The Shadowhunter's Codex
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Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis

Illustrator/s Rebecca Guay
Charles Vess
Michael Wm. Kaluta
John Dollar
Theo Black
Elisabeth Alba
Jim Nelson
Cassandra Jean
Michael McCartney
Valerie Freire (honorary)
Cover artist Cliff Nielsen
Release Date October 29, 2013
Publisher Simon & Schuster

Angel Raziel



The Shadowhunter's Codex is a book that serves as a guide for readers, based on the eponymous book mentioned in the series, the Shadowhunter's Codex.


Delve into the details of all things Shadowhunter with this illustrated guide to the knowledge and lore of the Shadowhunter world.

Since the thirteenth century, the Shadowhunter's Codex has been the one and only manual for Shadowhunters looking to brush up on their demon languages, learn proper stele use, and discover just what exactly a Pyxis is. Featured in both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, this guide is a necessity for any young Nephilim on their journey to becoming a Shadowhunter. Beautifully illustrated, the Codex contains images of the famous Shadowhunter homeland of Idris, as well as depictions of demons and other Downworlders.

But this isn't just any copy of The Shadowhunter's Codex. It's Clary's copy, and as an artist herself, she's sketched pictures of her friends and family in the book, and scrawled helpful advice in the margins. Of course, she couldn't exactly stop Jace or Simon from adding their thoughts either. Part encyclopedia, part history, part training manual—complete with commentary from Shadowhunters who have seen it all—this beautiful guide is a perfect supplement to the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

With Valentine Morgenstern's plan to disrupt the Shadowhunters' world foiled, her mother awake from her coma, and her relationship with Jace Wayland finally getting off the ground, Clary Fray's life has finally calmed down a little—just in time for her to begin training to fulfill her destiny and become a Shadowhunter, like her mother before her. She'll immerse herself in their history, in their magic, in the Downworld of vampires and warlocks. She'll learn to fight, to identify demons, to know the Shadowhunters' places and territories like the back of her hand. And she's racing to catch up with her fellow Shadowhunters, who have been doing this a lot longer than she has. Doesn't mean she can't have a little fun, of course...

The Shadowhunters' Codex is intended as a guide for fans to the world of Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunters series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. It provides a concordance to the many fantastical creatures, places, and things of the books, but also fleshes out the world of the Shadowhunters with new details, new monsters, new runes, new magic.

The Codex is based on the Codex itself, a textbook for new Shadowhunters, and also notes and art added in by Clary, commenting and updating things. (For one thing, the Codex's official take on things is often not quite the same as what Clary knows to be true. The facts it claims about warlocks alone are outrageously incorrect!) It also contains many stories not yet touched upon in the Shadowhunter novels: the story of Jonathan Shadowhunter and how the Shadowhunters came to be, the creation of the Silent Brothers, the invention of parabatai and much more.

Unlike the Shadowhunter novels, but befitting an encyclopedia of their world, the Codex's articles are illustrated by a number of great fantasy illustrators: Rebecca Guay, Charles Vess, Jim Nelson, Theo Black, John Dollar, Michael Kaluta, Elisabeth Alba, and Cassandra Jean. It became available for purchase by mundanes in late fall 2013.



  • What is a Shadowhunter?
  • The Shadowhunter Oath
  • Shadowhunter Names
  • The Shadowhunter’s Glossary


  • Arms
  • Armor and Other Tools


  • Combat Training
  • The Tradition of the Parabatai
  • How to Report a Demon


  • What Are Demons?
  • How Do We Kill Them?
  • The Void and the Demon City of Pandemonium
  • Demons, Demons, Demons


  • Werewolves
  • Vampires
  • Warlocks
  • Faeries


  • Angels: Our Mysterious Patrons
  • Mundanes
  • The Forsaken
  • Ghosts and the Dead


  • An Introductory Note on Magic
  • Why?
  • Glamours and the Sight
  • Angelic Magic
  • Demonic Magic


  • "The Law Is Hard, but It Is the Law."
  • The Life of a Shadowhunter
  • Silent Brothers and Iron Sisters


  • Idris, the Nephilim Homeland
  • Alicante
  • The Silent City
  • The Adamant Citadel
  • Institutes of the Clave


  • Before the Nephilim
  • The Rise of Nephilim in the World
  • The Hunts and the Schism
  • The Accords



Chapter headings

Sneak peek pages

Character doodles

Drawings by Cassandra Jean as Clary.

Other art



  • The cover features the Angel Raziel, portrayed by the model Greg Plitt.
  • This published form of the Codex is said to be the First Revision (2002) of the 27th English edition from 1990, with the copy previously owned by Clary Fray.
  • The "notes" written by Clary, Jace, and Simon were written some time between the events of City of Glass and City of Heavenly Fire.
    • Despite the "notes" being written after City of Glass, Jace still referred to himself as Jace Wayland on the title page.
  • The Shadowhunter oath on page 3 that says "...the need to memorize a hundred words" actually falls short of that by exactly one word—it is only 99 words long.
  • This published work is based on notes Cassandra Clare has been writing down for references since 2004. The notes were collated by Joshua Lewis, her husband and fellow writer.[1]


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 The Wicked Ones
Cast Long Shadows The Land I Lost
Every Exquisite Thing Through Blood, Through Fire
Learn About Loss Ghosts of Old Loves
A Deeper Love Forever Fallen
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
City of Bones: The Graphic Novel
The Infernal Devices: Manga Series
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments