The Dark Artifices trilogy - Our Series of the Month

The Dark Artifices : an epic fantasy packed with secrets, passion and paranormal intrigue...

Fans of fantasy will be counting down the days to the publication in paperback of Cassandra Clare's third and final book in The Dark Artifices trilogy. This epic sequence returns readers to the world of the Shadowhunters, who first featured in The Mortal Instruments series and then in the follow-up (and prequel) Infernal Devices trilogy.

The Dark Artifices trilogy launched in 2016 with Lady Midnight and was an instant best-seller. Five years had passed since the tumultuous showdown between the Shadowhunters and the Demons in the final Mortal Instruments story, City of Heavenly Fire. Emma Carstairs is our heroine, a Shadowhunter, determined to avenge her parents' death and the plot weaves a thrilling tale of vampires, witches and a cast of supernatural beings. Our YA expert Joanne Owen reviewed Lady Midnight - "Clare has a real talent for creating richly-realised fantasy worlds and plummeting her gutsy, larger-than-life protagonists into seriously high-stakes situations. This is a hugely entertaining and expansive start to her new series, with more glamour that you can shake a stele stick at, and more than enough intrigue to keep forum threads spinning furiously as fans await book two."

Published the following year in a gripping sequel, The Lord of Shadows finds Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs with a new purpose. Joanne again: "Emma is a brilliantly badass heroine, and the tangled dynamics of her relationships with her co-characters are intoxicatingly compelling. Simmering with tension, and heady with high-stakes action, sequels don’t come more satisfying than this."

Queen of Air and Darkness, the final book in this trilogy, is published in paperback on 11 July 2019. You can read the first chapter and a full review here. Breathtaking, lavish and fantastic, our readers will not be disappointed with this grand finale.

The Mortal Instruments series has spent more than three years on the NYT bestseller list and there is a successful TV adaption of Shadowhunters on Netflix in the UK. You can find out more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.

Things you didn't know about Cassandra Clare...

She once interviewed the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

She only types with two fingers.

Her dream is to have a library in her house, so big that it requires ladders to get to the tallest shelves.

Read more about Cassandra Clare on her author page.

Photo credit: Kelly Campbell.

Scroll on for more books by Cassandra Clare, including her Mortal Instruments series, Infernal Devices and others.

Lady Midnight

Lady Midnight

Author: Cassandra Clare Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/02/2017

From the creator of the Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy comes this epic first instalment of the author’s highly anticipated The Dark Artifices series. Lady Midnight is populated with pretty much every kind of mythological and supernatural being you could wish for (witches, warlocks, werewolves, vampires, faeries to name a few), but none more intriguing than the Nephilim Shadowhunters, part-angel, part-human beings who adorn themselves with protective runes. Emma Carstairs is a Shadowhunter and, as such, she’s bound to her parabatai platonic soul mate Julian for life. Emma is also set on avenging her parents’ death. Then, when bodies bearing the same marks as those on her parents’ are found in her home city of Los Angeles, Emma’s search for their murderer leads her down all kinds of treacherously demonic paths. Clare has a real talent for creating richly-realised fantasy worlds and plummeting her gutsy, larger-than-life protagonists into seriously high-stakes situations. This is a hugely entertaining and expansive start to her new series, with more glamour that you can shake a stele stick at, and more than enough intrigue to keep forum threads spinning furiously as fans await book two. Take a look at our Ambassador Book Buzz for The Dark Artifices.

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Lord of Shadows

Lord of Shadows

Author: Cassandra Clare Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/05/2018

Cassandra Clare returns to the world of Shadowhunters in her newset series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Take a look at our Ambassador Book Buzz for The Dark Artifices.

Queen of Air and Darkness

Queen of Air and Darkness

Author: Cassandra Clare Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/07/2019

Cassandra Clare certainly knows how to write on an epic scale - following hot on the heels of Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows, this third and final book in The Dark Artifice trilogy is a true beast of a book due to its wildly imaginative world, doggedly determined characters, and its sheer size and scope. “There was blood on the Council dais, blood on the steps, blood on the walls…Later Emma would remember it as a sort of red mist”. Amidst this gory scene, Julian clutches Livvy Blackthorn, “resisting all efforts by the guards to lift her dead body away from him”. But, while death looks down upon them and Julian grieves, the Clave is on the brink of war and swift action must be taken if the Shadow World is to survive. To this end, Julian and Emma embark on a jeopardous journey to recover the Black Volume of the Dead, battling great peril alongside grappling with their forbidden love. And then the secrets they uncover in the Court risk destroying everything they value, and everyone they love. The sense of urgency is dazzlingly evoked and swells to a suitably heart-pounding finale to this opulent love-and-justice-driven trilogy, with the many plot threads woven together in Clare’s typically extravagant style. Take a look at our Ambassador Book Buzz for The Dark Artifices.

The Mortal Instruments 1: City of Bones

The Mortal Instruments 1: City of Bones

Author: Cassandra Clare Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2015

First in Cassandra Clare's internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series about the Shadowhunters. A thrilling urban fantasy of vampires, warlocks and shapeshifters that fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will love to get their teeth into. Clary is your typical girl next door character that everyone wants to like and with whom young teenage girls in particular will instantly relate. Until her mother's disappearance life is very ordinary and normal but then everything changes. The author's descriptions of an alternate, parallel world are so cleverly drawn that you feel right there within the story. We haven't read such a brilliant mixture of razor-sharp wit and humour and spine tingling fear but above all a terrific page-turning read that will have you saying just one more page, then one more chapter and suddenly you've finished it, for quite a while.

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The Mortal Instruments 2: City of Ashes

The Mortal Instruments 2: City of Ashes

Author: Cassandra Clare Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2015

We were bowled over by Cassandra’s first, City of Bones and from the feedback from readers you clearly were too. This is the second in The Mortal Instruments series and doesn’t disappoint. Utterly captivating, beautifully written, cleverly plotted with characters that you both love and hate, the terrifying underworld of New York is sure to hold you spellbound long after you’ve finished the last page.

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The Mortal Instruments 3: City of Glass

The Mortal Instruments 3: City of Glass

Author: Cassandra Clare Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2015

This title is the third instalment in the bestselling urban gothic fantasy sequence, The Mortal Instruments.  With two of the Mortal Instruments now in Valentine's hands, the world of the Shadowhunters teeters on the brink of civil war. Jace and the Lightwoods are recalled to Idris, the Shadowhunters' remote and hidden home country, where a search has begun for the last of the Instruments, the Mortal Glass.

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The Mortal Instruments 4: City of Fallen Angels

The Mortal Instruments 4: City of Fallen Angels

Author: Cassandra Clare Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Fourth in Cassandra Clare's internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series about the Shadowhunters. The Mortal War is over and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and - most importantly of all - she can finally call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price. Cassandra Clare on City of Fallen Angels - "Simon has always been one of my favourite characters to write about, and I'm excited to get the chance to tell his story while revisiting some of the other characters that I love from The Mortal instruments series."

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The Mortal Instruments 5: City of Lost Souls

The Mortal Instruments 5: City of Lost Souls

Author: Cassandra Clare Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Fifth in Cassandra Clare's internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series about the Shadowhunters. Clary and the Shadowhunters struggle to piece together their shattered world after a betrayal by one of their own leaves them reeling.

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The Mortal Instruments 6: City of Heavenly Fire

The Mortal Instruments 6: City of Heavenly Fire

Author: Cassandra Clare Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Shadowhunters and demons square off, lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed, for the sixth book and the final showdown in the spellbinding, seductive conclusion to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series from Cassandra Clare. The Mortal Instruments and its prequel series, The Infernal Devices, have been sold in more than thirty countries and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has recently been a major motion picture. For information on all the books visit the Mortal Instruments series page. For movie news on twitter follow @InstrumentsUK or on facebook at The Mortal Instruments UK.

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Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel

Author: Cassandra Clare Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/2010

This deservedly best-selling series launches with a powerful love story that thrills and chills in equal measure. Sailing from New York, 16 year old Tessa Gray arrives in Victorian London to meet her brother. But nothing goes according to plan and Tessa finds herself instead in the Downworld, a terrifying supernatural place of vampires, demons and warlocks. How Tessa survives before falling in love – the biggest danger of all! – is a terrifying and passionate read. This is a new urban fantasy full of vampires, werewolves and shape-shifters from the bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments series.

Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Prince

Author: Cassandra Clare Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/12/2011

This title is second in the New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series set in Victorian London. The first book in the series, Clockwork Angel, debuted at number one on the New York Times Bestseller list and spent ten weeks in the charts. Click here to see the rest of the Infernal Devices series.

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Clockwork Princess

Clockwork Princess

Author: Cassandra Clare Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/09/2013

Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close.   Clockwork Princess is the third in the brilliant Infernal Devices series which began with Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince.

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The Mortal Instruments 1: City of Bones

The Mortal Instruments 1: City of Bones

Author: Cassandra Clare Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/11/2017

A special hardback 10th anniversary edition of the first in Cassandra Clare's internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series about the Shadowhunters. A thrilling urban fantasy of vampires, warlocks and shapeshifters that fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will love to get their teeth into. Clary is your typical girl next door character that everyone wants to like and with whom young teenage girls in particular will instantly relate. Until her mother's disappearance life is very ordinary and normal but then everything changes. The author's descriptions of an alternate, parallel world are so cleverly drawn that you feel right there within the story. We haven't read such a brilliant mixture of razor-sharp wit and humour and spine tingling fear but above all a terrific page-turning read that will have you saying just one more page, then one more chapter and suddenly you've finished it, for quite a while.

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