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Synopsis:

“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, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

Originally released one-by-one as e-only short stories by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan, this compilation presents all ten together in print for the first time and includes a never-before-seen eleventh tale, as well as new illustrated material.”

Review:

This book was my favorite Shadowhunters book that I have read thus far.

Anyone who has been following either this blog or my YouTube channel (which you can find here!) knows that I have had a love/hate relationship with the Shadowhunter books since I started reading The Mortal Instruments back in July. I have loved some of the books and I’ve just flat out hated some others.

After reading City of Lost Souls back in September and being extremely disappointed by it, I took a break from the world of the Shadowhunters for the following 3 months. But I will say that my mind always did go back to this particular book.

After those long 3 and a half months, I finally came back to the world and picked this book on audio. I must say that I am glad, in a way, to be back.

Magnus Bane has been my favorite character in the Shadowhunter world since the moment he was introduced in City of Bones. I think he is flat out hilarious. He always ha those lines that put a smile on my face or made me laugh out loud when I was feeling annoyed by some of the other characters (Clary, Jace etc.). To have an entire book just giving us, the readers, an inside look into his backstory I thought was great.

I didn’t have a particular favorite story in this collection. They all had their great elements and their not so great elements. Each one gave us a glimpse at some events that had only been mentioned briefly in either The Mortal Instruments or Infernal Devices series. We also got to see some of our favorite characters from both series in this book (Will, Tessa, Jem). I think that this brought conclusions to some of the story arcs that needed to be wrapped up.

I listened to this on audio so I thought that I would just share a few thoughts on that. I liked the narration but I didn’t love it. I think that the narrators were much better than the ones that did The Mortal Instruments audiobooks. With that being said, I didn’t think that having a full cast of narrators was necessary. I think one or two of them would have worked perfectly. Having like 10 narrators took away some of my enjoyment of the book.

Overall, I did really like this book. It did feel good in a way to be back in the Shadowhunter world. Like I said previously, this has been my favorite book in the world so far. I can’t wait to see how the world develops from here.

RATING: 4/5

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