Cassandra Clare - The Mortal Instruments Series

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.

City of Bones, a contemporary fantasy story revolving around characters Clary Fray, Jace Wayland, and Simon Lewis became a New York Times bestseller upon its release. City of Ashes and City of Glass completed the trilogy. In 2009, a fourth installment, City of Fallen Angels, was announced. It was recently published April 5, 2011.

Clare has stated that City of Fallen Angels is actually the start of a second Mortal Instruments cycle, which will include two other books named City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire. She said this new cycle is going to be centered on the same characters as in the first cycle, as well as a few new characters we will meet in the new books.

In 2009 Clare also announced a new series of prequels called The Infernal Devices set in the same universe as The Mortal Instruments, but in the Victorian era. This series is planned to consist of three books: Clockwork Angel, published on August 31, 2010, Clockwork Prince, published on December 6, 2011, and Clockwork Princess, slated for release in March 2013.

The Mortal Instruments series has been optioned for film by Unique Features and Constantin Film. First-time writer Jessica Postigo has been hired to write the screenplay, based on the first book in the series. Also, Lily Collins has been cast as the lead role of Clary Fray, and Sweeney Todd actor Jamie Campbell Bower has been cast opposite her as Jace Wayland.

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