I’m sure you’re all familiar with the term parabatai, and are familiar with the parabatai in TMI and TID. Alec and Jace, Will and Jem…but, would you want a parabatai if you were a Shadowhunter? It’s obviously a very serious decision. Participating in a parabatai ritual doesn’t only bind you to your parabatai, but it binds you to them, as well. You make eachother stronger. Just look at Jem and Will’s relationship!

It would be very comforting, knowing someone was always there for you. And that someone needed you. But then, I think, that might also come with a lot of pressure.

The City of Lost Souls September teaser:

Magnus and Izzy, mid-book:
“Alec isn’t happy,” said Magnus, as if she hadn’t spoken.

“Of course he isn’t,” Isabelle snapped. “Jace —”

“Jace,” said Magnus, and his hands made fists at his sides. Isabelle stared at him. She had always thought that he didn’t mind Jace; liked him, even, once the question of Alec’s affections had been settled. Out loud, she said:

“I thought you were friends.”

“It’s not that,” said Magnus. “There are some people — people the universe seems to have singled out for special destinies. Special favors and special torments. God knows we’re all drawn toward what’s beautiful and broken; I have been, but some people cannot be fixed. Or if they can be, it’s only by love and sacrifice so great it destroys the giver.”

Isabelle shook her head slowly. “You’ve lost me. Jace is our brother, but for Alec — he’s Jace’s parabatai too —”

“I know about parabatai,” said Magnus, his voice rising in pitch. “I’ve known parabatai so close they were almost the same person; do you know what happens, when one of them dies, to the one that’s left —”

“Stop it!” Isabelle clapped her hands over her ears, then lowered them slowly. “How dare you, Magnus Bane,” she said. “How dare you make this worse than it is —”

“Isabelle.” Magnus’ hands loosened; he looked a little wide-eyed, as if his outburst had startled even him. “I am sorry. I forget, sometimes . . . that with all your self-control and strength, you possess the same vulnerability that Alec does.”

“There is nothing weak about Alec,” said Isabelle.

“No,” said Magnus. “To love as you choose, that takes strength. The thing is, I wanted you here for him. There are things I can’t do for him, can’t give him . . .” For a moment Magnus looked oddly vulnerable. “You have known Jace as long as he has. You can give him understanding I can’t. And he loves you.”

“Of course he loves me. I’m his sister.”

“Blood isn’t love,” said Magnus, and his voice was bitter. “Just ask Clary.”


“Do you know what happens when one of them dies?” What does happen? You can’t just pick another parabatai. Someone recently asked Cassie the following on her Tumblr.

In the situation of one of the parabatai dying or in the case of two parabatai who end up hating each other, is it possible/allowed to get a new parabatai before the age of 18?

Cassie: Goodness. Well, 18 is age of majority in Shadowhunter land, that’s why there is so much you can’t do before it, like become a Silent Brother or Iron Sister, or attend certain Clave meetings. On the other hand, the younger you are if you’re a mundane becoming a Shadowhunter, the better, and parabatai rituals can only be performed before you’re 18. And no, it’s a one-off, whether you hate each other or one of you dies or whatever. The law is hard but it is the law.

So, you can only have one parabatai. I’m not saying that once your died, you’d automatically want another one. But what if you did want another in time? Or, what if you decided that your parabatai wasn’t for? Like a divorce? Nope. You only get one. And you’re stuck with them.

So, my question to you, dear fans. Would you want a parabatai? And who, that you know now, would you choose?

The Fans are hard, but these are no ordinary Fans.


3 responses to “Parabatai

  1. Iv already found a parabatai I cant remember a time I haven’t known my friend nicole. Literally can’t remember. And even though I have got to see her like eght or ten times in the past tweleve thirteen years. I am her doughters god mother and we have always been there and I always will be there for them
    To the best of my ability even a Provence apart she is my parabatai where 21 now and If our friendship where to have ended I’m pritty sure it would have happens a long time ago.

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