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Early days 19th Century 20th Century 21st Century
Incursion Early years Edwardian era 2007
18th Century Victorian era Roaring Twenties 2008
French Revolution End of the century Later years 2012
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Early days


Codex Raziel

The Angel Raziel and Jonathan Shadowhunter.

  • AD 1000: Shortly after the first Christian Millennium, the demons began their large-scale invasion, termed the Incursion, of the world around this time.
  • Angel Raziel appeared to Jonathan Shadowhunter and gave him the Mortal Instruments to begin the race of Nephilim.
  • AD 1444: The first vampires were created in a public ceremony.
    • The Greater Demon Hecate was summoned in a massive blood-based sacrifice held at the Court of Wallachia (modern-day Romania). In exchange for his impressive sacrifice and act of savagery, Hecate transformed Vlad III and a large majority of his court into the first vampires.

17th Century

  • Silent Brother Gregory Hans discovered the correct combination of Marks to both enhance a Nephilim's senses and exclude the smell of demons from that enhancement.[1]
  • Because of the witch hunts of mundanes, a great Schism also passed between Shadowhunters and warlocks, and eventually the rest of the Downworld.[1]
  • 1640: the Clave forbade the hiring of warlocks to assist in Shadowhunter business.[1]
  • 1688: Consul Thomas Tefereel's Reforms were recognized.[1]

18th Century

French Revolution

19th Century

Early years

  • 1804: Law prohibiting intermarriage of Shadowhunters with other species was revoked and the method of Ascension was adopted.
  • 1815: European Downworlder Treaty was signed at the end of the Napoleonic Wars and marked the first time an official document promised any protection under the Law for Downworlders. The signing was presided by Consul Shimizu-Tokugawa Katsugoro.
  • 1825: Axel Mortmain lodged a request for Reparations at the York Institute for the death of his parents, over a decade before.
  • 1828 - Events told from The Lost Herondale
  • 1832: A Prussian farmer and Shadowhunter, Johannes von Mainz, called the entire Clave to his farm to see the "angel" he had apparently summoned in his cow barn. The summoned "angel" turned out to be Johannes's son, Hans, causing Shadowhunters to be very cautious about making or checking subsequent claims of angel appearances.

Victorian era


CJ Tessa as Ithuriel fanart 01

Tessa Changing into Ithuriel, as depicted by Cassandra Jean.

  • October – December
    • Events from Clockwork Princess
    • Mortmain and his army of automatons were defeated.
    • Charlotte Branwell became Consul, and Will Herondale replaced her as the Head of the London Institute some time after.
    • The Enclave threw a Christmas party at the London Institute, and Will proposed to Tessa.

End of the century

  • 1885 - Events from What Really Happened in Peru
    • Magnus, Ragnor, and Catarina helped their client Nayaraq unearth her family's treasure in the ruins of Pachacamac.
  • 1887: The Second Accords was signed.
  • 1888 - Events from The Whitechapel Fiend
  • 1890 - Events from What Really Happened in Peru
    • The three warlocks were staying in Puno, where Magnus met and spent some time with his lover Imasu Morales. After their relationship ended, Magnus, after a night of heavy drinking, ended up throwing up on the Nazca Lines from a carpet he had stolen and enchanted to fly, with Catarina and Ragnor following him in hopes of restraining their friend, which they ultimately failed to do.
  • 1899 - Events from Nothing but Shadows

20th Century

Edwardian era

Roaring Twenties

Later years

  • 1936 - Events from Learn About Loss
  • 1940: December - Events from A Deeper Love
  • 1953 - Events from Saving Raphael Santiago
    • Raphael Santiago was Turned into a vampire.
    • Magnus helped him readjust to life and pretend to still be mundane for his family.
  • 1962
    • The Seventh Accords was signed.
    • Events from What Really Happened in Peru
    • Magnus met Kitty and began a brief life of crime with her in several countries for one whole summer.
    • Some time after, the High Council of Peruvian warlocks met in secret and decided to ban Magnus from Peru "for crimes unspeakable."
  • 1977 - Events from The Fall of the Hotel Dumort
    • Magnus returned to New York from a two-year trip.
    • The vampires had become addicted to cocaine and were unable to control their feedings on humans. With the werewolves' and Magnus' help, they were able to lock and sober up the vampires inside the Hotel Dumort.
  • 1984 - Events from The Evil We Love
  • Later years — potential period of events of The Secret Treasons
  • 1989 - Events from The Last Stand of the New York Institute, andCity of Bones and City of Glass flashbacks/stories
    • The Circle had begun campaigning for harsher sentences against Downworlders, which they demonstrated by going around Idris and other cities, claiming to help Institutes on missions where they, in fact, set to out to kill Downworlders, even those who were not breaking the Accords.
    • The Circle eventually came to New York and began by killing vampires at the Spanish Harlem. Afterwards, they intended to kill a family of werewolves that had separated from a pack and faced Magnus Bane and the Conclave members who were defending them. They ended up killing a couple of the werewolves and the Whitelaw family of Shadowhunters.
    • Lucian Graymark was Turned into a werewolf and became the leader of the Brocelind werewolf pack. Stephen then became Valentine's new second-in-command, replacing the now believed to be deceased Luke.
    • August - Events from The Wicked Ones; Céline Montclaire, Robert, Stephen, and Valentine went to Paris on a mission, ending with Valentine framing and having Céline's parents killed.
    • Stephen left his wife Amatis and married Céline.
  • 1990
    • Events from City of Bones and City of Glass flashbacks/stories
    • Jocelyn, who discovered his plans shortly after giving birth to their son, Jonathan Christopher, searched for Luke. With Ragnor Fell's help, she found him, and he also supplied Jocelyn with a spell and a means to contact and warn the Downworlders. Together, the three helped make plans to thwart the attack.
  • 1991
    • Events from City of Bones and City of Glass flashbacks/stories
    • Valentine moved the Circle's plans into action.
    • Stephen was killed and his wife Céline committed suicide. Valentine, with Hodge Starkweather's help, took the child he had been experimenting on from her corpse and hid the baby in his house's (the Fairchild manor) basement before letting Hodge hide out with the infant in his childhood home.
    • The first attempt to sign the Ninth Accords took place, done more than a year early to make way for a lengthy faerie ritual done every 500 years that would have conflicted with the planned 1992 signing (15 years after the last).[2]
    • The Uprising occurred, disrupting the very signing of the Accords, causing the death of Shadowhunters and Downworlders.
    • Valentine murdered Michael Wayland and his son in order to fake his and his own son's deaths.
    • Jocelyn left Idris and went to Paris with Luke. She later ran away again to New York, where she took the name Jocelyn Fray.
    • Robert, Maryse, and Alec Lightwood were exiled from Idris to run the Institute in New York. With them was Hodge Starkweather, who was cursed for his part in the Uprising.
    • Imogen Herondale became the Inquisitor.
  • 1993 - Events from The Last Stand of the New York Institute
  • 1995/1996/later 1990s: Lucian Graymark moved to New York to be close to Jocelyn and her daughter and took up the name Luke Garroway.

21st Century



    • Events from City of Bones and The Course of True Love (And First Dates)
    • Clary met her first group of Shadowhunters and learned about her heritage. Jocelyn had gone missing, in fact, taken by Valentine and his men. Clary and Jace Wayland, along with Luke and a few others, later faced Valentine. Jace was then led to believe that he was the son of Valentine and Jocelyn, hence the brother of Clary. Jace, however, chose to fight against Valentine, and Jocelyn, though still unconscious, was retrieved.
  • September
  • October
    • Events from The Red Scrolls of Magic, City of Fallen Angels and the prologue of City of Lost Souls
    • Clary has begun training to be a Shadowhunter under Jace's tutelage, when Jace fell under a mysterious and powerful demonic influence, later revealed to be Lilith, who had kept Sebastian's body after the Mortal War. She blackmailed Simon Lewis, recently Turned into a rare Daylighter, to exchange blood with Sebastian to revive him. Sebastian was brought back to life, and Jace was put under his influence.
  • November
    • Events from City of Lost Souls
    • Clary joined Jace and Sebastian, pretending to agree with their views long enough to be able to spy on them, relay their plans to her friends in New York, and give them time to figure out a way to sever the pair's demonic bond.
    • 'Team Good' in New York summoned the Angel Raziel, who then gave Simon the sword Glorious to use against either of the pair, in exchange for Simon's Mark of Cain.
    • The Infernal Cup was created, and Sebastian was able to Turn several of his followers into Endarkened Shadowhunters at the Seventh Sacred Site at the Burren in Ireland. The Shadowhunters, and certain Downworlders, of New York arrived and managed to defeat several of them in battle, forcing the remaining ones to flee, while Clary, though she failed to reach Sebastian to use the sword on him, stabbed Jace with the sword, and the heavenly fire burned away the evil, particularly his bond with Sebastian, in him.
CJ Jace 06, CoHF

Jace burning with heavenly fire.

  • December


  • Events from the Clockwork Princess and City of Heavenly Fire epilogues
    • January: Tessa and Jem went to London on the Blackfriars Bridge for their annual meeting. Jem revealed that he was changed back to mortal, from being a Silent Brother, after he had touched the heavenly fire-filled Jace Herondale. The pair reunited.
    • May: Jocelyn and Luke got married at Luke's farmhouse in upstate New York. Simon, after having lost his memories during a deal made with Asmodeus, was approached by Magnus and Isabelle and given some of his memories back, enough to know that he was friends with them.




  • September
  • October



  • Events from The Wicked Powers, set to take place three or four years after The Dark Artifices.

Books chronology

This section is for those who simply want the chronological order of each book and installment. For more information, see above or the wiki's readers' guide.

  1. The Shadowhunter's Codex (historical content)
  2. What Really Happened in Peru, 1791 (TBC)
  3. The Runaway Queen, 1791 (TBC)
  4. The Lost Herondale, 1828 (TftSA told story)
  5. Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale, 1857 (TBC)
  6. Clockwork Angel, 1878 in April–July (TID)
  7. Clockwork Prince, 1878 July–August (TID)
  8. Clockwork Princess, 1878 October–December (TID)
  9. What Really Happened in Peru (TBC)
  10. The Whitechapel Fiend (TftSA flashback)
  11. What Really Happened in Peru (TBC)
  12. Nothing but Shadows (TftSA flashback)
  13. Cast Long Shadows (GotSM)
  14. Every Exquisite Thing (GotSM)
  15. Chain of Gold (TLH)
  16. The Midnight Heir (TBC)
  17. Chain of Iron (TLH)
  18. Chain of Thorns (TLH)
  19. The Rise of the Hotel Dumort (TBC)
  20. Learn About Loss (GotSM)
  21. A Deeper Love (GotSM)
  22. Saving Raphael Santiago (TBC)
  23. What Really Happened in Peru (TBC)
  24. The Fall of the Hotel Dumort (TBC)
  25. The Evil We Love (TftSA flashback)
  26. Pale Kings and Princes, ca. 1988 (TftSA story)
  27. The Last Stand of the New York Institute, 1989 (TBC)
  28. The Wicked Ones, 1989 in August (GotSM)
  29. The Last Stand of the New York Institute, 1993 (TBC ending)
  30. Son of the Dawn (GotSM)
  31. The Shadowhunter's Codex (content revised edition)
  32. City of Bones (TMI)
  33. The Course of True Love (And First Dates) (TBC)
  34. City of Ashes (TMI)
  35. What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (TBC)
  36. City of Glass (TMI)
  37. The Red Scrolls of Magic (TEC)
  38. City of Fallen Angels (TMI)
  39. The Shadowhunter's Codex (notes)
  40. City of Lost Souls (TMI)
  41. The Voicemail of Magnus Bane (TBC)
  42. City of Heavenly Fire (TMI)
  43. Clockwork Princess epilogue
  44. Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy (TftSA)
  45. The Lost Herondale (TftSA main story)
  46. The Whitechapel Fiend (TftSA)
  47. Nothing but Shadows (TftSA)
  48. The Evil We Love (TftSA)
  49. Pale Kings and Princes (TftSA)
  50. Bitter of Tongue (TftSA)
  51. The Fiery Trial (TftSA)
  52. Born to Endless Night (TftSA)
  53. Angels Twice Descending (TftSA)
  54. The Lost Book of the White (TEC) — pending
  55. The Land I Lost (GotSM)
  56. Through Blood, Through Fire (GotSM)
  57. Lady Midnight (TDA)
  58. A Long Conversation
  59. Lord of Shadows (TDA)
  60. Queen of Air and Darkness (TDA)
  61. The Lost World (GotSM) — pending
  62. Forever Fallen (GotSM) — pending
  63. The Black Volume of the Dead (TEC) — pending
  64. The Wicked Powers


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