If you’re like us, you’ve probably already devoured Cassandra Clare’s first book in The Dark Artifices series, Lady Midnight. Thankfully, the author who created the Shadowhunter world is already giving us a peek at her next novel in the series, Lord of Shadows, on her tumblr!
Consider yourself warned: This contains some minor spoilers for Lady Midnight, so you may want to hold off if you haven’t read it!
In the snippet, The Mortal Instruments and The Dark Artifices collide as Kieran returns to The Institute and meets Max Lightwood Bane, who is there with his parents, Alec and Magnus.
And even odder, when Mark and Kieran had come into the library, Kieran had gone immediately over to Max and picked him up, delighted by his blue skin and his tiny horns.
Max had stuck his hand into Kieran’s wavy hair and pulled. Kieran had just laughed. “That’s right, it changes color, little nixie-like warlock,” he said. “Look.” And his hair went from blue-black to blue in an instant. Max giggled.
“I didn’t know you could do that on purpose,” said Mark, who had always thought of Kieran’s hair as a reflection of his moods, uncontrollable as the tides.
“You don’t know a lot of things about me, Mark Blackthorn,” Kieran said, setting Max down.
Alec and Magnus had exchanged a look at that, the sort of look that made Mark feel as if they had reached a silent and agreed-upon consensus …
Mark and Kieran definitely left off in an interesting place at the end of Lady Midnight, to say the least, so this exchange has a lot of charge behind it.
Lord of Shadows, book two in The Dark Artifices, is due out in April 2017.
Is it 2017 yet?!