Cassandra Clare has answered some of our questions about the newly released cover.
On what Tessa is holding:
What is Tessa holding? Tessa is holding the Codex.
Can you get a snippet? Yes, I’ll post a snippet. Lot going on. Be patient!
The setting in Clockwork Princess remains the United Kingdom, with mentions of some more faraway places.
I can’t reveal models’ names, as usual, but her dress isn’t available for purchase; it was borrowed for the shoot from a costume collection. It’s beautiful, no? Clearly an evening dress. Victorian evening dresses were shockingly low cut. Footmen sometimes had to help ladies out with wardrobe malfunctions.
On the missing jade green pendant (from Jem to Tessa):
Goodness, my sharp-eyed darlins! Something I never even noticed till you guys pointed it out. Tessa on the cover here isn’t supposed to represent specifically Clockwork Princess Tessa, but Tessa throughout the series, so I never thought of specifying she be wearing/carrying the things she has solely in Clockwork Princess. Tessa’s dress design, what she’s wearing, all were done by the artist without input from me. And he hadn’t read Clockwork Princess, because it hadn’t been written. He was going off the other two books. No engagement ring (well, there isn’t one in the book anyway, the pendant stands in for it) and no pendant doesn’t mean anything, one way or another.
On the background of the cover:
Tessa is standing in front of Blackfriars Bridge and St. Paul’s cathedral. I just checked back in Clockwork Prince and yep, she never gets an engagement ring except in the scene where they go to York, but she gives it back. Just to say!
On cover compliments:
I can’t take credit for the covers. Cliff gets credit for those. He does a beautiful job. I did want a cover that could represent the whole series and more — I often give Cliff notes about sort of the theme I want the cover to represent and with this one I talked about how Tessa’s love of books weaves through the series and how literature is really magic to her.Anyway, I love the cover. It really is probably my favorite so far. I am glad you guys love it too.