The Dark Artificies

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First Peek of ‘The Dark Artifices’ by Cassandra Clare scheduled for 2015 publication

Thanks to Novel Thoughts blog and Cassandra Clare who so graciously shared with us the new snippet from The Dark Artifices, so we can now share it with you! With the craziness of the new Allegiant cover and the glorious Valentine Morgerstern poster today, this lovely piece of news got lost in the process. The first book of the The Dark Artices series, Lady Midnight is set to for publication in 2015. The snippet below centers around Emma Carstairs (descendent of Jem Carstairs, i.e. Infernal Defices) in Los Angleles 2012, five years after The Mortal Instruments take place.

The cycle hit the beach and spun out. Emma went into a rolling crouch as she flew free of it, keep­ing her elbows in, push­ing the air hard out of her lungs. She turned her head as she hit the sand, slap­ping her palms down to roll her­self for­ward, absorb­ing the impact of the fall through her arms and shoul­ders, her knees fold­ing up into her chest. The stars wheeled crazily over­head as she spun, suck­ing in her breath as her body slowed its rolling. She came to a stop on her back, her hair and clothes full of sand and her ears full of the sound of the wildly crash­ing ocean…

Cassie also posted the summary on her website:

Los Ange­les, 2012. It’s been five years since the events of the Mor­tal Instru­ments when Nephilim stood poised on the brink of obliv­ion and Shad­owhunter Emma Carstairs lost her par­ents. After the blood and vio­lence she wit­nessed as a child, Emma has ded­i­cated her life to the erad­i­ca­tion of demons and being the best, fastest and dead­liest teen Shad­owhunter since Jace Light­wood. Raised in the Los Ange­les Insti­tute, Emma is paired as a para­batai with her best friend, Julian. As Emma hunts those who caused the death of her par­ents, the trail they’re fol­low­ing leads back to those they’ve always been taught to trust. At the same time, Emma is falling in love with the one per­son in the world she’s absolutely for­bid­den by Shad­owhunter Law to love. Set against the glit­ter­ing back­drop of present-day Los Ange­les, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she inves­ti­gates a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run night­clubs of the Sun­set Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.


Did you know Emma is deathly afraid of the ocean? We’ll find out why in City of Heavenly Fire coming in 2014!

I have to say I’m extremely excited for this series! It’s set in Los Angeles, where I’m from and currently reside, so I will finally understand the city while I read. These characters sound so badass, and Cassandra has said the the romantic dynamic is much different from her other books (two guys one girl, and one of the guys is Emma’s parabatai). You can read a full list of facts Cat Reads Books compounded for The Dark Artificies’ characters.


Who else is excited about this new Shadowhunter series?


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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sara-Sperry/1448866930 Sara Sperry

    Can anyone say CASH COW?

  • WONBINAJJUSHI

    I wonder whose parents Emma’s were…

  • Kimberly Carrick

    wait, what? So Jace is going to be killed in CoHF & Emma isn’t Jem’s daughter because she’s too old… she’s Jem’s 3th cousin; great-great grand child of Jem’s uncle Elias (Thank you CP2 for the family tree). SO will Jem & Tessa be in TDA?

  • Kimberly Carrick

    Haha yah, and there’s ANOTHER series as well. I liked TMI and TID, but it’s getting to be a little much I think.

  • Natasha Polis

    We have no idea who will be killed in COHF! I think Emma’s parent’s are on the tree and we know that her parents will be killed n CoHF. I hope Jem and Tessa will be in TDA.