Cordelia Carstairs
CJ Flowers, Cordelia
Biographical Information
Full name:

Cordelia Herondale (née Carstairs)

Born: 1885; Persia[1]
Age: 17[2] (as of early 1903)[3]
Status: Alive





The Clave

Known relatives:
Parabatai: Lucie Herondale
Physical Description
Gender: Female
Hair color: Red
Eye color:


Cordelia Carstairs is the daughter of Elias and Sona Carstairs, and the sister of Alastair Carstairs.


In 1899, on a trip to France, Cordelia met Lucie Herondale and, after two weeks together, became very close friends. Even when they parted ways, the two remained in contact.[6]

Physical description

Cordelia has light brown skin, dark red hair, and black eyes.[7]

Skills and abilities

  • Nephilim physiology: Being Nephilim, Cordelia possesses a variety of enhanced physical and mental abilities granted to her by the angel blood of Raziel in her veins and also by the angelic Marks of the Gray Book. This includes enhanced strength, agility, stamina, and coordination, which only improved over time and practice.
  • Use of heavenly weapons: As a Nephilim, Cordelia is also able to handle heavenly weapons with effect, since this would normally not work for other species. In particular, these are weapons made of adamas and forged by Iron Sisters, such as seraph blades.
  • Runic magic: Due to the Angel Raziel's blood in their veins, all Shadowhunters are all able to apply runes on their skin without any real danger. These Marks, in turn, give varied effects that serve to benefit the wearer.






  1. "Her kids are biracial and were born in what was then Persia." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  2. "17" [when TLH starts] — Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  3. 3.0 3.1 Found family tree, a Clockwork Princess extra (which states that she would turn 18 in 1903)
  4. "Cordy!" — a tag on the post by Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  5. "what nickname does James has for Cordelia?" "Daisy." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  6. Nothing but Shadows
  7. "She has light brown skin, dark red hair, and black eyes." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  8. 8.0 8.1 A History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of the Downworld
  9. "Cordelia Carstairs has ties to Emma Carstairs." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  10. "Yes, they are best friends and become parabatai in the Last Hours." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  11. "... Cordelia speaks Farsi", Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  12. "She's half Iranian, she speaks Farsi." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  13. "Her mother is Persian." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  14. "Cordelia splits her time between...", Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  15. TLH Q&A — #TMI Tour | Fangirlish
  16. "She doesn't get along with her brother." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  17. "Because he's annoying." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  18. The Last Hours character portraits and details — Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  19. "when will we find out why James married Cordelia?" "in the first book of [TLH]" — Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  20. "I think the reason they get married is so weird no one will guess." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  21. "It's a reasonable reason." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  22. "... you'll find out why he married her — though I suspect his reason is hard to guess." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr

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