Book Playlist: The Mortal Instruments

A book playlist by Teen Blogger, Kira

If you're like me, and I'm sure most people on this planet are, you absolutely love listening to music, whether it's new music that just came out, music that matches the season, or music that matches your mood. But what about music that matches the book you're reading?

Today I have for you a short playlist that I put together based on the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. If you haven't read this series, I'm sure you've heard of it: It follows 15-year-old Clary Fray as she discovers a secret race of demon-slaying beings called Shadowhunters along with other mythical creatures such as vampires, werewolves, and faeries. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it.

You can go pick up all 6 books at your local library, then come back and re-read this article!

Book 1: City of Bones

Book 2: City of Ashes

Book 3: City of Glass

Book 4: City of Fallen Angels

Book 5: City of Lost Souls

Book 6: City of Heavenly Fire

Book Playlist

1. Deep End by Ruelle

Like The Mortal Instruments series, this song is really dark and heavy.

It is beautifully tragic, even in the first line "Where can I go, when the shadows are calling?" It represents many of the obstacles that the main characters have to deal with. The shadows represent the shadow world that Clary is dragged into and the metaphorical and literal demons that she has to battle. But not just Clary; Simon, Jace, Izzy, and Alec too, all have to deal with horrible tragedy, and self-discovery. Sometimes it seems like they are too far in and will never get out ("I'm slipping into the deep end. I'm in over my head").

I think this song is perfect for these books, and is beautiful as well. Towards the end when Ruelle sings "I am lost in the deep end" it is just amazing, it gives me chills every time.

2. Monsters by Ruelle 

Now on the other hand, this song is more upbeat, a lot more fun, and a bit cheesy; yet still keeping that edge of eeriness.

I like to think of this song as the Shadowhunter anthem, because it is about this group of "monsters" who are strong, powerful, and a bit scary. They hunt evil and shoot to kill; you don't want to mess with them. Sound familiar? If you didn't know, Shadowhunters are a half-angelic, half-human species, and their only duty is to protect humans (or Mundanes) from demons. They often live short lives of going on missions, hunting down evil-doers, and slaying demons. This song perfectly depicts the hunt; and the light, electronic, beats give me happy vibes and remind me of some of the more positive sides of being a Shadowhunter.

This is really a thrill of the chase sort of song, and I like to think that it is playing somewhere in the background every time the Shadowhunters go on a mission. You might even recognize it from the first episode of 'Shadowhunters' the TV show based off of the Mortal Instruments series.

3. Talk Me Down by Troye Sivan

Unlike the previous ones, this song doesn't represent a whole book or the whole series, but one specific scene; specifically, a certain scene between Clary and Jace that takes place in City of Glass.

The chorus goes: "I wanna sleep next to you, but that's all I wanna do right now". Yeah, you know what scene I'm talking about. But aside from that, the rest of the song can represent Jace and Clary's relationship through most of City of Ashes and City of Glass. It has themes of tragedy, confusion, and forbidden love.



4. Running with the Wolves by Aurora

Obviously these books don't only have Shadowhunters, but also have some great werewolves, like Maia and Luke- so this song is for them.

Aside from the very blatant connection between "running with the wolves" and werewolves running with their pack, this song has themes of being in touch with nature, and connecting with your wild side. It is really all about letting your animal instincts take over (metaphorically) and being able to be wild and free. And with werewolves, this is literally what happens.

All My Demons Greeting Me as A Friend


5. War of Hearts by Ruelle

Wow! Another song by Ruelle? I'm sorry, I can't help it. All of her songs are just perfect for these books.

Anyway, this song is sometimes known in the fandom as "the Malec song" because it played during an important Magnus and Alec scene in the TV show, but also because the lyrics go great with their relationship earlier in the series. When it says "I can't help but love you, even though I try not to," it represents when Alec was struggling with his sexuality and he was really confused and trying to figure everything out. But at the same time, it can also represent Clary and Jace's relationship since they also can't stop loving each other no matter how hard they try, and no matter what they go through. And they go through a lot. This song could actually work for multiple couples in the books because a lot of them deal with similar relationship issues.

These lyrics are about dealing with very conflicting and very powerful emotions, like deeply loving someone when you know (or think) you shouldn't. Not to mention the dramatic orchestral music, and the ‘oohs’ before the chorus, it just sounds so beautiful.

6. Warriors by Imagine Dragons

Now this one, is the perfect, iconic, battle scene song. I can imagine it playing while the Shadowhunter squad is marching into battle, and during so many epic fight scenes. Contrary to the rest of this playlist, I chose this song mostly because of the music.

It's just so powerful, dramatic, and cinematic. It builds up so much during the chorus, and it sounds so epic you can almost feel a war going on around you.

Smoke + Mirrors


7. Until We Go Down by Ruelle

So this song is very similar to the previous one. It is most definitely a battle song, but this one, is the last stand.

You can hear the finality in it, it feels like it's all or nothing and this is the last chance to prove yourself and win the war. It matches perfectly with City of Heavenly Fire, the last book in the series. When it says "And I feel it running through my veins, and I need that fire just to know that I'm awake" it always reminds me of Jace. Not only that, but the music and the "Until we go down" part works great for the climax. That book is such an epic showdown and that's what this song feels like too.

Well, that's it. I hope that you can listen to this playlist whenever you want a little glimpse into the Mortal Instruments world. And I hope you enjoyed it!

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