The Bane Chronicles | Book Review

Shadowhunters | 507 Pages | 2014

The Bane Chronicles at a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★★
  • Hero: The glittery love of my life
  • Hilarity: I need a Ragnor and Raphael book now
  • Steaminess: Highschool makeout
  • Brutality: Vampires and Demons, Oh MY!

Pairs Well With

One of Magnus’s party cocktails


It’s everyone’s favorite shadowhunter character and he has his own book! 

I have had this on Kindle for a long time, but never got around to reading it and that is a shame! I didn’t even know I needed all of the Magnus adventures until now. The Bane Chronicles is set over Magnus’s lifetime so we get a great look at all of our favorite (and some not-so-favorite) shadowhunter characters.

The book is broken down into individual stories, mostly positioned chronologically, but there are a few exceptions. These can all be read completely separate, so you don’t have to commit to the entire book at once. But you probably won’t be able to stop once you start!

My favorite part of this book wasn’t even looking back at my dear precious Will and his son Jamie or seeing Malec develop. It was the friendships that Magnus has and what an adorable hufflepuff he truly is. Ragnor and Magnus in Peru is HYSTERICAL. 

If your friend doesn’t threaten to have a llama urinate on your clothes, then are you really in a fight?

And then add teenage Raphael and Catarina, the only reasonable one, into the mix… I was laughing constantly. And just loving their adorable friendships. Seriously, the best man at your wedding comment had me! Catarina calls Alec and Magnus from their first date and I am in awe of how Cassandra Clare wraps things up. 

I don’t think I appreciated how well these characters weave together throughout time and how intricate the storylines are. Magnus was already one of my favorite characters, but after going through heartbreaks and adventures with him, his positivity and energy are just captivating. He lives for hundreds of years, but he doesn’t get jaded or let the past get in the way of helping others. I’m awed by him and I wanted to scream and warn him just to protect him.

From my notes:

Magnus he is lying to you. I love you so I’m telling you the truth as your friend. You are getting hoodwinked.

If you are a Shadowhunter fan and haven’t read these stories, you are going to love them and I suggest you get to them now!

Have you read The Bane Chronicles? Let me know what you thought in the comments! 

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