Reader Reviewed The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

The Bane Chronicles

Written by Cassandra Clare

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December 2014 Book of the Month Here are ten short stories covering roughly two hundred years in the life of Magnus Bane, sitting alongside is an extra exclusive bonus tale which acts as the perfect encore. The start of each story begins with an extract and a page of illustrations, which brings a graphic novel style quality to proceedings. You will understand the enigmatic Magnus Bane, the only character to appear in all of ‘The Mortal Instruments’ and ‘The Infernal Devices’ novels, just a little bit more after reading these tales. Bane’s talent for finding trouble and his penchant for black hair and blue eyes often leads him into temptation and lands him in a pile of mess (sometimes of the smelly variety), oh and you may just find out why he has a cat. This would make a perfect present for fans, it feels as though you have been especially invited into a privileged viewing of Magnus Bane’s life, and it’s well worth it. ~ Liz Robinson

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Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Edel Waugh - '. I would recommend this book to all fans of the Infernal Devices Series and Mortal Instruments series...or if you just like a bad guy. Enjoy!' Read full review >
  • Louisa Alice Cunliffe, age 17 - 'Intriguing. Engulfing. Amazing. This fantastic collection of short stories allows readers to dive in and out of  the exciting and mystifying life of Magnus Bane.' Read full review >


The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

With stories originally published as eBooks only, this collection brings all ten together for the first time.

Ever wanted to know why Magnus Bane is banned from Peru? Or what he got up to during the French Revolution? Or what he bought Alec Lightwood as a birthday present? This title features ten short stories that follow the adventures of immortal warlock Magnus Bane, a fan-favourite character from The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series.

Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments and its prequel series, The Infernal Devices, are international bestsellers. There are over 12 million copies of The Mortal Instruments in print worldwide and it has been translated into more than 35 languages.

About the Author

Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare was born to American parents in Teheran, Iran and spent much of her childhood travelling the world with her family, including one trek through the Himalayas as a toddler where she spent a month living in her father's backpack. She lived in France, England and Switzerland. Since her family moved around so much she found familiarity in books and went everywhere with a book under her arm. Her favourites included the work of the Bront' sisters and Tolkien, as well as the Chronicles of Narnia, Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles and Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising series. She spent her high school years in Los Angeles where she used to write stories to amuse her classmates, including an epic novel called The Beautiful Cassandra based on the eponymous Jane Austen short story (and from which she later took her current pen name).

Cassandra's first piece of professional writing, a short story called 'The Girl's Guide to Defeating the Dark Lord', appeared in an anthology of humour fantasy. She hates working at home alone because she always gets distracted by reality TV shows and the antics of her two cats, so she usually sets out to write in local coffee shops and restaurants. Cassandra likes to work in the company of her friends who see that she sticks to her deadlines. She loves writing humour and fantasy and hopes to try her hand at horror and science fiction some day.

Things you didn't know about Cassandra Clare

1. I only type with two fingers.

2. I once interviewed the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

3. I have two cats, Linus and Lucy. Linus is huge and Lucy is tiny, so if you averaged them out, you would have one normal cat.

4. I have a scuba diving certificate but I never dive due to my fear of sharks.

5. I often get distracted listening to audio books on my iPod, then realize I am lost and have no idea where I am.

6. My favourite food is sushi.

7. I hate coffee but I like tea.

8. I was once taken in by an internet scam offering to sell me a penguin.

9. My dream is to have a library in my house, so big that it requires ladders to get to the tallest shelves.

10. As a child I wanted to be a windsurfing instructor and live in Tahiti.

Author photo copyright Kelly Campbell

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368 pages
Interest Age: 14 years +


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

11th November 2014




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