Tuesday, 26 November 2013

The Wonder of Books #4: The Shadowhunter's Codex

Every now and then I see a book that looks so beautiful I want to keep it on my shelf forever, regardless of how good it is or if I'll ever actually read it. I think this is a symptom of Book Collecting Obsession, otherwise known as the life of a book lover. To honour these books and their extremely talented publishers to make them what they are, I'm going to highlight them here on my blog and include lots of lovely pictures so you can see what I'm talking about.

This feature won't be weekly, but I'll do it whenever I come across one of these books that makes me say "Wow!" to no-one in particular. All images can be enlarged if you click 'em, and don't read the text too carefully in case there's a sneaky spoiler in there.


The Shadowhunter's Codex
(Collector's Edition)

by Cassie Clare and Joshua Lewis

Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Released: October 29th, 2013


Delve into the details of all things Shadowhunter with this special collector’s edition of the 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.

This special edition of The Shadowhunter’s Codex is complete with lush and luxurious detailing that highlights its historic importance. The book is nestled in a gorgeous soft-touch slipcase with foil and embossing on the case. Inside is the book itself, also soft-touch and foiled, with gilt edges, a golden headband, and a golden ribbon—perfect for a studying Shadowhunter to mark their place. It’s as much a work of art as a training manual. 


Just look at it! It's so nice, in a sturdy slipcase with the cover title embossed in gold lettering. It also feels quite velvety, which is lovely.

Here's what the book looks like: blue and regal and like I imagined the actual Codex.

The pages have gold edges!

Chapter Two. The whole book is fully illustrated in black and white. I can just see Clary, Jace and Co. reading this.

More illustrations and a golden ribbon bookmark! The presentation is brilliant and I'm so glad I got the Collector's Edition, even though it was slightly more expensive. Well worth it.

These are the two end papers included at the front and back of the book, also the only colour illustrations to be featured. So nice!

1 comment:

caroline.taylor078 said...

OH WOW, I had no idea this book would look so magnificent!