HOW TO READ SHADOWHUNTER CHRONICLES?

Guess what? You brought a giant set of Shadowhunter chronicles and don’t know where to start? Well that’s where I jump in with this post to save the day! For those who have already started with the shadowhunter chronicles and picked up a different book. Don’t worry. Its totally fine if you start with any book but ensure that you don’t get spoiled. So, there are many reading orders for this series. Some are given by the author, some are made up by the readers which is still used. So, here are some reading orders:

#1 PUBLICATION ORDER:

Cassandra Clare has recommended the reading order. This reading order will help you experience the whole shadowhunter chronicles the way it was written in a chronological order. Here is the reading order:

City of Bones

City of Ashes

City of Glass

Clockwork Angel

City of Fallen Angels

Clockwork Prince

City of Lost Souls

Clockwork Princess

The Bane Chronicles

City of Heavenly Fire

Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy

Lady Midnight

Lord of Shadows

Queen of Air and Darkness

Ghosts of the Shadow Market

The Red Scrolls of Magic

The Lost Book Of The White

Chain of Gold

#2 READING ORDER:

This reading order is for readers who like to marathon a series in one go and completely immerse themselves in a series. The Mortal Instruments, at first was written in a trilogy, so the first three books were a trilogy and next three books were second trilogy. You can start with The Infernal Devices. Here is the next reading order:

City of Bones

City of Ashes

City of Glass

Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Princess

City of Fallen Angels

City of Lost Souls

City of Heavenly Fire

The Bane Chronicles

Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy

Lady Midnight

Lord of Shadows

Queen of Air and Darkness

The Red Scrolls of Magic

The Lost Book Of The White

Ghosts of the Shadow Market

Chain of Gold

#3 READING ORDER:

This reading order is for the people who wish to read the mortal instruments afterwards. Normally, skipping the mortal instruments is not advisable because it is a base of shadowhunter chronicles. Here is the reading order:

Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Princess

City of Bones

City of Ashes

City of Glass

City of Fallen Angels

City of Lost Souls

City of Heavenly Fire

The Bane Chronicles

Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy

Lady Midnight

Lord of Shadows

Queen of Air and Darkness

The Red Scrolls of Magic

The Lost Book Of The White

Ghosts of the Shadow Market

Chain of Gold

WHY NOVELLAS ARE IMPORTANT!

There are three novellas in the shadowhunter chronicles. The Bane Chronicles, Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy & Ghosts Of The Shadow Market. I am not saying that it is compulsory to read the novellas. But, the novellas bind up the whole shadowhunter chronicles. They completely immerse you in the story and tell in depth about the shadowhunter chronicles. So, it is totally on you if you want to read or skip the novellas. No pressure!

Shadowhunter Chronicles!

WHAT ARE SHADOWHUNTERS ?

Shadowhunters are the hybrids of Humans and angels. They protect the human world from the demon world. Shadowhunters are also known as Nephilim. This series is a Urban fantasy written by Cassandra Clare.

HOW MANY BOOKS ARE THERE IN THE SHADOWHUNTER CHRONICLES?

There are total 19 books in the Shadowhunter Chronicles (as of 2020). Cassandra Clare plans to publish more 6 books in the future. There are total 6 series in the whole shadowhunter chronicles which comprises of:

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS (6 books):

The mortal instruments is the beginning of the whole shadowhunter chronicles. There are many orders to read the whole shadowhunter chronicles, but the mortal instruments is all where it starts. TMI is set in New York City. You will get to know what are shadowhunters and downworlders. Here is the list of TMI books:

CITY OF BONES

CITY OF ASHES

CITY OF GLASS

CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS

CITY OF LOST SOULS

CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE

THE INFERNAL DEVICES (3 books):

The infernal devices is a prequel to the mortal instruments. It occurs in the year 1878. The story is revolving around the ancestors of the characters in the mortal instruments. TID is set in London, England. Here is a list of TID books:

CLOCKWORK ANGEL

CLOCKWORK PRINCE

CLOCKWORK PRINCESS

THE DARK ARTIFICES (3 books):

The dark artifices is set in Los Angeles. This series is after the mortal instruments series. The story is revolving around the scared bond of parabatai (pair of Nephilim warriors who fight together as lifelong partners, bound together by oath, regardless of their gender.) Here is a list of TDA books:

LADY MIDNIGHT

LORD OF SHADOWS

QUEEN OF AIR AND DARKNESS

THE LAST HOURS (3 books):

The last hours is set in London and Paris in the year of 1903. This series is after the infernal devices, but happens before the mortal instruments. Cassie has only published the first book (as of 2020) in the series of last hours. She has confirmed two more books in this series. Here are the list of the TLH books:

CHAIN OF GOLD

CHAIN OF IRON (not released yet)

CHAIN OF THORNS (not released yet)

THE ELDEST CURSES (3 books):

The eldest curses is set in the year 2012. The story is revolving around two characters from the mortal instruments, they have started dating and we get to know some untouched secrets which will not be there in any other series of shadowhunter chronicles. The eldest curses happens after the dark artifices. Here is the list of TEC books:

THE RED SCROLLS OF MAGIC

THE LOST BOOK OF THE WHITE

THE BLACK VOLUME OF THE DEAD (not released yet)

THE WICKED POWERS:

The wicked powers is the ultimate ending of the shadowhunter chronicles. The name of the books are not revealed yet. This series is whole ending of the shadowhunter chronicles.

LETS TALK NOVELLAS!

The best thing about Cassie Clare’s writing is that she always writes in depth and you totally get immersed in the story. She explains every minute detail in the story and here there are three different novellas (not in series) which have bounded the shadowhunter chronicles. The novellas are describing three specific characters from the mortal instruments. Here are the list of the Novellas:

TALES FROM THE SHADOWHUNTER ACADEMY (happens after the mortal instruments)

THE BANE CHRONICLES (also happens after the mortal instruments)

GHOSTS OF THE SHADOW MARKET (happens after the dark artifices)