The Whitechapel Fiend Snippet

The third TSA novella, The Whitechapel Fiend, comes out tomorrow! Just a reminder that this novella stars the inhabitants of the London Institute right after The Infernal Devices takes place. It highlights the Shadowhunters finding and killing Jack the Ripper. If you don’t know who Jack the Ripper is, I advise you to look him up before you read the book, but be careful because it’s pretty nasty. Cassandra Clare released one more snippet for us before the book comes out:

“It’s not appropriate,” Tessa said to her husband, Will.

“He likes it.”

“Children like all sorts of things, Will. They like sweets and fire and trying to stick their head up the chimney. Just because he likes the dagger…”

“Look how steadily he holds it.”

Little James Herondale, age two, was in fact holding a dagger quite well. He stabbed it into a sofa cushion, sending out a burst of feathers.

“Ducks,” he said, pointing at the feathers.

Tessa swiftly removed the dagger from his tiny hand and replaced it with a wooden spoon. James had recently become very attached to this wooden spoon and carried it with him everywhere, often refusing to go to sleep without it.

“Spoon,” James said, tottering off across the parlor.

“Where did he find the dagger?” Tessa asked.

“It’s possible I took him to the weapons room,” Will said.

“Is it?”

“It is, yes. It’s possible.”

“And it’s possible he somehow got a dagger from where it is secured on the wall, out of his reach,” Tessa said.

“We live in a world of possibilities,” Will said.

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