|The Queen of Air and Darkness|
|Release Date||ca. 2019|
|Publisher||Margaret K.McElderry Books|
| Preceded by|
Lord of Shadows
| Followed by|
The Wicked Powers
| Released after|
Chain of Gold
| Released before|
The Black Volume of the Dead
The Queen of Air and Darkness is the upcoming third and final book of the The Dark Artifices trilogy.
- Simon and Isabelle will appear in this installment.
- The time jump between Lord of Shadows and this book may be about a week.
- This book will tackle how, after LoS, "grief changes people in ways that are sad, transforming, deepening, even positive; how death doesn't have to be a pointless waste — how you can honor someone's memory in a way that changes the world," in addition to the "funny parts," "happy romantic parts and friendship fuzzies and squee parts, because life is a mosaic of feelings and because loss doesn't mean you'll never laugh again, and you may value those good moments even more than you would have before."
- This installment will explain why Clary and Jace's runes work in Faerie.
Mark knocked, and a harried-looking Simon Lewis opened the door.
"I can't do this." Helen tried to keep her voice steady, but it was nearly impossible. She hoped the strain would be covered by the sound of the waves crashing below them, but Aline knew her too well. She could sense when Helen was upset, even when she was trying hard not to show it.
"Baby." Aline moved closer, wrapping her arms around Helen, brushing her lips softly with her own. "You can. You can do anything."
Helen relaxed into her wife’s arms. When she’d first met Aline she’d thought the other girl was taller than she was, but she’d realized later it was the way Aline held herself, arrow-straight. The Consul, her mother, held herself the same way, and with the same pride — not that either of them was arrogant, but the word seemed a shade closer to what Helen imagined than simple confidence. She remembered the first love note Aline had ever written her. The curves of your lips rewrite history. The world is changed because you are made of ivory and gold. Later, she’d found out it was an Oscar Wilde quote, and had said to Aline, smiling, You’ve got a lot of nerve.
Aline had looked back at her steadily. "I know. I do."
They both had, always, and it had stood them in good stead. But this —
"This is different," Helen said. "They don't want me here –"
"They do want you here."
"They barely know me," Helen said. "That's worse."
Fear prickled up and down Emma’s arms like goosebumps. Since she was twelve, she had been terrified of the ocean: she had always believed her parents had died in it, dragged below the surface by Raziel knew what, choked to death on bitter seawater. The surge and crash of waves, the imagined black velvet of the ocean’s depths, had filled her nightmares.
Even when she found out her parents had been murdered on dry land by Malcolm Fade, their bodies thrown into the sea after death, the fear remained. She reached for it now, welcomed it in. She could feel it filling the empty spaces, the hollows left by grief.
She glanced back down at the sea. The surging whirlpool below, the waves slamming like dark blue walls against sheer needles of stone, looked like a painting of a maelstrom, a photograph of a hellscape taken from a safe distance.
The wind screamed in Emma’s ears like a warning. Another wave hurled itself against the cliffs, sending up an explosion of spray. Emma smiled grimly into the wind and salt, and jumped.
- The title is a reference to the poem Her Strong Enchantments Failing by A.E. Houseman. It can also refer to Mab, Queen of the Faeries in Romeo and Juliet, amongst other folklore.
- As with Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows and its eponymous characters, there will also be a character called "The Queen of Air and Darkness", who has already been introduced.
- The cover, like the previous Dark Artifices installments, will also feature a character underwater. The cover character will most likely be a girl, and Mark Blackthorn will be on the spine of the book, marking the first instance the cover and spine characters will differ.
- ↑ http://cassandraclare.tumblr.com/post/158366178629/books-books-books
- ↑ https://www.facebook.com/TMIsource/videos/vb.175497145833007/1116058381776874/
- ↑ http://cassandraclare.tumblr.com/post/158078301334/hi-cassie-i-have-two-questions-was-it-ever
- ↑ http://cassandraclare.tumblr.com/post/161062817589/hi-cassie-do-you-know-how-long-of-a-time-jump
- ↑ http://cassandraclare.tumblr.com/post/161066100114/hiya-so-i-just-finished-lord-of-shadows-and-my
- ↑ http://cassandraclare.tumblr.com/post/162288619584/our-waking-souls-claryjace
- ↑ "The Queen of Air and Darkness" — Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
- ↑ "And yes, the Queen of Air and Darkness can refer to Mab," Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
- ↑ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/16888567330928724/
- ↑ http://cassandraclare.tumblr.com/post/161205738889/have-we-already-met-the-queen-of-air-and-darkness
- ↑ "They're all underwater, like sunken cities." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
- ↑ http://cassandraclare.tumblr.com/post/161133326274/hi-cassie-have-you-already-decided-whos-gonna-be