Release Day Book Review: ‘Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader’ edited by Cassandra Clare

Book Cover Shadowhunters and Downworlders edited by Cassandra ClareRating: 4

This is the definitive guide to the ins and outs of the Shadowhunter world told through individual essays written by a variety of Young Adult authors. Here’s a list of the topic and their creators:

  • Introduction by Cassandra Clare
  • Unhomely Places by Kate Milford
  • The Art of War by Sarah Cross
  • Sharper Than a Seraph Blade by Diana Peterfreund
  • When Laws Are Made to Be Broken by Robin Wasserman
  • Simon Lewis: Jewish, Vampire, Hero by Michelle Hodkin
  • Why the Best Friend Never Gets the Girl by Kami Garcia
  • Brotherly Love by Kendare Blake
  • Asking for a Friend by Gwenda Bond
  • (Not) for Illustration Purposes Only by Rachel Caine
  • The Importance of Being Malec by Sara Ryan
  • Villains, Valentine, and Virtue by Scott Tracey
  • Immortality and Its Discontents by Kelly Link and Holly Black
  • What Does That Deviant Wench Think She’s Doing? Or, Shadowhunters Gone Wild by Sarah Rees Brennan

Remember in school where you read some kind of educational tome about something you really were interested in? How it not only interested you but it gave a legitimacy to your (possible) obsession? This is that book if you love Ms. Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. It is so engrossing and erudite. It’s like a masters thesis on all things Shadowhunter.

Shadowhunters and Downworlders edited by Cassandra Clare was published today by Smart Pop Books. A free copy of this book was graciously given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review.

Genre: Young Adult Non-Fiction Reference
Ages: 12 and up

Other Reviews:
TMI Source (@TMI_Source)
Booksmartie (@xbooksmartie)
Reading Lark (@ReadingLark)

Find the Editor:
Author’s Website/Blog
Author on Twitter (@CassieClare)
Author on Facebook

Buy the Book:
Abe Books
Barnes & Noble

Smart Pop Books Website
Twitter (@smartpopbooks)

See my previous reviews of books by Cassandra Clare:
City of Ashes and City of Glass
City of Lost Souls

4 thoughts on “Release Day Book Review: ‘Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader’ edited by Cassandra Clare”

    1. I read these after Twilight in Fall 2011, right before I started Ink and Page. They are partly responsible for me getting back into reading! You definitely need to read the series before reading this – you are expected to know certain plot points.

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