What Came Before The Mortal Instruments

The Infernal Devices Series is a projected three book project set to be a companion prequel to the The Mortal Instruments Series.

For list of books in The Mortal Instruments Series, check out the post: “Shadowhunters versus Downworlders in The Mortal Instruments Series”

The Infernal Devices Series

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Book cover for Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices Series #1)

Author: Clare, Cassandra
Format: Hardcover
Type: Fantasy Novel
Page Count: 496pp.
Pub. Date: August 2010
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

 

Publisher’s Summary:
Magic is dangerous — but love is more dangerous still. Discover the riveting first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by — and torn between — two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa.

As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

Book cover for Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices Series #2)

Author: Clare, Cassandra
Format: Hardcover
Type: Fantasy Novel
Page Count: 528pp.
Pub. Date: December 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

 

Winner of the 2012 Children’s Choice Book Award for Teen Book of the Year

Publisher’s Summary:
True love is shrouded in secrets and lies in the enchanting second book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when it becomes clear that the mysterious Magister will stop at nothing to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, tortured Will and the devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal and fueled by revenge. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister knows their every move — and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa is drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa answers about who she really is? As their search leads to deadly peril, Tessa learns that secrets and lies can corrupt even the purest heart.

Book cover for Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices Series #3)

Author: Clare, Cassandra
Format: Hardcover
Type: Fantasy Novel
Page Count: 592pp.
Pub. Date: March 2013
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

 

Publisher’s Summary:
Danger and betrayal, love and loss, secrets and enchantment are woven together in the breathtaking finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING

A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

The Mortal Instruments Series: Non-Fiction

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Book cover for The Shadowhunter's Codex: Being A Record of the Ways and Laws of the Nephilim, the Chosen of the Angel Raziel by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis

The Shadowhunter’s Codex: Being A Record of the Ways and Laws of the Nephilim, the Chosen of the Angel Raziel

Author: Clare, Cassandra
Illustrator: Lewis, Joshua
Format: Hardcover
Type: Non-Fiction
Page Count: 288pp.
Pub. Date: October 2013
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

 

Publisher’s Summary:
Delve into the details of all things Shadowhunter with this illustrated guide to the knowledge and lore of the Shadowhunter world.

Since the thirteenth century, the Shadowhunter’s Codex has been the one and only manual for Shadowhunters looking to brush up on their demon languages, learn proper stele use, and discover just what exactly a pyxis is. Featured in both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, this guide is a necessity for any young Nephilim on their journey to becoming a Shadowhunter. Beautifully illustrated, the Codex contains images of the famous Shadowhunter homeland of Idris, as well as depictions of demons and other Downworlders.

But this isn’t just any copy of The Shadowhunter’s Codex. It’s Clary’s copy, and as an artist herself, she’s sketched pictures of her friends and family in the book, and scrawled helpful advice in the margins. Of course, she couldn’t exactly stop Jace or Simon from adding their thoughts either. Part encyclopedia, part history, part training manual—complete with commentary from Shadowhunters who have seen it all — this beautiful guide is a perfect supplement to the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

The Mortal Instruments Movie Series

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DVD cover for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Format: DVD
Episodes: 12
Number of Discs: 4
DVD Release Date: August 17, 2010
Studio: Showtime Ent. / Paramount

 

Publisher’s Summary:
New York City teen Clary Fray (Lily Collins) learns that she is descended from a noble line of half-angel demon slayers known as the Shadowhunters, and joins their powerful ranks in a bid to rescue her missing mother (Lena Headey) from an alternate dimension known as the Downworld, where the terrifying creatures of legend roam free.

Adapted from the popular series of novels by author Cassandra Clare, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones co-stars Robert Maillet, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, CCH Pounder, and Jared Harris.

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