Book Review: The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

Posted December 15, 2014 by @Angelized_1st in Books, Entertainment / 0 Comments

Book Review: The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra ClareThe Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Published by Simon and Schuster on November 11th 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 528
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9781442495999
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

“Trust. It is like placing a blade in someone's hand and setting the very point to your heart.”

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.

This past November, Cassandra Clare’s novellas featuring eccentric warlock Magnus Bane were finally released in an anthology chronicling his adventures through history. Magnus was always a character in both of Clare’s The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series, but was previously viewed mostly through the eyes of the other characters. Now, fans of those series can get to know Magnus a lot better. These New York Times bestselling short stories written by Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson now include a new story only found in the anthology, and includes new illustrations. Previously released only as ebooks, these stories can now be purchased also in hardcover.

“To them, as to Magnus, time was like rain, glittering as it fell, changing the world, but something that could also be taken for granted. Until you loved a mortal. Then time became gold in a miser’s hands, every bright year counted out carefully, infinitely precious, and each one slipping through your fingers.”

These short stories provided a nice look at who Magnus is as a character. In the other two series Magnus always felt like a bit of an enigma, and it wasn’t until the final books in The Mortal Instruments series that I felt like I kinda of knew who he was. Mostly, I knew how much he loved Alec. While The Infernal Devices fleshed out Magnus’ character and backstory a bit more, these stories reveal why Magnus kept Alec in the dark about his past, and made me want to read both TMI and TID again. Now that I know more about Magnus, I wonder if I will see the events surrounding his and Alec’s love affair differently. Especially since there are a couple more Magnus/Alec tidbits that never made it to the TMI. At least not from Magnus’ perspective. If you are a fan of Cassandra Clare’s novels, they you will definitely get a kick out of The Bane Chronicles. If you decided to check them out, let me know what you think!

Rating Report
Overall: 4.1

About Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.


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