Hi there. I'm Cassandra Clare. I'm a writer living in Brooklyn, New York. My first book, City of Bones, was published by Simon and Schuster in April, 2007. It's the first in a young adult urban fantasy trilogy called The Mortal Instruments. The second book, City of Ashes, just came out this March and the third, City of Glass, in 09.
Both City of Bones and its sequel have been New York Times bestsellers, and City of Bones is shortlisted for the Locus Award for Best First Novel.
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About City of Bones New York is the city that never sleeps — but evil spirits, angels, warlocks, faeries and shadow-hunters don't need much rest anyway. The city is home to Cassandra Clare's young-adult debut novel, a cool, pleasingly dark and spicy urban fantasy called City of Bones. —Kirkus Reviews
"Clare's atmospheric setting is spot-on, informed equally by neo-gothic horror films and the modern fantasy leanings of Neil Gaiman. Werewolves, vampires, angels and fairies all fit in this ambitious milieu. At the core, though, this is a compelling story about family secrets and coming-of-age identity crises. Fans of the smart/chic horror typified by Buffy the Vampire Slayer will instantly fall for this new series."— Publisher's Weekly
About City of Ashes
"Trust us, you’ll be so into this smart, funny, romantic read that you won’t even be frustrated at the cliff-hanger ending — we’re just counting down to 2009, when the final chapter in Clary’s story hits the shelves!" — Cosmo Girl Magazine
"The climactic scenes are more than just cinematic action scenes crammed with special effects; the emotional relationships between the young protagonists only deepen as the dangers and challenges grow. . . .[It] seems to point the way toward a strong conclusion for The Mortal Instruments." — Locus
"This action-packed tale uses melodrama ... to good effect, crafting emotional tension and heart-wrenching romantic dramas. Readers of urban fantasy will devour this deliciously overwrought adventure." —Kirkus
In the beginning, there was the Angel…
A thousand years ago, the Angel Raziel mixed his blood with the blood of men and created the race of the Nephilim. Human-angel hybrids, they walk among us, unseen but ever-present, our invisible protectors.
They call themselves Shadowhunters.
The Shadowhunters obey the laws set down in the Gray Book, given to them by the angel: their mandate is to protect our world from the interdimensional parasites they call demons, who travel from world to world, razing and destroying everything in their path. Theirs is also the task of keeping the peace among the warring Downworlders: the human-demon crossbreeds we know as warlocks, vampires, werewolves, and faeries.
In their duties they are aided by the mysterious Silent Brothers. Their lips and eyes sewn shut, the Silent Brothers rule over the City of Bones, the necropolis below the streets of Manhattan that holds the dead bodies of slain Shadowhunters. The Silent Brothers keep the archival records of ever Shadowhunter ever born. They also watch over the Mortal Instruments, the three divine objects the Angel Raziel gave to his children. One is a sword. One is a mirror. And the last is a cup.
For a thousand years, the Nephilim have protected the Mortal Instruments. But that was before the Uprising, the civil war that almost tore the Shadowhunters' secret world apart. Though Valentine, the Shadowhunter who started the war, is long dead, the wounds it left behind have never healed.
Fifteen years have passed since the Uprising. It's August in New York; the streets blistering with heat. Rumors run rampant through Downworld that Valentine is back, at the head of an army of Forsaken warriors.
And the Mortal Cup has gone missing...
Look for City of Ashes and the paperback of City of Bones in bookstores in March, 2008!
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For those who want to know, my agent is Barry Goldblatt and my film rights are with The Gotham Group.
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