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The Mortal Instruments is a series of young adult novels by American author Cassandra Clare and is the first of the Shadowhunter Chronicles.

The series follows Clary Fray, Jace Herondale, Simon Lewis, Isabelle Lightwood, Alec Lightwood and other Downworlders and Shadowhunters in the New York Institute. Seemingly normal at first, Clary soon gets sucked into the world of Nephilim and other creatures when she finds out that she is a Shadowhunter.



Audiobook editions

  • City of Bones was narrated by Ari Graynor and, in a new version, by Mae Whitman.
  • City of Ashes and City of Glass were narrated by Natalie Moore.
  • City of Fallen Angels was narrated by Ed Westwick and Molly C. Quinn.
  • City of Lost Souls was narrated by Molly C. Quinn.
  • City of Heavenly Fire was narrated by Jason Dohring and Sophie Turner.



The first of the series, City of Bones, was adapted onto the big screen, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, produced and distributed by Constantin Film. Initial reports claimed plans for a film trilogy based on the first three books; however, due to the film not meeting the expected success, the sequel's production was constantly delayed, until it was ultimately scrapped.

On October 12, 2014, it was announced that The Mortal Instruments would instead be relaunched by Constantin Film as a television series. The show premiered on January 12, 2016 and concluded on May 6, 2019; it consisted of three seasons with a total of 55 episodes.

To coincide with the movie release, a graphic novel also based on the first book was released in 2013 but was discontinued after seven issues. In 2015, it was announced that the graphic novel rights to the series had been reclaimed and instead be adapted into a graphic novel series by Cassandra Jean with two installments per book.


  • The series was initially meant to only be a trilogy, ending with City of Glass.
    • This trilogy had been meant to be followed by a spin-off graphic novel focusing on Simon and what happened to him after the events of City of Glass; as well as wrapping up the loose ends from the final chapter.[1]
  • The series title refers to the three Mortal Instruments which were featured and crucial to the events in the series.
  • The series was inspired by Paradise Lost and The Inferno.[2][3]
  • The idea from the series came from sets of footprints on the ceiling of a tattoo shop that "looked like some fabulous supernatural battle had been fought there by beings who'd left their footprints behind."[4]
  • The series name was taken from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Certain lines were used as an epigraph of the first book in the series, City of Bones.
  • The US/Canada paperback book covers of The Mortal Instruments were updated (repackaged) and officially replaced with new ones with a more modern look, released on September 1, 2015 by Simon & Schuster.[5] The covers were revealed on May 12, 2015 on the various social media accounts of Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments.[6] The hardbound covers will remain the same.[7][8]
    • Simon & Schuster also has further plans to do "adult covers" of the series.[9]
  • The UK/Australia/NZ/Ireland publisher, Walker Books, also released new covers in July 2015, with the illustrations done by artist Mila Furstova.[10] Unlike the US repackages, the new covers will simply be alternatives instead of replacements for the originals.[11]


Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunter Chronicles
The Mortal Instruments
City of Bones City of Ashes City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels City of Lost Souls City of Heavenly Fire
The Infernal Devices The Dark Artifices
Clockwork Angel Lady Midnight
Clockwork Prince Lord of Shadows
Clockwork Princess Queen of Air and Darkness
The Last Hours The Eldest Curses
Chain of Gold The Red Scrolls of Magic
Chain of Iron The Lost Book of the White
Chain of Thorns The Black Volume of the Dead
The Bane Chronicles
What Really Happened in Peru Saving Raphael Santiago
The Runaway Queen The Fall of the Hotel Dumort
Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale What to Buy the Shadowhunter...
The Midnight Heir The Last Stand of the New York Institute
The Rise of the Hotel Dumort The Course of True Love (And First Dates)
The Voicemail of Magnus Bane
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy Pale Kings and Princes
The Lost Herondale Bitter of Tongue
The Whitechapel Fiend The Fiery Trial
Nothing but Shadows Born to Endless Night
The Evil We Love Angels Twice Descending
Ghosts of the Shadow Market
Cast Long Shadows Son of the Dawn
Every Exquisite Thing The Land I Lost
Learn About Loss Through Blood, Through Fire
A Deeper Love The Lost World
The Wicked Ones Forever Fallen
The Wicked Powers
Companion books
The Shadowhunter's Codex
An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of Downworld
A Long Conversation
The Official Mortal Instruments Coloring Book
All the Stories are True: Classics Reimagined in the World of the Shadowhunters
Secrets of Blackthorn Hall
City of Bones: The Graphic Novel
The Mortal Instruments graphic novels
The Infernal Devices: Manga Series
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments