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Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader

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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  5,578 ratings  ·  506 reviews
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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Zoe Bourne 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)
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Apr 08, 2012 marked it as no-just-no
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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
Nov 30, 2012 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.
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
Kaylee Magic
Aug 08, 2012 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 ♥
Aug 11, 2012 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.
Apr 16, 2017 rated it liked it
The researcher in me loved the analyzing of the shadowhunter novels by other authors. Enough of a shadowhunter book to get me through till May when the next novel comes out.
Nasty Lady MJ
Nov 30, 2012 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
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!

♥ 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.
Apr 03, 2017 rated it liked it
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It was fun to read these essays, a short dive back into the world of shadowhunters and downworlders; my favourite world and my favourite characters.
Aug 31, 2012 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
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it
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3 Out of 5 Stars

First of all, I didn't expect this to be essays, that was kind of a shock and that ruined the first two or three essays for me. To be fair they weren't all that entertaining but still.

I enjoyed some of the essays though, but some of them were boring and just unnecessary to me. It was nice to hear other authors views on the books and I loved Sarah Brannens writing.
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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
Apr 17, 2013 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
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
May 16, 2012 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
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
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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
Dec 21, 2012 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
Sep 29, 2014 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..
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Rees Brennan, Holly Black and Kelly Link are the queens of my soul
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
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
Emily (Falling for YA)
Dec 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
I began reading this novel and almost immediately I had to set it down. I couldn't get in to it and try as I might it came across as fiction authors pretending to be non-fiction writers. It didn't draw me in and I felt like I was reading poor analysis sections of academic papers. I gave it 50 pages before setting this aside and I think that's generous.

I had always planned to come back to this novel and give it another try (because I love Cassie Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan) but after a
Dec 12, 2012 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
This is basically a bunch of authors analyzing Cassandra Clare 's writing + reading between the lines.

1. The plot is plagiarized
2. She's not even a good writer

So there's really no point of this book it was a waste of time to try to read it like they literally tried to analyze Magnus & Alec 's outfits when they were on vacation in city of fallen angels and I'm like ??excuse me if cc really cared for malec then you would not even had to try to analyze their outfits I mean wow that was such a
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
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Hello Goodreadsers. Here's my official bio:

"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

Other books in the series

Shadowhunter Chronicles (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
  • City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)
  • City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)
  • Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)
  • City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)
  • Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)
  • City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)
  • Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)
  • City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)
  • Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)
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