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Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, epic urban fantasy set in a richly imagined world of shadowhunters, vampires, werewolves, fairies, and more, has captured the imaginations and loyalty of hundreds of thousands of YA readers. Originally a trilogy (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass), the series has extended to six titles, plus a prequel trilogy, the Infe ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by SmartPop
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Els It's not part of the series. Its just a bunch of in-depth essays about different aspects of the series- and interesting read but not necessary. hope…moreIt's not part of the series. Its just a bunch of in-depth essays about different aspects of the series- and interesting read but not necessary. hope this helps :) (less)
Emily It's just like a few authors coming together to write information about the series, characters, and events. It's not even by Cassandra Clare, just…moreIt's just like a few authors coming together to write information about the series, characters, and events. It's not even by Cassandra Clare, just edited by her. If you want more information about the series then you should read it, I mostly just kinda skimmed it.(less)
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Dec 27, 2014 V marked it as no-just-no
Shelves: reviewed

You know, for all we shriek at Cassie Clare about milking TMI to death, I think the poor woman must be chained inside the dairy barn by her publishers, editing this collection of short stories.

I'm well aware that this could possibly be like those 'GUIDE TO THE HUNGER GAMES/TRIBUTES/DISTRICTS' books that seem to crop up around any bookshelf featuring The Hunger Games. And that there is a movie coming out. But for the love of all the gods who have ever been worshipped, make this end!!

Do yo
Dec 05, 2012 Mitch rated it it was ok
When you think of The Mortal Instruments, do you think, wow, this is such a hard-hitting series of such high literary value that it deserves an entire book of scholarly analysis? No? Me neither, which is why most of the essays in this collection reflecting on Cassandra Clare’s books didn’t work for me. A few authors, like Sarah Rees Brennan, get it right, but the majority of these ‘contributions’ seemed to be like written from the perspective of an English lit major doing a term paper on Shakesp ...more
Zero vi Britannia
This Ends Right Now
sung to "It Ends Tonight" by All American Rejects

Cassandra Clare! You piss me off!
You really get on my last nerve!
Your stupid books! Your stupid plots!
I can't explain the fail at all.
The trees are used up
My mind is screwed up
Maybe it's best I leave this alone.
A weight is lifted
With this review
I give the final blow.
When I choose to read this
Please shoot me dead.
Not even editing
Would make this right
It's too late to try
This ends right now.
Aug 15, 2012 Kiki marked it as to-read

Guys, I love TMI, but really? Can we stop now? Can it just end on a high note, please? (That probably would have required the series closing at the end of City of Glass.) I am a fan, and even I am sick of this. Honest to Godzilla, this is making me want to rip out my hair.

Aug 11, 2012 Katrina marked it as to-read
Am I the only one excited for this? Psh, whatever,you'll all go see the movie when it comes out and jump right back on the Mortal Instruments bandwagon. If you hate it so much then ignore it, let the rest of is who will always want more shadowhunter stuff love it and we can all live together in peace.
What I ultimately have to say in my reflections about "Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader" may take quite a bit of time. So sit back, get cozy, grab a cup of your favorite drink (in my case for the moment, it's hot cocoa), and maybe put on some mood music (I'm currently playing Depeche Mode's "Strangelove", but I have a wide variety of tunes on my playlist at the moment, and it's just being random).

I kind of want to create a relaxing environment for those who come acros
Dec 20, 2012 MJ rated it it was ok
Really 1.5 stars (Cassandra Clare just be thankful that Robin Wasserman wrote a kick ass essay)

To see full review click here:

Love The Mortal Instruments or are morbidly curious how anyone could write a critical essay about them or how much they love incest? Then read this book.

Honestly, I probably wouldn't have read this had I not heard about the infamous incest essay.

Yes, there's an essay on incest and how great it is.

And yep, that's what the essay is re
Kaylee Magic
Aug 08, 2012 Kaylee Magic marked it as to-read
I love Cassandra Clare books. I love her characters, her world, her writing, her hand at knee-slappingly funny snark. (I also love Jace and Will -- eeeeeeeeeeee! -- but I can refrain from gushing like a mad fangirl to make a point LOL.) And I love that she writes so much about the Shadowhunter world because I love reading it!

JUST WANTED TO SAY SO. Cassie, as long as you keep writing, I'll keep reading! Promise (: xoxo
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Shadowhunter/Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader is Shadowhunting 101 at it's finest. If you were to take a course on Shadowhunting and Downworlders, I would venture to guess this book is what the class would be made up off. Shadowhunters and Downworlds is an interesting anthology that brings together authors who not only talk about various subjects and topics that are found within Cassie's books, they support what they're saying with quotes and references found through the The Mortal Inst ...more
A very informative read.

The Mortal Instruments series is one of my fave series ever! and reading this guide book have widen my knowledge about shadowhunters and downworlders.

Moreover, Cassandra Clare further explained some things about the characters from their personalities to the weapons they use.

You would know more about your favorite characters in this guide book.

I recommend it to all TMI fans out there!

Aug 31, 2012 Shawnee marked it as to-read
I'm actually very happy that Cassandra is coming out with more Shadowhunter stuff. I mean, a lot of series end to early and you want to know what happened next, but their are no more books or whatever. It just kind of leaves that world hanging by a thread in your brain until finally the thread unravels and breaks, making the series no-so memorable. But Cassandra is wanting her books, her world, her characters to live on in our hearts and minds. She is writing to tell a story, and her story is bi ...more
♥ Alexia -Team Malec ♥
Come on! Can everyone stop with the whole 'Cassie, the shadowhunters are getting old.' people write because they like there writing. And anyone else who reads it is a bonus! Stop getting angry, we write so we can read, it has nothing to do with other people. and i'm actually quite excited for this book. Stop ruining it for me.
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**Thank you so much to SmartPop/BenBella Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a honest review**

The Lineup:
Cassandra Clare , Holly Black , Kate Milford , Diana Peterfreund, Sara Ryan , Scott Tracey,Robin Wasserman, Kendare Blake,Gwenda Bond, Sarah Rees Brennan,Rachel Caine, Sarah Cross, Kami Garcia, Michelle Hodkin, and Kelly Link.

The Review:
It took a lot of talented and amazing people to make Shadowhunters and Downworlders great. I'm really impre
Shadowhunters and Downworlders is a deeply insightful collection of essays by various authors reviewing the Immortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare. Cassandra Clare edited this collection as well as does the introduction. Each author takes a character or aspect of the book(s) and breaks it down to it core essence then rebuilds it to become part of the whole. I believe this book would best be described as a companion to the Immortal Instruments Series. Although you could read this separate ...more
Originally posted: Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek

I am a huge fan of “The Mortal Instruments.” I ate up all the books, root for Jace and Clary till the end and am obsessed with all things Simon. I’m not really sure what I was expecting when I picked up this book. I probably just read “Shadowhunters” and was like REQUEST! I’ve actually had this PDF sitting on my computer for awhile and haven’t gotten to it. I’ve been looking through it on and off for the last week or so and have to say I
Apr 17, 2013 Andre rated it did not like it
I got a sample of the book which contains the introduction and the first chapter and I must say:
I doubt that I will ever read the rest. It could be possible, but I doubt it.

By the way I will not even attempt to hide any spoilers. So now let's look at the parts of this book I read:

The introduction alone reads as though the author is pretty delusional about her characters and that he level of education in terms of folklore and mythology is rather limited.

She starts the introduction
Jun 10, 2012 Eunice marked it as to-read
So this is essentially a collection of TMI and TID fan-fic? I am unsure if I should look forward to this (since there's no other TMI/TID book out for awhile), or be completely and utterly disgusted at what a blatant cash-generating-cow this is.

Like, are there going to be character relationship cross-overs? I may consider reading this if Jace and Alec get it on or something...or if they all have a massive orgy in Magnus' apartment, with faeries, warlocks, vampires, demons and werewolves...actuall
Oct 05, 2013 MELISSA rated it it was ok
ARC provided by Netgalley.

I am sorry to say as much as I LOVE TMI this book wasn't really for me. It just wasn't what I was expecting. I enjoyed a few of the contributions in the book, but for the most part it was just various authors giving their point of view on the series. It was a lot of story recaps of scenes from the books & they dissect all aspects of the books. They tell where different ideas originated from & also try to relate a lot of the stuff that happens in the books to rea
Jul 21, 2016 Melanie rated it did not like it
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Just to let y'all know, I only went 17% of the way into this book. Why? Firstly, don't get me wrong, I am a sucker of TMI BUT, Clare, honestly, how many more books on these blimin' shadowhunters do you want to write?! Naturally it started off with just the three ole' books; The City of Bones, Ashes and Glass then hang on! Here comes City of Fallen Angels, Lost Souls and Heavenly Fire (which is coming out in 2014!! *dies*) Hmm... Doesn't seem enough? Let's opt
Jan 10, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would! I went into the book thinking it would be good and interesting but it was even better than I expected! And it's really made me want to read the mortal instruments again now even more than before! :D
Sannie Hald
Review of 'Shadowhunters and Downworlders: a mortal instrument reader'


First of all, I would like to start with a little DISCLAIMER: for those of YOU who are thinking "this is a collection of short stories", for those of YOU who can only accept this book as a collection of short stories, and finally for those of YOU who cannot appreciate a collection of serious non-fictional essays about their favourite piece of fiction.... Y'all need to leave.... Now!


("Ain't nobody got time" for those of you..
NOTE: I did not finish this book. This review and my rating are based on the first 55% of this book ONLY.

This book just really wasn't for me.

Let's get one thing straight: I am not a fan of the series. I did read the first three books in The Mortal Instruments, and I enjoyed the third one mildly.

You don't really have to be a fan of the series to read this book though. This book offers a lot of insight to the finer points of the series.

The articles were very detailed, but I didn't really enjoy re
Dec 09, 2012 Isabella rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley, 2012, meh
Let's start from the fact that I love reading a good essay, especially ones that talk about books I like. TMI is obviously a series that I loved and I'll keep loving till Cassandra Clare will be done, but I really don't see why should someone write an essay about a trilogy that - at least for me - has no real dept, but just the usual purpose: entertaining.
The Mortal Instruments is a Young Adult series wrote in order to tell a Urban Fantasy story that will forever stay with me, given how much I l
Tita [TMI News en Español]
-- No spoilers --

Este libro es un análisis a fondo hecho por diferentes escritores sobre el mundo de Cazadores de Sombras, creado por Cassandra Clare, quién, por cierto, ha editado el ejemplar.

Cada escritor se centra en un tema concreto: El incesto, Simon (vampiro y judío), por qué Clary es una heroína, Jace y su sarcasmo como arma de defensa, Nueva York como un personaje más del libro, la importancia de la amistad, el arte, el humor y la rebelión, y más temas que nos hemos encontrado en los 5 l
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at

Thanks to Netgalley and SmartPop/BenBella books for giving me this book to review.

Shadowhunters and Downworlders is a book of essays from well-known authors about Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices books.

When I requested this book I did not know it was a book of essays, I thought it was either an in-depth look at Shadowhunters and Downworlders by Clare similar to the Dark-Hunter companion by S
Dec 20, 2012 Amelie rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: this book is neither written by Cassandra Clare, nor is it fiction about The Mortal Instruments.

Rather, it is a great mashup of thoughtful essays by fellow authors and friends of Clare's about the universe of The Mortal Instruments.

I have to say, these kinds of books, or reader, usually tend to fall in one of two categories: the "so obvious it is boring" or the "so technical it is boring". However, with this book, the different authors managed to touch lots of very specific and relev
Mac Dubista Keso The Bibliobibuli v(=∩_∩=)
This helps me understand TMI series MORE. Awesome! Every fan of shadowhunter world NEEDS to read this! Highly recommended!


"They need to understand their lives aren’t prescribed and predetermined, that things don’t need to work the way they always have, that the future is unwritten and belongs to them. No matter how terrifying, they need to decide that the only rules that matter are the ones they write themselves."

"Art is magic, and art is powerful. Art saves lives—I really believe that. It
Reina Angulo
May 28, 2015 Reina Angulo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok Llego mi momento de Fangirl cuando vi que Michelle Hodkin participo en esa recopilación
Lo único que puedo decir..... Esas autoras están tan locas como llos mismos fans
Me encanto el libro, me la pase riéndome gran parte de ello
No le coloque las 5 estrellas, creo que más que nada, porque era mucho clary jace, clary jace, yo soy más simonxisabelle y malec, creo que por eso era que me hartaba de escuchar tanto clary y jace al principio
Pero definitivamente el libro en si, para ser una guía muy bue
Aug 16, 2016 Sakuranko rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: interesting
Este libro es una compilación de diferentes análisis y opiniones sobre este universo de Shadowhunters. Hay análisis muy interesantes y puedo decir que aprendi varios hechos de cultura general que desconocía pero no siento que es un libro esencial ni necesario para los fans de la saga. Lo sentí como un libro de relleno y lo digo sin ánimos de ofender a nadie porque soy fan de este serie y de este universo. Algunos análisis me aburrieron bastante yo estaba asi como: Quiero que se acabe pronto. Int ...more
Michele (Reading Lark/CanadianTwiMom)

My review can also be found on Reading Lark:

This anthology of essays is a must read for any Mortal Instruments fans who are looking to expand their minds a bit further by delving deeper into various subjects broached in Cassandra Clare's best selling series...The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

What Shadowhunters and Downworlders is, is an interesting compilation of different musings by Cassandra Clare's author friends on various aspects of C
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"Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilo
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