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Children's Nonfiction Literary Criticism & Collections

Navigating the Shadow World

The Unofficial Guide to Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments

by (author) Liv Spencer

ECW Press
Initial publish date
Jul 2013
Literary Criticism & Collections, Film, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
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    Jul 2013
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    Jul 2013
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 13 to 17



An insightful and clever companion to the urban fantasy phenomenon, now a Freeform TV series Shadowhunters

Navigating the Shadow Worldtakes readers deep into the rich universe of Cassandra Clare’s New York Times–bestselling Shadowhunter Chronicles. With intelligent but accessible explorations of each volume of the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series, Liv Spencer delivers the next best thing to a Shadowhunter’s Codex with commentary on the books as well as the references to folklore, legends, and literature. Spencer also recounts Cassandra Clare’s journey, from journalist and fan fiction writer to superstar author; explores the cast and crew who brought the first book to life in the film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones; and delves into the TMI fandom, a passionate community that is anything but mundane.

From the Clave to Chairman Meow, demon pox to dastardly ducks, Navigating the Shadow World is your very own insight rune.


About the author

Contributor Notes

Liv Spencer is the bestselling author of Taylor Swift — Platinum Edition (2013), Rosewood Confidential: The Unofficial Companion to Pretty Little Liars (2012), Love Bites: The Unofficial Saga of Twilight (2010), and The Miranda Cosgrove and iCarly Spectacular! (2010). Find her online at; she lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Editorial Reviews


"Navigating the Shadow World is a must-read for fans of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles. It delves deep into the world that we know and love... Navigating the Shadow World is anything but mundane." — TMI Source

"A breathlessly enthusiastic tour of Persian-American author Cassandra Clare's popular urban fantasy series." — Publishers Weekly


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