The Bane Chronicles - YA Review by Claire W

Reader: Claire W.
Age: 13
Title: The Bane Chronicles
Author: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennen, and Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pub Date: 11/11/14
Galley: Yes
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: In each little story the suspense was great and each story had its own plot. Magnus really grows throughout the whole book and we learn details about him that make him a much more in depth character in my eyes. The dialogue was good but the only thing is that the dialogue doesn't match the time period. For instance one story in set in the early 1700s and I didn't feel Magnus' dialogue fit very well. The plot within the whole book was quite eye opening to me. And the message it sent. You had to be looking pretty hard to find it, but it was worth it.
Memorable or Forgettable: I believe this book will be memorable because rarely in a book do you find out a lot about an immortal character. They are just there and are sometimes helpful but you don't get to know them. They can sometimes become very lacking characters that don't even feel like real people. Cassandra Clare did a very good job of making him relateable even though he is immortal.
Cover: I loved the cover. It really had that feeling of magic and mystery Magnus always displays.
Age Range: 12 through 15
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Annotation: This is a collection of short stories so I can’t really give a proper summary. But I can tell you just a bit. The beginning stories are all about Magnus' life long before The Mortal Instruments series and some before The Infernal Devices too. They explain parts of his manner and relationship with some fairly odd people. But the stories near the end of the book are about Magnus and Alec which we have all been hoping for.

tags:  fantasy / magick / The Mortal Instruments / The Infernal Devices / ya lit

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