The Mortal Instruments is a series of six young adult fantasy novels written by Cassandra Clare, of which five have been published so far. The Mortal Instruments is chronologically the second series of a proposed five in The Shadowhunter Chronicles.

Publication historyEdit

  1. City of Bones (published March 27, 2007)
  2. City of Ashes (published March 25, 2008)
  3. City of Glass (published March 23, 2009)
  4. City of Fallen Angels (published April 5, 2011)
  5. City of Lost Souls (published May 8, 2012)
  6. City of Heavenly Fire (to be published May 27, 2014)

Further books in the seriesEdit


Cassandra Clare has written a series of prequels called The Infernal Devices set in the same universe as The Mortal Instruments, but in the Victorian era. This series consists of three books: Clockwork Angel, published on August 31, 2010, Clockwork Prince, published December 6, 2011, and Clockwork Princess, published March 19, 2013.[1] There is the potential for an as yet untitled sequel(TLH) series to The Infernal Devices set in the same universe detailing the adventures of the next generation of Shadowhunters almost two decades after the events of Clockwork Princess. One of the main characters from The Infernal Devices also takes part in the last three Mortal Instruments books (with another one joining in the last book), in addition to Magnus Bane that takes part in all Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices books.


Cassandra Clare has announced a new series of sequels called The Dark Artifices set in the same universe as The Mortal Instruments, but five years in the future. This series will be a trilogy with all new characters and the focus will shift from New York to the Los Angeles Institute. They are to be called Lady Midnight, Prince of Shadows, and The Queen of Air and Darkness. The first book is scheduled to be published in 2015.[2]

Film adaptationsEdit

In 2010, Screen Gems announced that they were going into production on a film adaptation of City of Bones,[3] Harald Zwart was announced as the film's director, with Lily Collins starring as Clary Fray and Jamie Campbell Bower starring as Jace.[4] The film was released in theaters August 21, 2013.

Constantin announced that the second book in the series City of Ashes would be adapted into a film, with Harald Zwart returning as director. The film is due to start production in 2014, after delays.[5]

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