Cassandra Clare just revealed on her Tumblr that there will be FIVE total Shadowhunter series. Right now we have The Mortal Instruments, and The Infernal Devices, and The Dark Artifices is scheduled for a 2015 release – but they are only the beginning.
“The five Shadowhunter series are TiD, TLH, TMI, TDA, and very far down the road, TWP. Don’t even ask about that one! It’s too far in the future! There are other Shadowhunter projects like The Bane Chronicles and the graphic novel project about the Circle, currently in planning stages and known as TST.
What do you hope the mysterious ‘TLH’ and ‘TWP’ Shadowhunter series are? On writing in her world, Cassie says, “There is a special sort of enjoyment in developing stories in a created world, because you can take the rules you yourself have invented, and bend them or break them. You can create connections and history.”
“The Clave says no. You’re not supposed to be romantically involved with your parabatai. In Clockwork Prince, one of the plot points is a past pair of parabatai, one of whom committed suicide because he’d fallen in love with his parabatai and was afraid of the secret being exposed. The Clave has their reasons for this old Law. However, like pretty much every cultural/social law decreeing that people can’t fall in love or can’t marry, plenty of people break it. It’s not like no priest has ever fallen in love with anyone. And Emma and Julian’s relationship isn’t defined yet – not even by me! We know there is probably going to be an issue of romantic interest, but they are not a couple at the beginning of the books. They might never be a couple. We will see.”