Hello happy readers! Today I have a short review for you with my thoughts on The Bane Chronicles, the bind-up of novellas featuring Magnus Bane from the Shadowhunter universe. He is my favorite character in the world so of course I loved more with him as the main focus. However, I also have another goodie to share today: A new GIVEAWAY! I had meant to post this with a review of the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie but my schedule isn't looking like it will give me a chance to see it anytime in the next couple of weeks and I wanted to do this so changes have been made. Full details will be at the bottom of the post.
Rating: 5 Stars
Magnus is my favorite so of course it got a five star rating from me. Some of the stories were better than others for me but each one gave me more Magnus and thus more insight into him as a character. I think I adored the later stories, the ones that have Alec in them a bit more though that may simply be because I totally adore them and to see their first interactions from a new perspective was so dang cute. Seriously the first date one….probably my favorite.
Still we see more depth into Magnus as a person and where he came from. We know he has more depth to him than we sometimes see, more than extreme fashion and sparkle but to see him in different times going through different circumstances. To really see his immortality in such a way was nice. Seeing how connected he is to this world we know and love, really connected and not just through our different sets of Shadowhunters we see as the main focus in The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments, and now The Dark Artifices, because these groups of kids are loveable but to the whole world. Magnus is a warlock and such a personality so it makes sense that he has interacted with everyone in his time and to really see it was very nice.
Plus it was lots of fun because Magnus may be powerful but even he can fall pray to some bad choices. Seeing the fun and playful side of him and more so the side that really deeply cares for all life really made me love him all the more. I also enjoyed seeing more of his friends and such, getting some past encounters to them and giving them more depth. You don't have to read these to enjoy or understand the main series but much like the Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy it would give more meaning and understanding to some things. Plus more Magnus so of course I highly recommend! I also highly recommend the audiobook because the different narrators give something special to the different times and mischief in his life.
Including him becoming a pirate. See I totally made the pirate theme work to my advantage here. So about my giveaway. A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of going to an event for the talented and sweet Nicole Castroman for her new release Blacksouls (Blackhearts #2) which I had previously reviewed here. She had been gracious enough to give me an early copy at ApollyCon but when I saw her schedule for events I knew I wanted to go support her and pick up a copy to do a giveaway with! It was great fun as always and I even won a game/challenge and got my own mini pirate chest! Score! This giveaway is open to US only at this time. Good luck!