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Photos: Cover reveal for next two stories from ‘Shadowhunters Academy’

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Entertainment Weekly has released the covers for the next two stories from ‘Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy’ e-series. The first Bitter Tongue, releases August 18 and the second, The Fiery Trial, on September 18.

When an Academy mission goes wrong, Simon is kidnapped by faeries (why is he always kidnapped?). He must escape the Fey, relying on his only ally, former Shadowhunter and Dark Artifices character Mark Blackthorn. – EW

Simon and Clary witness the parabatai ceremony of Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn…and discuss their own parabatai plans in this precursor to The Dark Artifices. – EW

I’m especially excited for The Fiery Trial, since it leads us directly into The Dark Artifices.

Check out the previous covers here and here.

Cassandra Clare named one of ’13 Female YA Fiction Authors That Owned 2014′

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With 2014 drawing to a close, Bustle has released a list of 13 Female Young Adult Fiction Authors That Owned 2014. Of course, Cassandra Clare finds a mention.


Looking for a writing partner in the YA world? Cassandra Clare is the absolute best you could get — and she has a dozen or so books lined up through 2017 to prove it. Young adult fantasy and scifi powerhouses Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Cassandra Jean teamed up this year to release The Bane Chronicles, devised of their short stories surrounding one of the fan-favorite character of the Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices series. Plus, she worked with Holly Black to release the amazing The Iron Trial, which is the beginning of a new middle grade series. Oh, and of course there’s that highly anticipated sixth book of the former series, City of Heavenly Fire Clare pushed out in 2014. Clare also teamed up with illustrator Hye Kyung Baek to release a Manga version of the latter series, with Clockwork Princess released this year.

Check out the full list here.

Cassandra Clare & co to write ‘Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy’

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Shadowhunter Academy

Just like The Bane ChroniclesCassandra Clare is teaming up again with Sarah Rees Brennan, Robin Wasserman and Maureen Johnson for a new book titled, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. The book will include 10 short stories released as e-books  once every month, starting February 2015.

According to Cassie, the stories will be about Simon (as had been speculated before), and we can expect to see Jace and Clary, Will and Jem, Tessa, and Emma.

“Wrapping up the Mortal Instruments series was a hugely emotional time for me. It was so hard to let the characters go, but I felt I’d left them in good places. All except Simon—his ending was unconventional and open for more story. I knew I wanted him to go through the training process to become a Shadowhunter, something we haven’t really seen,” Clare told  EW in an exclusive statement.

Check out the full schedule of the stories below:

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Lily Collins and City of Bones director Harald Zwart attend Clockwork Princess Book Tour in LA

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As we told you previously, Clary Fray actress Lily Collins was scheduled to attend the Clockwork Princess Book Tour at Barnes & Noble in Los Angeles tonight. Along with her, director Harald Zwart, too, surprised the audience by attending the event for the last book of The Infernal Devices trilogy. Check out photos in the gallery here.

A Tumblr user recorded a video of Lily talking about the characters and what it was like working with Jamie Campbell Bower. You can check that out here.

Here’s what Lily said about working with Jamie:

Working with Jamie was amazing, literally, when I say he’s Jace, he genuinely is Jace. I can’t wait for you guys to see what’s up with the character. He’s got that cockiness, sarcastic, the hot thing going on. He shows a real vulnerability, that you know… it takes a real man to show real vulnerability. Working with him was amazing and you know he’s very supportive but also a real joker.


Fellow authors on the tour with Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson and Sarah Brennan tweeted info from the event, which we have compiled below:

  • Harald says he loved filming a movie with a strong female lead, & @cassieclare & @lilycollins are awesome women.
  • If lily could play another tmi character it would be Magnus. Hot, great parties, gets with lots of guys
  • Harald the director says making @cassieclare‘s book into a movie was so much fun, you have no idea. 😉

Some quick Vine videos from the event can be seen below:

  • Cassie signing one of the many books: here
  • The Mortal Instruments poster and tagline: here
  • Lily Collins talking about Clary Fray: here