Today I have a bit of a different review. In fact, I have a short, sweet review of a bind-up of novellas: The Bane Chronicles. It’s completely spoiler free, but it a couple of the stories will spoil you for The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices series. So let’s jump straight in!
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson
Series: The Bane Chronicles (#1-11)
Publication: November 11th 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices can get to know warlock Magnus Bane like never before in this collection of New York Times bestselling tales, in print for the first time with an exclusive new story and illustrated material.
This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.
Originally released one-by-one as e-only short stories by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan, this compilation presents all ten together in print for the first time and includes a never-before-seen eleventh tale, as well as new illustrated material.
I think my different expectations for these stories ended up disappointing me a bit. Some of them were great, but it took me much too long to get through this bind-up. Overall, these were a bit of a hit or miss for me. Magnus is a super fun character and I was curious to learn more about his adventures and centuries old past. The humour was here and there, but it was a solid light-hearted read. If you’re a fan of Magnus Bane, this will be an entertaining read, but this isn’t a necessary read to understand the Shadowhunter Chronicles.
What Really Happened in Peru (#1): 2.5 stars
I found the story a tad boring. Also, I was kind of disappointed because there wasn’t really a resolution. What really happened in Peru? I’m still curious.
The Runaway Queen (#2): 3 stars
Interesting but nothing memorable. We see Magnus in France during the French Revolution being unwittingly involved in some escape shenanigans.
Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale (#3): 3.5 stars
Enter the Shadowhunters with their iconic family names. The Herondales are always a fascinating family to hear about. Yes, there are scones.
The Midnight Heir (#4): 4.5 stars
So many The Infernal Devices feels!!! This story is about Tessa’s son and he’s kind of a brat. But once again, there wasn’t a resolution.
The Rise of the Hotel Dumort (#5): 3 stars
Nothing really memorable about this one but we see Magnus in his element – all the partying!
Saving Raphael Santiago (#6): 3.5 stars
The banter between Magnus and Raphael is great but I wanted more. It was nice to see how they met and the origins of their relationship.
The Fall of the Hotel Dumort (#7): 3 stars
It was alright and kinda funny, but another non-memorable story.
What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (And Who You’re Not Officially Dating Anyway) #8): 4 stars
I enjoyed this one. Fun story and great warlock banter. A demon is summoned.
The Last Stand of the New York Institute (#9): 5 stars
I thought it was super interesting to see from the perspective of the Circle in their active days. And how horrific Shadowhunters can be. It was pretty scary seeing how far people will go far with hatred.
The Course of True Love (And First Dates) (#10): 5 stars
It was adorable and hilarious. Definitely one of my favourites. So many Malec feels.
The Voicemail of Magnus Bane (#11): 3.5 stars
This one is written in voicemails and it’s a bit on the shorter side. I was so-so about this. But I love Izzy being Izzy.
What did you think of these stories about Magnus Bane? Which was your favourite? Are you a fan of companion novellas/short stories? Comment below!
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