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The Mortal Instruments is a series of six young adult fantasy novels written by Cassandra Clare, of which five have been published so far.

Publication history

    City of Bones (published March 27, 2007)
    City of Ashes (published March 25, 2008)
    City of Glass (published March 24, 2009)
    City of Fallen Angels (published April 5, 2011)
    City of Lost Souls (published May 8, 2012)
    City of Heavenly Fire (scheduled for March 1, 2014)


After Clary Fray (Collins), a seemingly ordinary teenager, witnesses a murder at a club, she finds out that her mother, Jocelyn (Headey), was attacked in their home in New York City and kidnapped by a man named Valentine (Rhys Meyers) in his search of the Mortal Cup. She calls on a Shadowhunter named Jace (Campbell Bower) and his fellow Shadowhunters, Alec (Zegers) and Isabelle Lightwood (West), to help her on her quest to rescue her mother and along the way finds out truths about her past and bloodline and becomes the person her mother feared she would become.

Clary learns that her mother was a Shadow hunter, which are half-angel, half-human warriors and that she too has the powers of one and tries to harness her powers in time to save her mother. Using her newfound gifts, Clary finds the Cup that her mother safely hid, only to be betrayed and forced to relinquish it. Still reeling from this setback and racing to save her mother before it??s too late, Clary finds herself caught in a battle between forces she barely understands.


On June 10, 2010, Screen Gems announced that they were going into production on a film adaptation of City of Bones, with a script written by Jessica Postigo. Harald Zwart was announced as the film's director, with Lily Collins starring as Clary Fray. The role of Jace Wayland was initially offered to Alex Pettyfer, who declined the role, with Jamie Campbell Bower eventually being cast as Wayland. Later casting announcements stated that Robert Maillet, Robert Sheehan, Godfrey Gao, Lena Headey, Jared Harris, Jemima West and Jonathan Rhys Meyers would be joining the cast. Elyas M'Barek of The Wave and T??rkisch f??r Anf??nger fame has been cast as a vampire lieutenant. Raphael will not be in City of Bones, nor will Max Lightwood (since he does not appear in the book.) A teaser trailer for the movie was released in November of 2012, and a second trailer will be released at the end of March 2013.

The film has a projected release date of August 23, 2013; Shooting was done in Toronto and Hamilton in late August and November.


City of Bones was highly popular at the time of release, reaching #8 on the New York Times Best Seller list (Children's books) in April 2007.
City of Ashes was one of the YALSA's top ten teen books for 2009.
Publishers Weekly commented that it "is a sprawling urban fantasy packed with just about every type of creature known to the genre". Locus praised the book as "a highly readable first novel". Booklist said that there was "plenty of romance, loss, honor, and betrayal to make the journey worthwhile. An experienced storyteller, Clare moves the plot quickly to a satisfying end." School Library Journal said "Though the story is hampered by predictability and overblown writing, Clare continues her talent for mixing hip, modern humor with traditional fantasy, and fans eagerly awaiting the series conclusion should come away more than satisfied."