Cassandra Clare News

I haven’t seen much news of this around, but a couple of days ago I saw an article over on Hypable that dropped a bit of Cassandra Clare news – it looks like she has her first adult series in the works, and it will focus on none other than…Magnus Bane.

It looks like she will be co-authoring with Wesley Chu, adding to her growing list of writing partners which already include Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman. It looks like the first book of the proposed trilogy will have a release date of November 2017, meaning that there will be three different Shadowhunter-world series on the go at the same time. In the announcement, Clare said:

     “Over the years writing the Shadowhunter books, Magnus Bane has emerged as one of the most fun and fascinating characters for me to bring to life… There are so many things we don’t know about Magnus, from the story of his first love to the secrets of his parentage, to the beginning of his relationship with Alec. All those are things I was able to touch on in The Bane Chronicles, but I’m excited to dig in even more deeply in these three volumes devoted to Magnus, his past, his future, and his present.”

So, I don’t quite know how I feel about this. I enjoy Magnus as much as the next reader, but we have already covered a lot of territory in his life. Between his role in The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments, and his own collection of short stories, there has been a lot of page time devoted to Magnus already. And, I mean, we already know he ends up with Alec. He has already gotten his happily ever after (well, until Alec gets old or figures out how not to), so what new ground is there to cover?

As of right now, I don’t have much interest in this one. To be honest, as much as I loved The Infernal Devices and enjoyed The Mortal Instruments, I think I am burning out on the Shadowhunter books. The recently released Lady Midnight, which started yet another Shadowhunter series, didn’t really do that much for me. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t grab me, either, which was a disappointment in itself.

Are you happy to see an adult trilogy focusing on Magnus, or are you moving on from the whole Shadowhunter world? What new ground do you think they can cover that hasn’t already been done before


This Week in E-books…

Time for the weekly look at what is coming in e-books and novellas. Entangled Covet‘s new e-book only line continues with the release of its next two titles. The first one is Take it Like a Vamp, from author Candace Havens.

take it like a vampSynopsis…

Vampire Nick Christos might’ve been born in the Middle Ages, but the good old days seem tame compared to the last eight years he’s spent ruling the Supernatural Council. His only respite is with his cute neighbor Casey Meyers, a woman he wants more than any undead man should. Sure, he’s forced to take a cold shower after every encounter, but there’s no way he’ll test his own strength by getting too close to a human, and he’s not willing to risk her life–not with bloodthirsty family on the prowl out to ruin Nick’s life.

When said Nick’s kin shows up, the innocent Casey is caught in the middle of a centuries old fight, and Nick’s biggest fear is realized. Now, instead of keeping his hands off his neighbor, he’ll risk everything to save the human he’s come to love.

And the second is Bad Mouth from author Angela McCallister. I swear I have seen that cover dude posed somewhere before.

bad mouthSynopsis…

After her ex-husband’s obsession with vampires, Valerie Craig is on a mission to stop transformations. Of all vampires, Kade Rollins is the worst of the worst, but when multiple murders plague Seattle, Val is forced to enlist his aid. Kade’s crude wit and seductive nature attract her like no other, but she can’t ignore his violence toward his human servants, no matter her yearning to forget.

She’s torn when she learns Kade may be behind the murders. Val’s worked hard to protect humans from vampires, but the truth surrounding the murders could ignite a bloody battle between their races, one humans are sure to lose. Someone is pulling strings to build a vampire army and spark the war—setting Kade up to kick it off. But if she trusts the vampire prince, she risks her job, her integrity, and her heart if he betrays her as all the men in her life have.

And from the YA side, Cassandra Clare‘s second Bane Chronicles story, The Runaway Queen, comes out tomorrow. This one was co-written with Maureen Johnson.

the runaway queenSynopsis…

While in France, immortal warlock Magnus Bane finds himself attempting to rescue the royal family from the horrors of the French Revolution—after being roped into this mess by a most attractive count. Naturally, the daring escape calls for invisible air balloons…

This standalone e-only short story illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality populates the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series. This story in The Bane Chronicles, The Runaway Queen, is written by Maureen Johnson and Cassandra Clare.

Meh, not much for me this week. I am holding off on the Bane Chronicles until I can get the print version, and I am too annoyed with the crap publishing schedule of Entangled to break down and try their new line. I will be grabbing Jennifer Armentrout’s Arum novel when it comes out next week, though (that doesn’t count. Not sure why, but it doesn’t).

A Couple of Book Deals…

newsIt seems like a lot of my favorites are in the process of branching out from their established, long standing series.  Thea Harrison starts up her Game of Shadows series next April, Richelle Mead‘s Age of X hits the shelves next June, and Alexandra Ivy‘s The Sentinels will be in full swing by 2014.  Looks like there are a couple of more to add to the list, too.

  • Jeanine Frost made the big announcement today that she will be starting a new series called Realmwalker.  This one will be an older YA or New Adult offering (I had never heard the term New Adult before).  According to Jeaniene, the series will focus on a “young woman who discovers she’s the last member of an ancient line with an unwanted destiny; and that her only ally, a mysterious young man is destined to betray her… and doom the world.”  Jeaniene gives a little backstory about the new series, saying that the idea has been brewing for years.  There will be no change in schedule for the Night Huntress and Night Prince books, with Night Huntress ending at book 9 and Night Prince ending at book 3.  There is still the potential for a return to the Night Huntress world, with another vampire stepping up *coughIancough* when the other two stories have completed their arcs.  Looks like a bit of a wait for Realmwalker, though, since it is looking like a 2014 release.  You can see the full announcement on Jeaniene’s site HERE.
  • Now, this second one is a bit different.  Last week, news broke that Cassandra Clare has signed on to do a new project.  Well, sort of, since it is still set in the Shadowhunters world.    According to reports, Cassandra has agreed to do a series spinoff that “involves two coauthors, an e-only component, and a profit share.”  This new episodic series will feature Magnus Bane, and will be released digitally month by month, and will then later be published all together in print format.  This one will be called The Bane Chronicles, and will be 10 stories in all, with digital release starting this coming February.  Each story will be from 8000 to 10000 words, with some of the stories being penned by Cassandra Clare, some by Sarah Rees Brennan (Unspoken), and some by Maureen Johnson (13 Little Blue Envelopes).  The stories will build up to the release of the City of Bones movie on August 23rd, 2013, with the print version coming sometime in 2014.

And since I have been trying to find a way to work this into a post, here is a still from the upcoming Mortal Instruments movie that I saw over on Page to Premier Network.

mortal instruments still

I was thrilled when I read the Jeaniene Frost news, especially when I saw that it was not going to push the publication schedule back for her existing works (hello, Kresley Cole and one a year IAD books…).  Call me greedy, but a gal (er, or guy) needs their fix.  I find that the Cassandra Clare news is a bit more…involved.  I have been seeing much complaint from those who wish that she would wrap up the Shadowhunters, not expand.  The original Mortal Instruments went from three books to six.  Then came the three books of the Infernal Devices.  Then came word of a third trilogy called the Dark Artifices starting up in 2015.  Now, that is not to say that I didn’t enjoy all that I have read so far because I have.  But sometimes it is good to try something else (see Jeanine Frost, expanding outside her very popular world).  New worlds and new ideas mean new readers, which is never a bad thing.

So, where do you stand on this seemingly sudden diversification trend hitting so many big time favorite (at least favorite of mine) authors?  Personally, the only recent one that for whatever reason didn’t grab me was Darynda Jones’ YA Darklight series, and the only one I am not eagerly anticipating is Thea Harrison’s upcoming Game of Shadows.  Not sure why, but I can’t seem to rev myself up for it at all.  Oh, and was anyone else as in the dark as me about the “New Adult” genre?