Cassandra Clare – Mortal Instruments Series Reading Order:

by Maryse on April 14, 2010 · 5 comments

in Reading Order Guide:

This one comes highly recommended (I get emailed about this series on a weekly basis!!)
My great friend Jackie loves the series!
“I’ve also read The Mortal Instruments series that starts with City of Bones. I thought it was a brilliant series”
and Cynthia agrees:
“You ought to try Cassandra Clare w/the Mortal Instruments series.. these are awesome!”
and Ricci told us it helped her get over Twilight:
“The Mortal Instruments – City of Bones got me hooked. A must read for anyone that loved twilight and I can’t stress it enough!!!!!!”
About book #1:
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.


Taken from the author’s website in regards to what the series is about:

City of Bones begins with a sixteen-year old girl named Clary Fray, who lives in New York with her mother, an artist. She comes home one night to find her apartment ransacked, her mother gone — and a slavering demon ready to tear off her head. Once the demon’s dealt with, Clary follows the clues to her mother’s disappearance into an alternate New York filled with hideous demons, hard-partying warlocks, not-what-they-seem vampires, an army of werewolves and the scariest thing of all: the secrets of her mother’s past. She also finds herself torn between two boys — her best friend Simon, for whom she’s developing new feelings, and the mysterious demon hunter Jace, who has a past more tangled than her own. She becomes a part of the secret word of the demon hunters, or Nephilim, and as she does discovers she might be more connected to them than she originally thought. City of Ashes continues Clary’s adventures with Simon, the demon hunters Jace, Isabelle and Alec, the warlock Magnus, and the mysterious Raphael. City of Glass takes the characters to the demon hunters’ exotic home country, Idris.

Another note from the author regarding the upcoming book “The Clockwork Angel” from her companion series (Infernal Devices) to The Mortal Instruments:

The next Shadowhunter book is the first of a trilogy of prequels to the Mortal Instruments series, called The Infernal Devices. It is set in London and deals with characters related to those in the Mortal Instruments books; the first volume, The Clockwork Angel, will be released September 7, 2010. The fourth Mortal Instruments book, City of Fallen Angels, will be released March 11, 2011. (It is recommended that you read The Clockwork Angel before starting CoFA, as some of the characters from Clockwork show up in it, but it’s not required.)


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Jennifer Bakley June 19, 2010 at 9:18 AM

I wanted to share with you about the mortal instruments series,,,i started it about a month ago ive read the first 2 ,,,Im really enjoying,,the story line,,,has a nice little twist,,,I found them at my local library,,so i havent got to read the last one yet,,but am patiently waiting,,,Even though there not as intense of some of the others,,that ive read,,it is a wonderful mystery,,twist,,,edge of your seat cant wait to read on to find out what happens…kind of like the fever series by karen marie moning,,When you get the chance, i would soooooooo recommend this series…

jackie linger October 27, 2011 at 9:17 AM

I would like to start by saying to I love your books and they keep me sane

Crystal April 17, 2013 at 8:17 AM

So, I just found out about this series. I decided to give it a try. I was hooked before I finished the first chapter. I have already finished the first book and halfway through the second one. My question is I was reading to figure out if there were any books after city of glass. I saw there was. I wanted to see what order you would recommend reading them. I am looking now so that I can go buy the next one and have it ready for when i finish these. Which will probably be this weekend. :) I am so hooked. Any insilght you have would be awesome. Thank You.

Guidotti April 13, 2014 at 10:58 AM

I have just read The Mortal Instruments and right now nothing makes me happier……i love the story…the characters and all that the book entails.I am soo into them….they are awesome and you are an AMAZING writer…….and the humour is totally cool i just LOVE it!!!….the books are kinda insightful…is there another book after City of Lost Souls coz it kind of left me in suspense…..

Robbie July 13, 2014 at 8:36 PM

I noticed your books in Walmart and decided to get all 9. Although I decided to start with the infernal devices first I am totally enjoying this book and can’t wait to start the next. A lot of action and magical creatures and human interaction. I am hooked. I am a reader who reads almost every day so I look for book which keep my interest and I do have to at you have done that really well.

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