Cassandra Clare posted today that the new title of her Shadowhunter trilogy had been leaked, but a huge wave of her fans were still excited to hear about the trilogy coming after The Dark Artifices.
The Last Hour is taken from Great Expectations and Clares says it will be a retelling with Will, Tessa, and Jem’s intermediate family:
You have been in every line I have ever read, since I first came here, the rough common boy whose poor heart you wounded even then. You have been in every prospect I have ever seen since — on the river, on the sails of the ships, on the marshes, in the clouds, in the light, in the darkness, in the wind, in the woods, in the sea, in the streets. You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with. The stones of which the strongest London buildings are made, are not more real, or more impossible to be displaced by your hands, than your presence and influence have been to me, there and everywhere, and will be. Estella, to the last hours of my life, you cannot choose but remain part of my character, part of the little good in me, part of the evil. — Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
Cassandra Clare gives us a bit of insight into the books with a short synopsis:
“For as long as Lucie Herondale can remember, the Herondale family manor has adjourned the manor of the Blackthorns.
It’s too bad that Tatiana Blackthorn, the matriarch of the family, has always been, as her father Will Herondale says, “mad as a mouse trapped in a teapot.” Since the day that her father Benedict murdered Tatiana’s husband, and was killed in turn by a group of Shadowhunters that included both her brothers, Tatiana has nursed a burning grudge against the London Institute and all its inhabitants, especially Will, Tessa and their children: Lucie and her brother, James …”
And one of the most exciting bits it the title announcement (more Great Expectation references) for each three books which will be: Chain of Thorns, Chain of Gold, and Chain of Iron. Cassie also adds, “The books will interconnect with The Dark Artifices as the stories of the Blackthorns, Herondales and Carstairs, much like TMI and The Infernal Devices.”
“Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.” — Great Expectations
Publication dates have NOT been determined yet. Though The Dark Artifices will be be published first with Lady Midnight coming in a few short years. We will keep you updated as information come in!