From scoping out the bookish community, you’ve probably heard of Cassandra Clare. If not, The Mortal Instruments may ring a bell or two. Whether it’s from the books or the TV show, Cassandra’s fingerprint is all over the YA community.
But one of the most grueling questions that I’ve seen readers ask of her is how to read her books. Not “read” as in physically reading her books, but “read” as in where in the world do I even start??
Cassandra has created a whole world with multiple spin-off series that correlate together, so if you are new to her books, you may be stumbling upon this particular question.
That’s where I come in.
I’m here as your tour guide into the world of the Mortal Instruments, Inferno Devices, and Dark Artifices.
There isn’t one particular way to read her series, as you can go about it in any order that floats your unique boat.
I have it under good authority (AKA straight from her website) that she advises the following order to read her books:
- City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)
- City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2)
- City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3)
- Clockwork Angel (The Inferno Devices #1)
- Clockwork Prince (The Inferno Devices #2)
- Clockwork Princess (The Inferno Devices #3)
- City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4)
- City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5)
- City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6)
- The Bane Chronicles
- Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
- Lady Midnight (Lady Midnight #1)
- Lord of Shadows (Lady Midnight #2)
This list pretty much goes through the world based on the order of publication dates. So reading each book as it came out allows for the ultimate spoiler-free reading experience. But, this may be a little difficult for those who do not want to mix up the series.
So Cassandra also advises, for those who like staying in one mindset at a time, reading her world as follows:
- The Mortal Instruments
- The Inferno Devices
- The Bane Chronicles
- Shadowhunter Academy
- Lady Midnight
Either way, these reading lists help to minimize any potential spoilers that may be significant later in the next book.
Again, this does not mean that one order is “better” than the other. It is all about your reading preference.
So if you were one of the readers who looked at the Shadowhunter world with boggling eyes, I hope this post helps to minimize the thinking process and let’s you start reading ASAP!
Because from what I have heard and read myself, her writing is on point!
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Until next time…