Thursday 18 April 2013

Book Review: What Really Happened In Peru by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan


Title: What Really Happened in Peru (Bane Chronicles #1)
Authors: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan


Magnus Bane the warlock has had many adventures in Peru and travels there often with fellow warlocks Ragnor Fell and Catarina Loss. We follow Magnus through his many adventures, from failed relationships with mortals to summer flings. From all the hints in the previous series, something big went down in Peru to get Magnus banned. And now we get to find out why.


Does it really need saying? It was beautiful. Almost everything Cassandra Clare comes up with has a beauty. This one especially. Before, we never got to see Ragnor Fell. He was only mentioned in Clockwork Prince, and he was killed in City of Glass. Catarina Loss also dies before we really get to know her, but this short story changes that. We get a blast of glitter and fabulousness from Magnus, together with Ragnor's sarcasm and reactions to all the outrageous things Magnus does. Magnus' frequent returns to Peru each come with an adventure and with great age come more ideas for crazy antics to piss his friends off with. He mentions Tessa in passing, comparing his situation to hers and he has a few moments where he is struck by his immortality, that makes him so human while he is still so foreign to us. I marvel at the two authors' ability to develop Magnus' character so much in one short story. 

Grade: A++

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