Cassandra Clare is an American author born in 1973 in Tehran, Iran. The author is best known for her work as a young adult novelist, chief amongst which is The Mortal Instruments.
Order of The Dark Artifices Series
Order of The Infernal Devices Series
Order of The Mortal Instruments Series
|1||City of Bones||2007|
|2||City of Ashes||2008|
|3||City of Glass||2009|
|4||City of Fallen Angels||2011|
|5||City of Lost Souls||2012|
|6||City of Heavenly Fire||2014|
Order of Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy Series
|1||Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy||2016|
Order of Shadowhunters Companion Series
|1||An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld||2016|
Order of Magisterium Series
Order of The Bane Chronicles Series
|1||The Bane Chronicles||2014|
Order of The Infernal Devices: Manga Series
Order of Cassandra Clare Coloring Books
|1||The Official Mortal Instruments Colouring Book||2017|
Order of Mortal Instruments Non-Fiction Books
|1||The Shadowhunter's Codex||2013|
|1||Vacations from Hell||2009|
Born to Elizabeth and Richard Rumelt, Clare’s family is Jewish, though she is often quick to point out the fact that they are not religious by any means. The author did a lot of traveling as a child, visiting countries like Switzerland and France before eventually settling back in the United States.
She spent some time going back and forth between Los Angeles and New York. At the time, the author was working for various entertainment magazines. She also made a name for herself working for a couple of tabloids.
Her passion for fiction took flight during her stint in Los Angeles. She garnered interest from readers for her Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings Fan Fiction stories, though she eventually deleted them from the internet and took a more serious approach to writing.
Work on her first novel, City of Bones, began in 2004. The book, which she was inspired to write by Manhattan’s Urban Landscape, was finally published in 2007 by Simon and Schuster, marking the beginning of Clare’s Mortal Instruments series.
The series has been the primary focus of Cassandra Clare’s efforts for quite a few years. Once she completed the original trilogy, she went ahead and wrote a second trilogy, also set in the world of the Mortal Instruments. She then followed this trilogy up with a prequel Trilogy.
Clare has also written short stories set in her Mortal Instruments world
Cassandra Clare is friends with Holly Black. The two authors have collaborated informally on a number of occasions, with characters from their individual series crossing over.
The authors eventually wrote a series of novels known as The Magisterium in 2014.
Cassandra Clare Awards
Cassandra Clare has won a number of awards for her efforts as an author, with the most prominent including the Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers, the American Library Association Teens Top ten Award, the Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award and the Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader’s Choice Award to mention but a few.
She has also been nominated for accolades like the Grand Canyon Reader Award and the North Carolina YA Book Award, not to mention the Nevada Young Reader’s Award.
Cassandra Clare Books into Movies
City of Bones, Cassandra Clare’s first book in the Mortal instruments series was adapted into a movie in 2013. Based on a screenplay by Jessica Postigo, a first-time writer, and featuring the likes of Lily Collins, the movie underperformed at the box office.
While the movie was initially produced with the intention of eventually adapting the rest of the books in the series, the failure of City of Bones at the Box office led to the cancellation of the series as a whole.
Luckily for Clare a television adaption of The Mortal Instruments was eventually produced; it aired in 2016 and performed well enough to earn a second season.
Best Cassandra Clare Books
Cassandra Clare has dedicated several years to her Mortal Instruments world, earning both respect and loathing from readers who either love or hate her work, with some of the best books she has produced so far including the following:
Clockwork Angel: It is 1878 and Tessa Gray is on the prowl in the supernatural underworld. She is determined to find her brother. Tessa eventually meets and joins forces with the demon-slaying shadow hunters, with the group coming up against vampires, demons, warlocks and all manner of fiends.
One of Cassandra’s strengths in this book is her ability to bring Victorian London to life. She also does a great job of fleshing Tessa out as a vibrant girl who discovers her amazing powers and encounters various magical creatures on her epic adventure.
Clockwork Princess: Mortmain is out to capture Tessa Gray. With her in tow, he can finally unleash his automatons on the shadowhunters.
When Tessa is captured, Will and Jem leap into action to save her. However, even with the help of Charlotte Branwell, Head of the London Institute, it doesn’t take Tessa long to realize that the only person she can rely upon to help her escape the clutches of an evil mastermind is herself.
But even with the power of the angels, Tessa isn’t so sure she can succeed.
While Cassandra typically tries to emphasize the fantasy and adventure aspects of her stories, this book pushes the romantic elements above all else, and fans of Jem and Will are likely to applaud the conclusion.