Cassandra Clare has mentioned several times that we will be introduced to the characters of her upcoming series, The Dark Artifices in The Mortal Instruments final installment, "City of Heavenly Fire." We've seen them before is some of the book's snippets but in a new snippet released by Clare we get a better look at the bravery of Julian and some of the emotions that Emma has for him. I just love how the conclusion to one series is laying the foundation for another.
“Julian,” said Jia, in the same gentle voice, “would you do something for us? Would you take up the Mortal Sword?”
Clary sat up straight. She had held the Mortal Sword: she had felt the weight of it. The cold, like hooks in your skin, dragging the truth out of you. You couldn’t lie holding the Mortal Sword, but the truth, even a truth you wanted to tell, was agony.
“They can’t,” she whispered. “He’s just a kid —“
“He’s the oldest of the kids who escaped the Institute,” Jace said under his breath. “They don’t have a choice.”
Julian nodded, his thin shoulders straight. “I’ll take it.”
Robert Lightwood passed behind the podium then and went to the table. He took up the sword and returned to stand in front of Julian. The contrast between them was almost funny: the big, barrel-chested man and the lanky, wild-haired boy.
Julian reached a hand up and took the sword. As his hand closed around the hilt, he shuddered, a ripple of pain that was quickly forced down. Emma, behind him, started forward, and Clary caught a glimpse of the look on her face — pure fury — before Helen caught at her and pulled her back.
I found this snippet so exciting and already can't wait to read about why the kids had to escape the Institute. "City of Heavenly Fire" is due out May 27.
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