Mark Blackthorn Asks Emma About His Brother in New THE DARK ARTIFICES Snippet

Another Mark Blackthorn and Emma Carstairs interaction

In the latest of what we presume to be many snippets to come, we get this odd interaction between half-faerie Mark Blackthorn and Emma Carstairs.

“Did you tell my brother?” Mark asked.

Emma looked up at him. The spotlight had tracked away from them, thank Raziel, and Mark was sharp-boned light and shadows in the moving illumination. “Tell which of your brothers what?”

“You know,” said Mark.

I doubt I’ll be able to interpret what this little tidbit means, but I’m just glad for it.  That said, Mark has three brothers, all younger than him, but one can presume he’s talking about Julian, Emma’s parabatai and the second eldest son of the Blackthorn clan.

It can be torture sometimes to be teased so far ahead of the release of the book, but anything that author Cassandra Clare gives us about the upcoming The Dark Artifices series is always welcome.


About The Dark Artifices:

Los Angeles. It’s been five years since the events of the Mortal Instruments when Nephilim stood poised on the brink of oblivion and Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs lost her parents. After the blood and violence she witnessed as a child, Emma has dedicated her life to to discovering exactly what it was that killed her parents and getting her revenge.

Raised in the Los Angeles Institute with the Blackthorn family, Emma is paired as a parabatai with her best friend, Julian Blackthorn. A series of murders in the city catch her attention — they seem to have the same characteristics as the deaths of her parents. Could the murderer be the same person? And her attention isn’t the only one caught: someone has been murdering Downworlders as well. The Fair Folk make a deal with the Institute: if the Blackthorns and Emma will investigate the killings, they’ll return Mark Blackthorn to his home. The catch: they have only two weeks to find the killers. Otherwise it’s open war between faeries and Nephilim.

The Shadowhunters of the Institute must race against time to catch the killers, even as they begin to suspect the involvement of those closest to them. At the same time, Emma is falling in love with the one person in the world she’s absolutely forbidden by Shadowhunter Law to love. Set against the glittering backdrop of present-day Los Angeles, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.

The first book of the Dark Artifices, Lady Midnight will be published MARCH, 2016. There will be three books in total: Lady Midnight, The Prince of Shadows, and The Queen of Air and Darkness.


By Kait

Kait is a New Englander, a YA book and adaptation lover, and a Slythindor, as well as a red velvet and red wine enthusiast. She likes to like things. Catch her on Twitter: @kaitmary

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