I’m rapidly becoming one of those people love everything Cassandra Clare has written.
This is 500 pages of Magnus is like a glittery present of fabulousness. The Bane Chronicles contains 11 short stories about Mangus.
(You can also buy the short stories individually on Amazon as ebooks.) A lot of the short-stories are set in the past and go through his lovers, the magical trouble he spreads, when he meets Raphael or Valentine, or the trouble he gets into with his warlock friends. And it ends with 3 stories about Alec and Magnus which is the most cutest ship of the universe.
I’ll go quickly through each story, but basically, this book is hilarious and perfect and go read it. It doesn’t have the emotional stabbing of The Mortal Instruments series. This is fun and glittery and exactly what I needed.
STORY #1: What Really Happened In Peru
This is a reference to in one of the TMI books Magnus mentions he’s banned from Peru. He doesn’t say why. Guess what? HE DOESN’T SAY WHY HERE EITHER. He does, however, fall in love with a plate. I can understand that feeling.
STORY #2: The Runaway Queen
Imagine Magnus in Paris during Marie Antoinette’s era. I KNOW, RIGHT?! He enjoys the fashion and makes a lot of vampiric enemies as well as nearly gets Marie Antoinette turned into a vamp. (He doesn’t, btw. But, if you know your history, that’s not a spoiler.)
STORY #3: Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale
This was about a meeting between Downworlders and Magnus found another Herondale to love but…it didn’t work out quite normally.
STORY #4: The Midnight Heir
I haven’t read The Infernal Devices series but I KNOW it would’ve been helpful to know more about the Herondales and Tessa before reading this. But whatever. I’M A REBEL. (Or just lazy.) This is about Tessa’s son and how he’s a brat and how Magnus drags the brat home (drunk as anything) to his parents. It’s probably my least favourite, but then, I don’t know the backstory.
STORY #5: The Rise of the Hotel Dumort
Magnus watches the stock market crash, entertains endless parties for drunk worthless mundanes and fights a demon. Not really my favourite. Not as much sparky wit.
STORY #6: Saving Raphael Santiago
Now this little vampire, Raphael, is a regular pain in the Mortal Instruments series…so it was interesting to learn his origins! Magnus saved him! Okay that’s not true at all, but I won’t say why exactly (mwah ha ha). But Raphael is really mean to Magnus and their banter is hilarious.
STORY #7: The Fall of the Hotel Dumort
Drugged vamps, is all I can say. Cool, but not as good as the last story.
STORY #8: What To Buy The Shadowhunter Who Already has Everything (And Who You’re Not Officially Dating Anyway)
OKAY I THINK THIS IS MY FAVOURITE. It’s back in TMI world, where Magnus and Alec aren’t even official yet. And Magnus is doing so much to try and think up the perfect present. But he has to summon a demon for a client (a hilarious, chatty demon) and also calls his warlock friends who make absolute fun of his love life. It’s hilarious. I giggled.
STORY #9: The Last Stand of the New York Institute
This one is the only one I felt was in the wrong order. It should have come before story 8. So far they’d all been in order chronologically, but this skips back to when Valentine was a teen.
What an awful teen he was.
STORY #10: The Course of True Love (And First Dates)
This is absolutely hilarious. It’s Magnus and Alec’s first official date and it’s HORRIBLE. Everything goes wrong! I’m sorry….but let me just lie on the floor and laugh for ten years.
STORY #11: The Voicemail of Magnus Bane
This is purely voicemail messages from everyone to Magnus after he breaks up with Alec. It’s hilarious but sad and very very poignant. We never found out in TMI what everyone said when they called Magnus to tell him to get back together with Alec — SO NOW WE KNOW. Isabelle’s are very violent and extremely Isabelle. The phone ends up incinerated.
The Bane Chronicles are so funny and the writing is perfect…the stories are short and sweet and I sped through the whole book so so fast. I loved the backstory and I loved more scenes of Magnus. I could read an entire series narrated by him.
Thank you to Walker Books Australia for the review-copy! The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare hit shelves in November, 2014.
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.