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

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The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson
Part of The Mortal Instruments universe
Published on November 11, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, LGBT
Buy this book on Amazon.

I read this book in Hardcover.  

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“Love did not overcome everything. Love did not always endure. All you had could be taken away, love could be the last thing you had, and then love could be taken too.” pg 270

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Eleven short stories taking place throughout the immortal life of the warlock Magnus Bane from Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter universe.

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No movie adaptation has been made nor are there any talks about one.

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I have a love/hate relationship with Cassandra Clare. Some of her books are actually good (personal favorite is The Infernal Devices series) and some are just garbage that she seems to be producing to squeeze every last penny out of the Mortal Instruments series. That being said, one of my favorite characters that she has ever created is Magnus Bane. Magnus Bane is a biracial, bisexual warlock. He is incredibly stylish and his personality is amusing. A writer can do a lot with a character such as him, especially when his character is an immortal warlock. So how could this book be so bad?

The book is comprised of eleven short stories that take place throughout the eternal life of Magnus, so the time periods and countries change with each new tale. In some of the stories, you run into characters from other Cassandra Clare books which is cool for her fans. Some of the stories read like fan fiction, which is why this book gives me a familiar feeling. It reminds me of when I go to a convention and the overwhelming awkwardness of my fellow nerds makes me wince in second-hand embarrassment.

On a completely different note, there’s a line in the book that bothers me, “And it was nice to see a neighborhood where not everyone had white skin” (pg 227). It is confusing to me that this sentence was put here because in all of Clare’s work there is a serious lack of minorities as main characters. Supporting characters, there are a few sprinkled in, which is great but never the main character. She also makes a point to describe these characters as being “stark white” or extremely pale all the time. Why pretend? Magnus Bane is the closest thing to a diverse main character and now that he gets his own book it’s utter shit.

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2stars
2 OUT OF 5 STARS
This was a courtesy rating because Magnus Bane is a great character and there were two short stories in this book that I enjoyed, the rest just sucked. I do recommend the Infernal Devices series though.

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The dude who plays Magnus Bane in the City of Bones movie is super hot.  (Click here.)

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