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Cassandra Clare’s new Shadowhunter series to be called ‘The Last Hours’

February 21, 2014

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!

Who’s excited to read more about Jem, Will, and Tessa?

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  • Madison

    I think she should have left it how it was…

  • Amanda Rutherford

    I am super excited! Love Clare’s Shadow hunters!

  • Alouy Martinez

    Chain of Thorns sure sounds like Game of Thrones anyone, or is it just me. I’m excited even though I haven’t even thread the last three books in the Mortal instruments or the prequel books.

  • Amelia B

    Not to sound rude, but gosh, she’s milking this cash cow until it drops dead! The amount of spinoffs she’s made is getting ridiculous. I’m cringing at the thought that people continue to read them, especially since the quality of her books is merely average, if not poor.

  • Gail Somerdale

    wow. this is horrid. all she does is write for money. i love the plot of the original ones but this is getting disgusting. she should have ended the original series at city of glass but she wrote extras and then a prequel and then more spin-offs. what in the world.

  • YARA

    and she basically spoiled them for me :’) cause she wrote all about the will and tessa HAPPY LITTLE FAMILY :’) gosh!!!!

  • Sunny

    I really don’t understand why people are upset that Cassie continues to write about the Shadowhunter World. Frankly, I find it ridiculous. I don’t see people getting upset that Tamora Pierce continues to write books about the people of Tortall (and I love those books!). Or the Discworld series. Or about comic books in general. No, but its a problem when Cassandra Clare does it. I’m glad that she continues to write about the Shadowhunters. Heck, I love The Infernal Devices series way more than TMI. Yes, City of Fallen Angels wasn’t that good, especially compared to the first 3 books of the series. But Lost Souls was better and City of Heavenly Fire is shaping up to possibly be the best of the series. Give it a chance. And if you don’t like what she is doing, then don’t read the books. Just stick w/ City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass.

  • Nuria

    I think that you should write about jem and Tessa when they decide to go travelling around the world and write about how Tessa deals when jem dies. I think Tessa should end her life with jem so she isn’t alone, it’s pretty depressing but amazing to read!

  • Amelia B

    Except that I am annoyed that Tamora Pierce continues to write the same books continually. So yes, I’m not reading her books past City of Bones, but it’s not ridiculous to say she doesn’t seem able to branch out.

  • Sunny

    But Cassandra Clare is branching out. She’s writing another series with Holly Black.

  • Lamar Bakhsh

    this is fantastic! this news made my day <3 freaking excited. I love Cassie's books and everything she writes.
    And what's wrong with people? If you think this is a "bad idea" fine shut up and don't read it.

  • Elizabeth Loch

    As long as the stories are fresh, well-written, and creative I think it is great that Clare continues writing. about Shadowhunters. Whether or not her stories continue to be good, that is matter of opinion.