Cassandra Clare

Judith Lewis (née Rumelt, born July 27, 1973), better known by her pen name Cassandra Clare, is an American author of young adult fiction, best known for her bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.[1][2][3]

Cassandra Clare
Clare speaking at the 2013 WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California
Clare speaking at the 2013 WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center,
Anaheim, California
BornJudith Rumelt
July 27, 1973 (age 45)
Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
GenreYoung adult fiction
Literary movementContemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, fantasy of manners
Notable worksThe Mortal Instruments series
SpouseJoshua Lewis

Personal life

Clare was born Judith Rumelt, to American parents, in Tehran, Iran. Her parents are Elizabeth and Richard Rumelt, who are a business school professor and author, respectively.[4] Her maternal grandfather was film producer Max Rosenberg.[5] Clare is Jewish, and has described her family as "not religious".[6][7]

As a child, Clare traveled frequently, spending time in Switzerland, England, and France. She returned to Los Angeles for high school, and from then on split her time between California and New York City, where she worked at various entertainment magazines and tabloids, including The Hollywood Reporter.[8]

While living in Los Angeles Clare began writing fan fiction using the name Cassandra Claire. The Draco Trilogy, based on Harry Potter and The Very Secret Diaries, based on The Lord of the Rings were popular.[9][10] However, she deleted her fan fiction from the Internet shortly before her first novel, The City of Bones, was published under the name Cassandra Clare.[1]

She is also friends with author Holly Black, and their books occasionally overlap, Clare mentioning characters from Black's novels and vice versa, such as Val and Luis from Black's Valiant.[11]

Clare is also credited by her publisher with creating the "City of Fallen Angels treatment" where a tangible "letter" from one character to another is attached to the back of physical copies of a book. The goal is to spur print book sales.[4]

She currently resides in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her husband, Joshua Lewis, and three cats.[1][12]

The Mortal Instruments series

In 2004, Clare started working on her first-published novel, City of Bones, inspired by the urban landscape of Manhattan. City of Bones was released by Simon & Schuster in 2007 and is a contemporary fantasy story revolving around characters Clary Fray, Jace Wayland, and Simon Lewis, which became a The New York Times bestseller upon its release. City of Ashes and City of Glass completed the first trilogy. A subsequent second trilogy contained three more books: City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, and City of Heavenly Fire.

There is a prequel trilogy called The Infernal Devices, which is set in the same universe as The Mortal Instruments, but set in the Victorian era. This consisting of three books: Clockwork Angel, published on August 31, 2010, Clockwork Prince, published on December 6, 2011, and Clockwork Princess, published on March 19, 2013.[13]

A fourth trilogy set in this universe was announced in 2012, to be collectively known as The Dark Artifices. The new contemporary series is set in Los Angeles, and follow female shadowhunter Emma Carstairs, who was introduced in City of Heavenly Fire.[14] The first book, Lady Midnight, was released in March 2016; the second, Lord of Shadows was released in April 2017; the third, Queen of Air and Darkness will be released on December 4, 2018.[15][16]

There are also two series of interconnected short stories set in this universe. The first is The Bane Chronicles, completed in 2014 and written with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson, and the second is the planned Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, written with Brennan and Johnson as well as Robin Wasserman.[17]

The first book in The Mortal Instruments was made into a film, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013), by Unique Features and Constantin Film.[18] First-time writer Jessica Postigo wrote the screenplay.[19][20] Lily Collins played Clary Fray and Jamie Campbell Bower played Jace Wayland.

After a disappointing box office performance, subsequent movies in the series were cancelled. A television adaptation of The Mortal Instruments called Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments began airing in January, 2016, and has been renewed for a second season.


City of Bones

  • 2010 Georgia Peach Book Awards for Teen Readers[21]
  • Finalist for the Locus Award for Best First Novel of 2007
  • An American Library Association Teens Top Ten Award winner, 2008[22]
  • 2010 Georgia Peach Book Awards for Teen Readers[21]
  • Winner of The 2010 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award[23]
  • Winner of the 2010 Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader’s Choice Award[24]
  • A Texas TAYSHAS title 2010[25]
  • Shortlisted for the 2010 Evergreen Young Adult Book Award[26]
  • Shortlisted for The 2010 Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award[27]
  • Shortlisted for The North Carolina School Library Media Association Young Adult Book Award[28]
  • Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee (Teen) 2010[29]
  • Iowa High School Book Award Nominee 2009-2010[30]
  • North Carolina YA Book Award Nominee 2009-2010[31]
  • New Hampshire Flume Teen Reader’s Choice Award Nominee, 2010[32]
  • Nevada Young Readers’ Award Nominee 2010[33]
  • Ohio Buckeye Teen Book Award Nominee, 2009[34]
  • Oregon Young Adult Network Book Rave Reading List Title 2008[35]
  • South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominee 2009-2010[36]
  • Shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards[37]

City of Ashes

  • A 2009 ALA Teens Top Ten Title[38]


The Shadowhunter Chronicles

The Mortal Instruments

Mortal Instruments Companion Books

The Infernal Devices

The Dark Artifices

The Magisterium Series

This series is co-written with Holly Black.

Short fiction

  • "The Girl's Guide to Defeating the Dark Lord", Turn the Other Chick, ed. Esther Friesner, Baen Books (2004) (writing as Cassandra Claire)[39]
  • "Charming", So Fey, ed. Steve Berman, Haworth Press (2007)
  • "Graffiti", Magic in the Mirrorstone, ed. Steve Berman, Mirrorstone Books (2008)
  • "Other Boys", The Eternal Kiss, ed. Trisha Telep, Running Press (2009)
  • "The Mirror House", Vacations from Hell, ed. Farrin Jacobs, HarperCollins (2009)
  • "I Never", Geektastic, ed. Holly Black and Cecil Castelucci, Little, Brown (2009)
  • "Cold Hands", ZVU: Zombies Versus Unicorns, ed. Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier, Simon and Schuster (2010)
  • "The Perfect Dinner Party" (w/Holly Black), Teeth: Vampire Tales, ed. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, HarperCollins (2011)
  • "The Rowan Gentleman" (w/Holly Black), in Welcome to Bordertown (2011)
  • "Sisters Before Misters" (w/Sarah Rees Brennan & Holly Black) in Dark Duets: All-New Tales of Horror and Dark Fantasy (2014)

Fan fiction (writing as Cassandra Claire)

  • The Draco Trilogy: "Draco Dormiens", "Draco Sinister", and "Draco Veritas" (Harry Potter)[9]
  • The Very Secret Diaries (The Lord of the Rings)[10]


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  2. ^ Dill, Margo L. (March 14, 2010). "Potter Phenomenon". The Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette. p. F-3.
  3. ^ "Best Sellers : Children's Books". The New York Times. 2007-04-22. Archived from the original on 2013-10-02.
  4. ^ a b Kaplan, David A. (August 29, 2012). "A most unusual father-daughter professional pairing". CNN Money. Archived from the original on August 30, 2012.
  5. ^ Reed, Christopher (2004-06-22). "Obituary: Max Rosenberg". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  6. ^ Clare, Cassandara (February 27, 2011). "The first chapter of City of Fallen Angels (and POV)".
  7. ^ "Kids' Q&A Cassandra Clare". Archived from the original on 2012-08-15.
  8. ^ "Author's bio at". Archived from the original on 2011-10-05.
  9. ^ a b "The Times article on The Draco Trilogy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-09.
  10. ^ a b "Author's Bio at".
  11. ^ "Is that Val and Luis from Holly Black's Valiant in that scene in City of Bones where Jace and Clary are going downtown with the Silent Brother?". Archived from the original on 2011-04-11.
  12. ^ "Cassandra Clare & Joshua Lewis Pen The Shadowhunters Codex". Archived from the original on 2013-07-04.
  13. ^ "What are the publication dates of Clockwork Princess and City of Heavenly Fire?". Archived from the original on 2012-05-30.
  14. ^ Italie, Hillel (14 May 2012). "Cassandra Clare To Write 'The Dark Artifices,' A Fantasy Series Set In Los Angeles". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on 1 April 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  15. ^ a b "Cover Reveal: 'Queen of Air and Darkness' coming December 4, 2018". TMISource. November 12, 2017.
  16. ^ a b Clare, Cassandra (17 Jan 2016). "March 2016: Lady Midnight (Dark Artifices 1) September 2016 = The Bronze Key April 2017: Lord of Shadows".
  17. ^ Brissey, Breia (14 October 2014). "Cassandra Clare and co. to launch Shadowhunter e-series". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  18. ^ "Cassandra Clare's Blog 23 August 2009". Archived from the original on 28 August 2009.
  19. ^ "The Mortal Instruments IMDB page".
  20. ^ Clare, Cassandra (4 October 2010). "movie news". Cassandra Clare's Blog. LiveJournal. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
  21. ^ a b "2010 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Winner Announced". Georgia Library Media Association. Retrieved 2010-07-01.
  22. ^ "The 2008 Teens' Top Ten". Young Adult Library Services Association. Retrieved 2010-07-30.
  23. ^ "Illinois' High School Readers' Choice Award". Illinois School Library Media Association. Retrieved 2010-07-30.
  24. ^ "Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award". Pacific Northwest Library Association. Archived from the original on 2010-11-28. Retrieved 2010-07-30.
  25. ^ "Texas TAYSHAS title 2010" (PDF). Texas Library Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-08-20. Retrieved 2010-07-30.
  26. ^ "Evergreen Young Adult Book Award". King County Library System. Archived from the original on 2010-07-25. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
  27. ^ "Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award" (PDF). Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book World. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2010-07-30.
  28. ^ "NCSLMA YA Book Award". North Carolina School Library Media Association. Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2010-07-30.
  29. ^ "Grand Canyon Reader Award". Grand Canyon Reader Award. Archived from the original on 2010-01-26. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
  30. ^ "Iowa High School Book Award Nominee". Iowa Association of School Librarians. Archived from the original on 2010-08-09. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  31. ^ "North Carolina YA Booklist". NCSLMA. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  32. ^ "NH Teen Reader's Choice Awards". New Hampshire Library Association. Archived from the original on 2009-08-25. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  33. ^ "Nevada Young Reader's Award". Nevada Library Association. Archived from the original on 2009-12-12. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  34. ^ "Teen Buckeye Book Award". Buckeye Children's Book Award. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2009-12-31.
  35. ^ "Oregon Young Adult Network Book Rave List". Oregon Library Association. Archived from the original on 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  36. ^ "SCASL Young Adult Book Awards". South Carolina Association of School Librarians. Archived from the original on 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  37. ^ "Coventry Inspiration Book Awards". Coventry City Council. Archived from the original on 2010-02-04. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  38. ^ "2009 ALA Teens Top Ten". Young Adult Library Services Association. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  39. ^ Friesner, Esther (2004). Turn the Other Chick. Baen Books. ISBN 0743488571.

External links

City of Ashes

City of Ashes is the second installment in The Mortal Instruments series, an urban fantasy series set in New York written by Cassandra Clare. The novel was one of YALSA's top ten teen books for 2009.

City of Bones (Clare novel)

City of Bones is the first urban fantasy book in author Cassandra Clare's New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments. The novel is set in modern day New York City and has been released in several languages, including Bulgarian, Hebrew, Polish and Japanese.

City of Fallen Angels

City of Fallen Angels is the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. The series was meant to end with City of Glass; it was announced in March 2010 that a fourth book would be added, with Cassandra Clare later saying that she views this as a "second trilogy" in the series. The book was released on April 5, 2011.

City of Glass (Clare novel)

City of Glass is the third book in the urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. In 2009, Walker Books published the third book of the series worldwide. It is a journey that explores Simon's and Clary's experience in the Shadowhunter city, and Clary works on saving her mother, as they travel from New York institute to Alicante, Idris.

City of Heavenly Fire

City of Heavenly Fire is a young adult fantasy romance novel, the sixth and final installment in The Mortal Instruments series, and chronologically the twelfth installment in The Shadowhunter Chronicles franchise by Cassandra Clare. It was released on May 27, 2014. The book once again follows the adventures of the teenage Shadowhunter, Clary Fray, and her allies in facing her brother Sebastian Morgenstern and his allies of Endarkened Shadowhunters. It also ties in with both The Infernal Devices and the upcoming The Dark Artifices series by having their main protagonists, Tessa Gray and Emma Carstairs, appear as supporting characters and connecting the worlds of The Infernal Devices and The Dark Artifices.

City of Lost Souls (novel)

City of Lost Souls is the fifth book in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. City of Lost Souls was released on May 8, 2012 and was followed by the sixth and final book in the series, City of Heavenly Fire in 2014.

Clockwork Princess

Clockwork Princess is the third and final novel in The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. It describes the adventures of Tessa Gray leading up to her final battle. Although the novel is written in third person, it is from the protagonist's perspective.

Holly Black

Holly Black née Riggenbach (born November 10, 1971) is an American writer and editor best known for The Spiderwick Chronicles, a series of children's fantasy books she created with writer and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi, and a trilogy of Young Adult novels officially called the Modern Faerie Tales trilogy. Her 2013 novel Doll Bones was named a Newbery Medal honor book.

Infernal Devices

Infernal Devices may refer to:

Infernal Devices (K. W. Jeter novel), a 1987 novel by K. W. Jeter

Infernal Devices (Philip Reeve novel), a novel by Philip Reeve

The Infernal Devices, a series of novels by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight

Lady Midnight is a young adult urban fantasy novel by Cassandra Clare. It is the first book in The Dark Artifices, which is chronologically fourth in The Shadowhunter Chronicles. The book follows the events that occur in the Los Angeles area in 2012, focusing on the residents of the Los Angeles Institute. The title was based upon Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe.

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson (born February 16, 1973) is an American author of young adult fiction. She has published thirteen young adult novels to date, including such series as the Truly Devious novels, the Shades of London series, and Suite Scarlett. Johnson's work has also appeared in numerous written anthologies, and comprises notable collaborative works with her contemporaries, such as Let It Snow, a holiday romance novel currently under adaption to film for distribution by Netflix.


Shadowhunters, also known as Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments, is an American supernatural drama television series developed by Ed Decter, based on the popular book series The Mortal Instruments written by Cassandra Clare. It premiered in North America on Freeform on January 12, 2016. Primarily filmed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the series follows Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara), who finds out on her eighteenth birthday that she is not who she thinks she is, but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters, human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons.

It is the second adaptation of the novel series, after the 2013 film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which like the series was produced by Constantin Film. The debut season of Shadowhunters has received mixed responses from critics. The pilot episode attracted the largest audience for Freeform in more than two years. The show has received numerous award nominations, winning one GLAAD Award, four Teen Choice Awards and two People's Choice awards.

In March 2016, the series was renewed for a second season of 20 episodes, which premiered on January 2, 2017. In August 2016, showrunner Ed Decter exited the series over "creative differences". Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer were named as Decter's replacements. In April 2017, Freeform renewed the show for a third season of 20 episodes, which premiered on March 20, 2018. In June 2018, Freeform canceled the series after three seasons, but ordered two extra episodes to properly conclude the series' story; the second half of the third season premiered on February 25, 2019, with 12 episodes ordered. The final episode will air on May 6, 2019.

Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy

Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy or simply called Shadowhunter Academy is a series of connected novellas featuring the character of Simon Lewis from Cassandra Clare's bestselling The Mortal Instruments series. It consists of 10 e-novellas written by Cassandra Clare in collaboration with other authors that are being released on a monthly basis. Much like The Bane Chronicles, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy was released in print on November 15, 2016.

Titles and release dates are:

Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy February 17, 2015

The Lost Herondale March 17, 2015

The Whitechapel Fiend April 21, 2015

Nothing but Shadows May 19, 2015

The Evil We Love June 16, 2015

Pale Kings and Princes July 21, 2015

Bitter of Tongue August 18, 2015

The Fiery Trial September 15, 2015

Born to Endless Night October 20, 2015

Angels Twice Descending November 17, 2015

The Bane Chronicles

The Bane Chronicles is a series of connected novellas featuring the character of Magnus Bane from Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments series. The novellas are co-written by Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan. Release of the novellas began in April 2013 in e-book and audio versions, and were released in a combined print edition in November 2014. The Bane Chronicles has appeared on the New York Times Bestsellers list for Children's Books a number of times beginning in July 2013.

The Dark Artifices

The Dark Artifices is a trilogy written by Cassandra Clare. The series is chronologically the fourth series in The Shadowhunter Chronicles and a sequel to The Mortal Instruments. It is set in Los Angeles. The series consists of three books: Lady Midnight, Lord of Shadows and Queen of Air and Darkness, in that particular order. Centered around the protagonist, Emma Carstairs, the series follows her journey as a Shadowhunter at the Los Angeles Institute, and her life with her best-friend and parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, and his family. The series is about a sacred bond of "parabatai", two bonded Shadowhunters, and it is more valuable than any bond in this world. This bond makes the two more powerful and strong, but there is only one drawback - it is forbidden to fall in love with your parabatai. It so happens that Emma and Julian, two parabatai, have fallen in love. The Dark Artifices is a trilogy about their struggle against their enemies and how the two protagonists deal with their forbidden love and the resulting consequences. The series is told from the point-of-view of the various different characters in the story.

The Infernal Devices

The Infernal Devices is a trilogy by author Cassandra Clare, centering on a race called the Shadowhunters introduced in her The Mortal Instruments series. The trilogy is a prequel series to The Mortal Instruments series, and contains some of the character's ancestors. Clare has insisted that the two series can be read in either order but The Mortal Instruments has references to characters and events in The Infernal Devices.The series follows Tessa Gray, an orphaned teenage girl who discovers she has the power to shape-shift, but doesn't bear a mark that shows she is a warlock. She is forced to learn how to control this newly established power and navigate the new world she was forcefully introduced into. The series follows Tessa's life as she lives in the London Institute with the Shadowhunters.

The trilogy features William "Will" Herondale, James "Jem" Carstairs, Theresa "Tessa" Gray, and other Downworlders and Shadowhunters in the London Institute. It also features Magnus Bane, Camille Belcourt and other characters who appear in The Mortal Instruments series.

The books also contain many quotes referring to famous pieces of Victorian Literature like Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, and the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Alfred Tennyson.

The Mortal Instruments

The Mortal Instruments is a series of six young adult fantasy novels written by Cassandra Clare, the last of which was published on May 27, 2014. The Mortal Instruments is chronologically the third series of a proposed five in The Shadowhunter Chronicles but it was the first one published. It follows Clary Fray (who interacts with a group of Nephilim known as Shadowhunters) while also discovering her own heritage. The Shadowhunters protect the world of mundane people, who are also called mundanes or "mundies", from dark forces beyond their world.

The book series has become one of the most popular within the young adult genre of paranormal romance/urban fantasy, but Clare did not originally intend to write the series for teens. When she began writing City of Bones, she did not view it as a young adult work, but first and foremost as a fantasy novel, where the main characters just happened to be teenagers. When she was approached by a publisher interested in aging up her characters, she ultimately decided that she "wanted to tell a story about characters at that crucial life stage just between adolescence and adulthood, where your choices determine the kind of person you're going to be rather than reflecting who you already are." The decision to launch her novels as Young Adult books has propelled Clare to the top of the Bestsellers list and has established The Shadowhunter Chronicles as some of the most popular works read by a largely young adult audience.

The Shadowhunter's Codex

The Shadowhunter's Codex is a companion book to Cassandra Clare's The Shadowhunter Chronicles. The book was authored by both Clare and her husband, Joshua Lewis, and was released on October 29, 2013. The Shadowhunter's Codex is written in the form of an illustrated handbook: a facsimile of the one given to Clary Fray, the protagonist of The Mortal Instruments series.

The Shadowhunter Chronicles

The Shadowhunter Chronicles is a media franchise based on the writings of American young adult fiction writer Cassandra Clare, which encompasses three novel series, two short-story collections, four graphic novels, one film, a television series, and other media.

These works are set in a universe where fairy tales and mythologies, both pagan and Judeo-Christian, exist with its figures existing alongside the mundanes (normal humans). A race of humans who possess angel blood, the Nephilim or Shadowhunters, is organized to patrol the Shadow World and prevent demons as well as Downworlders, including warlocks, faeries, werewolves, and vampires from attacking the mundanes. There is an uneasy peace, a treaty known as The Accords, between the governing body of the Nephilim, known as the Clave, and the Downworlders, not all of whom want peace or respect the Clave's authority.

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