Cassandra Clare has revealed a snippet from The Last Hours.
The Last Hours is set after The Infernal Devices finishes and centres around the children of the TID characters (plus new characters.)
This snippet is about my next favourite Herondale that we met in The Bane Chronicles: The Midnight Heir.
“Who’s the boy tripping over his own feet?” Cordelia asked as the boy in question, a slender, ink-stained young man with spectacles and tousled brown curls, nearly careened into Lucie and Matthew.
“That’s Christopher Lightwood. My cousin. Alas, Christopher is far more at home with beakers and test tubes than he is with female company. Let’s just hope he doesn’t pitch poor Rosamund Townsend into the refreshment table.”
“Is he in love with her?”
“Lord, no, barely knows her,” said James. “Charles and Daphne are engaged, and Barbara Lightwood has an understanding with George Hayward. Beyond that, I’m not sure I can think of any romances brewing in our set. Though having you and Alastair here might bring us some excitement, Daisy.”
Her heart leaped. “I didn’t realize you remembered that old nickname.”
“What, Daisy?” He was holding her close as they danced: she could feel the heat of him all up and down her front, making her prickle all over. “Of course I remember it. I gave it to you. I hope you don’t intend me to stop using it.”
“Of course not. I like it.” She forced herself not to move her gaze from his. Goodness, his eyes were startling up close. They were the color of golden syrup, almost shocking against the black of his pupils. She had heard the whispers, knew people found his eyes odd and alien, a sign of his difference. She thought they were lovely: the color of fire and gold, the way she imagined the heart of the sun. “Though I don’t think it suits me. Daisy sounds like a pretty little girl in hair ribbons.”
“Well,” he said. “You are at least –”
He broke off. She heard the click as he swallowed: he was looking past her, at someone who had just come into the room. Cordelia followed his glance, and saw a tall woman, thin as a scarecrow and dressed in the black of mourning, with gray-streaked auburn hair done in the style of decades ago piled on her head. Tessa was hurrying toward her, a concerned look on her face. Will was following, and goodness, what did they both look so worried about?
As Tessa reached her, the woman stepped aside, revealing the girl who had been standing behind her. A girl, dressed all in ivory, with a soft waterfall of white-gold curls gathered back from her face. The girl moved forward gracefully to greet Tessa and Will, and as she did so, James dropped Cordelia’s hands.
They were no longer dancing. Cordelia stood, frozen in confusion, as James turned away from her without a word and strode across the room toward the girl.
So from this snippet we can see that Cordelia Carstairs has a crush on James (she actually has from the age of 10), but he is obsessed with the girl that just walked in to the party (who those who have read The Midnight Heir will know that it is Grace Blackthorn).
Poor Cordelila, and poor James. They were both having a lovely time dancing until Tatiana and Grace walked in.
I am very excited to read more about James and the rest of the characters in The Last Hours. The first book in the series is to be released in 2017 and will be released 1 book every 2 years to be intertwined with The Dark Artifices series which is set to start being released in 2016 (so we will have book 1 TDA 2016, book 1 TLH 2017, book 2 TDA 2018, book 2 TLH 2019 etc) but this may all change as Cassandra does not want to write to such strict deadlines at the moment.
Here is a quick walk through giving us detail about some of the THL characters that Cassie shared with us a new months ago:
Cordelia Carstairs. Daughter of Jem’s Uncle Elias. Bit of a scapegrace and ever since she was ten she’s had a sort of a crush on
James Herondale, who is parabatai with
the always-delightful Matthew Fairchild. James is totally in love with and has a very odd relationship with Tatiana’s Blackthorn’s ward
Grace Blackthorn, whose brother Jesse Blackthorn may or may not be dead
a mystery that occupies the busy brain of writer
Lucie Herondale, whose father would really prefer she marry
Alastair Carstairs, Cordelia’s older brother. Shown with Cortana — looks like Elias did as Tessa suggested and passed it down to his own children after all.Alastair is best friends with
Charles Fairchild, who you may remember as Potentially Buford from Clockwork Princess. Charles would like to be the next Consul, alas, and Henry finds he rather gets along better with Cecily and Gabriel’s son
Christopher, a scientist, who is the younger brother of the ever so sophisticated
Anna Lightwood, who keeps her own flat on Percy Street and everyone else’s secrets.
Artwork by Cassandra Jean