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The Mortal Instruments is a series of young adult novels by American author Cassandra Clare and is the first of the Shadowhunter Chronicles.

The series follows Clary Fray, Jace Herondale, Simon Lewis, Isabelle Lightwood, Alec Lightwood and other Downworlders and Shadowhunters in the New York Institute. Seemingly normal at first, Clary soon gets sucked into the world of Nephilim and other creatures when she finds out that she is a Shadowhunter.

Books

Titles

Audiobook editions

  • City of Bones was narrated by Ari Graynor and, in a new version, by Mae Whitman.
  • City of Ashes and City of Glass were narrated by Natalie Moore.
  • City of Fallen Angels was narrated by Ed Westwick and Molly C. Quinn.
  • City of Lost Souls was narrated by Molly Quinn.
  • City of Heavenly Fire will be narrated by Jason Dohring and Sophie Turner.

Gallery

Adaptations

The first of the series, City of Bones, was adapted onto the big screen, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, produced and distributed by Constantin Film. Initial reports claimed plans for a film trilogy based on the first three books; however, due to the film not meeting the expected success, the sequel's production was constantly delayed, until it was ultimately scrapped.

On October 12, 2014, it was announced that The Mortal Instruments would instead be relaunched by Constantin Film as a television series, which premiered on January 12, 2016 and is currently on its third season.

To coincide with the movie release, a graphic novel also based on the first book was released in 2013 but was discontinued after seven issues. In 2015, it was announced that the graphic novel rights to the series has been reclaimed and will instead be adapted into one graphic novel by Cassandra Jean.

Trivia

  • The series was initially meant to only be a trilogy, ending with City of Glass.
  • The series title refers to the three Mortal Instruments which were featured and crucial to the events in the series.
  • The series was inspired by Paradise Lost and The Inferno.[1][2]
  • The idea from the series came from sets of footprints on the ceiling of a tattoo shop that " looked like some fabulous supernatural battle had been fought there by beings who'd left their footprints behind."[3]
  • The series name was taken from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Certain lines were used as an epigraph of the first book in the series, City of Bones.
  • The US/Canada paperback book covers of The Mortal Instruments are being updated (repackaged) and officially replaced with new ones with a more modern look, to be released on September 1, 2015 by Simon & Schuster.[4] The covers were revealed on May 12, 2015 on the various social media accounts of Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments.[5] The hardbound covers will remain the same.[6][7]
    • Simon & Schuster also has further plans to do "adult covers" of the series.[8]
  • The UK/Australia/NZ/Ireland publisher, Walker Books, also released new covers in July 2015, with the illustrations done by artist Mila Furstova.[9] Unlike the US repackages, the new covers will simply be alternatives instead of replacements for the originals.[10]

References

Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunter Chronicles
The Mortal Instruments
City of Bones City of Ashes City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels City of Lost Souls City of Heavenly Fire
The Infernal Devices The Dark Artifices
Clockwork Angel Lady Midnight
Clockwork Prince Lord of Shadows
Clockwork Princess Queen of Air and Darkness
The Last Hours The Eldest Curses
Chain of Gold The Red Scrolls of Magic
Chain of Iron The Lost Book of the White
Chain of Thorns The Black Volume of the Dead
The Bane Chronicles
What Really Happened in Peru Saving Raphael Santiago
The Runaway Queen The Fall of the Hotel Dumort
Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale What to Buy the Shadowhunter...
The Midnight Heir The Last Stand of the New York Institute
The Rise of the Hotel Dumort The Course of True Love (And First Dates)
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy Pale Kings and Princes
The Lost Herondale Bitter of Tongue
The Whitechapel Fiend The Fiery Trial
Nothing but Shadows Born to Endless Night
The Evil We Love Angels Twice Descending
Ghosts of the Shadow Market: An Anthology of Tales
Son of the Dawn A Deeper Love
Cast Long Shadows The Wicked Ones
Every Exquisite Thing Through Blood, Through Fire
Learn About Loss The Land I Lost
Upcoming
The Wicked Powers
Companion books
The Shadowhunter's Codex
A History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of the Downworld
The Official Mortal Instruments Coloring Book
The Mortal Instruments graphic novel
Adaptations
City of Bones: The Graphic Novel
The Infernal Devices: Manga Series
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments