GivernyReads Guide to Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters Books

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Many people have read Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters novels. It has become a worldwide sensation. Many have started fandoms ,fan pages and fan art. There has even been a TV series and movie made from her books. Now, if you want  to enter the world of Shadowhunters, do you know which series to start with?

Well, you knew not worry. This guide is to help new readers on what order you should read her books. This guide may differ from others, but it is based on personal experience.

 

1: The Mortal Instruments Series


I would highly suggest reading this series first. This series is Cassandra Clare’s main series. Also, reading the other books will just spoil the plot for these books. There are many things that happen in this series that are needed in other series.

The series begins with City of Bones. It is followed by City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire.

For the Boxset: https://amzn.to/38rXrjJ                                                                                    For City of Boneshttps://amzn.to/34D0p3N                                                                         For City of Asheshttps://amzn.to/2LJYaF8                                                                            For City of Glasshttps://amzn.to/3r5DuYf                                                                          For City of Fallen Angels: https://amzn.to/3p3TXKy                                                            For City of Lost Souls: https://amzn.to/34lGUwu                                                              For City of Heavenly Fire: https://amzn.to/34o3dS9

2: The Infernal Devices Series


This series may not be about the main characters in the Mortal Instruments series, but it has an equally important part in the Shadowhunters world.  This series explains the history of some characters in other books.  You can however begin with this series and then read the Mortal Instruments. That is fine.

As long as the Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices are both read before the other books. That is the important part.

This series begins with Clockwork Angel.  It is then followed by Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess.

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3: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

This book is a collection of short stories written about the Shadowhunter Academy. The short stories are based on the aftermath of the Mortal Instruments.  Parts of the book from the aftermath of the Infernal Devices. So,  once you’re read the Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices, this is the book to read. It is not necessary to read it, however it will help when reading the other series.

The books are also written by Sarah Rees Brennan , Maureen Johnson and  Robin Wasserman.

For the Book: https://amzn.to/34mVdk7

4: The Bane Chronicles

This book is also a collection of short stories. It is based on the life of Warlock, Magnus Bane. It is not necessary to read this book, but it does contain much information about the life of Bane. You can read it after the Mortal Instruments, but before the Eldest Curse series.

This book is also written by Sarah Rees Brennan  and Maureen Johnson.

For the Book: https://amzn.to/34oLcD5

 

 

5: The Dark Artifices Series


This series is based on the aftermath of the Mortal Instruments Series.  It is however based on a new set of characters. The main characters from the Mortal Instruments will still be in this series.

You can read this before the Bane Chronicles. However, I do suggest you read the Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.

The series starts with Lady Midnight. It s followed by Lord of Shadows and Queen of Air and Darkness.

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6: Ghosts of the Shadow Market


This book is another collection of short stories. It is based on the Shadow Market and how it affected the lives of the Shadowhunters.

I would read this book only after reading the Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy and the Dark Artifices Series.

This book is also written by Sarah Rees Brennan,  Maureen Johnson,  Robin Wasserman and  Kelly Link.

For the book: https://amzn.to/34s6ks3

If you would like all three books (the Bane Chronicles, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy and Ghosts of the Shadow Market): https://amzn.to/3h2w0Rg

 

7: The Eldest Curses


This series follows Alex Lightwood and Magnus Bane in the aftermath of the Mortal Instruments.

I would highly suggest reading the Bane Chronicles before beginning this series.

This book is also written by Wesley Chu.

The series starts with The Red Scrolls of Magic. It is followed by the Lost Book of the White.

 

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8: The Last Hours


This series is the sequel to the Infernal Devices Series. However, I suggest you read the other books first. Many things that happen in this book are explained in others.

This series begins with the book, Chain of Gold. It is to be followed by Chain of Iron.

For Chain of Gold: https://amzn.to/2LKaJjz          For Chain of Iron (Pre-order for now): https://amzn.to/38lKGXw

 

 

9: The Shadowhunter Codex


This book is not necessary to read. It is a fan book. It is the codex spoken about in all these books. The book has writing from different Shadowhunters.

It was also written by Joshua Lewis and illustrated by various people.

It is a perfect gift for fans of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters World.

For the Book: https://amzn.to/2WwQyYs

 

 

 

10:Manga / Graphic Novels

 If you want to read the Mortal Instruments (4 books) and Infernal Devices, you can also get them in manga / graphic novels.

The Mortal Instruments:

Artist: Cassandra Jean

Book 1: https://amzn.to/3pblE4v                       Book 2: https://amzn.to/3nMr6KV               Book 3: https://amzn.to/3rflN8D              Book 4: https://amzn.to/2KJp92T

 

The Infernal Devices:

Artist:  HyeKyung Baek 

Book 1: https://amzn.to/38kzHxz                                                                                                  Book 2: https://amzn.to/2KnIffb                                                                                          Book 3: https://amzn.to/34sU9LC

 

 

If you think that the list should be changed, make sure to leave a comment. May this help and…

 

Happy Reading!!!

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