The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson
Published by Walker Books on November 11 2014
Genres: fantasy, young adult, short stories
Ever wanted to know why Magnus Bane is banned from Peru? Or what he got up to during the French Revolution? Or what he bought Shadowhunter Alec Lightwood as a birthday present? Read this book and find out! Originally released as individual e-only short stories by bestselling YA authors Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan, this gorgeous hardback brings all ten together in print for the first time and includes a never-before-seen eleventh tale, as well as new illustrated material.
The Bane Chronicles are a collection of short stories revolving around Magnus Bane and his various adventures throughout his lifetime. This book should be read after The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, if you have not read both those series beware as my review will contain spoilers.
I really enjoyed reading The Bane Chronicles, Magnus is a hilarious character and although he loves playing tricks and delving into debauchery he is a good-hearted person and has much wisdom to share as he is hundreds of years old. I loved the writing style, it was quirky and entertaining, I think it perfectly complemented Magnus’s character. The Bane Chronicles is a great companion to TMI and TID as we get to learn more about the history of the Shadowhunters and Downworlders, everything seems to intertwine one way or another and it’s fascinating!
My favourite story was The Midnight Heir as we get to revisit Tessa, Jem, Will and James Herondale. Seeing these three reunited and Tessa and Will’s son was so heartwarming, these characters will forever have a special place in my heart! Other stories I thought were fantastic were Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale, What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything, The Last Stand of the New York Institute and The Course of True Love and First Dates. Seeing the Herondale line through the ages was so delightful, also seeing Jocelyn bringing Clary to Magnus and Tessa was so special. And of course, how could I forget the moments with Magnus and Alec? These two are just so adorable, my heart couldn’t handle the cuteness!
The lowest rating I gave to any story was 3 stars, I didn’t hate one story from the entire collection! My least favourite stories were Saving Raphael Santiago and The fall of the Hotel Dumort. Although it might just be me who didn’t completely love these stories, vampires weren’t my favourite part of TMI.
Individual story ratings:
What Happened In Peru – 4/5
The Runaway Queen – 4/5
Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale – 4/5
The Midnight Heir – 5/5
The Rise of Hotel Dumort – 4/5
Saving Raphael Santiago – 3/5
The Fall of the Hotel Dumort – 3/5
What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything – 4/5
The Last Stand of the New York Institute – 4/5
The Course of True Love – 4/5
The Voice Mail of Magnus Bane – 3/5