The Infernal DevicesThe Last HoursThe Bane ChroniclesThe Secret TreasonsThe Mortal InstrumentsTales from the Shadowhunter AcademyThe Dark ArtificesThe Wicked Powers
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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 three series (eleven novels as of 2017) and several short stories written by American author Cassandra Clare, along with some companion books, a graphic novel, manga, film, and TV series adaptations.

Each of the stories follow the supernatural conflict between the Shadowhunters, a group of powerful human-angel hybrids, and Downworlders, a society of mythological beings, and their battle against demons.

Main series

The Mortal Instruments

The Infernal Devices

The Dark Artifices

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;[8] 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,[9] with Simon Lewis becoming a Shadowhunter at the end of it.[10] The graphic novel didn't work out for her, and the series was instead continued with City of Fallen Angels,[11] 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.[12] The first installment, Lady Midnight, was published on March 8, 2016.

In 2013, she shared that 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, and its first installment, Chain of Thorns, is currently slated for a 2017 publication date.[13] Much like The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, The Last Hours will interconnect with The Dark Artifices and will also be released alternately.[14][15]

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).[16] 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.


  • So far, all 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 are being updated and officially replaced with new ones with a more modern look, which will be released in September 2015,[17][18] while the old/original ones remain hardcovers.[19] These were still designed by Russell Gordon and illustrated by Cliff Nielsen. 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.[20][21][22] The book spines will also line up and form an image (Manhattan for The Mortal Instruments and Blackfriars Bridge for The Infernal Devices) drawn in pen and ink by another artist.[23][24][25]
    • The repackaged version are updated with minor corrections and changes,[26], a map of cities (such as Shadowhunter London and New York) "with all the book locations illustrated,"[27][28] forewords,[29][30], and new exclusive content written by Cassandra Clare.[31]
  • Alternative US adult covers are also in the works for both series.[32][33]
  • The UK publisher also released new, alternate covers in July 2015.[34] Unlike the US repackages, these did not replace the originals.[35]
  • Cassandra Clare draws inspiration from several classical works for her series, namely: Paradise Lost, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, and Annabel Lee.

See also

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."
  19. "old covers will be hardcovers. new are paperback." - Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  20. - New Cover Art for Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices Trilogy!
  21. "I helped create them." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  22. "I picked my favorite poses." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  26. "the new ones do have minor corrections and changes. Also maps and new stuff." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  27. Yes, and there's a map of London, and spine art. Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  28. "Maps of cities with all the book locations illustrated."
  31. "Exclusive reveal: New cover of 'City of Bones' by Cassandra Clare"USA Today
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 Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
What Really Happened in Peru Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy
The Runaway Queen The Lost Herondale
Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale The Whitechapel Fiend
The Midnight Heir Nothing but Shadows
The Rise of the Hotel Dumort The Evil We Love
Saving Raphael Santiago Pale Kings and Princes
The Fall of the Hotel Dumort Bitter of Tongue
What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything The Fiery Trial
The Last Stand of the New York Institute Born to Endless Night
The Course of True Love (And First Dates) Angels Twice Descending
The Mortal Instruments graphic novel
Ghosts of the Shadow Market: An Anthology of Tales
The Wicked Powers
Companion books
The Shadowhunter's Codex
A History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of the Downworld
The Official Mortal Instruments Coloring Book
City of Bones: The Graphic Novel
The Infernal Devices: Manga Series
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments

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