and Clary from The Mortal Instruments:
“You love each other – anyone can see that, looking at you – that kind of love that can burn down the world or raise it up in glory.” – Lilith, City of Fallen Angels
What’s your favorite quote? Let us know!
Cassandra Clare talked to Entertainment Weekly about the final installment in The Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire, in which she gives us a lot of non-spoilery insight into the book. In addition, she also teases a secret TV project, and what we can look forward to from her (besides the other books set in the Shadowhunters world, of course).
Check out excerpts below:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: First of all, what do you think about the cover?
CASSANDRA CLARE: I really love this cover. Cliff [Nielsen] has done all of my covers since the beginning, and I think he has created a unique look that is specific to the series. We talked back in the beginning about deciding who was going to go on what cover, and that this cover was going to end up with Clary and her brother. This is the big face-off. This is the book where she goes up against her brother Sebastian, and he is the big villain. It’s kind of like a Batman/Joker cover. … And in a way, there’s a play of light and dark going on on the cover, and that sets up a big battle between good and evil with Clary standing for good and Sebastian standing for evil. There’s also little clues for the readers who have been reading the series a long time in the weapons that they’re holding, in the necklace that Clary is wearing, and especially in the landscape that they’re standing on. It gives a hint about what’s coming and what’s going to happen in the book.
What can you tease about the book?
I can definitely say that the characters go to a location that we’ve heard about, but we’ve never seen in any of the books. There is a death of a major character really early on in the book that I think will surprise people. And there are two weddings.
What else are you working on?
Well, City of Heavenly Fire comes out in May. Then in September, I have a book coming out called The Iron Trial which is co-written with Holly Black. It’s written for a slightly younger audience. And after that, we’ll get into The Dark Artifices, which is another series set in the same world of The Mortal Instruments that takes place five years after. It picks up with the story of a group of characters who are actually introduced in City of Heavenly Fire. We get to know them, and then we’re going to follow their adventures. That should be out next year.
The interview is followed up by an excerpt from the book, so if you would like to read it, click here.
Okay, so I am a little nervous about the early death. Really, Cassie, early death? Why? I am kind of worried for Maia, because it doesn’t seem right for any of the other characters – Simon, included – to go off early because Clary needs her friends. Although, for her emotional growth, it could fit, but I’m sure she’s had a lot of that already.
At least there’s two weddings thrown in so yay!
The first still from Lily Collins starrer Love, Rosie has hit the internet. Check out the full resolution in the gallery here.
The movie is based on the book by Cecelia Ahern. It is one of my favorite contemporary books, and I think Lily and Sam Claflin are exactly the kind of actors who could do justice to the personality of the characters. Really looking forward to this one!