Cassandra Clare is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. She was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of books. Cassandra lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend, their two cats, and these days, even more books.
The City of Lost Souls chapter reveal starts TODAY!
Start reading here.
As well as being able to read the first chapter, if you live in the US, at each chapter stop you can enter to win one of six VERY limited edition SHADOW HUNTER FAMILY RINGS. Just click here and enter your information. (Canadians, follow @SimonPulseCA for you chance to win a SHADOWHUNTER ring. I'm sorry it's only open to US residents, but apparently those are the legalities of t
So Tessa is up against Katniss in the second to last round of the YA Heroine Tournament.
You can vote here.
Yeesh. What can I say? Katniss is an awesome heroine, and honestly, I'm proud Tessa has made it this far and is facing down a girl who wins tournaments to the death professionally. :D
I will say this: there are all sorts of ways to be heroic, and just becaus
Clockwork Prince launch party NYC (&Ed Westwick): The Clockwork Prince tour kicks off tomorrow night with a signing in New York City, at the Barnes and Noble on Union Square. NEW YORK CITY: 7PM
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003, 212-253-0810
There will be swag bags prizes, and other fun stuff, including an appearance by (barring unexpected weirdness having to do with the Gossip Girl filming schedule)
Ed Westwick, who besides being Chuck Bass,
I'm currently participating in an auction to help out a wonderful author and creator, Terri Windling, who is at the moment in a time of financial need. From the Magick for Terri journal":
"Beloved editor, artist and writer Terri Windling is in need, and we are asking for your help in a fundraising auction to assist her. This auction will combine donations from professionals and fans in an online sale to help Terri through a serious financial crisis.
October Teaser for Clockwork Prince, for those who missed it when it was posted earlier on Tumblr (where I've moved most of my blogging) .Kindly illustrated for me by Charlotte Mattey, who said she could do it overnight, and did. :D
The voices were quite clearly those of the Lightwood brothers. Tessa recognized Gideon’s lower, rougher tones as he said, “There will be a moment of reckoning, Gabriel. You can depend upon it. What will matter is where we stand when it c
December 6-13 CLOCKWORK PRINCE RELEASE TOUR
Tuesday December 06, 2011
NEW YORK CITY: 7PM
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003, 212-253-0810
THIS IS THE LAUNCH EVENT FOR CLOCKWORK PRINCE. There will be swag bags and prizes and other fun stuff.
WEDNESDAY December 07, 2011
LONG ISLAND 7:00 PM *With Michelle Hodkin!
BARNES & NOBLE
91 Old Country Road
Carle Place, NY
"Does Will's letter to Tessa contain anything spoilery for Clockwork Prince? Should I read the letter before, or after, the book?"
I'm guessing you mean the Barnes and Noble special edition that has a letter from Will to Tessa in it.
All print first editions of Clockwork Prince in North America, the UK/Ireland and Australia/NZ are going to come with a letter from Will to his family, that he never sent, in the back. That's *ALL FIRST
So, for those of you who entered the CP ARC contest and didn't win, remember when I said there'd be another opportunity to win Advanced Reader Copies of Clockwork Prince and that I'd announce it Monday?
Well, Monday is upon is. And Goodreads is giving away 100 Clockwork Prince ARCs.
Now first I just have to say I didn't know about this contest when I started my contest! I found out about it about halfway through but I didn't want to stop the contest while people were
This was an entry for the Clockwork Prince ARC contest. Unfortunately it couldn't win because one of the rules was that the entry had to be about the Infernal Devices. But it was so cute, I thought I would share it here.
These contests are always extremely hard to judge, to thanks for the efforts of my fellow judges, Josh Lewis, Vania Stoyanova, Holly Black, and Theo Black. [I tried to get a group who knew music, knew videography, knew art, knew design, and just knew what they liked.] For those that didn't win, there will be another opportunity to win Clockwork Prince ARCs, which will be announced Monday.
In the end, I couldn't pick only one entry, so I begged another ARC off my publisher and picked
“Alec isn’t happy,” said Magnus, as if she hadn’t spoken.
“Of course he isn’t,” Isabelle snapped. “Jace —”
“Jace,” said Magnus, and his hands made fists at his sides. Isabelle stared at him. She had always thought that he didn’t mind Jace; liked him, even, once the question of Alec’s affections had been settled. Out loud, she said:
“I thought you were friends.”
“It’s not that,” said Magnus. “There are some people — people the univer
“Must he be here?” Gabriel growled to Tessa the second time he had nearly dropped a knife while handing it to her. He put a hand on her shoulder, showing her the sight line for the target she was aiming at a black circle drawn on the wall. She knew how much he would rather she were aiming at Will. “Can’t you tell him to go away?”
“Now, why would I do that?” Tessa asked reasonably. “Will is my friend, and you are someone whom I do not even like.”
She threw the knife. It missed its tar
So, it's been a while since I got to do a contest for an Advanced Reader Copy of a book, and I'm a little rusty *creaks*. Also, this is going to be a challenge because I only have one (yep, one) ARC of Clockwork Prince. So instead of splitting the contest up into separate entries, I am going to do one big contest. And because everyone has different talents, I am going to make it as open a contest as possible.
So: All you have to do to enter this contest is create something that has
Dear sensible Miss Gray,
I write to you on behalf of a mutual friend, one William Herondale. I know that it is his habit to come and go — most often go — from the Institute as he pleases, and that therefore it may be some time before any alarm is raised at his absence. But I ask you, as one who holds your good sense in esteem, not to assume this absence to be of the ordinary sort. I saw him myself last night and he was, to say the least, distraught when he left my residence. I have reason
1) RT @VLC_Photo: So the winner of the contest for "all sorts of awesome things like a set of personalized books, TMI jewelry, signed posters, chapter samplers for upcoming books, and other coolness" is... @EstherWh45! Email vlcphotoproductions[at]gmail.com with your address!
2) And the winner of the Clockwork Prince ARC is . . . loucheroo ! Please contact me at the email address on my bio page.
As I said yesterday — thanks to all of you who voted for Jace in the YA Tourney so MUCH. He won, and it's all down to you.
So here's the bonus part of the reward teasers: A scene from CoLS about Magnus and Alec. I get asked constantly if they will be in it and I hope this is somewhat reassuring that yes, indeed, they will be, with their very own plotline and all that. It's a short scene because it's smack in the middle of a giant spoiler. In fact I had to take out everything that ev
As I said yesterday — thanks to all of you who voted for Jace in the YA Tourney so MUCH. He won, and it's all down to you.
So here's the second part of the reward teasers: A love scene from Clockwork Prince. It is VERY SPOILERY. It is interesting, I think, because it shows us a different side of a character we know. Whereas yesterday's teaser was, ah, very physical, this one is more ..psychological and romantic. If you don't like being spoiled, really, don't read it! It's only 3 mon
Whoa! So the "YA" Crush Tourney" is still going on" and Jace has 13,090 votes which is insane. I don't know how to thank you all for voting for him.
The clock is ticking down on the contest — we've got ten more hours to go and the overnight hours are always the toughest! So to keep people going during the night (and the day in Australia and NZ - shoutout to Down Under cause I'm counting on you!) I want you to vote and then post about the contest, with a note tha
I'm not up for crashing my site again, so here it goes. And don't forget to vote for Jace in the YA Tourney tomorrow for more outtakes and Too Hot For TV scenes.
Maia was waiting for them in MacCarren Park, on one of the narrow paths dusted with the skeletons of fallen leaves. She wore a gray leather jacket and a soft pink hat, pulled down over her ears, from which her wildly curling hair escaped in a golden-brown halo. She waved tentatively as they neared her; the first words out
Okay, first, THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO VOTED FOR JACE IN THE YA CRUSH TOURNEY. http://bit.ly/ndzenu Tomorrow will be an even tougher battle but for now enjoy the fruits of your victory....
Over the years, many people have asked for this — Jace’s point of view of the “hot and heavy” scene in THIS GUILTY BLOOD, Chapter Nine of City of Glass. (Page 206-211 in the American hardback CoG.) I’ve taken a few liberties here — the scene goes on a few moments past what happens in the printed vers
One, and this is addressed mainly to booksellers and librarians: I've gotten a lot of emails lately from YA booksellers and librarians who are holding parties for the releases of Breaking Dawn and Brisngr, etc, wanting to know if I had any promo items I could send for party giveaways. The answer is yes I do, and if you want stuff, like postcards, bookmarks, chapter samplers and the like, you can email me at the address on my profile page and I'll send you stuff. Stuff, I got lots of. [ETA: This
So I've heard from several UK booksellers (and buyers) that City of Ashes is now out in the UK and Ireland – or, you know, trickling out as books do. I'm not going to be in London for the launch this time, which makes me sad, because I love London and I still get excited seeing my book in bookstores there. And I was hoping to do some signings and meet my readers in the UK. So I am sad about this. But there is a good chance that I will be in London in September, and so hopefully I can set some e
Now that Publisher's Weekly has made the announcement, I can finally talk about my new series, which I am super-mega-yowza excited about! From the press release:
While The Mortal Instruments is set largely in present-day Manhattan, The Infernal Devices takes us back one hundred and forty years to the heart of Victorian England, exploring an earlier era in the history of the Shadowhunters — a time before the Accords, when Downworlder and Shadowhunters were at each other's throats. A
Next weekend I will be signing in New York City at Books of Wonder for the anthology, Magic in the Mirrorstone, with contributors Cecil Castellucci, Holly Black, Tiffany Trent, Beth Bernobich, Craig Gidney and editor Steve Berman. The signing will be at:
June 8th, 1pm-3pm
Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
Come on by!
ETA: I am so sorry to all those who attended the event and discovered I wasn't there! I wound up in the
I've been so looking forward to showing this off — the cover of City of Glass! It may be my favorite out of the three, or I may just be loving it because it's so new.
Now to forestall the inevitable questions: the boy on the cover is neither Alec, nor Simon. Instead he's a new character, called Sebastian — if you read my mailing list or the fansite forums you probably know about him already. He's a new character in City of Glass, having been mentioned only in dreams and images prev
I've put up the first chapter of City of Glass (well, actually Emily who I babble about all the time did it because I don't have the slightest idea how to update my web page:
Those who went to my signings on tour will be familiar with this already. For you guys, and for fun, I'm also going to paste in a cookie from CoG under the cut. And because it will be a while since I update again, since I am about to 1) turn in the
I got the cover for the German edition of City of Ashes (which is coming out this June):
With all the foiling and whatnot, these covers are much prettier in person, but they still look nice onscreen.
Also, I got my first-draft cover for City of Glass and it is hot. No shirtlessness this time, but if it keeps on as it looks like it will, it will probably be my favorite of the three. Here's a tiny little piece of it, just for fun:
I got my box of Danish City of Bones in the mail, which means that City of Bones is now out in Denmark, or will be in the next few days. In Denmark, the cover looks like this:
I'm sort of amazed that so many of my foreign publishers are using my US cover. It's very unusual. I mean, I'm happy that they all think it's such a good selling point, but I kind of miss seeing varieties of cover art. I also cannot begin to tell you what "Daemonernes By" means. But I am excited to h
Simon and Schuster has made a cute downloadables site for The Mortal Instruments, with desktop wallpapers, message board avatars, a countdown timer to City of Ashes and screensavers (one that even pulls my blog into the screensaver itself. Though I'm not sure exactly why you'd want that, so I'm considering daily weather updates to keep the screensaver relevant.)
There's also a brand new excerpt from City of Ashes up there (I want t
Walker sent me over the final cover for the UK edition of City of Ashes, and I like it quite a lot. It's going to have gold foiling overlay in real life, so will of course look different than it does here, but still . . . fun!
ETA to add: City of Bones hit the Spiegel Harcover Bestseller list (Germany's version of the NYT bestseller list) at 43 this week — so CoB is now a bestseller in two countries. Yeow.
Just a note to say that City of Bones is now out in Germany, where the title is . . . City of Bones. Apparently keeping the English title is not that unusual (with the "Chroniken die Unterwelt", which I am guessing is "Chronicles of the Underworld" as a sub-title.)
First, I want to thank everyone who submitted an entry. They made me laugh, chortle, grin, sniffle, and inflict them on my friend Emily to get her to help me judge. They really made me feel the love for this book series, and for that, I am grateful. And I hope you all enjoyed the entries as much as I did.
And now, down to the nitty-gritty. I thought it would be hard to choose winners; it was impossible, but I did it. In each category there is now a winner, a second, and a third plac
The City of Ashes ARC giveaway contest is now over! Thanks to everyone who entered. I'd planned to post up the winners shortly after the contest ended, but I'd expected a lot less entries than I actually got (more like forty than four hundred!) Not that I am complaining, because I think it's fantastic that people had so much fun with this! — I'll be taking the next few days and judging the entries, and I'll post up the winners when I'm done.
My Italian publisher, Mondadori, let me know that City of Bones is out in Italy now! They also sent me a .jpg of the cover art (click to enlarge):
Al Pandemonium Club di New York si fanno strani incontri.
Seguendo un affascinante ragazzo dai capelli blu nel magazzino del locale, Clary vede tre guerrieri coperti di rune tatuate circondarlo
e trafiggerlo con una spada di cristallo. Vorrebbe chiamare aiuto,
ma non rimane nessun cadavere, nessuna goccia del sangue nero
Advance reader copies of City of Ashes have arrived! (Advance reader copies, for those who do not know, are uncorrected drafts of a book, bound up and made to look book-like for promotional purposes.) Or at least the very very advance ones — I should have more in a little while, and then I'll do an ARC giveaway like I did for Bones.
It's always a neat feeling to see your book bound up for the first time. A month ago, it looked like this:
I just wanted to say congratulations to my friend Sarah, who in addition to being a lovely person, is a kickass writer too. (You all may know her better as Maya.) Her first novel (the first in a series) has been bought by Simon and Schuster, and deservedly so — so go congratulate her on her journal! (And on a selfish note, I'm very pleased Sarah and I will be sharing an editor and a publisher, because it means we can party together at official functions and gang up on our editor when need be —
I got hold of the text of my review in Locus magazine (by the expedient of, you know, buying the magazine and typing it in!) and I was very excited — well, I was excited to see I was reviewed in Locus at all, because Locus is a great magazine and does wonderful reviews of books and interviews with sci-fi and fantasy writers. And I was very happy to see that Faren Miller had done the review for City of Bones. And was even happier that it was a good review — thoughtful and interesting.
So here I am in London - mostly lying face-down in my rented flat after the most horrible day of travel ever. Maureen and I left for London on the same day, unrelatedly, and both of us were leaving at 9am. We agreed that the move was to show up at the airport at 2am and just wait around due to all the increased security, so I did that. And of course the security was fine, so I ended up sitting at the gate for hours. This was made up for on the other end when the Heathrow Express broke down at E
My friend Justine Larbalestier recently posted a great entry about romance — not her own personally, though that would also be fascinating I'm sure, but romance in fiction. What makes it work, and what doesn't.
I can tell you what I like. I like tension and obstacles. I like lots of longing and unrequited love. I like to start a book and not really be sure what's going to happen in the end, if the author's going to mess me around or break my heart, or break up the lead couple and pl
Chapters (which is to Canada what Borders is to the States) has this great program called the Junior Advisory Booklovers team where five teens pick their favorite books every summer and those books are highlighted in the Chapters stores. Braden, one of the JAB Team kids, picked City of Bones for the Spring/Summer season. Here it is in a Chapters store (photo courtesy of the lovely Cecil Castelluci)
Yay! City of Bones got a great review in Kirkus' First Fiction Special, which, according to them, "highlights exciting first novels that herald the arrival of talented, promising new authors."
New York is the city that never sleeps, but evil spirits, angels, warlocks, faeries, and shadowhunters don't need much rest anyway. The city is home to Cassandra Clare's young-adult debut novel City of Bones, a cool, pleasingly dark and spicy urban fantasy. Clare has experienced New