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

Hey Guys!

Happy Saturday! How was your week? Today it is time for another book review. This week’s book is The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson. Since this is a novella bind up, I have decided to review it the same way I review anthologies (one overall review with a small review for each individual story). So, let’s do this.


Well I really loved this book. I loved getting all these little insights into Magnus. He is one of my favourite characters from the Shadowhunter universe and this was just perfect. It has made me really want the new Bane trilogy that is coming out soon. I honestly loved everything about this book. There was only one story in here that got below 3 stars! They were all so good. My favourites where The Midnight Heir, The Last Stand Of The New York Institute and The Course Of True Love (And First Dates), although I enjoyed them all. I loved that this whole book answered some questions that I have always had about Magnus, gave us some glimpses of his friends lives throughout the years and just rounded out his character that much more. these stories were sweet, funny, cute and really interesting. I am so glad that I have finally read this. It is a must for all Shadowhunter fans.

star 55 out of 5

What Really Happened In Peru

Well I love this book already. What a brilliant little collection of stories to start on! As someone who has always wondered why Magnus is banned from Peru, this was perfect. It instantly confirmed everything we know about Magnus lol. I really liked it. It was sweet and funny and answered some questions, but also raised more lol. The perfect story to open on. But seriously, why is Magnus banned from Peru? Lol.

star 4.54.5 out of 5

The Runaway Queen

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this story. I liked the general idea. I can 100% picture Magnus in pre-revolutionary France. Very much his sort of place. I can also see him being persuaded by a beautiful man to try and help save the monarchy. But for some reason, I didn’t really like the story. It all felt a bit rushed and underdeveloped and, frankly, it was bit boring. It just didn’t have much of a kick to it. the only part of it I truly liked was Ragnor. It’s a shame, this one could have been brilliant.

star 33 out of 5

Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale

I really liked this one. I have always been curious as to how the accords came about (and how difficult they were to forge) so this was a really interesting story to me. I love seeing this little insight into Shadowhunters/Downworlder politics, pre Infernal Devices. I also loved seeing some old characters like Charlotte and Camille and de Quincey and I loved meeting Edmund. Even if it was only briefly. i loved seeing where the Herondale boys we love came from. I also really liked watching the start of Magnus and Camille’s relationship. I have always been curious about how those two ended up together. All in all, I really liked this. A very solid little story.

star 44 out of 5

The Midnight Heir

Well I am now itching for The Last Hours trilogy! My poor heart. I love the Infernal Devices (I read them first and fell in love with them) so I loved stepping back into that world and seeing those characters again. I love that even after 25 years Tessa, Will and Jem are still, well, Tessa, Will and Jem. I really liked this story. It was just so nice to get this little glimpse of their lives again. I think that this may be my favourite story in this collection, and I am only half way through it (I have now finished the book, and this is my favourite). I loved it all and I wish it was longer and my god I need the Last Hours now! Come on Clare! Publish that shit! Also, side note, ‘Uncle Brother Zachariah’ is the single cutest thing in the world and I nearly cried.

star 55 out of 5

The Rise Of The Hotel Dumort

Oh course Mangus would be running a speakeasy in 1920’s New York. What else would he possibly be doing? Lol. I liked this one. It was very Magnus. You can 100% picture him in this situation. It is just so him. and I really liked the story line. The history of the Dumort, the hints at things to come and the nod to how New York ended up needing a new high warlock. It was just a very good little story. Answered some questions, raised some more, provided some entertainment.

star 44 out of 5

Saving Raphael Santiago

Oh, my poor heart. Raphael! I love this little insight into Mangus and Raphael. I don’t know about you but ever since I read the Mortal Instruments I have been curious about what conspired between these two and this was just perfect. This is just making me yearn for the future and Daddy Magnus. Can you not just see him as a parent! This story was just perfect. I never thought I would feel sorry for Raphael.

star 44 out of 5

The Fall Of The Hotel Dumort

Oh, my poor little Magnus. That ending! Oh well, I am just going to convince myself that it was just preparing him for Alec. besides the fact that the end of this one nearly made me cry, I liked this one. I love the idea of the vampires being swayed by drugs the same way humans are. It was really interesting to read. although, I will admit that throughout this story I just had the image of Simon in Idris after the spiked blood stuck in my head lol.

star 44 out of 5

What To Buy A Shadow Hunter Who Has Everything (And Who You’re Not Officially Dating Anyway)

That was fucking adorable and I loved every damn second of it. if you are unaware, I am a massive Malec shipper, I think they are the cutest couple in existence, so, naturally, I loved this story. I love the idea of Magnus freaking himself out over getting Alec a birthday present, when, let’s be honest, Alec does really give a shit. He is just happy to be with Magnus. I just really liked this one. It was sweet and funny and so damn cute. I loved seeing this little insight into the start of this pairs relationship.

star 4.54.5 out of 5

The Last Stand Of The New York Institute

I loved this one. It covered so much! I have always wondered how the Circle and the Uprising affected Magnus and what role he played in it, so obviously I loved this because it gave us some insight into that time. I loved seeing what life was like for Magnus at that time. I also loved that it jumped forward a few years at the end and showed us Jocelyn bringing Clary to Magnus for the first time, and that Tessa was there. (I loved seeing the little glimpse of Tessa and Magnus’s friendship). This one has got to be my second favourite of the book so far (only just beaten by The Midnight Heir)

star 55 out of 5

The Course Of True Love (And First Dates)

That was the single cutest thing that I have ever read! you know how much I love Malec so you can imagine how much I loved this story. I love that they are both so awkward and uncomfortable and nervous. I love how unsure they are of each other. And how much they clearly both like each other and I just can’t handle it. they are just so damn cute! I need a full Malec book.

star 55 out of 5

The Voicemail Of Magnus Bane

Well that was kind of hilarious in a depressing sort of way. I have always loved the idea of all of Alec’s friends spamming Magnus after they broke up, trying to convince him to take Alec back. It is somehow both something you would never think that the group would do and also, exactly what you think they would do. and these messages where brilliant. Some were sweet, some were funny, some were about toads. This was just the perfect little end to this book.

star 44 out of 5

And there we have it. those where my thoughts on the Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson. I loved this book so much. Have you read it yet? What did you think about it? which is your favourite story? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.


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