Happy Shadowhunter Day, everyone!
For those unfamiliar with the world of shadowhunting, I should explain that today is the day that the new TV Show Shadowhunters, based on The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, is airing globally on Netflix.
Now this is interesting for several reasons. Firstly, this is actually the second attempt to adapt The Mortal Instruments series. You might recall a few years ago there was a movie called, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones? Then again, you may not remember. Not a whole lot of people saw the movie which, while embraced by a loyal cult following, was not exactly what you would call a great cinematic triumph.
In the wake of the movie, rumours of a sequel spluttered and slowly died away. It seemed The Mortal Instruments movie franchise was well and truly dead. But then, much like a glorious phoenix rising from the ashes, the Internet exploded with the surprising news that there was going to be a Mortal Instruments TV Show!
The second point of interest in this tale is that the series, which premiered on ABC Family last night in the US, will be aired globally through Netflix. This is great news for fans who will not have to wait to watch the show. Each episode will be available all over the world less than 24 hours after it airs in the US.
Finally, this is a case of perfect timing as Cassandra Clare’s latest book, Lady Midnight, is coming out at the beginning of March. Set in the same world as The Mortal Instruments series, Lady Midnight will feature a whole new cast of Shadowhunters and is expected to be one of the biggest Young Adult Fiction releases of 2016.
Will the TV Show be better than the movie? Could it possibly be as good (or better) than the books? Will Lady Midnight live up to the hype? Most importantly – will I have time to read my way through all six books of The Mortal Instruments series, plus the three books in the The Infernal Devices series before the release of Lady Midnight in March? Only time will tell!
by Cassandra Clare
The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.
It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.
Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across … Read More.
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Anastasia Hadjidemetri is the former editor of The Booktopian and star of Booktopia's weekly YouTube show, Booked with Anastasia. A big reader and lover of books, Anastasia relishes the opportunity to bring you all the latest news from the world of books.