No matter how dark and hopeless the world seemed, Lucie could always find beauty in a story.

Tessa Gray about her daughter, The Land I Lost

Lucie Herondale is the second and youngest child of Will Herondale and Tessa Gray, and the younger sister of James Herondale.


Lucie developed a love for writing when she was young. On her eighth birthday, James got her a thick blank book, which became one of her most prized possessions. She kept it next to her bed and copied her favorite pieces of her own work into it.[2]

In 1899, Lucie went to France with her mother. There, she met and, in a span of two weeks, became very close to Cordelia Carstairs. They began to exchange letters every week.[3] Some time after, at the age of twelve,[4] Lucie began to write what would become a two-thousand page novel called The Beautiful Cordelia,[2] with the heroine named for her.[5]


Her mother, Tessa, once told Magnus Bane that compared to James, Lucie was the impetuous one. She also is a very practical girl,[6] but can still be quite dreamy.[7]

Physical description

Lucie has brown hair, inherited from her mother, and pale blue eyes that are a shade slightly lighter than her father, Will Herondale's.

Skills and abilities

  • Nephilim physiology: Being Nephilim, Lucie is expected to possess a variety of enhanced physical and mental abilities granted to her by the angel blood of Raziel in her veins and also by the angelic Marks of the Gray Book. This includes enhanced strength, agility, stamina, and coordination, which would improve over time and practice.
  • Runic magic: Due to the angel blood in their veins, all Shadowhunters are all able to apply runes of the Gray Book on their skin without any real danger. These Marks, in turn, give varied effects that serve to benefit the wearer.
  • Demonic magic: Lucie is said to have special "talents" due to inheriting some demon blood from her mother. However, as of 1903, she is still unaware of them.




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  • According to a found family tree, she went on to marry Jesse Blackthorn, with whom she continued the Blackthorn line, and died in 1959 at the age of 71 or 72. The same family tree mistakenly stated that Lucie was born in 1891.

  • While both Lucie and James gained significant, special abilities through the demon blood they inherited from their mother,[16] she, unlike James, is still unaware of them as of 1903 and it is something she wonders about.[17] Also unlike James (who has golden eyes), however, she doesn't have any physical sign of peculiarity.[18]
    • Her power will be encountered/discovered as part of the story of The Last Hours.[18] It will be, in some ways, scarier than James' power.[19]
  • Lucie is a writer, particularly of novels.[20]
  • The mystery of Jesse Blackthorn's fate occupies her mind.[21]
  • Lucie is inclined to make things up.[22]
  • She and Cordelia are set to become parabatai in The Last Hours,[10] after having been pen pals looking to become parabatai for years.[5]
  • Lucie is not fond of Alastair, though she doesn't know how he treated her brother at the Academy, and partly because Alastair avoided the Herondales before their "enforced proximity" in The Last Hours. She plots to give the "Beautiful Cordelia" of her story an irritating brother as a form of literary punishment.[23]
  • Lucie can see ghosts/the dead.[24] Though this is typical of most Shadowhunters, it is possible that she, like her father, Will, just sees even those who don't want to be seen, or that it has a connection to her "gift".[25]


  1. Cassandra Clare answering a fan — Italian Shadowhunter fansite.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of the Downworld
  3. Nothing but Shadows
  4. TLH pin — Cassandra Clare on Pinterest
  5. 5.0 5.1 Q&A: Herondales — Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  6. "She's a very practical girl," Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  7. TLH sneak peek, CC Fangirlish interview
  8. "Very close." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  9. "They are best friends." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Yes, they are best friends and become parabatai in the Last Hours." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  11. "Lucie adores Matthew." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  12. "Cecily and Will's kids speak Welsh." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  13. "Great Expectations", Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  14. "Spots", Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  15. "Tuppence. Spots. Other stuff." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  16. "does Lucie have a power also?" "She does." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  17. "— she doesn't know as the books open. It's something she wonders about." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  18. 18.0 18.1 Lucie's power — Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  20. "Lucie writes novels," Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  21. TLH characters, Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  22. "She's much inclined to make things up." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  24. "She can see the dead." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  25. "Good catch", Cassandra Clare on Twitter


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