Thursday, March 6, 2014

Review The Shadowhunters' Codex

The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis

Available Now

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 the one 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 of The 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 #1 New York Times bestselling series
Obviously 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. Email me at
I remember 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 companion novels.

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 pieces.

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

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