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The Runaway Queen

(The Bane Chronicles #2)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  15,538 ratings  ·  1,001 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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May 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: pb, funny, spin-off
Ragnor was the best part of this book.

“I'll need you to get a leash for my monkey, Claude, and also a hat."
"Of course, monsieur"
"Do you think he needs a little coat as well?"
"Perhaps not in this weather, monsieur."
"You are right," Magnus said with a sight. "Make it a simple dressing gown, just like mine."
"Which one, monsieur?"
"The one in rose and silver."
"Excellent choice, monsieur.”
Gerasimos Reads
Apr 20, 2013 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
Aug 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015
Better than the first short, still sucked, though.
1. The setting, Paris, was the only good thing about this.
2. The plot...even if this weren't fantasy it would still be rubbish.
3. Magnus Bane is still the most annoying character in the Shadohunter universe.

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Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy

It was definitely better than the first installment and hilarious even(the monkey incident is my favourite 😂) but still boring and flat, with undeveloped characters and weirdly assembled plot.
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 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.

“A count! Named Axel! A military man! With black hair and blue eyes! And in a state of distress! Oh, the universe had outdone herself.”

This short story follows Magnus in Paris during the French Revolution in 1791. And apparently Paris is the place to be if you’re a vampire (which I highkey love, actually). Magnus attends a party with Henri de Polignac, then meets Axel von Fersen and accepts a difficult mission to smuggle Marie Antoinette and her family out of the city, before the des

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
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
May 23, 2013 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
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
Better than 'What Really Happened in Peru', but still not good. ...more

I like that it was set in French Revolution-era France, but the world-building was lacking.

Although, what else can you expect from 59 pages, I suppose.

Overall, very "meh" to me.

Loved the monkey though!
Faith M ✨
Better than the first one, but still ridiculous and unrealistic
sage elizabeth
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019
1.) What Really Happened in Peru ★★★★
Jun 24, 2014 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. ...more
Oct 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Oh this one was hilarious 🤣
Alexa Logan
Apr 16, 2013 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?
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
May 14, 2013 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
The Runaway Queen - The Bane Chronicle, 2

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

Paris in 1791!

Magnus helping a queen to runaway. Only in a favor of an handsome young man with dark hair and pretty eyes ofcoure, who would Magnus be if he could resist such staring eyes..

“One did not turn down an invitation from Saint Cloud. At least, one didn't if one wanted to continue living contentedly in Paris. Vampires took offense so
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Since the audiobook was read by George Bladgen this was definitely a must listen for me, I really enjoyed it.
In this tale Magnus Bane meets count Axel Von Fersen and queen Marie Antoinette during the French revolution in Paris, there are vampires and a hot air balloon, and a very interesting pet... ;)
All of it was crazy, but that's just Magnus Bane's life.
Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
To be honest, I liked the first short story more, I got pretty bored with this one. But it did kind of give me Infernal Devices ish vibes in particular but I just didn't really feel the plot for this one. Again, I just like how we're given more of a look inside the inner workings Magnus' head hehe


I'm really enjoying the music at the beginning of the audiobooks in this series.

1. What Really Happened in Peru - ★★★☆☆
2. The R
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
May 22, 2013 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
Feb 20, 2016 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. ...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, w
unknown pokemon
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this one better but somehow it was weaker than the previous one.
Sonja ✧・゚。★・゚☾
my first read of 2020.. i'm not gonna spend a single minute of my life reviewing this awful short story bc life is too short.

i'm going to reread jane eyre to cleanse my palate 🚶🏻‍♀️
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
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
This story takes place in Paris in 1791. Magnus has been enjoying his time there but is approached by someone asking Magnus to help the King and Queen escape imprisonment so that they might be restored to the throne. Also, there is contact between Magnus and Marcel Saint Cloud, the head of the Paris Vampire Clan.
Thibaut Nicodème
Aug 28, 2015 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
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