Release Date: November 11th 2014
Publisher: Walker Books Australia.
Source: From publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
It is not easy being Magnus Bane. As a warlock, he’s often called upon to fix the problems of others. His life has been long, and his loves have been many. And Magnus has a way of making sure he’s in the right place at the right – or perhaps wrong – time. The French Revolution, Prohibition, the first great battle between Valentine and the New York Institute…
Magnus was there, and usually in the middle of it. Magnus will never be able to tell all of his tales. No one would believe him. But these eleven stories shed a little light on his often inscrutable character. They are stories he probably wishes had never got out.
The Bane Chronicles is a MUST READ for all Shadowhunter fans. If you read and loved The Mortal Instruments and/or The Infernal Devices then you need this book; especially if you love Magnus and Alec. If, like me, you are desperately waiting for the next release by Cassandra Clare then The Bane Chronicles is the perfect book to tie you over. These were all released individually as ebooks, but I waited to read them bundled in paperback form, and it was so worth the wait. If you are wondering if you should buy the paperback even if you’ve read the ebooks, I would say you definitely should, just for the bonus short story that is included.
Be prepared to laugh, people. Seriously. Magnus is hilarious, and witty and full of charm. In these novels you get to see into his past, and what a past he has had! You get a tiny glimpse into the pain one carries with them being immortal, the continued sorrow and loss, and see, through others like him how it can turn you less human and more mad. You get to see Magnus’s true strength, which is not his magical abilities, rather his strength to endure, to continue being compassionate to those who need his help and to continue to hope – which must be very hard when life is so fleeting for others but goes on endlessly for you.
I’ll say a little about each story but I’ll try not to be spoilery, though I really, really want to.
I loved all the stories in this collection, but the ones I loved the most were the stories with characters in them from The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments. I loved the artist Cassandra Jean’s interpretation of the characters when I saw them on tumblr and was thrilled when I opened the book and saw Cassandra Jean’s drawings before each story! It made the book even better!
I enjoyed ‘What really happened in Peru’ and ‘The Runaway Queen,’ but things really started getting interesting with the story ‘Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale.’ It was a little short though and I really would love to see this story from Edmund’s point of view.
Then there is ‘The Midnight Air.’ This story! It made me squee reading it. If this is just a taste of what Clare’s forthcoming trilogy ‘The Last Hours’ is going to be like, then it is going to be amazing!
The Rise of the Hotel Dumort was good, and I really enjoyed ‘Saving Raphael Santiago.’ His story was really interesting and he was surprisingly funny (though he wasn’t trying to be.) I liked ‘The Fall of the Hotel Dumort’, that had a surprising twist to the end that I didn’t see coming. (And for those who liked to be warned, this one has drug references in it.)
Then there is the hilarious ‘What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (And Who You’re Not Officially Dating Anyway)’ – we have a few guest stars from The Mortal Instruments in this one, which was exciting.
‘The Last Stand of the New York Institute’ was sad and heartbreaking, and oh the things Magnus has witnessed that we never even realised! Plus we get to see some history that The Mortal Instrument and Infernal Devices fans will be very interested in.
‘The Course of True Love (And First Dates)’ is a must for Alec and Magnus fans. Plus it was funny and Alec was even kind of adorable in this, which is a word I never thought I would use to describe Alec.
Then there is the bonus story, ‘The Voicemail of Magnus Bane.’ This was laugh out loud hilarious (I realised I’ve used this word a lot in this review but it is the perfect word to describe it.) All I can say is read it, and discover the laughter for yourselves.
If you are a Shadowhunter fan than I highly recommend The Bane Chronicles to you.
You can add it to your Goodreads HERE.