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The Runaway Queen (The Bane Chronicles #2)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  12,354 Ratings  ·  836 Reviews
Magnus Bane has a royal role in the French Revolution—if the angry mobs don’t spoil his spells. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

While in France, immortal warlock Magnus Bane finds himself attempting to rescue the royal family from the horrors of the French Revolution—after being roped into this mess by a most attractive count. Naturally, the daring escape call
ebook, 59 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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(9 3/4) Gerasimos
Aug 27, 2015 (9 3/4) Gerasimos rated it liked it
I love Cassandra Clare! Her world and characters earned a place in my heart.

The first story in this short-story series What Really Happened in Peru was very enjoyable and fun but nothing too special. I enjoyed it but I wanted to see more.

My main problem with the first story was that it was actually four short stories set around Peru. But this second story was one story with a beginning, a middle and an end.

It was hilarious, enjoyable and fun! While I was reading it I forgot about my problems a
3.5 stars!

"If one could look this fabulous, one had an obligation to. One should wear everything, or one should wear nothing at all."

I adore Magnus :) This short story takes place in Paris, June of 1791, during the French Revolution. Magnus is approached by a man named Axel von Fersen with a plea for Magnus to help save the king and queen, to help them escape Paris.

"It was also a very bad idea.
It was a terrible idea.
It was the worst idea he had ever heard.
It was irresistible."

I liked this one be
Mar 31, 2016 Radmila rated it really liked it
3,5 STARS!!!

It was also a very bad idea.
It was terrible idea.
It was the worst idea he had ever heard.
It was irresistible.

3 hotair balloon stars

Narrated by Cecil Baldwin, Jamie Bamber, George Blagden, Gareth David-Lloyd, Jordan Gavaris, Stephen Lunsford, David Oyelowo, Andrew Scott, Michael Trevino, Jesse Williams

Two of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

Paris, city of love and fashion, everything Magnus loves, while he gets to play and work, he also finds himself on a daring adventure to save the Royal Family all because a pretty face told him so. But his presence has caused a stir with the Vampires

Boring. Though I do have to say that it wasn't quite as dire as What Really Happened in Peru, which was just a mish-mash of random scenes in Peru. At least The Runaway Queen had some sort of a cohesive plot.

Unfortunately, the story was dull and unimaginative… Magnus is in Paris, and wants to ride a hot air balloon, the weather's rubbish so he can't. Some guy called Axel wants Magnus to help him save Marie Antoinette… Because Magnus is randy and easily falls for good looking guys, he say
Aug 09, 2015 Andre rated it did not like it
A friend of mine wrote: shit like this usually happens in some badly written fanfics. Plus all self-respecting fanfic writers won't make such a mistake anyway.

As easy as it is to show what is wrong with this book, as easy would it be to do better for everybody reading this book with just a little effort and an honest editor. But apparently these authors had neither.
How can you do so much wrong in so little time? And I personally think this book was only better (not good!) than the 1st not becaus
Mar 11, 2015 Laz rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: tmi fans
Shelves: short-stories
Reading this I remembered why I love Magnus Bane so much. I had read the first short story many months ago and I wanted to read the rest of the short stories ever since. Now, I finally picked it up. I will say that this was considerably better than the first, straight to the point. I loved the whole "helping the queen escape" plan and of course I loved seeing Magnus getting some action in Paris.
Alexa Logan
Dec 16, 2013 Alexa Logan is currently reading it
Why does this have 5 star ratings already if it hasn't even been released?

I'm certainly excited to read more about my favorite MI character, but I thought ratings and reviews were supposed to mean something?
Stacia (the 2010 club)
The low rating is for my own personal shelving purposes and does not reflect on the writing or story itself.

I am reading these just to make sure I don't miss any clues or hints about the bigger picture in general, but am not a big fan of most "side stories" for series, with a few rare exceptions. I'd rather just read it all in the main books, so I am kind of halfheartedly skimming these just to make sure I don't miss anything because it's not unlike Clare to slip little details in that connect t
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
May 20, 2013 Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-release, e-book
Apparently I need to note on here that I received this from one of the authors before it was out to read/ review, so my review is NOT based on what I think will happen in the book. I've read it, I know what happens.

My review:
Magnus, Paris, the French Revolution. This second installment is fabulous!! Magnus is my favorite character of Cassie's, and I love getting more of history. There's some fabulous new characters introduced into this story, and the way history was tied into The Runaway Queen
Sep 25, 2016 Sinead rated it really liked it
Shelves: cute, young-adult
just like with What Happened In Peru, Magnus' personality and and interactions were what made this book enjoyable; there wasn't much else that made it particularly memorable.
May 22, 2013 Mitch rated it liked it
So, this review is titled 'Cassandra Clare makes bad decisions (and I'm not talking about that Mortal Instruments anthology)' *shudders* - because compared to What Really Happened in Peru (nothing), The Runaway Queen is actually... decent. Or at least we still have all the usual problems inherent with writing a ten part short story collection, the elaborate fan fiction aspect, the less than hundred pages not being nearly enough for any character or plot development of note problem, the obvious m ...more
★MC's Corner★


Magnus: Claude!
I’ll need you to get a leash for my monkey, Claude, and also a hat.

Claude: Of course, monsieur.

Magus: Do you think he needs a little coat as well?

Claude: Perhaps not in this weather, monsieur.

Magus: “You’re right, make it a simple dressing gown, just like mine.

Claude: Which one, monsieur?

Magus: The one in rose and silver.

Claude: An excellent choice, monsieur.

Magus: And take him to the kitchen and get him a proper breakfast, wi
La precipitosa fuga della regina a bordo di una mongolfiera invisibile e in compagnia di Magnus, il mio stregone preferito, è molto carina ma troppo precipitosa. Si risolve tutto con una velocità incredibile e, ammettiamolo, con troppa facilità. Magnus resta un personaggio pieno di sfaccettature e assolutamente divertente sotto ogni aspetto, ma la Clare poteva fare di più…
Solo io ho trovato quest’avventura, oltre che poco approfondita, un po’ inverosimile?
È come se mancasse qualcosa…
Grace (LovingDemBooks) Z.
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2.5 of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below). I just finished reading this title. Full review to come.

My rating system: (I do use half stars.)
5 - I do not use the 5 star. Not because a book might not be worthy, but because a book is never perfect.
4 - I loved it! There weren't too many flaws, and I had no trouble getting through it. (A 4 star rating is the highest rating I've ever given a book.)
3 - I enjoyed the book, but there we're flaws that made me
Thibaut Nicodème
Nov 25, 2015 Thibaut Nicodème rated it did not like it
Shelves: snark
Full review on my blog, the Snark Theater.

In this story, Magnus helps Queen Marie Antoinette escape the Tuileries, as well as a bunch of vampires. If you know anything about history, you know it's all in vain.

Honestly, the story is pretty meh, and I'd have given it 2-stars because it's bearable and at least this one tries to tie everything together. Only problem is the parts that don't relate to the story. Specifically, Magnus's thoughts about the French Revolution, which are ambivalent. Why, yo
Dec 11, 2013 Julieta rated it it was ok
Shelves: disappointed, extras
This was a nice surprise. After reading What really happened in Peru and being completely disappointed I was expecting the worst from this story but I enjoyed it. The first part is a little boring and kind of pointless, especially the first paragraph, I was really tempted to not continue after it, but it gets better later.
What bothered me a little was the use of french terms and french words without explanation. I always enjoy Cassie's use of different languages in her books but there is always
Mairéad (is roaming the Undying Lands)
{March 11th, 2015} MINI REVIEW

1.5 stars.

SPOILERS i guess

Pg 96.
Not really sure what to make of The Runaway Queen but ouch history? ^^;

I guess going into this story, I didn't expect it? Historically-wise I think I just expected more...epicness, especially strength-wise via (view spoiler) and the fact of them matter, I always thought the rulers had some inkling of the Shadow World of its denizens. Apparently I was very mistaken, but it goes to show you exactly how s
Dee ♡
Feb 13, 2015 Dee ♡ rated it it was ok
Boring. I love Magnus, but these stories are making him a big ol' bore. And I hate that we have to be reminded constantly how obsessed he is over guys with black hair and blue eyes. We get it!

And where the heck did that monkey come from!?
Tita [TMI News en Español]
En esta segunda entrega de Las Crónicas de Bane podemos disfrutar de una de las historias de Magnus Bane en París durante la revolución Francesa.

Axel acude a pedir ayuda a Magnus para que la reina María Antonieta pueda escapar sin que los revolucionarios la atrapen. Magnus accede a ayudarles, pero lo que no tiene en cuenta es que las cosas pueden ponerse feas, muy feas en menos que canta un gallo.

También se ve obligado a ir a la fiesta de Vampiros que organiza un antiguo amigo suyo que no acept
Jeannette Nikolova
Jan 17, 2015 Jeannette Nikolova rated it did not like it
I... don't know what to say. I don't feel like I'm reading an actual adventure from Magnus' life, but Clare's way of pleasing the crowds by writing about Magnus' different gay love affairs. His only motivation in both installments so far has been to get some booty. He doesn't seem like a hero or anything remotely close.
Not to mention how much the name throwing annoys me. Ohh, you just missed de Sade! Boo-hoo.
Stephanie (Bookfever.♥)
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Oh so many feels! I totally loved The Runaway Queen. I liked it even more than What Really Happened in Peru. I didn't think it was possible but I had so much fun reading it. Monkeys (yet again... well, just one!) Balloons and vampire parties this time!
This time were in la France! Duren the French revolution. Oh yes. It's no wonder Magnus feels so at home in France at that time because the people there are all into all the newest fashion. The crazier the better! I loved how Marie Antoinet
Feb 27, 2014 Hannah rated it liked it
Shelves: novellas, kindle
I admit I like the first installment more than this one, but I still enjoyed this little story. I think what made the first one better for me was Ragnor and was it Catarina? The fact that he had friends with him to recount his drunken escapades just made it so funny. This story did make me laugh out loud a few times. When he wakes up and there's just a monkey in his room, and his first thought is to get him a leash and a little hat. I was dying.

I really think people expected these to be somethin
May 24, 2013 karly rated it it was amazing
I can't get enough of The Bane Chronicles!! And Magnus is such a doll as always. In here we get to see a hell lot of Paris, France. I was surprised they used the name of the queen back then but not surprised of Magnus's overflowing sexiness. Can't wait for the next one!!

Aug 19, 2016 Madison rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own
2.5 stars!
This story was a little more serious than the first story but still very hilarious.
I didn't quite enjoy this story, it was kind of boring.
I loved how Magnus' talked about fashion so much in this story, he's so adorably cute!
Oh and how he named the monkey Ragnor.. SO CUTE.

Jul 16, 2016 Matea rated it liked it
It was OK. However, it didnt feel like something from Cassie at all, this short story lacks The Clare Touch, I dont know, maybe Im wrong.
Aug 10, 2016 Vickie rated it it was amazing
Me gustaría que la historia de Magnus y Axel continue.
Elizabeth Herondale
Oct 16, 2016 Elizabeth Herondale rated it really liked it
Creo que Magnus aprendió una Gran lección: A veces el "Amor" te lleva a Volar grandes distancias en un globo con la Reina de Francia.
Much better than What Happened in Peru!
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"Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilo
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Other Books in the Series

The Bane Chronicles (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • What Really Happened in Peru (The Bane Chronicles, #1)
  • Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale (The Bane Chronicles, #3)
  • The Midnight Heir (The Bane Chronicles, #4)
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  • Saving Raphael Santiago (The Bane Chronicles, #6)
  • The Fall of the Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles, #7)
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“It was a very bad idea. It was a terrible idea. It was the worst idea he had ever heard. It was irresistible.” 68 likes
“Hello," Magnus said to the monkey. The monkey did not reply. "I shall call you Ragnor.” 61 likes
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