The Shadowhunter Chronicles

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The Shadowhunter Chronicles,[1][2] also known as Shadowhunters,[3][4] is a young-adult fantasy franchise comprised so far of four series (thirteen novels as of 2019) and several short stories written by American author Cassandra Clare, along with some companion books, and graphic novel, manga, film, and TV series adaptations.

The stories follow the supernatural conflict within the Shadow World involving Shadowhunters, a group of powerful human-angel hybrids, Downworlders, a society of mythological beings, and their battle against demons.

Main series

The Mortal Instruments

The Infernal Devices

The Dark Artifices

The Eldest Curses

The Last Hours

Companion books




In 2003, Clare started working on her first published novel, City of Bones, inspired by the urban landscape of Manhattan. City of Bones was released by Simon & Schuster in 2007 and was adapted into a film that was released on August 21, 2013.

City of Bones became a New York Times bestseller upon its release. City of Ashes and City of Glass completed the trilogy. Clare originally intended to have a spin-off graphic novel follow up the story;[6] her plans for the story built on elements already set up in the trilogy and were mostly similar to how the events of the second half turned out,[7] with Simon Lewis becoming a Shadowhunter in the end.[8] The graphic novel didn't work out for her, and the series was instead continued with City of Fallen Angels,[9] announced in 2009 and published on April 5, 2011, the start of a second Mortal Instruments cycle. City of Lost Souls followed and the conclusion, City of Heavenly Fire, was released on May 27, 2014.

In 2009, Clare also announced a new series called The Infernal Devices, a prequel trilogy set in the Victorian era, in the same universe as The Mortal Instruments. The first installment, Clockwork Angel, was released on August 31, 2010, followed by Clockwork Prince, and the last, Clockwork Princess, was released on March 19, 2013.

The Dark Artifices, a trilogy set in 2013, five years after the end of The Mortal Instruments, was first announced in 2011.[10] The first installment, Lady Midnight, was published on March 8, 2016, followed by Lord of Shadows, and the last, Queen of Air and Darkness, was released on December 4, 2018.

In 2013, she shared that she hoped to get more stories set in the same universe released: The Last Hours, focusing on the children of The Infernal Devices characters, and The Wicked Powers, a trilogy set three years after the end of The Dark Artifices. The Last Hours has since been confirmed, its publication rights acquired by Walker Books,[11] and its first installment, Chain of Gold, is currently slated for a 2020 publication date.

Co-written with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson, The Bane Chronicles, following the adventures of Magnus Bane, was released in installments in e-book format beginning in 2013, with its print edition published on November 11, 2014 with a bonus story and art by Cassandra Jean for all 11 stories.

Additionally, some of the ideas that would have been used in the spin-off featuring Simon was altered and later used in the following books, particularly the second half of The Mortal Instruments and even The Dark Artifices (for example, Simon's story would have taken place in Los Angeles, and the questions left unanswered in City of Glass were eventually resolved).[12] In 2014, a collection of novellas revolving around Simon and the Shadowhunter Academy, entitled Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, was announced and released in a monthly e-book format beginning on February 17, 2015, with a print edition published on November 15, 2016.


  • Cassandra Clare draws inspiration from several classical works for her series, namely: Paradise Lost, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, and Annabel Lee.
  • So far, most of the official book covers for the series have been designed by Russell Gordon, and its photo illustrations done by Cliff Nielsen. Michael Rosamilia designs the interior layout of the books, and the book text of all the main installments have so far all been set with the font Dolly.
  • The US/Canada paperback book covers for The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices were officially replaced with new ones with a more modern look in September 2015, though the hardcovers kept the original designs, with some edition updates, changes and corrections. Cassandra Clare also gave a lot of input for the final cover, such as giving the general direction or vision for the covers, and also picked the models and the poses.[13][14][15] The UK publisher also released new, alternate covers in July 2015.[16]

External links


  1. Cassandra Clare first sharing the title on Twitter when asked for a name for the series
  2. Cassandra Clare's official site
  3. Shadowhunters World: the series's official site
  4. Repackaged US covers "that reflected that all these books tied together."
  5. "... and there's always the possibility of side projects (I’ve always wanted to retell City of Bones from Jace’s POV and dig more into the Lightwoods' relationships…) but nothing concrete right now!" Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  6. "... TMI grew from three to six books but to be fair it was always supposed to spin off into graphic novels." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  7. "The spinoff series that I'd planned instead. Basically the same thing happened in it." Cassandra Clare answered ask on Tumblr
  8. "When I first planned the spin-off Simon story from City of Glass it was about him becoming a Shadowhunter in the end." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  9. "How did you go from having decided to write the Mortal Instruments as a trilogy, to deciding that it would be four books and then six?" - Cassandra Clare FAQ
  10. "Working title: The Dark Artifices." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  11. "Walker acquires new Cassandra Clare trilogy" | The Bookseller
  12. "That doesn’t mean a ton of elements from the Simon story haven’t been changed and altered and used in TMI and even in TDA (the Simon story took place in LA, for instance) and all the threads I left intentionally open at the end of City of Glass (What happened to Sebastian’s body? Who was Simon going to end up with? What was up with the Seelie Queen? And what was up with that rune of Clary’s?) got answered, just in a recalibrated way. That rune was always going to mean what it meant. The story around it changed, is all." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  13. - New Cover Art for Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices Trilogy!
  14. "I helped create them." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  15. "I picked my favorite poses." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  16. World Exclusive: NEW Mortal Instruments Book Covers Revealed! | Female First