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

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The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson
Series: The Bane Chronicles #1-11
Publisher: Walker Books
Published November 11th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Short Stories
Pages: 528
Format: Hardback
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

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.

Captura de ecrã 2017-06-30, às 18.09.21This is a collection of short stories that are supposed to give more insight into Magnus Bane’s life. Magnus has been one of my fav characters during the TMI and TID series and I love him with all my heart, how fun, peculiar and soft-hearted he is.


The short stories

What Really Happened in Peru – Like always, Magnus Bane is the funniest and most charming character ever! It was quite a funny story at times, with bittersweet parts, which I wasn’t expecting, but it wasn’t also remarkable at all, it was just a very packed-full, okay story.

Overall:  2 stars


Runaway Queen – This one was better but still nothing special. It’s set in Paris and I did like the take on the French Revolution although I did want a bit more of the Queen than I got… It was more interesting than the first one for sure, and a bit more serious, although never losing the fun.

Overall:  2.5 stars


Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale – This one was the most interesting so far. I felt that I actually learned quite a lot from Magnus’ past. I loved seeing his connection with Camille and finally see Edmund Herondale’s fate. This was not as funny as the last one, but it was much deeper and full of interesting information, which is what I craved… To know more about Magnus, and I think this one finally did that. I loved the connection with the other books! Definitely a good one!

Overall:  4 stars


The Midnight Heir – This one was okay. It was enjoyable, but for some reason, I didn’t care as much about it. I did love to see Tessa, Will and James tho! They were a definite highlight and I loved meeting James Herondale! Also, there was definitely something interesting about James and his problems, that I would like to read about.

Overall:  3 stars


The Rise of the Hotel Dumort – I didn’t care for this at all. It talked about the Hotel that we so much see in TMI, and that’s supposed to be interesting… But it was actually not. It was forgettable, boring and to be honest, it had nothing worth reading for me. It had less drama than the last ones, which is not necessarily a bad thing but the plot was so inexistent… I think I have had more fun studying than reading this…

Overall:  1 stars


Saving Raphael Santiago – This was the one I was most excited to read about. It was way different from what I expected, but I really enjoyed it! I loved how Raphael and Magnus used so much sarcasm with each other and I really enjoyed knowing more about Raphael and the reason why he is like he is. It was overall a really interesting and beautiful story.

Overall:  4 stars


The Fall of the Hotel Dumort – Not as exciting as the last one but at least, quite an intense one! I really didn’t like Camille, which is quite normal since she is dislikable as hell, but this makes me like her even less. I did like how Magnus handled things in this one tho! It was quite an interesting and intense story. Also, I really like Catarina!

Overall:  3 stars


What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (And Who You’re Not Officially Dating Anyway) – Well, this was fun! It was nice to see Magnus so into Alec and Elyaas, it was incredibly fun! It was just overall a really sweet story. I can’t say it was spectacular in terms of plot, but it was cute and much more enjoyable than half of the others.

Overall:  4 stars


The Last Stand of the New York Institute – This was a good one too. It was nice to see the Circle in action and Valentine and Lucian’s connection back then. It was quite an action-packed story, full of tenseness and some interesting moments that I always wanted to read about from the TMI series. It was a really fun and sweet story and I loved to see how Magnus always tries to protect the ones in need. He’s the best!

Overall:  4 stars


The Course of True Love (And First Dates) – That was SO cute! I love Alec and Magnus together… This was a really sweet story with a bit of action in it, although it did feel mainly light and fluffy, the balance between action and cuteness was just perfect. Plus, it was just perfect to know about their first date! They are so awkwardly cute together, I can’t even!

Overall:  4 stars


The Voicemail of Magnus Bane – Hm… Well, I can’t say this wasn’t a hell of an interesting idea. It was kinda fun and I’ve never seen a short story like this so… I guess I can’t say I didn’t like it. I did, and at least it’s short so it’s just an interesting plus to the book, I guess.

Overall:  3 stars


I love Magnus but some of these stories are a bit pointless. But at least it also contained some pretty cute ones that I actually really liked to know about, like Alec and Magnus’ first date! It was overall a nice and entertaining book, although some stories could be totally cut off. It’s not a book I will probably be re-reading but I’m happy I did read it and got to know a bit more of Magnus.

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Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!

3 thoughts on “The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson

  1. I haven’t read this yet, but I love Magnus Bane and it’s on my shelves so I’ll definitely be getting to it at some point!

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