I’m trying to cover the reading orders for the series with a TV Show, because there are always people who want to go further into a universe when the season ends. So, if you didn’t know, after a movie, there’s now a Shadowhunter TV show. It’s on Freeform (ABC Family).

What is The Shadowhunter Chronicles ?

It’s big. Yes, big. Possibly, when you were looking somewhere else, Cassandra Clare built a media franchise. There’s more than books (like the TV Show) but we’re going to stick with those.

The Shadowhunter Chronicles encompasses three novel series, two short-story collections and four graphic novels.

Those stories are set in a universe where fairy tales and mythologies are true. Living alongside the mundane (or normal humans), a race of humans who possess angel blood, the Nephilim or Shadowhunters, is organized to patrol the Shadow World and prevent demons as well as Downworlders, including warlocks, faeries, werewolves, and vampires from attacking the mundanes.

The Series Order : Introducing The Novel and Companion Titles

There are multiple ways to read The Shadowhunter Chronicles, like The Series order. It’s also the easiest way for me to introduce all those novels series and books. So we begin with this one.

I. The Mortal Instruments

The most famous series of The Shadowhunter Chronicles is also the first one published. The series is mainly set in the year 2007 and revolves around the Shadowhunter Clary Fray. She and her friends are confronted with two wars: the first against Valentine Morgenstern, and the second against his son Jonathan Morgenstern. It contains:

  

  1. City of Bones – not the Harry Bosch novel !
  2. City of Ashes
  3. City of Glass

  

  1. City of Fallen Angels
  2. City of Lost Souls
  3. City of Heavenly Fire

II. The Infernal Devices

The second set of books published is also a prequel. Set in 1878 in Victorian era London, it centers on Tessa Gray, a teenager who comes to London following her brother’s invitation but ends up thrust into the shadow world upon learning she is not a mundane but a warlock. It contains:

  

  1. Clockwork Angel
  2. Clockwork Prince
  3. Clockwork Princess

III. The Bane Chronicles

The Bane Chronicles is an anthology consisting of eleven novellas revolving around Magnus Bane. It is a companion book, as it is not an essential read. It also is not advised to read it without background in either series.

IV. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

Tales from the Shadowhunters Academy is an anthology of ten novellas revolving around Simon Lewis. Like The Bane Chronicles, that collection gives you some insight or background stories to other characters in the series. It is also complementary, but not essential.

V. The Dark Artifices

After going back in time, Cassandra Clare opted for a sequel to The Mortal Instruments series. It’s 2012, five years after the events of that series’ final book. It revolves around the Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs, first introduced in City of Heavenly Fire, as she seeks the answer to her parents’ mysterious deaths. It brings in many of the previously introduced characters such as Magnus Bane, James Carstairs, and Tessa Gray. Not yet finish, it contains:

 

  1. Lady Midnight
  2. Lord of Shadows
  3. The Queen of Air and Darkness (soon to be published)

VI. The Eldest Curses (in progress)

No doubt, Magnus Bane is a popular character and The Eldest Curses is a trilogy exploring his story and secrets. The trilogy is considered a companion to the main series, like The Bane Chronicles.

  1. The Lost Book of the White (coming in 2018)
  2. The Black Volume of the Dead (coming in 2019)
  3. The Red Scrolls of Magic (coming in 2020)

Also coming soon: The Last Hours cycle and The Wicked Powers.

Cassandra Clare has two upcoming trilogies planned. The Last Hours will be the fourth set of books and the sequel to The Infernal Devices series. It will take place in 1903 London and Paris and will revolve around the children of the previous series’s main characters, including those of Tessa Gray. The first book is announced for 2018.

Everything will be coming to an end with The Wicked Powers, the fifth set of books destined to wraps up The Shadowhunter Chronicles.

Further reading

If you want to explore more the Shadowhunter chronicles universe, you can go beyond the book series with those companion books – obviously not necessary at all for the good comprehension of the story.

 

  1. Shadowhunters and Downworlders – a collection of YA authors writing about the series and its world.
  2. 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.
  3. A History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of Downworld: Told in the Language of Flowers – A special collection of artwork and never-before-known details of all your favorite characters from the Shadowhunters’world.

Where to Start Reading The Shadowhunter Chronicles ? The Publication order

Most often than not, the best way to discover a universe is still with the publication order. So here it is :

  1. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  2. The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes
  3. The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass
  4. The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel
  5. The Mortal Instruments: City of Fallen Angels
  6. The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Prince
  7. The Mortal Instruments: City of Lost Souls
  8. The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Princess
  9. The Bane Chronicles
  10. The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire
  11. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
  12. The Dark Artifices: Lady Midnight
  13. The Dark Artifices: Lord of Shadows
  14. The Eldest Curses: The Lost Book of the White
  15. The Last Hours: Chain of Gold
  16. The Dark Artifices: The Queen of Air and Darkness

The Chronological order or exploring the universe by periods

You guess it, you can choose to read following the timeline.

I. The Infernal Devices

  1. Clockwork Angel
  2. Clockwork Prince
  3. Clockwork Princess

II. The Last Hours

  1. Chain of Gold
  2. Chain of Iron
  3. Chain of Thorns

III. The Mortal Instruments

  1. City of Bones
  2. City of Ashes
  3. City of Glass
  4. City of Fallen Angels
  5. City of Lost Souls
  6.  City of Heavenly Fire

III. The Bane Chronicles

IV. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

V. The Eldest Curses (to be determined)

  1. The Lost Book of the White
  2. The Black Volume of the Dead
  3. The Red Scrolls of Magic

VI. The Dark Artifices

  1. Lady Midnight
  2. Lord of Shadows
  3. The Queen of Air and Darkness

The Triad order or the one by Cassandra Clare

If you asked yourself: which order prefer Cassandra Clare? Don’t worry, the author gives her own personal reading order on her website. She suggests that you read them in a “slightly strange order” (her words, not mine) :

I. The Mortal Instruments, Part One

  1. City of Bones
  2. City of Ashes
  3. City of Glass

II. The Infernal Devices

  1. Clockwork Angel
  2. Clockwork Prince
  3. Clockwork Princess

III. The Mortal Instruments, Part Two

  1. City of Fallen Angels
  2. City of Lost Souls
  3. City of Heavenly Fire

IV. The Bane Chronicles

V. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

VI. The Dark Artifices

  1. Lady Midnight
  2. Lord of Shadows
  3. The Queen of Air and Darkness

VII. The Eldest Curses

  1. The Lost Book of the White
  2. The Black Volume of the Dead
  3. The Red Scrolls of Magic

VIII. The Last Hours

  1. Chain of Gold
  2. Chain of Iron
  3. Chain of Thorns

 

I made a mistake? I forgot something? Please, leave a comment to help me perfect this Shadowhunter Chronicles reading order.