And the winner is… MP! Bookish Awards: Cassandra Clare gives us ‘Lord of Shadows’ hints + WIN an exclusive ‘Lady Midnight’ bundle!

We’re so excited about this that we’re having trouble breathing, but we got to chat to Cassandra Clare – CASSANDRA CLARE! – about ‘Lady Midnight’, what’s next and ‘Lady Midnight’ being nominated for Fantasy/Sci-Fi Book of the Year in the MP! Bookish Awards.


Are you ready? We’re so not…

Congrats on being up for best Fantasy/Sci Fi of the year! To you, what makes a really great fantasy? Thank you! I’m honored that ‘Lady Midnight’ is in the running. I love fantasy stories where the extraordinary is rooted in the ordinary. I like to be inspired to notice the potential for adventure and magic in my own surroundings, whatever they are.

How does it feel to start a new series with Emma and Julian? I will always have a special place in my heart for the characters of the ‘Mortal Instruments’ and the ‘Infernal Devices’, but I was also ready to move on. ‘The Dark Artifices’ creates a nice balance of familiar and new. It’s an opportunity to get to know a whole new set of characters, but also to check in with old friends like Clary, Magnus, Jace and Tessa. ‘The Dark Artifices’ is partly inspired by one of my favorite poems, Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘Annabel Lee’. It’s been a ton of fun working elements of that poem into the text. I’ve also enjoyed writing about LA. I grew up there, and I’ve always associated the place with magic hiding in plain sight. My teenage self would be delighted if she knew I’d be writing about demons on the Santa Monica Pier.


Can you give us any sneaky hints for Book 2? ‘Lady Midnight’ was very much focused in and around LA, but in ‘Lord Of Shadows’ the characters will be going farther afield. We’ll get to see the Blackthorns back in Idris, and there will be excursions to Faerie as well…

Do you think you’ll ever leave the Shadowhunter world? I already have! I’m working on a middle grade series called ‘Magisterium’ with Holly Black. The third book, ‘The Bronze Key’, came out at the end of August. It’s been a lot of fun to build a whole new world with Holly, one that holds a very different sort of magic than the Shadowhunter world does. As for what’s next, I’m starting to consider what I want to work on after ‘The Last Hours’ and ‘The Wicked Powers’ (which are the two trilogies that will wrap up the ‘Shadowhunter Chronicles’). I have several ideas, but nothing concrete enough to share details about yet.


If someone wasn’t sure who to vote for in the MP! Bookish Awards, how would you convince them to vote for ‘Lady Midnight’? I hope the book will speak for itself! But in case you’re wondering whether to pick it up in the first place: If you like any combination of murder mysteries, sunlit noir, heroines obsessed with revenge, tragic love stories, political machinations among supernatural creatures, and Edgar Allen Poe, then I think Lady Midnight is the book for you.

Vote for ‘Lady Midnight’ RIGHT HERE!

And we wouldn’t be MP! without a giveaway, right? Right.

We’ve got a signed limited edition hardback of ‘Lady Midnight’, a copy of the ‘Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters’ and a Shadowhunters tote bag! We’re not jealous. Nope.

This competition is now closed! Congrats to the winner @shannoliviab.

Tell us what you’re most looking forward to in ‘Lord of Shadows’ in the comments below.

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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