The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua
Companion to Mortal Instruments
Bookologist Analysis: Textbooks of fantasy with writing
are always entertaining.
Delve into the
details of all things Shadowhunter with this illustrated guide to the knowledge
and lore of the Shadowhunter world.
Since the thirteenth century, the Shadowhunter’s Codex has been theone and only manual for
Shadowhunters looking to brush up on their demon languages, learn proper stele
use, and discover just what exactly a pyxis is. Featured in both The Mortal
Instruments and The Infernal Devices, this guide is a necessity for any young
Nephilim on their journey to becoming a Shadowhunter. Beautifully illustrated,
the Codex contains images of the famous Shadowhunter homeland of Idris, as well
as depictions of demons and other Downworlders.
But this isn’t just any copy ofThe
Shadowhunter’s Codex. It’s Clary’s copy, and as an artist herself, she’s
sketched pictures of her friends and family in the book, and scrawled helpful
advice in the margins. Of course, she couldn’t exactly stop Jace or Simon from
adding their thoughts either. Part encyclopedia, part history, part training
manual—complete with commentary from Shadowhunters who have seen it all—this
beautiful guide is a perfect supplement to the #1New York Timesbestselling series
reviewing a textbook is kind of impossible because there is no plot (it’s in
the Mortal Instruments). The characters are already established and the
information is new. So this review with be shorter. As usual comment and share.
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sitting in History class as when I was in fifth grade loving to read the textbook and always
being disappointed because we never finished it. There would be all sorts of
infographics, pictures, and sidebars. I’ve always had a love affair with
textbooks and all the information you can get out of references from specific
subject books. Some of the sidebars however are pretty boring and redundant as Jace kindly points out (life experience means you have an extra 30 seconds). The Codex is a wonderful wealth of information for the series and
The Codex is
also filled with all these great drawings from Clary and the regular Codex
drawings. Clary’s drawing include a lot of Jace (they need a fan attached to
the book) and of a Silent Brother which is by far my favorite. The banter
between Clary and Jace is so serious that you want to crack up, though Simon
does mention getting a room a bit too much for my taste, but his sarcasm covers
it all nicely. The codex is original with all of its nice individualized
The Codex is a
nice companion book to the Mortal Instruments, but is not a necessary read. I
can’t wait however for the last book in the Mortal Instruments that is due out
soon. Jace and Clary forever and magical textbook for the win