4 Ways to Read Cassandra Clare Books in Order | Shadowhunters

Cassandra Clare books in order

Looking for a list of Cassandra Clare books in order?

Perhaps you’re watching the Shadowhunters on TV or you’ve just picked up a book by Cassandra Clare and fallen in love, but there are so many that you don’t know what’s next?

Fear not, here’s not one, not two, but four different ways to read all of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter books in order.

In the paragraphs to come, I’ve gone in-depth into each reading method.

But if you want a quick and easy, condensed version to print out and check books off as you go along, there’s an important, free resource waiting for you at the end.

#1 Cassandra Clare Books in Order of Publication

Of course, what better way to read the Shadowhunter books in order than the way the author wrote them? There’s a reason they were written that way, and try as we authors might to say we had it planned that way all along, it’s a lie for sure.

Nobody stops in the middle of a series and writes a completely new series that’s intended to be read first. Instead, an idea spawns out of our current works that would beautifully complement and expound upon our beloved already published books.

Even if we’d like to think we can go back and write the book in such a way that new readers will not miss out on any details, it’s likely that a few terms, names, or places will slip without proper explanation leaving a newer reader temporarily confused and disoriented.

The best way to avoid this, of course, is to read the books the way they were written. So here we are, the Cassandra Clare books in order of publication:

  1. City of Bones
  2. City of Ashes
  3. City of Glass
  4. Clockwork Angel
  5. City of Fallen Angels
  6. Clockwork Prince
  7. City of Lost Souls
  8. Clockwork Princess
  9. The Bane Chronicles
  10. The Shadowhunter’s Codex
  11. City of Heavenly Fire
  12. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
  13. Lady Midnight
  14. Lord of Shadows
  15. Queen of Air and Darkness
  16. The Red Scrolls of Magic
  17. Ghosts of the Shadow Market
  18. Chain of Gold
  19. The Lost Book of the White
  20. Chain of Iron
  21. Chain of Thorns (Expected: January 31, 2023)
  22. The Black Volume of the Dead (TBA)

#2 Cassandra Clare Books in Order by Author’s Recommendation

Being an author myself, I understand the dilemma of writing a book that in fact takes place earlier than a story that you’ve already published or writing a story that would actually benefit the reader to be read before something else you’ve already written.

Whether it’s an alternate story with separate characters that intersect in the future, or a different point of view that would greatly increase the understanding of character motivations.

Perhaps the best way overall to read the Mortal Instruments books in order is to follow what the author herself recommends.

As such, here is a list of Cassandra Clare books in order by Cassie’s recommendation:

The Mortal Instruments

  1. City of Bones
  2. City of Ashes
  3. City of Glass

The Infernal Devices

  1. Clockwork Angel
  2. Clockwork Prince
  3. Clockwork Princess

The Mortal Instruments, Continued

  1. City of Fallen Angels
  2. City of Lost Souls
  3. City of Heavenly Fire

The Bane Chronicles
The Shadowhunter’s Codex
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

The Dark Artifices

  1. Lady Midnight
  2. Lord of Shadows
  3. Queen of Air and Darkness

Ghosts of the Shadow Market

The Eldest Curses

  1. The Red Scrolls of Magic
  2.  The Lost Book of the White
  3. The Black Volume of the Dead (TBA)

The Last Hours

  1. Chain of Gold
  2. Chain of Iron
  3. Chain of Thorns (Expected: January 31, 2023)

#3 Cassandra Clare Books in Order by Series

The above two are great and all, but they don’t make for a super streamlined reader experience. I mean, after all you have to read this post over and over again every time you’re ready to move on to the next book.

So with that, I give you the easiest way to read the Shadowhunter books in order, and that’s by series order, beginning with the first series Cassandra Clare wrote and continuing with it until it’s done, then moving on to the next.

Here is a list of Cassandra Clare books in order by series:

The Mortal Instruments

  1. City of Bones
  2. City of Ashes
  3. City of Glass
  4. City of Fallen Angels
  5. City of Lost Souls
  6. City of Heavenly Fire

The Infernal Devices

  1. Clockwork Angel
  2. Clockwork Prince
  3. Clockwork Princess

The Dark Artifices

  1. Lady Midnight
  2. Lord of Shadows
  3. Queen of Air and Darkness

The Eldest Curses

  1. The Red Scrolls of Magic
  2. The Lost Book of the White
  3. The Black Volume of the Dead (TBA)

The Last Hours

  1. Chain of Gold
  2. Chain of Iron
  3. Chain of Thorns (Expected: January 31, 2023)

Read these whenever:
The Bane Chronicles
The Shadowhunter’s Codex
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Ghosts of the Shadow Market

#4 Cassandra Clare Books in Chronological Order

With the publication of Chain of Gold in March 2020 comes a new way to read the Shadowhunter books in order.

Since Chain of Gold takes place around 1903, chronologically it falls immediately after The Infernal Devices but before The Mortal Instruments. That means if you want to read the books in Chronologically, a new order is required.

Note, I would only recommend this reading order for diehard fans doing a re-read, otherwise parts of the story will inevitably be spoiled for you, or it will be difficult to understand what’s going on.

  1. Clockwork Angel
  2. Clockwork Prince
  3. Clockwork Princess
  4. Chain of Gold
  5. Chain of Iron
  6. Chain of Thorns (Expected: January 31, 2023)
  7. City of Bones
  8. City of Ashes
  9. City of Glass
  10. City of Fallen Angels
  11. The Red Scrolls of Magic
  12. City of Lost Souls
  13. City of Heavenly Fire
  14. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
  15. The Lost Book of the White
  16. The Bane Chronicles
  17. Lady Midnight
  18. Lord of Shadows
  19. Queen of Air and Darkness
  20. The Black Volume of the Dead (TBA)
  21. Ghosts of the Shadow Market
  22. The Shadowhunter’s Codex

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15 thoughts on “4 Ways to Read Cassandra Clare Books in Order | Shadowhunters

  1. Is your printable Cassandra Clare reading order up to date? I’d love to print it out, but there’s nothing to click on.

    1. It is up to date, BUT I hadn’t realized the link wasn’t working. Thank you! I’ve fixed it.

  2. Have you heard of The Wicked Powers series? I am SO desperate to read anything related to the Shadowhunters series so I may be clutching at straws but I saw it listed on Goodreads but can’t seem to find much more about it? Any help greatly appreciated.

    1. I have not. But you might consider joining my Facebook group, YA Fantasy Addicts, as there’s tons of helpful info and recommendations in there.

    2. The wicked powers series will be the last in the Shadowhunters chronicles revolving around kit herondale and the younger Blackthorn children

    1. I just tested it out and it arrived just fine. Check your promotions folder as that’s where it goes (or spam just in case). If you still don’t get it, send me an email: tl (at) tlbranson (dot) com

    1. It seems you received the email back at the beginning of March with the checklist and so it wouldn’t trigger again when you tried again in April. I told the system to resend the email to you. I would suggest not deleting the email so that if you need the checklist again, you can reference the email.

  3. I wanted to thank you for all of your time and energy for not only putting up the different ways to read it. I received the printable checklist and it was in my email as soon as I opened my email page, within less than a minutes time. I find your information so helpful, you even recommended different orders would work if you are re-reading the series.
    I sincerely thank you for taking the time to further educate some of us.
    With gratitude,
    Melissa

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