The Shadowhunter Chronicles
|Publisher||Margaret K. McElderry|
|Published||March 27, 2007 – present|
|No. of books|
The Shadowhunter Chronicles is a media franchise based on the writings of American young adult fiction writer Cassandra Clare, which encompasses four novel series, three short-story collections, four graphic novels, one film, a television series, and other media.
These works are set in a universe where fairy tales and mythologies, both pagan and Judeo-Christian, exist with its figures existing alongside the mundanes (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. There is an uneasy peace, a treaty known as The Accords, between the governing body of the Nephilim, known as the Clave, and the Downworlders, not all of whom want peace or respect the Clave's authority.
The following books are arranged in order of their respective timelines.
The Infernal Devices
The Infernal Devices is a trilogy of young adult fantasy novels written by Cassandra Clare and is the second set of books to be published. Set in 1878 in Victorian era London, it revolves around 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, rather, a warlock variant, warlocks being half human and half demon. Tessa is unique even among warlocks, as she is the only know case of having nephilim heritage. The nephilim, here textually often referred to as Shadowhunters, are blessed with the blood of the angel, thus making Tessa a fourth seraphic.
- Clockwork Angel (August 31, 2010)
- Clockwork Prince (December 6, 2011)
- Clockwork Princess (March 19, 2013)
The Last Hours
The Last Hours is an upcoming trilogy written by Cassandra Clare. It will be the fourth set of books to be published. The sequel to The Infernal Devices series, it will be set in 1903 London and Paris and will revolve around the children of the previous series's main characters, including those of Tessa Gray.
- Chain of Gold (March 3, 2020)
- Chain of Iron (TBA)
- Chain of Thorns (TBA)
The Mortal Instruments
The Mortal Instruments is a series of six young adult fantasy novels written by Cassandra Clare. It is the first set of books to be published. The series is mainly set in the year 2007 and revolves around the Shadowhunter Clary Fairchild. She and her friends are confronted with two wars: the first against Valentine Morgenstern, and the second against his son Jonathan Morgenstern.
- City of Bones (March 27, 2007)
- City of Ashes (March 25, 2008)
- City of Glass (March 23, 2009)
- City of Fallen Angels (April 5, 2011)
- City of Lost Souls (May 8, 2012)
- City of Heavenly Fire (May 27, 2014)
The Dark Artifices
The Dark Artifices is a trilogy of young adult fantasy novels written by Cassandra Clare. It is the third set of books to be published. The sequel to The Mortal Instruments series, it takes place in 2012, five years after the events of that series's final book, City of Heavenly Fire. It revolves around the Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs, first introduced in City of Heavenly Fire, as she seeks the answer for her parents' mysterious deaths. The first book brings in many of the previously introduced characters such as Magnus Bane, Jem Carstairs, and Tessa Gray.
- Lady Midnight (March 8, 2016)
- Lord of Shadows (May 23, 2017)
- Queen of Air and Darkness (December 4, 2018)
The Wicked Powers
The Wicked Powers is an upcoming trilogy written by Cassandra Clare. It will be the fifth set of books to be published and is set to wrap up The Shadowhunter Chronicles.
- Book 1 (TBA)
- Book 2 (TBA)
- Book 3 (TBA)
The following books are listed in order of their publication dates.
- Shadowhunters and Downworlders is a collection of young adult authors writing about the series and its world. It was released on January 29, 2013.
- The Shadowhunter's Codex is a companion book to The Shadowhunter Chronicles series released on October 29, 2013. It explains the terminology and the lore of the series as well as other extras and special features.
- The Bane Chronicles is an anthology book consisting of eleven novellas revolving around the character Magnus Bane. Ten of the novellas were previously released online in a period of a year and were jointly written by Cassandra Clare and other young-adult writers. It was released on November 11, 2014.
- A History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of Downworld: Told in the Language of Flowers is a collection of artwork by Cassandra Jean, who created The Shadowhunter Tarot Cards. Inspired by the Victorian language of flowers, this hardbound volume features characters from The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, The Dark Artifices, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, and The Last Hours, each with a beautifully illustrated portrait and a selection of never before known details and notes about the characters. It was released on February 18, 2016.
- Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy is an anthology book that, like The Bane Chronicles, consists of ten novellas released online in a period of nine months revolving around Simon Lewis, first introduced in The Mortal Instruments as Clary Fairchild's best friend, as he gets the chance to become a Shadowhunter. The anthology was released in November 15, 2016.
- Ghosts of the Shadow Market is a collection of ten novellas, and much like The Bane Chronicles and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, it follows the adventures of Jem Carstairs. The first eight ("Son of the Dawn", "Cast Long Shadows", "Every Exquisite Thing", "Learn About Loss", "A Deeper Love", "The Wicked Ones", "The Land I Lost" and "Through Blood, Through Fire") were published monthly in e-book format between April and November 2018, and the last two ("The Lost World” and "Forever Fallen") were published exclusively in the print edition that was released on June 4, 2019.
- The Eldest Curses is an upcoming trilogy co-written by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu. It is set to revolve around the romance between Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood.
- The Red Scrolls of Magic (April 9, 2019)
- The Lost Book of the White (September 1, 2020)
- The Black Volume of the Dead (TBA)
In 2010, Screen Gems announced that they were going into production on the film adaptation of City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments series, with hopes of starting a successful film franchise. The film was originally due for release on August 23, 2013, but was pushed back two days earlier, on August 21, 2013. The film premiered on August 12, 2013, at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. Production on a film adaptation of the second book, City of Ashes, was due to start in September 2013, but was delayed to 2014, and eventually cancelled, after the first film failed to recoup its budget.
On October 12, 2014, at Mipcom, Constantin confirmed that The Mortal Instruments will return as a television series with Ed Decter as showrunner. Constantin Film and TV head Martin Moszkowicz told The Hollywood Reporter that, "It actually makes sense to do [the novels] as a TV series. There was so much from the book that we had to leave out of the Mortal Instruments film. In the series we'll be able to go deeper and explore this world in greater detail and depth." The producers hope to adapt the entire book series if the TV adaptation proves successful. In February 2015, book series author Cassandra Clare announced via Twitter that the television series would be called Shadowhunters rather than The Mortal Instruments.
In March 2015, ABC Family picked up Shadowhunters straight-to-series, and premiered on January 12, 2016. The series was renewed for a second season in March 2016, comprising 20 episodes, which premiered on January 2, 2017. In April 2017, it was announced that the series was renewed for a third season of 20 episodes. The first half of ten episodes premiered on March 20, 2018. On June 4, 2018, Freeform canceled the series after three seasons, but ordered two extra episodes to properly conclude the series' story; the second half of the third season premiered on February 25, 2019.
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