Charismatic, compassionate, and charmingt: meet Magnus Bane


Magnus Bane, an immortal warlock, narrates his story of adventure and heart-clenching conflict told a collection of short stories. It would seem Magnus has done it all: He was banned from Peru in 1791; held speak-easys during the US Prohibition, raised a teen vampire; and dated a shadowhunter. With his good friend Catrina Loss and  Ragnor Fell (his not-so-good friend), Magnus flies through the rich history of the earthly world and the Shadow World.

Not everything is easy, and Magnus faces oppression, soffers losses, and isn't always sure who his allies are. Each event leaves a mark in his life that changes him and his actions for the many centuries to come. He meets love interests and dazzling characters who challenge his ability to function and give him opportunities to show his own charm, like helping Marie Antoinette in the French Revolution and lying about his age.

Teen Student Volunteer (15):
Magnus offers readers a feisty, hilarious, and one-of-a-kind magic-carpet ride. His story, which ties in events from the past to the present, is action-packed. I really like the book because of Magnus’s interactions with characters in the past and present. It has a lot of diversity and I learned more about different cultures and the daily lives of people in these different times in history from this flashy warlock. The book is really funny, with Magnus’s flamboyant attitude towards everything.

Magnus Bane is a really interesting character, slightly narcissistic, but compassionate to other characters. Magnus’s lovers and how he dealt with them is very interesting, too. His sarcasm makes the book hilarious, and this is a must read for people seeking sweet romance novels. Magnus is adventurous, and with every detail, the reader gets to see Magnus evolve into the warlock he is. The book also follows Shadowhunter bloodlines, with many many old characters and a backstory to events in Clare's other bookss: The Mortal Instrument and Infernal Devices. It is pretty enticing to know how the Magnus ties into a lot of events in both the Shadow World and the real world.

There isn't anything I didn't like. Seeing all the characters pass by with mortal lives, and how injustice stares in the face of this character repeatedly throughout the book makes the book sad yet powerful in its message. Because there are lots of events and characters to learn about, there are many details you won't catch the first time you read this. Magnus’s life is worthy of a re-read. This book never fails to capture my interest, and the short stories are fun to look back to because you can read them in or out of order if you choose.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Humor, adventure, and a charismatic warlock will have readers laughing, turning the pages, and asking for more reading time.

Content Awareness Factors:

The plots contain mild profanity and drug use. The Bane Chronicles has mild to little violence in fighting monsters, but maybe some sudden deaths which are uncomfortable to readers. Also, there is high drug use, such as cocaine and alcohol, but it is frowned upon by the main character. There are some descriptions of people looking beautiful, but nothing R-rated in descriptions. Suicide is mentioned.

Type of Book:
This is a collection of short stories that ties into Cassandra Clare's other fantasy series about the Shadowhunters.
Educational Themes:

There is an abundance of educational themes. Magnus covers centuries of history, engaging the reader information about the French Revolution, the Prohibition, the lifestyles of people from various centuries, and cultural aspects of certain places, such as the abundance of llamas in Peru.

Magnus also shows true leadership when he speaks up for everything he doesn’t like, which is an admirable trait to study. The inter-relations of characters also help the reader know how to build up positive relations and deal with difficult people. There are also a lot of vocabulary words to learn in this book pertaining to a variety of cultures. There is drug use and suicide, but Magus Bane is against doing violence to oneself, and has ethics about equality and tough situations.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
13 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
13 and Up
Age of child:
Teen student volunteer, reviewer age: 15
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. There are a lot of good things about this book. You're going to want to read it again.

Title The Bane Chronicles
Author Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher Margaret K. McElderry Books, Imprint Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing © 2015 (Reprint Edition)
ISBN 9781442496002
Material Paperback
Cost $14.99
Genres Humor, Short Stories, Comics | Graphic Novels
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