The Mortal Instruments books are a favourite amongst young adult readers, for their compelling and mysterious plots, dynamic characters and passionate love story.
Casandra Clare’s Young Adult fantasy series tells the story of Clary Fray. Searching for her missing mother, Clary is pulled into an alternate New York – Downworld is filled with mysterious faeries, partying warlocks, vampires who aren’t want they seem, an army of werewolves and the demons who want to destroy it all.
In book one City of Bones, Clary meets Jace and discovers that, like him, she is a Shadowhunter, a human-angel hybrid who hunts down demons. This startling discovery triggers a series of action-filled adventures and romance.
Cassandra Clare’s books have been adapted for screen several times: in 2013 into the film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and, more recently, into an American TV series on Netflix starring Katherine McNamara as Clary.
The Mortal Instruments is the first series in the Shadowhunters Chronicles. We recommend reading the Shadowhunters books chronologically, starting with book one City of Bones.
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All the Mortal Instruments books in order:
Book 1: City of Bones (2007)
Book 2: City of Ashes (2008)
Book 3: City of Glass (2009)
Book 4: City of Fallen Angels (2011)
Book 5: City of Lost Souls (2012)
Book 6: City of Heavenly Fire (2014)
And to read all the Shadowhunters Chronicles in 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
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
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
11. The Shadowhunters' Codex