Review: The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson



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.


Let’s start by appreciating the cover of this book *sighs* Magnus…

I waited for the physical copy of the book to read it, and now I’m really happy I did so because it was worth the wait! At the beginning of every story you’ll find a drawing of a scene by the amazing Cassandra Jean, and I may have cried a bit with those drawings… Just a little bit, sure.

Magnus Bane, the gorgeous, glittery, awesome, fashionable and sassy High Warlock of Brooklyn finally gets to tell his very own story. When I first heard about this project I seriously freaked out because I love Magnus and I always wanted to know what went on in his mind. So this is the perfect Christmas present for a Shadowhunter.

The first story is set in 1791, when we see a younger and more carefree Magnus with Ragnor and Catarina having various adventures in Peru. It’s a funny story as well as the second one, The Runaway Queen, in which Magnus is very busy pushing a distressed Queen Marie Antoinette out a window and into a balloon (Yes, that really happened). In both these stories you can see Magnus easily falling in love, but he grows more and more careful to give is heart away because, being immortal, he’ll always have to see those he love grow old and eventually die; is the game worth the candle?

Mundanes died so easily. No matter how many times he saw it , it never got easier. He had lieved for centuries now, and he was still waiting for death to get easier.

Or at least that’s what he thought, is he going to change his mind in a couple of centuries meeting a certain someone? We’ll see… *winks*

Vampires, scones, and Edmund Herondale… and here we are again, a Herondale the source of our pain. (surprise!)

If you’ve read The Infernal Devices, you know what I’m talking about. We knew very little about Will’s dad; only that once he gives his heart to a woman, it’s her or no one else for him. And that’s what happens in this story; we have a young Edmund, a lot similar to his son , meeting Linette Owens.

Edmund Herondale did not seem in the least surprised by the mention of a gentleman in Magnus’s romantic speculations.

“It would be a lady in the balloon for me,” he said.

“Ah,” said Magnus, who had suspected as much.

“But I am always flattered to be admired,” said Edmund with an engaging grin. “And I am always admired.”

Typical Herondales behavior.

It was clear he knew he was outrageous, and he expected people to like it: Magnus suspected they all did.

I’m okay, really.

Anyways, back to the infamous meeting; he tries to defend Linette from a demon, but she was rather helping herself well enough, so that’s what catches the attention of Edmund. After that, it was love. But Linette was a mundane and Edmund didn’t want to ask her to risk her life to ascend, so he was stripped of his marks, and, God, was it painful.

After the events of The Infernal Devices, Magnus comes back to London and meets *drumroll* James Herondale! Will and Tessa’s son, who’s obviously very handsome…

This boy’s face was a face to recall the past. This was a face from the past, one of the most beautiful faces Magnus could ever recall seeing. It was a face so finely cut that it cast the shabbiness of this place into stak relief – a beauty that burned so fiercely that it put the glare of the electric lights to shame.

Aside from his daddy’s hotness, James inherited something from his awesome mom too, some magic tricks.

Like he’s father, he’s very fond of dramatic effects, but differently from Will, he’s not doing everything he does to protect those he loves; there’s a lot of sadness in this character and I can’t wait to read about him in The Last Hours, and have him break my heart.

“My father was cursed,” James said from the darkness. “Whereas I? I’m damned.”

It was really cruel of Cassie to leave us like this!

Plus, there was a reunion with Tessa, Will and Jem and that’s reason enough to read this book.

How they loved each another, these three, how they had suffered for each another, and yet how much joy they clearly took from simply being in the same room.

I’m catastrophically in love (see what I did there) with this trio, so whenever they’re all mentioned together I get teary eyed easily… okay let’s be honest, I cry like a baby for hours and I feel real pain in my chest, it’s kind of scary.

We have then three stories about the Hotel Dumort, and woah! I wasn’t expecting to love them as much as I did!

I found myself loving Raphael Santiago a lot, and that’s not a good thing, because, you know… *cries*

Magnus was sent from Raphael’s mom to save him from the hands of a vampire clan, but as you know, he was too late. Raphael was turned into a vampire thanks to his charismatic leading inclinations (he’d have been killed otherwise). But he wasn’t happy at all about this turn of events.

Raphael flinched away from the cross, and Magnus put it away hastily, but not before the boy stopped fighting and began to sob, sobs that racked his whole body, as if he could wrench himself, his hated new self, apart from the inside out if he shook and raged enough.

I definitely cried… a lot.

Thank the Angel Raziel though, we have later Raphael and Ragnor gang together on Magnus, and that gets really hilarious; until that too gets painful beacuse, again, you know…

On an happier note, What To Buy The Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (And Who You’re Not Officially Dating Anyway).

A story with a title like this… It can only be great. And so it was. It’s amazing to see how much Magnus changed from this confident man, to an emotional mess when the idea of living forever actually sunk in (there’s not a story in the book about that, but that period of his life is mentioned at some point) and now to this, a man who likes someone and it’s suddendly like he’s a teenager again, not sure of what to say and what to do, if the other is thinking about him, and all those cute things we love so much about Magnus and Alec.

It had happened a few times in the last several weeks, Magnus stumbling out into the kitchen toward the rich scent of coffee, pulling on a robe from his wide and varied selection, and finding Alec there. Magnus had bought a coffeemaker because Alec had consistently seemed mildly distressed by Magnus’s magicking-slash-slightly-stealing cups of coffee and tea from The Mudd Truck.

Even Isabelle makes an appearence in this story, to warn Magnus not to break her brother’s heart, and clearly making me sob, just for good meausere.

The last story is The Course Of True Love, in which Magnus and Alec’s first date takes place, and it seems to go terribly wrong, between an awkward ride in the underground and way too many downworlders freaking out when a Shadowhunter walks into their restaurant; until it’s not wrong anymore and *dreamy eyes* the date gets really hot and I was screaming and dancing around. I really need these two to get married and adopt beautiful babies soon.

But obviously, the book doesn’t end on an happy note (it’s Cassandra Clare after all). It ends with Magnus’s voicemail after that something happened in City of Lost Souls. Though Simon’s voicemail was really funny!

I skipped a story, yes, The Last Stand of The New York Institute, because it was really painful and I don’t think I’m ready to talk about it.

It takes place in part durning the Circle events, and that was so interesting, we get to meet the parents of the TMI characters and see them following Valentine around like lost puppies and it was very enlightening, especially Lucian Graymark and Stephen Herondale!

But then it’s 1993 and there’s Tessa Gray *sobs quietly* wearing a “William wants a doll” t-shirt and meeting Jocelyn and a two-year-old Clary.  Tessa is my favorite character so far so this part really got to me, and I think you’re all going to love it.

“Once I lived among the Shadowhunters,” Tessa said softly. “Once I might almost have seemed like a person to you.”

Well, I think I said enough, probably too much. I’m sorry I just can’t help myself when it comes to The Shadowhunter Chronicles.

I see a lot of people complaining about the fact that so many books will come out; if you don’t like Cassie’s work it’s okay but if you like it and you just don’t want it to keep going on, that’s okay too, just stop reading it.

I’m personally very happy that Cassie is exploring more of this world because I think there’s really a lot more to say. So I’m looking forward to Tales From The Shadowhunter AcademyThe Dark ArtificesThe Last Hours and The Wicked Powers!

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