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The Wicked Powers is a planned trilogy by Cassandra Clare. The fifth in the series chronologically, it is so far set to be the last and concluding series of The Shadowhunter Chronicles.[1][2][3][4][5][6] The title is derived from a Shadowhunter children's rhyme: "And bronze to summon wicked powers."

Known information

  • The main characters are going to be Kit Herondale, Tiberius Blackthorn, and Drusilla Blackthorn.[7]
  • It is expected to take place either three to four years after The Dark Artifices,[8][9][10][11][12] or in 2015.[13][14] Kit and Ty are going to be about 18 years old while Dru will be about 16 or 17 years old.[12]
  • Queen of Air and Darkness will lead into this series.
    • QoAaD will "go to a new place" that will "share the story of The Wicked Powers."[15] It is expected to end in a place with unresolved issues, specifically about the government (The Clave), which will be one of the main plots of The Wicked Powers.[16] The government of the Shadowhunters' world will change in QoAad, setting up the story of TWP, which takes place in a world that has been forever changed from the one we know.[17]
    • It will end where "things are not great for a bunch of people, and that's gonna be hard and sad" but are also set to be resolved in TWP.[16]
    • Kit's heritage, which will also be revealed in QoAaD,[18][19][20] may affect him and be part of his journey in this series.[20]
  • Jaime Rosales is set to be a significant character in this series.[21][22]
  • Ash will appear and have a significant role moving forward.[22][23][24][25]
  • Clare hopes to have a group of friends around Dru outside of her siblings, though this is subject to change.[22]
  • Being the final series installment, Cassie has plans for all the characters who are still around to face the greatest threat they've ever faced, and the characters from different generations of the Shadowhunter Chronicles will have to unite and join forces in the biggest battle they'll ever have to take it down,[26] and that something will happen that will change the nature of Shadowhunters and what they mean.[27] She has also stated that "It will bring the Shadowhunter Chronicles to an end. The Shadowhunter world will change forever."[28][29]
  • Clare hopes to publish the first installment in or around 2022, alternating with her upcoming, non-Shadowhunter-related Sword Catcher series.[30]


  • The Wicked Powers will feature a plot inspired by and very loosely based on Arthurian legend, following the "parallels" tradition of other series.[31]


  1. "Then the Shadowhunter world wraps up with The Wicked Powers. (That’s the plan, anyway.)" CC on Tumblr
  2. "It would end with TWP." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  3. "The Wicked Powers. Ideally it would be the fifth and last Shadowhunters series." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  4. "... wrap up permanently with an installment called The Wicked Powers," Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  5. "But that would be the last series about Shadowhunters." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  6. "You could think of TWP maybe as the last 3 books." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  7. Cassie panel at Bookcon 2017 — Fangirlish video on Twitter
  8. "... about three, in book time." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  9. "It’s always been set three or four years after TDA," Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  10. "Three years after TDA." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  11. "... how many years after TDA does TWP take place?" "Three." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Around three/four years. [Ty and Kit will] be about eighteen, Dru about sixteeen/seventeen." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  13. "The Wicked Powers, if I get around to writing it: 2015" Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  14. "The Wicked Powers is set in 2015 or so. Three years after Queen." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  15. Recap of Cassandra Clare in Germany — TMI Source
  16. 16.0 16.1 INTERVIEW WITH CASSANDRA CLARE. — emmmabooks on YouTube
  17. "… but the whole government of the Shadowhunters’ world changes. And definitely a lot of that happens in Queen." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  18. "We don't know anything about Kit's mom – yet." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  19. "A great deal of the details of this mystery are shown in Ghosts of the Shadow Market: we will meet her, as part of Jem and Tessa’s search for the Lost Herondale. If you don’t read Ghosts, you’ll get the answer to Kit’s mother’s identity in Queen and TWP." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  20. 20.0 20.1 "... Kit’s going to learn it in Queen of Air and Darkness, but all the ways in which this enormous secret plays out… well, that’s for The Wicked Powers." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  21. "Yes, Jaime is in fact a more significant character in TWP –" Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 "Jaime and Ash are definitely both going to show up in her plotline, though!" Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  25. Queen of Air and Darkness
  26. "This story goes on, with The Dark Artifices and The Wicked Powers, and the TMI characters live on in the background, continuing to have their lives, continuing to be part of the stage on which these events are played out. Eventually the Shadowhunters will face the greatest threat they’ve ever faced, and the generations will have to unite to take it down." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
  27. Cassandra Clare and Holly Black at a signing in Sydney in 2015 — Aussie Shadowhunters on YouTube
  28. "It will bring the Shadowhunter Chronicles to an end. The Shadowhunter world will change forever." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  29. "A BIG change!" Cassandra Clare on Twitter
  30. NEW SERIES Q&A with CASSANDRA CLARE. — emmmabooks on YouTube
  31. "It’s very early days, but I’m going to say Arthurian legend." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
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)
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: An Anthology of Tales
Son of the Dawn The Wicked Ones
Cast Long Shadows The Land I Lost
Every Exquisite Thing Through Blood, Through Fire
Learn About Loss Ghosts of Old Loves
A Deeper Love Forever Fallen
The Wicked Powers
Companion books
The Shadowhunter's Codex
A History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of the Downworld
The Official Mortal Instruments Coloring Book
The Mortal Instruments graphic novel
City of Bones: The Graphic Novel
The Infernal Devices: Manga Series
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments