I was immediately hooked to Mortal Instruments when I started reading the first book some years ago. Cassandra Clare  had put together the kind of combo that included all the best parts of different fantasy worlds and then some. Since then I’ve gone through the Infernal Devices series too. The newest addition, the Dark Artifices and Lady Midnight didn’t hit the chord with me quite like the previous ones, but maybe I’ll return to that later.

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

I wouldn’t object finding this book in Santa’s bag either…

Instead, now I’d really like to see in my Santa’s gift bag the graphic novel illustrated by Cassandra Jean which looks amazing. Cassandra Jean’s art is rough and edgy, but also delicate. In other words it works really beautifully with the Shadowhunters’ universe.

But something I’m really dying to have in my hands is the new high fantasy series Cassandra Clare has announced she’s writing. This series is aimed at adults and it seems to have all the fantasy elements included anyone could hope for. Here’s what Cassandra Clare told about the new series:

“Big News!

I’m very excited to announce that I have a brand new high fantasy series in the works.

Sword Catcher will be the first book in my new series written for adults, my first ever high fantasy project. Many of my readers have been with me for years, and have grown along with my characters. And over those years, readers of all ages have come to me both to say that they would like to read books about older characters, and also to say that they’d love to see me build my own new world from the ground up.

So I’m happy to say these books are coming from Del Rey books! I am very excited to be working with Anne Groell, who has edited Naomi Novik and George R. R. Martin among others, and has a sure hand with fantasy worlds. I’m thrilled to be published by Random House, who are excited as I am to bring you the tale of a young man raised to be the body double for an unworthy prince, a young woman destined to change the world, and a host of other characters I cannot wait for you to meet.

These characters — criminals, princes, magicians, and warriors — have been in my head for a while, and I am eager to let them out. I can’t tell you the publication date yet, since the book is a work in progress. But I can’t wait to share more information with you when I have it.”