Title: The Bane Chronicles
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Supernatural, Fantasy & Paranormal
Date Read: 21st November, 2014
I enjoyed this book. I’m not fangirling over it but it was definitely very interesting to know more about Magnus and all the people he has meet in his life. I always found very interesting but now knowing I know he has become such a more complex character then I ever thought. I did know that Magnus knew a lot of people but I never knew just how far down the bloodline he knew.
The story is basically about Magnus’ life and all his adventures and friends he has made on the way. This book will be incredibly more enjoyable if you read TMI and TID first. I also do not recommend at all reading this review without reading all of the TMI and TID books.
TMI #1 Review:
Saving Raphael Santiago.
Least Favourite Story:
What Really Happened in Peru
What Really Happened in Peru:
This was an interesting story and definitely was a good choice to put first because it established all the characters and we got to know them and their personalities which is important in later stories but it just wasn’t as fun to read then the other stories. I mean, it is funny and interesting and the reason why he is banned from Peru is very amusing.
The Runaway Queen:
I am very interested in history so I was happily surprised when I figured out that the runaway queen was Queen Marie Antoinette. This story just brought a new view on the story which everyone knows but from Magnus’ point of view, the Queen was a victim and was wrongly killed. I found it very interesting to read about such a historic event from a different view. I love how Magnus mentions his fondness for men with black hair and blue eyes.
Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale:
Honestly, when I started this story I was so overjoyed to maybe seeing Will as a child or something but no, of course Cassandra wouldn’t let me have that joy. I was really interested to see Magnus meet Camille and learn how and when they first met because it is always mentioned that they have know each other a very long time but no-one ever mentions exactly how long. I really enjoyed their meeting it was so funny and just so Magnus. Edmund is quite a weird character. I had no idea that Magnus had met him and I don’t think Magnus ever mentions meeting him. I loved how Will’s parents met and I liked that I got to see that because we don’t really know much about Will’s family. I was so angry and sad at the Institute when they tortured Edmund so he could not be a shadow hunter anymore.
The Midnight Heir:
Finally some Will Herondale! Even though he is probably like 30, I will take it. I understand that this story is left open so that people will want to read TLH series but could I at least have a bit more answers? I liked how Magnus, Will and Tessa are still friends which I hoped for sincerely so much. I liked that we got to see the trio; Jem, Will and Tessa, back together and I just felt so bad for them. I loved the mention of the ducks because you can’t be a Herondale without mentioning ducks. I don’t really like James so much, maybe once I learn the reason for his behaviour, I will like him more but I just found him intolerable. Which is really weird considering he is acting like Book 1, Will. The whole thing with Grace and Tatiana, I can’t even begin to understand.
The Rise of The Hotel Dumont:
I didn’t really like this one as much as the rest. It was quite interesting and I liked to know how the hotel became just a hotel to the home of the entire New York vampires. I liked that aspect of it but I didn’t enjoy the whole GFC and Alfie because it wasn’t interesting and I thought that Alfie’s love was going to be someone important but we didn’t even meet her so alright then. I did however like the cliffhanger, I liked the last sentence. And for everyone who has read it, you understand what I mean.
Saving Raphael Santiago:
* Do not read underlined words unless you have read COHF. *
As previously stated, this was my favourite one. I just liked it because it took simple character who is described as being uncaring, bloodthirsty vampire who eats innocents to such a complex character. I really enjoyed getting to know more and more about Raphael and his story and how he became a vampire and how he became the leader. The further and further I read on, the more and more I liked him because he is not a bloodthirsty monster, he has emotions and a soul. The way he prepares to meet his family is just so heartbreaking and you just love him even more. The dynamic between Raphael and Magnus is so comical and had me laughing so many times. I laughed so hard of Raphael’s reaction when Ragnor presumed they were dating. My favourite bit was when Ragnor said “Blerondale.” This explains why Raphael did what he did in COHF for Magnus, but now knowing more about him. I feel so much worse about it all. I cried just thinking about it.
The Fall of The Hotel Dumont:
I didn’t really like this one either. I didn’t like seeing the vampires as pathetic and so pitiful. I felt so bad for Magnus for having to witness Camille’s downfall which is I guess why Catarina did what she did and I really liked her after that. I liked that we knew that Raphael wasn’t involved at all, thank god.
What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who has Everything (And Who You’re Not Officially Dating Anyway):
I think the first sentence had me laughing which just sets the tone for this story. This story is funny and light and just fun to read. I really liked it when the demon mentioned Will but called him Bill, that made me laugh. I laughed so much when Magnus mocked Ragnor for talking so much about Raphael. I also found is heart-warming that all the characters were so close and still talked even though they might’ve not seen each other in 40 years. I think that is real friendship. I just realised in this story (yes, I’m a bit slow) that Magnus would’ve known the entire time in the TMI series that Isabelle was wearing his necklace. It went from Magnus-Camille-Magnus-Will-Cecily and all the way down to Isabelle.
The Last Stand of The New York Institute:
This story is probably is most depressing and is the most heavy one. I just can’t imagine how it must’ve been like living as a Downworlder when the Circle was roaming around. It would’ve been terrifying and I felt for Magnus and all his friends who had to be careful everywhere they went. I knew of The Circle but I didn’t realise how ruthless and vicious they were and just how much of a following Valentine had. It was just so sad to Stephen Herondale like that and I felt the same of Magnus did. It was just so saddening to see so many lives lost just because some bloodthirsty maniac had convinced them that killing innocents was justified. Seeing Tessa and Clary meet was just so cute.
The course of True Love (And First Dates):
This story was also really funny but also awkward and it was funny just how awkward it was. I just loved seeing them together and how perfect they are together because they are so opposite. I really liked seeing Alec come into his own person and step out from the shadows of Jace and Isabelle and realise just how amazing his can be without them. This story was just so cute, sweet and funny. I ship Malec.
The Voicemail of Magnus Bane:
*Do not read underlined bit if you haven’t read COG*
This was just so funny and amusing and even though it wasn’t technically a story it was still entertaining. I especially loved the voicemails of the people who were forced to make the voicemail especially Simon’s because his was just so funny. I honestly didn’t even remember what happened to Ragnor in COG, but it was mentioned in a voicemail and I realised what happened and I was so sad. I really got to know Ragnor and even though he was so annoying, I grew to like him and I was looking forward to hearing more about him in future books.