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The Shadowhunter's Codex

(Shadowhunter Chronicles)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  30,985 ratings  ·  2,293 reviews
The Clave is pleased to announce the newest edition of the Nephilim’s oldest and most famous training manual: the Shadowhunter’s Codex. Since the thirteenth century, the Codex has been the young Shadowhunter’s best friend. When you’re being swarmed by demons it can be easy to forget the finer points of obscure demon languages or the fastest way to stop an attack of Raum de ...more
Hardcover, 274 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Simon and Schuster
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ELSA I just started reading the codex and there are spoilers from the TMI and a few from the TID (not major but there are some). I would recommend you read…moreI just started reading the codex and there are spoilers from the TMI and a few from the TID (not major but there are some). I would recommend you reading the series before reading the codex :))(less)
Amelia Yes, a lot! Especially directed at Simon!

Spoilers coming up if you haven't read TMI

Simon also has a lot of sarcastic jokes about clary and Jaces relat…more
Yes, a lot! Especially directed at Simon!

Spoilers coming up if you haven't read TMI

Simon also has a lot of sarcastic jokes about clary and Jaces relation ship and the way they talk to each other(less)
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Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don't care if some people think that this book is annoying or unnecessary, I'm excited. I'm going to add it to my Shadowhunter collection and I'm going to love reading it, too.

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Della Dwindaputri
May 30, 2013 marked it as put-down-for-a-while
I feel sorry for everyone who dislike the idea of Cassandra Clare writing another series about shadowhunters. I think the synopsis explain the book itself, THIS Shadowhunters Codex is for only only ONLY for the fandom of the mortal instruments (tmi) and the infernal devices (tid), and if you have a problem with that just don't buy this book okay? THIS book has mentioned in clockwork angel with Tessa's arrival at the institute (spoiler but not really) and Will gave her The Shadowhunters Codex to ...more
Jan 29, 2013 marked it as to-read
Yes. Yes!!! YESS!!!!
Best thing ever. Can't wait. I love the Mortal Instruments. I love the Infernal Devices. I can't wait for the Dark Artifices. I can't wait for the Bane Chronicles. And now I can't wait for this!!!
This was oh lord so so good.
It was funny and interesting and informative as hell. Cassandra Jean is such an amazing artist and Joshua and the rest of them!
Clary, Jace, Magnus and Simon's notes were hilarious. Ah, what a delight.
1.) City of Bones ★★★
2.) City of Ashes ★★
3.) City of Glass ★★★
1.) Clockwork Angel ★★★
4.) City of Fallen Angels
2.) Clockwork Prince ★★★★
5.) City of Lost Souls ★★★★
3.) Clockwork Princess ★★★★★
6.) City of Heavenly Fire ★★★★★
*.) The Bane Chronicles ★★★
*.) Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy ★★★
1.) Lady Midnight ★★★★★
2.) Lord of Shadows ★★★★
3.) Queen of Air and Darkness ★★★★

Okay, I’m not going to write up a big review for this because honestly? I was a little bored while reading this and I kept for
Parmida Aelin Sardothien
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Can i just say something to all of you who are complaining out there?!
If you don't like Cassie's work then feel free not to read them! Because a lot of us are very interested in her work and she worked very hard to create this amazing world and she has the rights to create as many novels about it as she wants because she created them all herself.
Cassandra's books mean the world to me and i would love to thank her everyday for luring me into the adventure of my life with her books.
And to have a b
May 15, 2012 added it
YESSSS! *pumps fist in triumph* I can now have a reference for when I am bored and have a pen-knife and want to carve some runes into my skin for funsies!!!
Vi Vi
The Codex is the Codex itself, a textbook for new Shadowhunters, and also notes and art added in by Clary, commenting and updating things. (For one thing, the Codex’s official take on things is often not quite the same as what Clary knows to be true. The facts it claims about warlocks alone are outrageously incorrect!)

We've heard this before.

We've heard this shit before.

God damn it Clare. STOP. JUST STOP.

This will never be Hogwarts A History (aka the Encyclopedia that JK may hopefully someday w
Apr 01, 2012 rated it liked it
I was scrolling through my to read list when I saw The Shadowhunters' Codex's cover. Why was I not informed that there was a cover and a release date?? September 2013!?!?! That's so far away and I have so little patience. ...more
Alice Bane
Jun 15, 2012 marked it as to-read
I love the Shadowhunter world and all of Cassie's novels, and I expect to be a life-long fan of her novels. A book like this is absolutely brilliant, and is ment to be used as a reference guide or an addition to the Shadowhunter tales (though I will most likely devour the entire book in a day or two, as is my usual for novels by Cassie.). Can't wait to start reading this, though my current reading list already consists of Stephen King's Firestarter, Cassie's Clockwork Prince, and V. C. Andrew's ...more
Jan 13, 2013 added it
The Shadowhunter's Codex reads like a Wikipedia article on broccoli.
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
I have no idea how to rate this, to be quite honest. It was enjoyable for the most part, but it did get pretty dry in places. Dry to the point where I'd read five pages and fall the fuck asleep. At 10 am. There were times where it tried to read like a textbook but didn't at all, and it was pretty jarring, and not in a good way.

This does have me wishing for some sort of spinoff where we learn more about the Silent Brothers and the Iron Sisters though. Those two groups are cool as fuck.

Again, no
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Oh my gosh.
I'm truly excited to start reading ShadowHunters series by next year.
I'm finally joining this fandom!
Lucy Qhuay
May 20, 2012 marked it as on-hold

I want to know everything there is to know about the shadowhunter world! +.+
Nov 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book was too stupid for too many reasons (listing them alone would hit the character limit so I will only mention a selected few examples in the spoiler sections, you can find a longer list here: I hope I will never again read such a bad book.
The start reads like the beginning of a Pokemon game, which is good for those games but not for a book like this(view spoiler)
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this so, so much! I will be making a video review so I won't say much here, except if you're a fan of Cassandra Clare I'd definitely recommend getting this in some format.
The commentary throughout was really funny (and also included some great Jimon moments- those two just have the best banter) and it is beautifully designed and illustrated.
My favourite part of the codex came in the last two sections, the 'History of the Nephilm' (so much cool stuff about Johnathon Shadowhunter
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

This shows the complex world Cassandra Clare created and it's amazing, I mean she has a great cretivity and this book just shows you that it's not something that she dreamed about and done. It's a lot of work and wow.

To be honest some parts you already know (80% let's be honest) from the books since I've read all of them so far and also some things could have been explained better but in general it was really fast to read (if you have time because it took me months omg).
Jan 21, 2013 rated it liked it
I know the book is not really necessary, but..

The cover is so awesome! I will probably buy (and read) it just for the cover.

Yes. I have a problem.

EDIT: So I gave in.. and I bought it. It's a nice read though and the illustrations are beautiful.
Zero vi Britannia
Why? Why? Why? We've had enough of this crap, Clare. Move on. Why don't you Write a book about mermaids or trolls or witches or zombies...demon fairy warriors from the Edo period. Anything other than these $#%@ing Nephilim! just retire comfortably and live off the completely undeserved money you earned from your piece of shit series? ...more
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Okay, I was really excited for his book when I bought it just because I love the shadowhunter world that Cassandra Clare created. It was a very quick book to get through and it doesn't take up all that much brain space. I am excited just to flip through it now and then and I would definitely recommend for diehard fans. ...more
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm a die hard Shadowhunter fan, so duuh of course I loved this! :D ...more
Carolina Carriço
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Shadowhunter's Codex was so, so good!

I started the book thinking that it was for Shadowhunter's like some kind of Bible, and then I understood that the point of creating a Codex was for new Shadowhunter's, mundanes who became Shadowhunters, or for kids adopted by Shadowhunters, and I was kinda disappointed. But when I got truly sucked up into it, I was in love!

The way the Codex shows us the Shadow World is truly magical, and if I wanted to Shadowhunter's to be real first, and became one of t
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it

Short story: I finally finished this book. Here is why it took me this long lol
So I was reading this book on my train trip when I went to the Shadowhunters convention this July. Then the post convention depression got me and this book reminded me too much of that period. So I put it on hold even because I was missing the last two chapters full of history dates and infos and the Law chapter which was as everything interesting but "heavier" as a subject.
Now I found motivation to finish it, so
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
5 Out of 5 stars

This taught me so much more of the Shadow world, it's very renjoyuable and the illustrations and little scribbles of Jace, Clary and Simon are amazing. It made the book feel much more alive and because of this it was very enjoyable.

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys TMI :)

Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I gave this a high rating even though I really didn’t need to.
I wasn’t really impressed per say because I knew everything in this book having read all the Shadowhunter books. That being said, it has some good info with some excerpts from our TMI characters in it. Those parts were funny and on character. But the book got really boring really fast, and unless you want something to help you understand the world better, this is a good tool with beautiful artwork in it. If you don’t choose to read i
Jun 28, 2012 marked it as to-read
OH MY GOD desprately NEED to get this!! cant wait!! :D gah!
Feb 15, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own-kindle
3.5 just because of Simon, Clary and Jace keeping it alive!!!
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, books-i-own
I love it! I think it's such a great idea! :) ...more
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fae, urban-fantasy
So,I'm reading the demonology part in the bus (you know,the one with the demon sketches etc) and the guy next to me curiously asks what book is this,and after I explain I rush to reassure him that I don't worship satan and perform bloody rituals under the full moon.Still not sure if he believed me ...more
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Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
The Shadowhunter's Codex explains everything, EVERYTHING about the Shadow World. In detail. Any questions I had left about the Shadow World was answered.

In fact, I did enjoy the Codex. As I mentioned before, it explains really everything you need to know about the Shadow World. Besides, there are notes made by Clary, Jace and Simon that are quiet funny.
What makes this book really interesting and beautiful are the illustrations. The Codex is full of ilustrations of demons, swords, steeles, charac
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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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