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How To Read The Shadowhunter Chronicles Books In Order?

How To Read The Shadowhunter Chronicles Books In Order
How To Read The Shadowhunter Chronicles Books In Order

Last Updated on November 16, 2022 by OtakuKart Staff

“Tess, Tess, Tessa. Was there ever a more beautiful sound than your name?”

There’s hardly any reader who hasn’t heard about Will Herondale and Tessa, not to be confused with the other Tessa from After. This Tessa and Will belong to the fantasy world; to be specific, they belong to The Shadowhunter Chronicles. As a reader, we have to admit that we were really intimidated by the number of books in this series.

But, after seeing these books all over the “must read books” lists and also, Bookstagram and Bootwt, we decided to give it a chance. If you haven’t read this series and are curious to know the reading order, then we have a few options for you.

These are all the books that are included in The Shadowhunter Chronicles. If you don’t know which order to follow, then you can follow this particular order which can also be found on Goodreads.  Usually, readers who have read the series prefer this simple method. But, there are different reading orders that readers and authors both recommend separately. However, this is the first and also the simplest reading order for The Shadowhunter Chronicles.

Also Read: How To Read Vampire Academy Books In Order?

The Bane Chronicles

The Bane Chronicles

The Bane Chronicles

  • What Really Happened In Peru
  • The Runaway Queen
  • Vampires, Scones, And Edmund Herondale
  • The Midnight Heir
  • The Rise Of The Hotel Dumort
  • Saving Raphael Santiago
  • The Fall Of The Hotel Dumort
  • What To Buy The Shadowhunter Who Has Everything
  • The Last Stand Of The New York Institute
  • The Course Of True Love [And First Dates]
  • The Voicemail Of Magnus Bane

The Bane Chronicles is a collection of eleven short stories that center on Magnus Bane. If you are not sure about the series, then this book is the best place to begin. You can read it as an introduction to the world, and if you like it, you can move on to other books. However, if it doesn’t work, then you can always quit.

The Infernal Devices

Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel

Tessa Gray has arrived in London to meet her brother, but when he goes missing, the course of her life takes an unexpected turn. In the dark supernatural underworld, she begins searching for him, soon discovering her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters. Along with Will and Jem, she finds herself up against the Pandemonium Club. It’s a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans that’s determined to rule the British Empire. Tessa and her allies must stop them no matter what.

Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Prince

Tessa Gray has finally found safety with the Shadowhunters, but that safety may not be permanent. The mysterious Magister wants to use her powers for his own evil plans. Accompanied by Will and Jem, she will discover that his war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. Magister’s life was shattered by the Shadowhunters, and he blames them for it. The trio set off on a journey to unravel his past but what awaits them is a rather sinister story they were unprepared for.

Clockwork Princess

Clockwork Princess

Clockwork Princess

Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices to destroy the great Shadowhunters, but his plan misses only one thing: Tessa Gray. The head of the London Institute is determined to find Mortmain before he dares to strike. But the stakes rise when he abducts Tessa. Will and Jem set off to rescue her, but this is the moment when Tessa realizes that only she can save herself.

The Last Hours

Chain of Gold

Chain of Gold

Chain Of Gold

As a warrior, Cordelia Carstairs has been trained since childhood to battle demons. She is a Shadowhunter, a warrior who would rather be a hero than a bride. When her father is accused of a terrible crime, she travels to London with her brother. She is determined to prevent the family from ruins, but her mother wants to marry her off. However, when ghosts from the past arrive, and a new kind of monster threatens to destroy their home, she and her friends will learn what it means to be a hero.

Chain of Iron

Chain of Iron

Chain Of Iron

Cordelia Carstairs has everything she has ever wanted in her life, but it’s all a lie. She’s engaged to marry James Herondale, a boy she has loved since childhood, but it’s only a lie arranged to save her reputation. She bears the sword Cortana, a legendary hero’s blade, but it burns her hand when she touches it.

She lives a new life in London with her best friend as she waits to be reunited with her father. But while it looks like everything is falling into place, it’s actually falling apart. Will Cordelia be able to save her life as well as everything she has ever loved before they turn into ruins?

Chain of Thorns

Chain of Thorns

Chain Of Thorns

Cordelia Carstairs has at last lost everything that ever mattered to her. She has fled to Paris with Matthew Fairchild, hoping to forget about her life, but when reality intrudes, she is drawn back to her home. She returns to London, where new mysteries are unraveling.

On the one hand, she longs to protect James, but on the other hand, she finds herself rethinking the possibility of a new life with Matthew. Meanwhile, an enemy plans to crash into the Shadowhunters of London, and if Cordelia and her friends fail, they will lose everything, even their souls.

[This book is expected to publish on 31st January 2023]

The Mortal Instruments

City of Bones

City of Bones

City Of Bones

Clary Fray, a 15-year-old girl heads out to the Pandemonium Club in NYC. That’s when she witnesses a murder committed by teenagers. But what’s more surprising to her is the way the boy’s body disappears into thin air, leaving no trace of blood. Not soon after, she discovers the world of Shadowhunters and encounters Jace. Within the next 24 hours, she is pulled into his world, her mother has disappeared, and she is attacked by a demon. Everyone is looking for answers, and it looks like the truth has been looking for them too.

City of Ashes

City of Ashes

City Of Ashes

Now that Clary Fray has discovered everything she didn’t know before, she only wishes her life would go back to normal. But that’s impossible because she is a demon-slaying Shadowhunter and her mother is in a magically induced coma. She wants to help her mother, and her best chance at achieving that is by tracking down Valentine. Valentine is a rogue Shadowhunter, probably insane and evil, but he also happens to be her father. New problems are arising in NYC, and Valentine could very well be the one behind them. So what will Clary do now?

City of Glass

City of Glass

City Of Glass

Clary has now reached a new destination to save her mother’s life. She must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters but with Simon in prison and Jace reluctant about the idea, she is alone. Meanwhile, Valentine plans to destroy the Shadowhunters forever. Will Clary manage to save her mother and the Glass City or is it already too late?

City of Fallen Angels

City of Fallen Angels

City Of Fallen Angels

After so many days, The Mortal War is finally over. Clary Fray is 16 years old now, back at her home in New York. She is excited about all the possibilities before her but nothing comes without a price. And this time, she herself might have set in motion a chain of events that will take everything from her.

City of Lost Souls

City of Lost Souls

City Of Lost Souls

Jace and Clary meet again but what Clary discovers shocks her. The demon Lilith’s magic has bound Jace together with Sebastian. He has become a servant of evil, and there’s no way to hurt one boy without hurting the other. Clary will do everything in her power to save Jace, but the question that haunts her is whether she can trust him.

City of Heavenly Fire

City of Heavenly Fire

City Of Heavenly Fire

Clary Fray and her friends fight Clary’s own brother this time. Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move to turn every Shadowhunter against each other. And one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known gets revealed. Clary and her friends must flee, but when their journey leads them into the demon realms, lives will be lost, and the price will have to be paid for their acts.

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy

  • Welcome To Shadowhunter Academy
  • The Lost Herondale
  • The Whitechapel Fiend
  • Nothing But Shadows
  • The Evil We Love
  • Pale Kings And Princes
  • Bitter Of Tongue
  • The Fiery Trial
  • Born To Endless Night
  • Angels Twice Descending

This series follows Simon Lewis as he trains to become a Shadowhunter. It features ten different short stories, which can also be read as a collection. It gives an epilogue to TMI and serves as an introduction to TDA.

The Eldest Curses

The Red Scrolls of Magic

The Red Scrolls of Magic

The Red Scrolls Of Magic

All High Warlock Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation with his boyfriend, Alec Lightwood. They land in Paris, but as they settle in, an old friend arrives with news. Apparently, a demon-worshipping cult is causing chaos, but the problem is that said cult was founded by Magnus himself. Magnus, with Alec by his side, travels across Europe to track down the leader of this cult, but it’s a difficult task with enemies lurking in every corner.

The Lost Book of the White

The Lost Book of the White

The Lost Book Of The White

Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood live in a fabulous loft with their warlock son. Life is good for them or as good as it can be. But then good turns into bad when two old acquaintances break into Magnus’s apartment and steal the powerful Book Of The White. The couple drops everything to retrieve the book, along with their backup to accompany them. However, can all of them stop the threat before it increases?

The Black Volume Of The Dead

This book is yet to be published.

The Dark Artifices   

Lady Midnight

Lady Midnight

Lady Midnight

Emma Carstairs is no longer a child. She has grown into a young woman determined to discover what killed her parents. Along with Julian Blackthorn, she investigates a rather demonic plot. But then, Julian’s brother Mark returns. Mark was captured by the faeries years ago, yet he has barely aged. The faeries want the Shadowhunters to help them, and Mark has been returned as a bargaining chip to them. Will Emma find the killers of her parents and will Mark truly ever return to his family?

Lord of Shadows

Lord of Shadows

Lord Of Shadows

Emma Carstairs knows the love she shares with Julian is forbidden and powerful enough to destroy them both. She should run away from him, but it’s impossible when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies. Only one thing can save them right now, and it’s the spell book of terrible power known as the Black Volume of the Dead. Everybody is desperate to find it, but it’s only the Blackthorns who can find it. The danger lies ahead in their path, but Emma and Julian are bent on saving their loved ones, and soon they will be paying the price for their desperation.

Queen of Air and Darkness

Queen of Air and Darkness

Queen Of Air And Darkness

Livia Blackthorn is dead, and the Clave sways on the brink of civil war. Julian and Emma Carstairs set off to undertake a mission to Faerie to retrieve the spell book known as Black Volume of the Dead. But, what they find in the Courts may tear the Shadow World and open the gates to an unimaginable future. The duo must save the world before the deadly powers destroy them and their loved ones.

Ghosts of the Shadow Market

Ghosts of the Shadow Market

Ghosts Of The Shadow Market

  • Son Of The Dawn
  • Cast Long Shadows
  • Every Exquisite Thing
  • Learn About Loss
  • A Deeper Love
  • The Wicked Ones
  • The Land I Lost
  • Through Blood, Through Fire
  • Mundo Perdido
  • Para Sempre Caidos

This is a compilation of novellas that Cassandra Clare co-wrote with other writers. It centers on the Shadow Markets of the Shadow World, which is a meeting point for faeries, werewolves, warlocks, and vampires.

The Wicked Powers [Coming Soon]

Reading Order Recommended By Author-

  • City Of Bones
  • City Of Ashes
  • City Of Glass
  • The Red Scrolls Of Magic
  • Clockwork Angel
  • Clockwork Prince
  • Clockwork Princess
  • City Of Fallen Angels
  • City Of Lost Souls
  • City Of Heavenly Fire
  • The Bane Chronicles
  • Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy
  • The Lost Book Of The White
  • Lady Midnight
  • Lord Of Shadows
  • Queen Of Air And Darkness
  • Ghosts Of The Shadow Market
  • Chain Of Gold
  • Chain Of Iron
  • Chain Of Thorns

Chronological Reading Order-

  • Clockwork Angel
  • Clockwork Prince
  • Clockwork Princess
  • Chain Of Gold
  • Chain Of Iron
  • Chain Of Thorns
  • City Of Bones
  • City Of Ashes
  • City Of Glass
  • The Red Scrolls Of Magic
  • City Of Fallen Angels
  • City Of Lost Souls
  • City Of Heavenly Fire
  • The Lost Book Of The White
  • Lady Midnight
  • Lord Of Shadows
  • Queen Of Air And Darkness

Reading Order As Per The Timeline [From Goodreads]-

  • The Bane Chronicles: What Really Happened In Peru
  • The Bane Chronicles: The Runaway Queen
  • The Bane Chronicles: Vampires, Scones, And Edmund Herondale
  • The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel
  • The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Prince
  • The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Princess
  • Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy: The Whitechapel Fiend
  • Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy: Nothing But Shadows
  • Ghosts Of The Shadow Market: Cast Long Shadows
  • Ghosts Of The Shadow Market: Every Exquisite Thing
  • The Bane Chronicles: The Midnight Heir
  • The Last Hours: Chain Of Gold
  • The Bane Chronicles: The Rise Of The Hotel Dumort
  • Ghosts Of The Shadow Market: Learn About Loss
  • Ghosts Of The Shadow Market: A Deeper Love
  • The Bane Chronicles: Saving Raphael Santiago
  • The Bane Chronicles: The Fall Of The Hotel Dumort
  • Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy: The Evil We Love
  • The Bane Chronicles: The Last Stand Of The New York Institute
  • Ghosts Of The Shadow Market: The Wicked Ones
  • Ghosts Of The Shadow Market: Son Of The Dawn
  • The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones
  • The Bane Chronicles: The Course Of True Love [And First Dates]
  • The Bane Chronicles: What To Buy The Shadowhunter Who Has Everything
  • The Mortal Instruments: City Of Ashes
  • The Mortal Instruments: City Of Glass
  • The Eldest Curses: The Red Scrolls Of Magic
  • The Mortal Instruments: City Of Fallen Angels
  • The Mortal Instruments: City Of Lost Souls
  • The Bane Chronicles: The Voicemail Of Magnus Bane
  • The Mortal Instruments: City Of Heavenly Fire
  • Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy: Welcome To The Shadowhunter Academy
  • Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy: The Lost Herondale
  • Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy: The Whitechapel Fiend
  • Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy: Nothing But Shadows
  • Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy: The Evil We Love
  • Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy: Pale Kings And Princes
  • Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy: Bitter Of Tongue
  • Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy: The Fiery Trial
  • Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy: Born To Endless Night
  • Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy: Angels Twice Descending
  • Ghosts Of The Shadow Market: The Land I Lost
  • Ghosts Of The Shadow Market: Through Blood, Through Fire
  • The Dark Artifices: Lady Midnight
  • The Dark Artifices: Lord Of Shadows
  • The Dark Artifices: Queen Of Air And Darkness
  • Ghosts Of The Shadow Market: The Lost World
  • Ghosts Of The Shadow Market: Forever Fallen

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