Reading Your Way Chronologically Through the Shadowhunter Universe

Posted April 9, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in Books, Entertainment, Reading Your Way Chronologically / 0 Comments

by Cassandra Clare

“The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.”
― Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

The Mortal Instruments Cast

After it was announced that Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments would be adapted (again) for television, I was both excited and skeptical. The film wasn’t what I imagined in my head when I read the book, and didn’t particularly care for it. Would this time be any different? I hope so! The Shadowhunter universe is so vast, that film just won’t do it justice. Maybe this time around we’ll get the adaptation we’ve all been waiting for.

If you haven’t read any of the books in the many different series that make up this world, then now is the time! Hopefully you will enter into this world with a fresh mind. If you’ve seen the movie, and haven’t read the books, then maybe you should. They’re so much better! I know Cassandra Clare has her recommended reading order for reading her books, but I thought I would do my own listing the books in chronological order. If you (like me) have read them already, but are thinking of reading them again, maybe this list will help get you on your way. Who knows? Hope this helps shed more light on this crazy world of demons, angels, and the women who love them! LOL!

tbc1.) What Really Happened in Peru (The Bane Chronicles #1)

There are good reasons Peru is off-limits to Magnus Bane. Follow Magnus’s Peruvian escapades as he drags his fellow warlocks Ragnor Fell and Catarina Loss into trouble, learns several instruments (which he plays shockingly), dances (which he does shockingly), and disgraces his host nation by doing something unspeakable to the Nazca Lines.

2.) The Runaway Queen (The Bane Chronicles #2)

While in France, immortal warlock Magnus Bane finds himself attempting to rescue the royal family from the horrors of the French Revolution—after being roped into this mess by a most attractive count. Naturally, the daring escape calls for invisible air balloons . . .

3.) Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale (The Bane Chronicles #3)

When immortal warlock Magnus Bane attends preliminary peace talks between the Shadowhunters and the Downworlders in Victorian London, he is charmed by two very different people: the vampire Camille Belcourt and the young Shadowhunter, Edmund Herondale. Will winning hearts mean choosing sides?

4.) On the Bridge (The Infernal Devices #0.5)


5.) Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

 6.) Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2)

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

 7.) Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3)

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

8.) After the Bridge (The Infernal Devices #3.1)

Magnus Bane

9.) The Midnight Heir (The Bane Chronicles #4)

Magnus thought he would never return to London, but he is lured by a handsome offer from Tatiana Blackthorn, whose plans—involving her beautiful young ward—are far more sinister than Magnus even suspects. In London at the turn of the century, Magnus finds old friends, and meets a very surprising young man . . . the sixteen-year-old James Herondale.

10.) The Rise of The Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #5)

The immortal Magnus Bane is making the most of his time in the Roaring Twenties: He’s settled into New York society and is thriving among the fashionable jazz set. And there is nowhere better to see and be seen than the glamorous Hotel Dumort, a glittering new addition to the Manhattan landscape. But a different type of glamour may be at play…

11.) Saving Raphael Santiago (The Bane Chronicles #6)

In 1950s New York City, a distraught mother hires Magnus Bane to find her missing son, Raphael. But even if he can be found, is Raphael beyond saving?

12.) The Fall of The Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #7)

Fifty years after the Jazz Age rise of the Hotel Dumort, immortal warlock Magnus Bane knows the Manhattan landmark is on the decline. The once-beautiful Hotel Dumort has fallen into a decayed thing, a ruin, as dead as a place can be. But the vampires don’t mind…

13.) The Last Stand of the New York Institute (The Bane Chronicles #9)

In the time of the Uprising, Valentine’s Circle goes after Downworlders in New York…and the Shadowhunters of the Institute must decide whether to join him, or fight with Magnus and his kind. This is the first time Magnus sees Jocelyn, Luke, and Stephen—but not the last. It is not long before Jocelyn seeks him out…


14.) City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

15.& 16.) Kissed (The Mortal Instruments, #1.5) / The Course of True Love (and First Dates) (The Bane Chronicles #10)

When Magnus Bane, warlock, meets Alec Lightwood, Shadowhunter, sparks fly. And what happens on their first date lights a flame…

17.) City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

18.) What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (And Who You’re Not Officially Dating Anyway) (The Bane Chronicles #8)

Set in the time between City of Ashes and City of Glass, warlock Magnus Bane is determined to find the best birthday present possible for Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter he may or may not be dating. And he’s also got to deal with the demon he’s conjured up for a very irritating client . . .

19.) City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of the New York Timesbestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

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20.) Jocelyn’s Story (The Mortal Instruments #3.5) – Novella

21.) Jace’s Letter  (The Mortal Instruments #3.6) – Novella

22.) City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price.

23.) City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

24.) Clockwork Princes (The Infernal Devices #3) – Epilogue

25.) City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced. Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!

*Note: This list doesn’t contain the Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy stories, nor the upcoming Dark Artifices spin-off.

About Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.


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0 responses to “Reading Your Way Chronologically Through the Shadowhunter Universe

  1. I definitely need to read this series! It’s been on my TBR list for a LONG time. I’ve only read the first book, but now I’m going to read the others 🙂

    • It’s really good! I actually liked the second book more than the first, so if it put you off, don’t worry. It gets really, really good as the series advances.

    • Thanks! I liked TBC, but Magnus was also one of my favorite characters in the series. Plus, he’s so mysterious that it was nice to learn about his past. It shed a lot of light on who he is, and why he does some of the things he’s done in both TMI and TID. I haven’t read The Shadowhunter Academy series yet. Have you?

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