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Cordelia Carstairs
CJ Flowers, Cordelia
Biographical Information
Full name:

Cordelia Herondale (née Carstairs)

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

Daisy[4] (by James)






The Clave


Elias Carstairs † (father)
Sona Carstairs (mother)
Alastair Carstairs (brother)
Jonah Carstairs † (uncle)
Ke Wen Yu † (aunt)
Jem Carstairs (cousin)
Carstairs family
(According to a family tree):
James Herondale (husband)
Owen Herondale (son)
Herondale family

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

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


In 1899, Cordelia met and became close friends with Lucie Herondale. Even when they parted ways after two weeks together, the two remained in contact.[5]

Physical description

Cordelia has light brown skin, dark red hair, and black eyes.[6]

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.





  • In her childhood, she loved scaring her brother Alastair Carstairs. Her favorite method was hiding under his bed and grabbing his ankle when he gets close enough to reach. They also shared a common interest in architecture and together built castles out of wood blocks, inspired by their last name.[7]

  • According to the "found" family tree, Cordelia will apparently go on to marry James, have a son named Owen, and die in 1962, at the age of 76 or 77.
  • She is possibly the namesake of her brother's descendant, Emma Cordelia Carstairs, with whom she is set to have ties to.[8]


  1. Age when TLH starts, Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  2. Clockwork Princess family tree
  3. A portrait of Cordy, where "Cordy" is seen as a tag on the post. Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  4. Nickname, Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  5. Nothing but Shadows
  6. What she looks like, Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  7. 7.0 7.1 A History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of the Downworld
  8. Series links — Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  9. Parabatai — Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  10. Something about Cordelia, Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  11. Jordelia talk, Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  12. TLH Q&A, Fangirlish
  13. Something about Cordelia 2 — Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  14. Annoying, Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  15. The Last Hours character portraits and details — Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  16. In the first book of Last Hours, Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  17. Reason, Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  18. Good reason, Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  19. "You'll find out why he married her," Cassandra Clare on Tumblr

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