Cassandra Clare is the mastermind behind 19 Shadowhunter books and counting, with 3 unreleased series beyond that in the works. Published by Margaret K. McElderry under Simon & Shuster, Shadowhunter books have spent 3 years consecutively on the New York Times Bestsellers List, with more than 50 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and made into a feature film and a TV show. (Source)
I decided to write a comprehensive post about Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles for the ease of getting new readers interested in her writing, and for those who maybe started reading her books but got overwhelmed by how many books there are! I tried my best to grab as much information as I could, so I hope you find this helpful!
Entries will be posted in the order of publication, or closest to it in the category it belongs in. I will be updating this page as we get more information about upcoming books from Cassandra and her publishers!
The layout of each entry will look a bit like this:
Series Name by Author/s (Series abbreviation, years during which books were published, number of books in series)
Picture of the book covers
Small description about the series, maybe a note about them.
- Title of Book #1 (Year it was released)
- Title of Book #2 (Year it was released)
And so on. I will be linking each title to it’s Goodreads page as well as my reviews when they get written & posted.
About Cassandra Clare:
Cassandra Clare was born to American parents in Teheran, Iran and spent much of her childhood traveling the world with her family. She lived in France, England and Switzerland before she was ten years old. Since her family moved around so much she found familiarity in books and went everywhere with a book under her arm. She spent her high school years in Los Angeles where she used to write stories to amuse her classmates, including an epic novel called “The Beautiful Cassandra” based on the eponymous Jane Austen short story (and from which she later took her current pen name).
After college, Cassie lived in Los Angeles and New York where she worked at various entertainment magazines and even some rather suspect tabloids. She started working on her YA novel, City of Bones, in 2004, inspired by the urban landscape of Manhattan, her favorite city.
In 2007, the first book in the Mortal Instruments series, City of Bones, introduced the world to Shadowhunters. The Mortal Instruments concluded in 2014, and includes City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, and City of Heavenly Fire. She also created a prequel series, inspired by A Tale of Two Cities and set in Victorian London. This series, The Infernal Devices, follows bookworm Tessa Gray as she discovers the London Institute in Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, and Clockwork Princess.
Following the success of the novel, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was made into a film in 2013, it’s been ordered to series by ABC Family. And the sequel series to The Mortal Instruments, The Dark Artifices, debuts March 8, 2016 with Lady Midnight, as the Shadowhunters take on Los Angeles.
Other books in the Shadowhunters series include The Bane Chronicles, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, and The Shadowhunter’s Codex.
Her books have more than 36 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Visit her at CassandraClare.com.
Where you can find her:
The Main Series’:
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (TMI, from 2007-2014, 6 books)
The series of books hat started it all! The second half of the series has a weird order of publication because they were published at the same time as some of her next series, The Infernal Devices which we’ll get to next.
- City of Bones (2007)
- City of Ashes (2008)
- City of Glass (2009)
- City of Fallen Angles (2011)
- City of Lost Souls (2012)
- City of Heavenly Fire (2014)
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare (TID, 2010-2013, 3 books)
Then you have the prequel trilogy which takes place in the early 1800’s. These center around a group of Shadowhunters whose descendants you see in future books!
The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare (TDA, 2016-2018, 3 books)
Next, you have the epilogue trilogy to The Mortal Instruments which takes place five years after City of Heavenly Fire. The surviving characters make appearances and new characters are introduced, and it is by far Cassandra’s most exciting and breathtaking series so far!
The Eldest Curses by Cassandra Clare, Wesley Chu (TEC, 2019-unknown, 3 books)
Currently being published is one of the newest series of Cassandra Clare and co-written by Wesley Chu that is based on the characters Alec Lightwood and Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments. It takes place during City of Fallen Angles/City of Lost Souls when they were not in the story because of [REDACTED]. It is supposed to be a trilogy as well, with the titles already released.
- The Red Scrolls of Magic (2019)
- The Lost Book of The White (unknown)
- The Black Volume of The Dead (unknown)
The Last Hours by Cassandra Clare (TLH, 2019-unknown, 3 books)
And you have her upcoming trilogy which is the epilogue trilogy to The Infernal Devices which revolves around the kids of the surviving characters from that trilogy! The first one comes out this fall, and all of the titles have already been released!
The Wicked Powers by Cassandra Clare (TWA, unknown, 3 books)
After the end of The Dark Artifices trilogy wrapped up last winter, we won’t have to worry about not seeing those characters again, or at least some of them, because a few of the main characters from that trilogy will be getting their own trilogy!
The Companion Novels:
Cassandra Clare has co-written some novellas that were released monthly as e-books and then bound into a book a year later, three times now! Included in this format is:
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson (Released as e-novellas throughout 2013-14, released as a bind up in 2014) (TBC, 2013-2014, 11 novellas, 1 bind up)
- The novellas/novella bind up includes stories about everyone’s favorite warlock Magnus Bane before he met the New York Institute group of Shadowhunters, stories after he met them, and stories in-between.
Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman(Released as e-novellas throughout 2015, Released as a bind up in 2016) (TFTSA, 2015-2016, 10 novellas, 1 bind up)
- This is a bind up of short stories that all can be read chronologically to act as just a regular Shadowhunter book. It is a spoiler on who it’s about/who the MC is, classic Shadowhunter characters make appearances, and it takes place after City of Heavenly Fire with a short story from The Infernal Devices character Tessa after The Infernal Devices are over but before The Last Hours begin.
Ghosts of The Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Kelly Link, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman (released as e-novellas throughout 2018, released as a bind up in 2019) (GFTSM, 2018- 2019, 9 novellas, 1 bind up)
- Ghosts of The Shadow Market is a about [REDACTED] and a few characters from The Dark Artifices, and the actual bind up hasn’t been released yet but all of the novellas have been released as e-books already! The bind up will be released this June (2019).
And to wrap all of this up, Cassandra has a few random books in the Shadowhunter world as well, such as-
- The Shadowhunter Codex by Cassandra Clare, Joshua Lewis (TSC, 2013, 1 book)
This is a book that Clary has to read in City of Bones to learn about Shadowhunters, and this book is published like it was her copy with notes “written” by herself, Simon and Jace. It basically is a rough teacher on Shadowhunters, Downworlders and laws.
- Shadowhunters & Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader edited by Cassandra Clare (S&D, 2013, 1 book)
This little book is a collection of essays from YA authors whom Cassandra impacted with her books. Authors included are:
Holly Black, Kendare Blake, Gwenda Bond, Sarah Rees Brennan, Rachel Caine, Sarah Cross, Kami Garcia, Michelle Hodkin, Kelly Link, Kate Milford, Diana Peterfreund, Sara Ryan, Scott Tracey, and Robin Wasserman.
- A History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare, Illustrated by Cassandra Jean (AHoNS, 2016, 1 book)
Essentially, this is a character card book. Cassandra Jean illustrates each notable Shadowhunter and Downworlder while Cassandra Clare provides a brief summary of each character. Not a true “book” but a fun book to have for any diehard Shadowhunter fan or anyone wanting a visual interpretation of Cassandra Clare’s characters!
Also out in the world is the graphic novel adaptations of The Infernal Devices while the The Mortal Instruments graphic novels are still being released; plus the City of Bones movie adaptation (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) and the Freeform TV show, Shadowhunters, which is wrapping up it’s final season now and is available on Hulu and Netflix outside of the USA! And just because you like to break the bank, there is a Mortal Instruments Coloring Book illustrated by Cassandra Jean!
Here is the Link to Cassandra Clare’s post on the different orders in which to read her books, such as chronologically, in order of publication, and more!
Here is the Link to Cassandra Clare’s separate website, for all things about her and her other non-shadowhunter book projects.
Like I said, this looks pretty daunting, but it is totally worth it to even just read some of her books! You absolutely don’t have to read all of them, but I think if you do, then you should get an award. There are lots of fan groups you can join, fan accounts dedicated to Cassandra’s work you can follow, and so many friendly people to connect with!
I hope this helped you on your journey into the Shadowhunter World! If I’ve missed anything, please let me know and I will make sure I update this post.