McElderry Books | ARC, paperback 507 pages
Publication Date: November 11th, 2014
Young Adult | Fantasy | Short Stories
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
The most beloved warlock in the Shadowhunters’ world shows us a glimpse of what it’s like to be Magnus Bane. Adventures to far-flung places, debauchery, romantic entanglements and most of all, some juicy tidbits on his relationship with Alexander Lightwood. Much has been talked about an infamous incident that banned him from Peru. It had nagged many of us over the years. In this book, we will finally find out.
What Really Happened in Peru
We find Magnus and his regular cohorts, Catarina and Ragnor traipsing the country in search of adventures. And boy, did they ever. There was an incident with a pirate ship; Magnus obliterated; a flock of lambs forced to migrate; Magnus obliterated; Magnus vs. flying monkey; Magnus obliterated; Magnus with a broken heart rendered by a mortal; Magnus obliterated. And finally, finally. After the last incident with him being obliterated and a life of crimes, the real reason why he was banned from Peru. A little disappointing, but hey.
The Runaway Queen
If there’s anything we know about Magnus Bane, it is that he has a famous weakness for dark-haired, blue-eyed men. This is what made him risk the wrath of St. Claude’s flock of vampires, and perhaps the entire France as well. A Swedish national in the name of Axel von Fersen recruited him in his bid to save the much-hated royal family of France. Pandemonium ensued. Though a bit darker than the Peru story, The Runaway Queen shows us the extent of Magnus Bane’s connections through history.
Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale
Downworlders and Shadowhunters have not always regarded each other with respect. If not for the Accord, these two factions would’ve existed forever hating each other. This short story shows the series of meetings that almost, always, end up in a shouting match and trading volleys of insults. Most importantly, this is where we first meet one Edmund Herondale (Will Herondale’s father), a devil-may-care Shadowhunter who was stripped of his marks for falling in love with a human. We also see the stirrings of romance between Magnus and Camille Belcourt, which, incidentally was the longest love of Magnus’ life.
The Midnight Heir
I’ve always wondered what happened in the last book of The Infernal Devices, but I was not curious enough to read it. Promise of tears just wasn’t enough motivation for me, I guess. In case there are readers out there who hasn’t read the series, I will not go on any further. Just know that James Herondale, Will Herondale’s son continues the legacy of temperamental, badly-behaved boys.
The Rise of the Hotel Dumort
The Rise of the Hotel Dumort coincided with Black Tuesday of 1929. If you’re not familiar with your history, Black Tuesday spurred The Great Depression. How does this relate to Magnus Bane? Well, it’s got something to do with another warlock who simply got tired of his immortality. You’re just going to have to figure out who this was and what Magnus had to do prevent a greater disaster.
Saving Raphael Santiago
This is a story of how Raphael Santiago got turned. Ever the avenger, he went in search of a predator that was snatching little kids in his neighbourhood. He found him all right, and destroyed him. But the price was that he became what his catholic upbringing abhorred the most: a soulless, bloodsucking vampire. Find out how his’ and Magnus’ paths intersect that would eventually lead to a choice in City of Heavenly Fire.
The Fall of the Hotel Dumort
The year was 1977; disco was in full swing. Have you ever wondered what happens when vampires drink tainted blood? This story shows the reunion between Camille Belcourt and Magnus Bane after 80 long years. Unfortunately, it was far from happy.
What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who has Everything (and Who You’re Not Officially Dating Anyway)
And more importantly, what would someone with the great capacity to do anything, buy anything, give him? To be honest, I was tempted to bypass all the other stories just so I could get to this one first. Seeing Magnus so besotted with Alec that he can hardly stand himself had me grinning like a fool. This one was funny, and it gave us glimpse of exactly what he sees in Alec (besides the black hair, blue eyes thing that he’s so fond of). The little tidbits of their relationship is simply not enough to sate those who have salivated for far too long.
The Last Stand of The New York Institute
The Circle, a merry band of Shadowhunters, headed by Valentine, terrorized the downworlders in the 90s. They made up false excuses to execute werewolves and vampires in an effort to rid the world of what they called as abominations. This is the story of how the Whitelaws, who headed the New York Institute at the time, sided with the downworlders to defeat Valentine. This was the beginning of the end of Lucian Graymark’s allegiance with the Prince of Darkness himself. This also tells the story of how Jocelyn Fairchild approached Tessa Gray and Magnus Bane to help her blind, daughter Clary to the world they know.
The Course of True Love (And First Dates)
The entire thing was a disaster; it was a comedy of errors. But is was oh so sweet, and there was a lot of kissing and making out involved. A half-naked Alec runed from head to toe was enough reduce Magnus into a staring, drooling warlock . Gawd.
The Voicemail of Magnus Bane
You know the part where Alec obsessively checked his phone for text messages and calls from Magnus? Well, the voicemails weren’t just from him. Hilarious.
There you have it, folks. Insights to our favourite warlock – his centuries of falling in and out of love while never really feeling exhausted with his immortality. He’s helped mundanes with whatever mundane things they desired; he’s helped saved a lot of downworlders’ lives while looking fabulously sexy. I absolutely loved this compilation!