Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles are the stories behind the 55-episode Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments. A Netflix/Disney/ABC production that premiered in 2016 and ran over three seasons. It is available for streaming on Netflix now.
I had never heard of the Shadowhunters before, but the title came up while I was searching for vampire stories. I googled the title and learned that there’s also a film that was made in 2013 with the same name. Well, almost the same. They seem to be covering the same story, with the difference that the film only covers the first book, whereas the series continues to follow some of the story.
The Shadowhunters series is based in New York; and, just like Twilight and A Discovery of Witches, it deals with a situation where the humans don’t know that there are creatures, like vampires, living in their midst. In this world, there are four major types of creatures: warlocks, fairies, werewolves and vampires.
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments is based on the first six books in Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles. There are more than twenty titles in the Chronicles, but the ones that have been adapted for film and television are:
– City of Bones (2007);
– City of Ashes (2008);
– City of Glass (2009);
– City of Fallen Angels (2011);
– City of Lost Souls (2012); and
– City of Heavenly Fire (2013).
There are also five companion books:
– Shadowshunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader (2013);
– The Shadowhunter’s Codex (2013);
– Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy (2016);
– A History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld (2016); and
– Ghosts of the Shadow Market: An Anthology of Tales (2019).
The story revolves around Clary Frey, and it begins on the night of her 18th birthday. And yes, this is when she runs into a mysterious guy who (surprise, surprise) just happens to be the love of her life. His name is Jace Wayland, and he is a nephilim in his early 20s. And a Shadowhunter. Half-human half-angel, the nephilim are tasked with the never-ending duty of protecting humanity from the demons who sneak into our world from other dimensions. That, and to police the Downworld, which is what the secret world of paranormal creatures hiding in our midst is called in this story.
Now, nephilim, if my memory serves me right, are a race of fierce warriors and/or monstrous beings that were, indeed, meant to protect humans. Sometimes referred to as giants, sometimes as fallen angels, and sometimes as the sons of Heaven or Seth or Cain. I must admit I’m looking forward to learning what Cassandra Clare has done with these guys and how she fits them into modern-day New York.
I have no idea what the mortal instruments are, but I guess I’m about to find out. Something else I’m not sure about is what kind of timespan this story covers, and I don’t know how – or where – it ends. Just the way I want it.
It’s time for a date night with Clary Fray. Are you coming?
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