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Author Interview – Cassandra Clare
Author Interviews
September 7, 2010 posted by Christina

Author Interview – Cassandra Clare

It’s not every day you get to chat with one of the biggest names in young adult fiction, but we did just that when we spoke to Cassandra Clare.

Her new novel, Clockwork Angel, is the first in the Infernal Devices series and prequel to The Mortal Instruments.

Set in Victorian England, the story follows sixteen-year-old orphan Tessa Gray, whose quiet life is thrown into turmoil when she discovers the secret world of the Shadowhunters as well as her own new shapeshifting abilities. As she draws deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated and torn between two best friends – Will and Jem, and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

Since the success of The Mortal Instruments how has your life changed? Do you get recognized out on the street?

That had never happened! Most people haven’t the faintest idea what writers look like. Only once, when I was in Ireland, did a stranger recognize me. I was on TV there talking about literacy and gothic literature for children. When I got to the airport in Dublin to fly home the woman who patted me down said “I know who you are, you were on TV! You are a writer!”

You’ve taken to twitter like a fish to water, which as fans, we really love and appreciate – what is it about it that you like?

Ironically I swore up and down forever that I would NEVER go on Twitter, that it would just suck all my time and I’d never get anything done. Then I found out someone was impersonating me on Twitter — pretending to be me and answering reader questions and the like. I was furious — they’d even replied to messages from my boyfriend as if they were me — so I had to create a “No, THIS is me” Twitter account. And of course I immediately got addicted. It’s such a quick way to get news out, and a great way to network and meet new people without the effort of writing a whole blog post.

Crunchy or smooth peanut butter?


The Mortal Instruments series was set in New York why did you opt to set the Infernal Devices in London?

Because London is one of my favorite cities — and why work so hard creating a demon-fighting force that spans the globe if you’re not going to visit new locations? Also, the first inkling of the book came to me in London — I was crossing Blackfriars Bridge and I had this sudden strong image in my head of a girl and a boy, in the period costume of the mid-Victorian era, standing on the bridge at night — and from one end of the bridge, unseen by them, was an army of clockwork creatures approaching. It was very creepy and I knew immediately it was historical, and that it would be set in my favorite London period, the mid-Victorian era.

What research did you do for the Victorian setting?

For six months I read only books written during, or written about, the Victorian period. I did a lot of reading of first-hand sources: journals kept at the time period, the travel accounts of tourists visiting England from America (since Tessa is American, in London for the first time) and newspapers of the period. I also employed a research assistant — Lisa Gold — to track down hard to find photographs of locations in the time period, and went to London several times myself to map out routes and select locations.

There’s a lot of dialogue about the Accords – they seem to take on more significance in this series than in Mortal Instruments?

That’s because in the Mortal Instruments the Accords have been around for a hundred years, while in the ID books they’re new. The Accords are a fact of life for the Shadowhunters in MI, but in ID they’ve changed everything — the new generation is embracing them, but the older generation of Shadowhunters hates them. In fact, the older generation of Downworlders doesn’t like them all that much. You can draw a parallel with any sort of progressive civil rights movement — it usually takes people a while to catch up and do the right thing.

*** Spoilers Ahead ***

Due to their line of work, Shdowhunters tend to live shorter lives while most Downworlders, such as warlocks and vampires, can live for a very long time. It seems that Tessa is set for some lonely years ahead?

You mean because both of her love interests are mortal? Well, there has to be a downside to immortality, doesn’t there? And besides, who knows what’s going to happen in the next two books . . .

When shape shifted into a vampire Tessa’s heart stopped beating and her skin felt cold. If she were to shift into a Shadowhunter would she gain some of their abilities too? Could she draw a rune?

Not without reading the Gray Book. She’d be a Shadowhunter, but she wouldn’t have their knowledge, just like when she becomes Camille, she doesn’t immediately know everything about vampires.

It looks like certain personality traits are inherited, how would a meeting between Will and Jace go down? Battle of wits?

Yes, they would probably both instantly hate each other and try to out-sarcasm the other one.

In some earlier blurbs Tessa’s last name is Fell but now it’s Gray, did it have anything to do with Ragnor Fell?

Oh, character names change all the time. Remember those earlier blurbs date from a time when City of Glass wasn’t finished, so Ragnor Fell wasn’t Ragnor Fell. He had some other last name. When I settled on Fell for him, I changed Tessa’s last name so no one would think there was a connection. Also there’s a reason her last name is so close to Clary’s false last name, Fray.

If you could spend the day with one of your characters (TMI or ID) which would it be?

Magnus— he seems like he’d be fun to shop with.

Though I’m sure for the most part your lips are sealed, what can you tell us about the next book Clockwork Prince?

I can tell you that the secret to Will’s bizarre behavior will be revealed; that we will meet Gabriel Lightwood’s older brother (the one who’s reportedly even grouchier than he is) and that by the end of the book at least one character we know has gotten engaged.

Character Q’s  – We get a little cameo appearance from some of the amazing new characters from Clockwork Angel.

Tessa, we spot you at the end of City of Glass, what was it like seeing the descendants of people you were very close to?

Tessa: I’ll just say that seeing Jace was a bit like seeing a ghost.

Jem, you’re rocking the silver hair which is unusual for someone of your age, do you think you’ll bring it back in fashion?

Jem: I wouldn’t mind if my hair color was a bit less unusual, as I dislike being a curiosity, but I’d hate to have people repeat the experience that made my hair look like it does.

Will, you’re quite a mysterious person and in a way, I’m not sure what to ask, I’m kind of speechless. Do you find you have that affect on people often?

Will: It’s quite natural to have the urge to fall down and worship me as a sort of god. Feel free to go about it. I won’t even notice.

How’s everyone feel about Church moving in?

Jem: He’s a fine little cat.

Tessa: He does tend to come up upon one at unnerving times. He’s made me jump into the air several times.

Will: That’s nothing, I found him staring at me in the bath the other day. Of course, given the chance, who wouldn’t?

Jessamine: We have a cat?

Charlotte: He certainly is an unusual cat. I’d like the Silent Brothers to look at him.

Henry: I could dissect him.

Everyone else: NO.

Ah Will, always a flirt. A big thank you to Cassandra Clare!
Make sure you gets your hands on a copy today, Clockwork Angel is available in store and online now at all good book stores.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1) – Cassandra Clare
Book Reviews
August 31, 2010 posted by Christina

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1) – Cassandra Clare

“When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray arrives in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gas lit streets.  Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn even deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated – and torn between- two best friends and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.”

Clockwork Angel is the first novel in the Infernal Devices series and is the prequel to the highly successful Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare. Over the past few weeks I’ve been hearing reviews mostly to the tune of “ZOMG, SO GOOD”, in regards to this book. So, not that I needed much encouragement, having already been a die-hard fan of The Mortal Instruments, I decided to see what all the fuss was about.

The story is set in Victorian London and centers on Tessa Gray who has just arrived from New York to join her brother Nate after the death of their Aunt. Tessa barely sets foot on English soil before she’s kidnapped by The Dark Sisters – a wicked pair of warlocks who have hidden Nate and taken him hostage. In return for her brother’s safety Tessa is tortured into uncovering a shape shifting ability she never knew she had.

The Magister knew of it though. He is the leader of the Pandemonium Club, a mysterious club where humans and Downworlders (vampires, warlocks, faeries, werewolves) mix and he wants control of Tessa’s unique ability.

While uncovering murders linked to the club, Tessa is discovered and rescued by the Shadowhunters – Nephilim who are the children of Angels and humans who have sworn to protect humans from demons. Taking refuge at the London Institute Tessa enlists the help of the Shadowhunters to find her brother while she helps them uncover the dark plan to wipe out their kind…

When Clockwork Angel arrived in the mail I did a bit of a dance, I was that excited. I was Shadowhunter starved! A year had passed since her last book release and I was missing the sarcasm that Cassandra Clare does so well, and she definitely delivered. It took a bit of time in the beginning to adjust to the new time period and things took a bit of time to get going because a whole lot of groundwork needed to be laid before the story was able to gain some speed.

There’s no shortage of action in this book and can be quite creepy at times thanks to the evil clockwork minions of the Magister, made from the bodies of the dead. That, plus London’s notoriously bleak weather give the book quite a dark quality.

For me, Cassandra Clare’s standout talent as a writer is her ability to create such loveable, dynamic characters. The new characters we meet in this story are no exception. We see a few familiar last names – Herondale, Lightwood, Wayland, all being the ancestors of the characters were knew and loved from The Mortal Instruments (including Magnus Bane!) We’re also presented with a bunch of new characters as well.

It probably wasn’t until Magnus showed up though that I realized just how much I had missed the Shdowhunter world. He was his charming self as always and even though in this book his appearance was briefer than I’d have preferred, he was still great. Plus, it’s Magnus that leaves us with a great cliffhanger right at the end.

Our main character, Tessa, definitely has spunk.  She’s a lady with all the politeness and proper manners that go hand –in-hand with the time period, but when it comes down to it she puts up a hell of a fight and has a comeback for any snarky comment Will throws her way.

Speaking of Will; this guy is badass. His only downfall is that he’s also an a-hole. With his dark hair and blue eyes he’s beautifully sexy and has the kind of wit and classic one-liners that we’ve come to love from Jace in TMI. As Jace’s ancestor it’s clear that’s one of the character traits he’s passed down. Like most characters in this book, Will has a dark and mysterious past, which is apparently the reason he’s a jerk to most people and keeps them at arm’s length. Everyone except his best friend and parabatai, Jem.

Jem though, has dark secrets of his own, secrets which are destroying him from the inside out. He’s the only one who’s been able to get close to Will and balances out Will’s snark with his calm, soothing demeanor. With his silver hair and musical skills Jem’s a charmer simply by being a gentleman. He catches your attention with his subtleties.

The blurb hypes the three of them to be caught in a fierce love triangle but it’s not really the case – at least not in this book. It seems clear which of the two boys Tessa prefers (but if she was smart she wouldn’t…) but we’ll see how that’ll unfold in the next books.

There’s no denying there’s a well thought out plot here. Though it seems the plot moves Tessa rather than her driving the plot, it still twists, turns and weaves brilliantly, especially at the end – right when you think you know where everyone stands, it gets turned on its head which was really great. It was also great to see Shadowhunters from the perspective of a Downworlder, at times it made them appear very elitist and superior.

We also get to see the role of women during the period from different angles from each of the ladies we meet in the book. From Jessamine who wants a more traditional life, to Charlotte who is bending the rules and pushing the boundaries of what is acceptable for a lady to do (and without a corset too!)

By the end there are still so many questions left hanging you double check the last page to see if there’s even a sentence or two more to answer at least one, but no such luck.

This is a stunning novel and it’s going to be an agonizing wait for the next book but I know it’ll be worth it. It’s a fresh take on a period piece so expect action, many lines of great, quotable dialogue, a bit of romance and plenty of Shadowhunter mystery. A huuuuuuge thumbs up!

Pages: 488
Publication Date: August 31st 2010
Rating: : ★★★★½

Teaser Quote:  “That was enterprising,” Will sounded nearly impressed.

Nate smiled. Tessa shot him a furious look. “Don’t look pleased with yourself. When Will says ‘enterprising’ he means ‘morally deficient.'”

“No, I mean enterprising,” said Will. “When I mean morally deficient, I say, ‘Now, that’s something I would have done.”

Clockwork Angel Chapter Sampler and Wallpapers
August 26, 2010 posted by Christina

Clockwork Angel Chapter Sampler and Wallpapers

As promised, thanks to Walker Books we’ve got a chapter sampler from Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel to share with you all! Also, be sure to check out the official website for other goodies such as wallpapers, artwork, an excerpt and much more – www.theinfernaldevices.com

The prequel to the best-selling The Mortal Instruments will be available on August 31st.

Click below to read the Clockwork Angel chapter sampler and wallpapers…

August 23, 2010 posted by Christina

Countdown to Clockwork Angel

It’s officially a week to go till the release of Clockwork Angel! Cassandra Clare’s stunning prequel to the best-selling The Mortal Instruments series will hit shelves on August 31st.We’re super excited, just like we know you guys are. To tie us all over until the actual release date, MTV’s Hollywood Crush have released a great teaser trailer. We know a lot of you have already seen it, but we thought we’d share it with you anyway:

Also, in other exciting news, The lovely people at Walker Books have provided us with THREE Clockwork Angel packs to be given away, as well as a chapter sampler which we’ll share very soon. The giveaway will be posted in the coming days, as will the sample chapter, so make sure you check back in with us!

August 5, 2010 posted by Christina

Exciting announcement from Cassandra Clare!

During a live chat, Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments Series, revealed that following the April 2011 release of City of Fallen Angels (#4 in the Mortal Instruments Series), another  two books will follow – City of Lost Souls (2012) and City of Heavenly Fire (2013.)

The prequel to this series, The Infernal Devices, Clockwork Angel will be released August 31st 2010.

Very exciting!