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The Bane Chronicles

(The Bane Chronicles #1-11)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  79,373 ratings  ·  7,292 reviews
Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices can get to know warlock Magnus Bane like never before in this collection of New York Times bestselling tales, in print for the first time with an exclusive new story and illustrated material.

This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyan
Hardcover, 507 pages
Published November 11th 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published 2013)
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Dec 14, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: lgbtq, books-i-own
Okay, I just wanted to say to all those Cassandra-Clare-Releasing-More-Shadowhunter-Books haters, well, SHUT THE FREAKING HELL UP!!!!!!!

*Clears throat* Thank you.

Now that that's been said, let the fangirling begin:
OH MY GOD! Only my favourite character EVER is getting his own freaking series!??!?! This is just the best moment of my life.

Okay, the List of titles:

1) What Really Happened in Peru
2) The Runaway Queen
3) Vampires,
Emma Giordano
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed my time reading The Bane Chronicles! This is one of the only books from The Shadowhunter Chronicles that I had not previously read more than once, so it was interesting to re-read it 4 years later!

I treasured getting to know Magnus better through his lifetime so much. It's fascinating how there is a distinct change in his character when comparing the stories where he is much younger and more care-free to tales of him being older, wiser, and more mature. I think the complexity of Mag
Dec 13, 2012 marked it as never-will-i-ever
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No, you know what? I follow Cassandra Clare on Tumblr.

I do it so I can see all the bullshit first hand. The anti-bullying post, for example, was a REAL WINNER and I laugh at how everyone found her so sincere and heartwarming and jesus fucking christ. If you knew what she had done in her past, how far she went to bring the people she didn't like down. This includes fandom-wide shunning, phone calls to their house, and ATTEMPTS TO KICK THEM OUT OF THE UNIVERSITY THEY WERE ATTENDING.

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Nonsense bullyi

1.) City of Bones ★★★
2.) City of Ashes ★★
3.) City of Glass ★★★
1.) Clockwork Angel ★★★
4.) City of Fallen Angels
2.) Clockwork Prince ★★★★
5.) City of Lost Souls ★★★★
3.) Clockwork Princess ★★★★★
6.) City of Heavenly Fire ★★★★★

I clutched my pearls so very tightly when I found out that there was an anthology that starred Magnus, my favorite character in all of Cassie Clare’s works. Magnus is the bisexual, Asian, warlock of my dreams, and I love him with every bone in my body. I truly believe he is on
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I feel like I enjoyed this more by reading them all together.

Woah looking through the comments all I can see is hate....for Cassandra Clare and how she is milking the fanchise,for a start:
STOP if you dont want to read another one her books you don't have to- we are not making you! People who actually want to read her book can buy them and read them and LOVE THEM.
I love the Shadow Hunter world and I dont think there is any problem with so many books being out. I love the world and charaters and
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book, unfortunately, did nothing for me.

I remember Magnus Bane being one of my favorite characters of the original TMI series (if you can remember that far back, with all of Clare's publications and planned publications since then), but it's been so long since I read City of Lost Souls that all of my emotional attachment to him has disintegrated into ash.

For someone more connected to this series than I am, this may be a great addition, full of intriguing backstory and unique Magnus humor. B
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it

What more do ya want??

*rereads book for the 6th time*
Dec 12, 2012 added it
So, back in the end of 2007, I was one of 'those' girls. You know, the ones that built shrines for Clare's writing ability, who desperately wanted to live in the world she created and the ones that proclaimed City of Bones as the best book evah?! <---Yeah. That annoying chick. Trust me, I regret it.

I want to use the "I was young and stupid" excuse and the "I didn't know good quality YA back then", and although they are valid and certainly true, the thing is, I do like The Mortal Instruments (min
Kameron B. Moore
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
WHY IS EVERYONE HATING ON CASSANDRA CLARE BECAUSE SHE HAS A NEW BOOK COMING OUT? There is no reason everyone should be saying the stuff they are saying on here. Yes, everyone's entitled to their opinion, but I've read some reviews that say she bullied people in her past, well, the things those people have been saying can be considered as bullying. And who cares if she did it in her past?! Past is past. And it's her life; she doesn't have to tell the entire world about what she's done in the past ...more
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites, 2020
1.) City of Bones ★★★★
2.) City of Ashes ★★★★
3.) City of Glass ★★★★
4.) City of Fallen Angels ★★★
5.) City of Lost Souls ★★★.5
6.) City of Heavenly Fire ★★★★

1.) Clockwork Angel ★★★★★
2.) Clockwork Prince ★★★★★
3.) Clockwork Princess ★★★★★

1.) Lady Midnight [TBA]
2.) Lord of Shadows [TBA]
3.) Queen of Air and Darkness [TBA]

1.) The Red Scrolls of Magic ★★★★.5

1.) Chain of Gold ★★★★★

*.) The Bane Chronicles ★★★★
*.) Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy [TBA]
*.) Ghosts of the Shadow Market ★★★★

Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
I finally finished this!! This almost took me a month to read so I am SO happy I finally finished it.

I absolutely adore Magnus Bane so I was really excited to get to know him more, but unfortunately the stories in this were really hit or miss. Only 5/11 of the stories I actually enjoyed. The other 6 stories bored me to no end as they were just filler stories that didn't add anything to the shadowhunter chronicles/Magnus' character in my opinion.

I am happy I read it though and I do think it is w
Dec 10, 2012 marked it as to-read

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Book 1: What Really Happened in Peru

Unsatisfactory Drivel.

Be it The Infernal Devices or The Mortal Instruments , Magnus Bane was my favourite character and he will always be. (Yes, even after reading this book). As his stan, I felt like his portrayal in this book was extremely bad.
I was looking forward to my favourite, bisexual warlock with an amazing sense of humour and also maybe his "shiny, glittery" personality.
What I got was an insight into his one-dimensional and childish mind and I
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
This review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven

So, some background on my relationship with Cassie. I read City of Bones first. Wasn't a huge fan of it, didn't particularly like Clary or Jace, I hated their relationship, and I hated Simon. The only redeeming quality was the excellent world-building and Magnus Bane. As I read City of Ashes and City of Glass I felt the same way and decided that was a good place to stop. I have never read City of Fallen Angels.

Then, as I heard all t
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

“Magnus, you were trying to flirt with your own plate."
"I'm a very open-minded sort of fellow!”



The truth is that re-reading on a character for whom I have so much love, like Magnus, has been a pleasure.
I've always been very curious to know more about the life of this eccentric character , who has always been present in the life of the Shadowhunters both The Mortal Instruments saga, as in the trilogy the infernal devices, which as you know, I love with all my h
Mar 15, 2013 marked it as hell-fucking-no
/laughs and shakes head

Not today, Satan. Not today.
Dec 11, 2012 marked it as uhhh-nope
I love the fabulous Magnus Bane as much as the closest violent fangirl, but seriously, Clare? Stop milking that dead cow of yours already and move FORWARD.
Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017

Magnus has always been one of my favorite characters so of course I thoroughly enjoyed this. I didn't love it as much as the Shadowhunter Academy anthology because there were a few stories I didn't love as much, but I still enjoyed reading about Magnus' past.
shre ♡
Dec 25, 2012 marked it as to-read

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Y'all are just jelly that Magnus has been sexier than you since the 13th century.
Shannon (kitchandpages)
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 4.5 stars

This was such a pleasant surprise. I wasn't expecting much for a book of novellas about a character I already knew but wow, there are a lot of golden nuggets in these stories from past books, past characters and future ones as well! Absolutely a must-read if you have read and loved The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices :)
Feb 12, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Some of the stories were a bit more slow than others. But I always love reading about Magnus so overall, I enjoyed it.
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star
1. What Really Happened in Peru ⭐ - Trash. A big nothing.

2. The Runaway Queen ⭐⭐ - Easily could have lived without this one. Didn't add anything to the story.

3. Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale ⭐⭐⭐ - Two words: Linette Owens

4. The Midnight Heir ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - That's how a short story should be. I pretty much hate everything that has to do with the 'old times', so I was hesitant if I should read The Last Hours or not, but now I really want to for Grace Blackthorn.

5. The Rise of the Hotel Dumort ⭐⭐
Whitney Atkinson
This is the oldest book on my TBR so I finally decided to pick it up on audiobook. And i'm so disappointed :( Had I read this back in 2013 when I got it, back when I was still OBSESSED with TMI, i'm sure I would have loved it. But now I've forgotten literally all of the characters and events and this provides no context and it's just random vignettes of Magnus's life. The entire reason I took off as many stars as I did is because I was booooored. I skim read a ton of stories and put the audioboo ...more
Yashaswini Malik
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: rtc
What Really Happened in Peru
Magnus made it his policy to listen to people who were kind, encouraging and extremely handsome.

Funny but easily forgettable.

The Runaway Queen
There stood a very attractive man with black hair and blue eyes. He wore clothes of an obviously fine quality. This was the sort of thing Magnus wanted to happen more often

Even Magnus failed to save this story. In a week or so I won't even remember what happened in it.

Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale
When one was i
Bryce Rocks My Socks
Dec 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, fav
magnus baby, just slip your number under the tree for me
Been an awful good girl
magnus baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight
magnus baby, Alexander's number too, eyes blue
I'll wait up for you, dear
Magnus baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight
Think of all the fun I've read about
Think of all the fictional fellas I can't kiss
Next year, I could be just as good
If you check off my Christmas list

What to buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything
The Course of True L
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult, 2020
Wow... that really was something. Not gonna lie the first half of this book is freaking terrible. I was tempted to quit it, a thing that had never happened to me while reading a Cassandra Clare book.
Well, besides while reading 'The Shadowhunter Codex' of course, but I am just going to pretend that the Codex doesn't exist. Luckily, the second half of the book got way better. There were some really good short stories, but to get to the good parts was really a struggle. Like, seriously, who let
“Have a little faith in my magic fingers”

Magnus is a character that I always liked. I enjoyed it in TID trilogy, while he helped Will and I loved it in TMI series with all his eccentricity and his love for Alec although he seemed a little stalker sometimes.It is a fascinating character, one of those who always brings light to a scene and even can make you laugh at the most tragic moments.

“Magnus did not have enormous respect for the Law, but if he was breaking it he wanted to look good doing
Brigid ✩
Mar 05, 2013 marked it as to-read
Okay, Cassandra Clare. You are really milking this. A lot.


However, Magnus Bane is my favorite character so I'll probably read this anyway.
Apr 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
Alternative title: The bumbling around of a whiny, idiotic and judgmental asshole.

Note: There will be spoilers in this review and no possibility to blank them out, I think everyone reading this should know what they are in to when it comes to these stories.

These stories (which I read when they were released as e-books) were utter crap!!!
So far I read all of the Shadowhunter books apart from Clockwork Princess and City of Heavenly Fire and this here was the worst of them all in my mind. But to be
✨ kathryn ✨
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm so pleased that Cassandra Clare gave an insight into Magnus' life - how he became, and why he is, the person he is. But seriously, Magnus Bane is actually my fav character in the Shadowhunters series, and my heart broke for him multiple times. That all being said, a few of the stories weren't really my thing, hence the 4 stars. ...more
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“Magnus, you were trying to flirt with your own plate."

"I'm a very open-minded sort of fellow!”
“Where am I?" Magnus croaked.
"Oh, so we went on a little trip."
"You broke into a man's house," Catarina said. "You stole a carpet and enchanted it to fly. Then you sped off into the night air. We pursued you on foot."
"Ah," said Magnus.
"You were shouting some things."
"What things?"
"I prefer not to repeat them," Catarina said. "I also prefer not to remember the time we spent in the desert. It is a mammoth desert, Magnus. Ordinary deserts are quite large. Mammoth deserts are so called because they are larger than ordinary deserts."
"Thank you for that interesting and enlightening information," Magnus croaked.
"You told us to leave you in the desert, because you planned to start a new life as a cactus," Catarina said, her voice flat. "Then you conjured up tiny needles and threw them at us. With pinpoint accuracy."
"Well," he said with dignity. "Considering my highly intoxicated state, you must have been impressed with my aim."
"'Impressed' is not the word to use to describe how I felt last night, Magnus."
"I thank you for stopping me there," Magnus said. "It was for the best. You are a true friend. No harm done. Let's say no more about it. Could you possibly fetch me - "
"Oh, we couldn't stop you," Catarina interrupted. "We tried, but you giggled, leaped onto the carpet, and flew away again. You kept saying that you wanted to go to Moquegua."
"What did I do in Moquegua?"
"You never got there," Catarina said. "But you were flying about and yelling and trying to, ahem, write messages for us with your carpet in the sky."
"We then stopped for a meal," Catarina said. "You were most insistent that we try a local specialty that you called cuy. We actually had a very pleasant meal, even though you were still very drunk."
"I'm sure I must have been sobering up at that point," Magnus argued.
"Magnus, you were trying to flirt with your own plate."
"I'm a very open-minded sort of fellow!"
"Ragnor is not," Catarina said. "When he found out that you were feeding us guinea pigs, he hit you over the head with your plate. It broke."
"So ended our love," Magnus said. "Ah, well. It would never have worked between me and the plate anyway. I'm sure the food did me good, Catarina, and you were very good to feed me and put me to bed - "
Catarina shook her head."You fell down on the floor. Honestly, we thought it best to leave you sleeping on the ground. We thought you would remain there for some time, but we took our eyes off you for one minute, and then you scuttled off. Ragnor claims he saw you making for the carpet, crawling like a huge demented crab.”
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