So yesterday marked the 25th birthday for fictional heroine, Clary Fray. The female protagonist from the bestselling novels The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. In honour of her birthday, the author released a snippet from her upcoming novel ‘Lord of Shadows’-the second novel in The Dark Artifices. As well as the continuation novel following the ending of ‘Lady Midnight’, in which we follow the story of Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn in Los Angeles.
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In a kingdom by the sea…
In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.
A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.
Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.
Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?
One thing I respect is that everyone has their own opinion when it comes to different couples and ships within any fandom. And in this fandom, it is exactly the same, but one ship-the one that started it all really has become very deeply discussed since the release of this snippet:
Personally, Clary Fray and Jace Herondale/Lightwood/Wayland or whatever you wish to call him have always had this kind of relationship-in my mind-that wasn’t really made to last. Obviously this is just my own opinion, but they seem like the couple where they are only childhood sweethearts, and that now they’ve grown up it just isn’t happening anymore. Throughout the duration of The Mortal Instrument series they go from worse to worse, before anything gets better, and as their roles as the main protagonist’s, they go through it all the more because of that. It’s like tenfold for them.
Yes, Simon Lewis and Isabelle Lightwood go through hell and back too. Just like Magnus Bane and Alexander Lightwood, but they aren’t main characters in the same sense as Clary and Jace are. Yes, they have their own demons and obstacles to face, but here it is:
Simon and Isabelle; they are established mostly from Simon’s declaration of finding himself again-that there is something there still. As they mainly banter between one another, and you always know something will happen. I think that long, slow burn will make them last a long time, no matter what obstacles will come up. Then for everyone who has read ‘Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy’ and the bonus chapter in ‘Lady Midnight’ will know their outcome turns to the best.
Magnus and Alexander; they had the slow burn as well, as well as the internal battle Alec had with facing himself and the demons he’s always had to face before meeting Magnus. Magnus had that knowledge of living hundreds of years and finally finding home with Alec, but not pushing and literally helping and supporting Alec through his trying times. Not to mention, they had their dreaded moment on page 511, which all readers will know of. And now that they have a family, I honestly can’t see that falling apart at Cassie’s hands, unless it’s far in the future and it is a dire need.
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When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Clary knows she should call the police, but it’s hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary.
Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary’s mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque demon.
But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…
Another thought I have on this snippet is that if what I’m thinking is right, and it fell chronologically around when Simon proposed to Isabelle; well I honestly think Clary would be-well-not best pleased that Jace stole their and her best friend’s thunder. Clary is a selfless person, and I think she would wonder why he’d chose then to do it. (Or maybe it’s just my fandom heart questioning this)
Secondly, Clary and Jace literally had so much crap happen to them. First they were falling in love, then got told they were brother and sister. Then they were trying to deal with the pull of trying to be together, followed by the Seelie Queen mocking them and making them kiss. Not long afterwards, Jace messes with both of their heads, then leaves to chase after Valentine; evidently leaving Clary once again heartbroken, with mixed feelings. To then be told by her newly awoken mother that Jace and her aren’t related and he’s just took off to practically his death. After that it’s followed by Clary reviving him back to life-which yes, is a big thing-, then the whole being tied to Sebastian and what not. Then the whole living through hell, quite literally. That is a lot for a little teenage brain and heart to deal with, even if they are Shadowhunters. If that wouldn’t make you question whether you want to get married? I’d go crazy.
Not to mention, Clary and Jace have enhanced angel blood, with their enhanced gifts. When Shadowhunters marry, it is usually to start a family in the long run, but these gifts could become questionable. Clary could be thinking on this because her children would be questioned by the Clave, just as Tessa and Will’s children were. Her children could be in jeopardy so to speak in the future. I think she’s honestly thinking of the greater good, like she-most of the time-usually did. I know that Shadowhunters are always born to basically be at war, to some extent, and I honestly think that Clary wouldn’t want to have that knowledge of settling down only to have to worry that it could be their last piece of happiness. Personally, I think Clary would wait until everything was set on safety, and when there wasn’t anything dire that needed done.
What are your thoughts on this snippet?