Book Review: The Bane Chronicles (The Bane Chronicles, #1-11) by Cassandra Clare

16303287Title: The Bane Chronicles
Author(s): Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Pub Date: November 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 507
Source: Purchased
Genre(s): YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Rating: ★
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

My review:

“Wallowing was for elephants, depressing people and depressing elephants.”

I feel like a depressed elephant after reading these novellas. Magnus is magical and beautiful and so fun to read about, but that is not the case in The Bane Chronicles.

Unfortunately, this book was a waste of time. I was under the impression that this bind-up was a must-read before Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy (and Lady Midnight) but now I’m thinking the Academy novellas might be pointless, too. It’s too bad that I purchased them all already.

You can look at my Goodreads reviews if you want to know what I thought of each individual novella. Some were better than others.

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