Review: The Bane Chronicles

[Goodreads]: Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices can get to know warlock Magnus Bane like never before in this paperback collection of New York Times bestselling tales, each with comic-style art.

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  #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. .

My overall rating for The Bane Chronicles is 4 stars.

This book surpassed my expectations, and at times, it even felt like I was reading The Mortal Instruments again, falling in love with these amazing characters again! Still, with that being said, I only loved about half of them and the other half was quite frankly a bit disappointing, though I still really enjoyed reading this book in general – mostly because it was hilarious!

I’ve always been really curious about Magnus’ life and I feel like this book really shows how Magnus turned into the person that he is in TMI. There’s a clear character/personal growth between the stories – which is something I didn’t really notice as much in Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy with Simon. One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was the continuity between the stories which I felt gave some interesting insight into the history of Shadowhunters and Downworlders. TofSA, on the other hand, didn’t have such an apparent continuity and the stories felt a bit random at times.

Something I didn’t enjoy, though, was that the stories that didn’t involve characters from the other series were kind of bland and even at times, rushed and poorly developed. In this case, I’m referring to The Rise of Hotel Dumort and The Fall of Hotel Dumort. I would’ve like to know more about Aldous and I wish there’d been more on the subject of the Void and these troubled feelings Aldous seemed to be feeling. Plus, the whole drugs thing was really obvious. Others were felt like filler stories – unnecessary, only there to take up space. Especially, What Really Happened in Peru, my least favorite story. 

Unsurprisingly (because I’m a basic bitch for all shadowhunter-related stories), my favorite stories were those featuring characters I already loved, like Alec, Tessa, Will… and James Herondale!!! So, my favorites were The Midnight Heir; What to Offer the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything; The Course of True Love; Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale and Saving Raphael Santiago – in that order.

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

The Midnight Heir

“This was love, new and bright and terrifying.”

What to Offer the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything

Here are my ratings for each short story:

  1. What Really Happened in Peru – 3 stars
  2. The Runaway Queen – 3.5 stars
  3. Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale – 4.5 stars
  4. The Midnight Heir – 5 stars
  5. The Rise of Hotel Dumort – 3.5 stars
  6. Saving Raphael Santiago – 4 stars
  7. The Fall of Hotel Dumort – 3.5 stars
  8. What to Offer the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything – 5 stars
  9. The Last Stand of the New York Institute – 4 stars
  10. The Course of True Love – 5 stars
  11. The Voicemail of Magnus Bane – 3 stars

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