The Lost Book of the White
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Cover artist
Audiobook narrator

BD Wong

Release Date September 1, 2020

Saga Press
(Simon & Schuster)


Magnus Bane

The Eldest Curses
 1  2  3
Release order
Released after
Chain of Gold
Released before
Chain of Iron

The Lost Book of the White is the second book of The Eldest Curses trilogy, co-written by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu.


Life is good for Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood. They’re living together in a fabulous loft, their warlock son, Max, has started learning to walk, and the streets of New York are peaceful and quiet—as peaceful and quiet as they ever are, anyway.

Until the night that two old acquaintances break into Magnus’s apartment and steal the powerful Book of the White. Now Magnus and Alec will have to drop everything to get it back. They need to follow the thieves to Shanghai, they need to call some backup to accompany them, and they need a babysitter.

Also, someone has stabbed Magnus with a strange magical weapon and the wound is glowing, so they have that to worry about too.

Fortunately, their backup consists of Clary, Jace, Isabelle, and newly minted Shadowhunter Simon. In Shanghai, they learn that a much darker threat awaits them. Magnus’s magic is growing unstable, and if they can’t stop the demons flooding into the city, they might have to follow them all the way back to the source—the realm of the dead. Can they stop the threat to the world? Will they make it back home before their kid completely wears out Alec’s mom?[1][2]

Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood are settling into domestic life with their son Max when the warlocks Ragnor Fell and Shinyun Jung break into their loft and steal a powerful spell book. Realizing that Ragnor and Shinyun are being controlled by a more sinister force, Magnus and Alec set out to stop them and recover the book before they can cause any more harm. With the help of Clary Fairchild, Jace Herondale, Isabelle Lightwood, and Simon Lovelace (who is fresh from the Shadowhunter Academy), they track the warlocks to Shanghai.

But nothing is as it seems. Ragnor and Shinyun are working at the behest of a Greater Demon. Their goal is to open a Portal from the demon realms to Earth, flooding the city of Shanghai with dangerous demons. When a violent encounter causes Magnus's magic to grow increasingly unstable, Alec and Magnus rally their friends to strike at the heart of the demon's power. But what they find there is far stranger and more nefarious than they ever could have expected…



Part I: New York

  1. The Sleep Thorn
  2. Between Air and Angels
  3. A Brief Farewell

Part II: Shanghai

  1. Heavenly Places
  2. Chessboard
  3. Tian
  4. Ke House
  5. Shadow and Sunlight
  6. The Celestial Palace
  1. The Black and White Impermanence

Part III: Diyu

  1. The First Court
  2. Ox-Head and Horse-Face
  3. The Serpent of the Garden
  4. Certain Falling
  5. The Lady of Edom
  6. The Phoenix Feather
  7. Heibai Wuchang
  8. Avici
  9. The Endless Way
  10. The Soul of the Clave






Special content

  • US first editions: All first editions include a reversible cover that has the Anne Lambelet cover on the inside to match the hardbound The Red Scrolls of Magic cover. They also include the short story In Dreams Begin, which features Jem Carstairs and Tessa Gray's wedding and explained why the other attendees do not remember it.
  • Waterstones' special edition: The Waterstones' special edition was a rune-bound hardback with the In Dreams Begin short story and an exclusive deleted scene with The Mortal Instruments gang going out to celebrate Simon's graduation from the Shadowhunter Academy.


  • The title is referring to the Book of the White.
  • This book is told from a few characters' point of view, mainly: Magnus, Alec, Tian, and Sammael.
  • The Lost Book of the White was initially set to be the first book in the trilogy before Cassandra Clare decided to switch the title order of the series.[3][4]


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