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Cassandra Clare

  • 5 stars across 47 books
Cassandra Clare Biography
Cassandra Clare is one of the most popular young adult fantasy authors. Her first book City of Bones (Book 1 in the Mortal Instruments series) was published in 2007 and became an immediate bestseller, hooking readers in to the Shadowhunters’ universe. She has since gone on to write another seven series set in their world, including the steampunk prequel trilogy The Infernal Devices, as well as the Magisterium series for slightly younger readers which she co-writes with author friend Holly Black.

Cassandra Clare (real name Judith Lewis) has been described by the Wall St Journal as “the new queen of fantasy” and her books have sold over 50 million copies worldwide. An American author, she grew up all over the world, born in Iran and living in several different European countries, including the UK. Her books are loved for their elaborate world-building, the vivid characters and the gripping plots full of love, intrigue and magic. The City of Bones was made into a Hollywood film in 2013 and the Mortal Instruments has also been adapted into a popular Netflix series with a second season due to come out this year.

The Shadowhunters' Chronicles
All Clare’s YA books are set in the Shadowhunters’ world and feature inter-twined plots and characters in different locations and eras, from Victorian England to modern day LA. The four urban fantasy series that make up the Shadowhunters’ Chronicles are firm fan favourites with readers 11 and upwards, and as many adults as teens love the books.
For anyone unsure where to start or what order to read the Shadowhunters’ Chronicles in, the author herself suggests the following order:
1. The Mortal Instruments Part One:
City of Bones
City of Ashes
City of Glass

2. The Red Scrolls of Magic

3. The Infernal Devices Series 
Clockwork Angel
Clockwork Prince
Clockwork Princess

4. The Mortal Instruments Part 2
City of Fallen Angels
City of Lost Souls
City of Heavenly Fire

5. The Bane Chronicles

6. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

7. The Lost Book of the White

8. The Dark Artifices Series
Lady Midnight
Lord of Shadows
Queen of Air and Darkness

9. Ghosts of the Shadow Market

10. The Last Hours Series
Chain of Gold
Chain of Iron
Chain of Thorns

11. The Shadowhunters' Codex

Our Favourite Cassandra Clare Book Quotes
“There is no pretending," Jace said with absolute clarity. "I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I'll love you then.” (City of Glass)

“There was beauty in the idea of freedom, but it was an illusion. Every human heart was chained by love.” (Lady Midnight

“I could not tell you if I loved you the first moment I saw you, or if it was the second or third or fourth. But I remember the first moment I looked at you walking toward me and realized that somehow the rest of the world seemed to vanish when I was with you.” (Clockwork Prince)

Our Favourite Cassandra Clare Book Characters
Clary Fray in the Mortal Instruments Series

Will and Jem in The Infernal Devices Series



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11th September 2014

Magisterium: The Iron Trial

From the imaginations of bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a heart-stopping plunge into the magi... MoreMagisterium: The Iron Trial

(5 reviews) Review
2nd July 2007

The Mortal Instruments 1: City of Bones

First in Cassandra Clare’s internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series about the Shadowhunters.Love. Blood. Be... MoreThe Mortal Instruments 1: City of Bones

(5 reviews) Review
31st January 2023

The Last Hours: Chain of Thorns

James and Cordelia must save London — and their marriage — in this thrilling and highly anticipated conclusion to the La... MoreThe Last Hours: Chain of Thorns

(5 reviews) Review
3rd March 2020

The Last Hours: Chain of Gold

From internationally bestselling author Cassandra Clare comes the first novel in a brand new Shadowhunters trilogy. Evil... MoreThe Last Hours: Chain of Gold

(4 reviews) Review
3rd March 2011

The Infernal Devices 1: Clockwork Angel

First in Cassandra Clare’s internationally bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy about the Shadowhunters.Love is the most... MoreThe Infernal Devices 1: Clockwork Angel

(3 reviews) Review
11th November 2014

The Bane Chronicles

Ever wanted to know why Magnus Bane is banned from Peru? Or what he got up to during the French Revolution? Or what he b... MoreThe Bane Chronicles

(2 reviews) Review
6th December 2011

The Infernal Devices 2: Clockwork Prince

True love is shrouded in secrets and lies in the #1 New York Times bestselling second book of the Infernal Devices trilo... MoreThe Infernal Devices 2: Clockwork Prince

(2 reviews) Review
12th October 2017

Magisterium: The Silver Mask

Callum Hunt's life has fallen apart.His friend is gone. The spy has escaped. His secret is out.He is facing an existence... MoreMagisterium: The Silver Mask

(2 reviews) Review
2nd March 2021

The Last Hours: Chain of Iron

The Shadowhunters must catch a killer in Edwardian London in this dangerous and romantic sequel to the #1 New York Times... MoreThe Last Hours: Chain of Iron

(2 reviews) Review
8th March 2016

Lady Midnight

The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in Lady Midnight, the first novel in Cassandra Clare's newest series, THE ... MoreLady Midnight

(1 review) Review
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