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

“We came to see Jace. Is he alright?”
“I don’t know,” Magnus said. “Does he normally just lie on the floor like that without moving?” – Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes.

The Bane ChroniclesThe Bane Chronicles is a collection of eleven short stories which focus on the life of Magnus Bane, a well-known character from The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. Magnus Bane is a flamboyant and witty character and throughout these stories the authors enable us, fans of Clare’s previous works, to learn more about Magnus Bane’s life.

This book provides great insight into the life of Magnus Bane, a warlock from Clare’s The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices book series. Although Magnus is not the main character in the two series just mentioned, he is a well-loved character and he definitely deserved his own book full of his own adventures and the writers did not disappoint. The Bane Chronicles contains multiple stories from different points of Magnus’ life. I loved reading it and how it features characters from the book series previously written by Clare. I was so happy being able to read short stories where Magnus encountered the characters from The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices as well as their ancestors and descendants; while I was reading it was always a joy to recognise character’s I had loved in Clare’s other books and also being able to see them interact with their own families in events which take place after the books.

I definitely recommend this book to anybody who enjoyed reading The Mortal Instruments and/or The Infernal Devices. Additionally, if you have read and loved only one of those series, I definitely support you reading the other.

If, like me, you are a fan of Clare, you may be interested to know, if you do not already, that Clare has plans to write more series about the Shadowhunter world. One trilogy is The Dark Artifices, the first book of which will be released March 2016. Throughout this year Clare is also releasing Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, a tale a month, and they are released as E-books online. I am unsure as to whether or not Clare is planning on releasing them all or not as a physical book, like she did with The Bane Chronicles (I am hoping so!), but I am sure she will let us know when/if she does.

Have you read The Bane Chronicles? Did you enjoy it? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

I am very much looking forward to all of these new releases and I hope you are too, but in the meantime please feel free to suggests books for me to review and discussions on books are always welcome in the comments.

– driftinglexi

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