Hello Wottareaders, today I am introducing The Shadowhunter Chronicles. Maybe you hear of this young adult fantasy series written by the American author Cassandra Clare? it might sound familiar to you since this series has had both movie and tv series adaptations.
What is The Shadowhunter Chronicles about?
The simple plot predominant in the series of The Shadowhunter Chronicles is the existence of yet another world within the world of humans. This other spiritual world is inhabited by demons, greater demons, vampires, werewolves and “baddies” as the Buffy calls them. In this other world, there is also Shadowhunters as well. The Shadowhunters came to be following the consumption of the blood of an angel by a mortal man. The Shadowhunters are befogged with the sole responsibility of protecting humankind from demons and Downworlders, which of course gets intricate along the line. Some unscrupulous toadies hell-bent on ending both the world of humans and that of the Shadowhunters came into play.
The main series of the original novels, The Mortal Instruments (also known as TMI), tells the story of Clary Fray. She is a teenager who eventually discovers is the descendant from a line of Shadowhunters. One day her mother is kidnapped, therefore she will have to team up with other shadowhunters in order to save her.
Of course, readers who do not like paranormal creatures (i.e., vampires, werewolves, faeries, etc.) may not like what is going on here.
The Shadowhunter Chronicles books
The Shadowhunter Chronicles is a three novel series. Which are the following:
- The Mortal Instruments. Original series.
- Infernal Devices. Prequel.
- The Dark Artifices. Sequel.
Readers will better appreciate The Mortal Instruments when they read all the six books in this series when, not leaving out its prequel series, The Infernal Devices. You will find yourself being entirely immersed in this series; it is a solemn promise. The truth is that you are going to get just as attached to the characters in The Infernal Devices. So get yourself prepared for this downfall.
The original series The Mortal Instruments
The Mortal Instruments is one beautiful series that took book lovers by storm.
Following the progression of this book series Clary and her friends are seen fighting the prevalent evil while trying to avoid death. The above scene went on with some being more successful than others. The climax is the outburst of romantic affairs while they all fall in love with each other.
The Mortal Instruments is a six novel series starting with City of Bones. The action takes place in 2007 having the city of New York as the main scenario.
The sequel The Dark Artifices
The Dark Artifices is a trilogy, taking place five years after The Mortal Instruments, that is, 2012. In this case, the main character is not Clary, but Emma Carstairs instead, another Shadowhunter previously introduced in the last novel of The Mortal Instruments, City of Heavenly Fire. While the main action happens around Emma Carstairs, the previous characters make their appearance letting us know how they are doing.
An interesting fact about the Dark Artifices revealed by Casandra Clare on her Tumblr, this series is based on the poem Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe.
The prequel Infernal Devices
While The Mortal Instruments is set in 2007, it’s prequel goes back more than a century ago. More specifically, this series first novel, Clockwork Angel, is set in 1878 the action taking place in London. Infernal Devices is a trilogy and, for some fans, is considered more enjoyable than the original series.
Infernal Devices will have a sequel, The Last Hours. While the first novel of this series, Chain of Gold, has not been published yet. The release date has been confirmed, it will be published in November 2019. This same year!
After this, a last series will be published, The Wicked Powers, for which there are no release dates yet. This series will conclude these chronicles.
Why you will love The Shadowhunter Chronicles
The Shadowhunter Chronicles has fascinating characters. You cannot help but to completely submit yourself to every single one of her major players, most especially the romantic and platonic ties between all of them. In The Mortal Instruments, one that is stark obvious is the dramatic interplay between Clary and Jace, between Alec and Magnus, between Simon and Isabelle; these will spellbind you and keep you.
The Shadowhunter Chronicles feels like fan-fiction, which entails that it is incredibly easy and fast to read. The series keeps readers enthralled, though a few elements of it may make you squirm or feel utterly ridiculous.
In these novels, you will find solace in almost all of its characters that will keep you reading. As with most series, they are parts of the books that are worth the attachment, but the characters, as well as certain moments between the characters, will make all of your reservation and ‘disappointment’ ultimately worth it.
The proper reading order
If you are wondering what is the best order to start reading this saga you might have to make a choice here. If you are a fan of the publication order then you must now that after the first three books of The Mortal Instruments came the first novel of The Infernal Devices. It was not until the entire prequel was published that the remaining novels of the original series were published. This makes sense, since the last three books of the original series are better understood, and enjoyed, if you the prequel first. Therefore I suggest the following reading order:
- The Mortal Instruments. Novels 1 to 3.
- Infernal Devices.
- The Mortal Instruments. Novels 4 to 6.
- The Dark Artifices. Sequel.
The first novel of The Mortal Instruments series, City of Bones, had a movie adaptation which was released in 2013. The film, directed by Harald Zwart, had a budget of $60 million and spent around another $60 million on advertising. Since the film grossed 90 million, it was considered a major flop. As a result, the film sequel was canceled. As happened with Percy Jackson’s movie adaptation the film was expected to be a major success, and therefore the results were way below the expectations.
Years after, TMI had a second adaptation. This time premiered in 2016 as a tv series named Shadowhunters, which you can watch on Netflix by the way. After three seasons the series was canceled in 2018.
Who Wrote The The Shadowhunter Chronicles?
Cassandra Clare is an American author. She is best known for her novels for young adults, including the blockbuster The Chronicles of Dark Hunters, from which the series The City of Darkness comes from.
In Los Angeles, Clara begins to write fan-fiction under the name of Cassandra Clare. Some of her stories had some success: The Draco Trilogy, based on the Harry Potter series, and The Very Secret Diaries, based on The Lord of the Rings (check here to know how accurate was its movie adaptation)
You will like this series if you liked
If you liked The Iron King by Julie Kagawa; The Iron Fey Series, then you will love The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare.
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