Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Runaway Queen: Review


Magnus Bane has a royal role in the French Revolution—if the angry mobs don’t spoil his spells. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

While in France, immortal warlock Magnus Bane finds himself attempting to rescue the royal family from the horrors of the French Revolution—after being roped into this mess by a most attractive count. Naturally, the daring escape calls for invisible air balloons…

This standalone e-only short story illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality populates the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series. This story in The Bane Chronicles, The Runaway Queen, is written by Maureen Johnson and Cassandra Clare.


It's a really nice short story. Maybe not as hilarious as What Really Happened In Peru (honestly, the whole Magnus-wanted-to-start-his-new-life-as-a-cactus thing still amuses me). It's exciting for a short story with only 60 pages and it's a really, really fast read. Getting a glimpse of Magnus' life in Paris is really nice. Paris is a city of lights and love yet in this story, there's a infinite dark side about it and I love every single part. 

The thing that really surprises me is the black-haired and blued-eyed boy (Cassie, are you trying to torture us with these facial features?). I think that kind of explains why Magnus has a soft spot for blue eyes. The ending is good too, if not a bit emotional. You know, about mortals having a short but glorious lifespan and immortals living forever and watching those around them die. Overall it's a short and sweet read. Maybe not a must, but you will like this story.

(I think The Midnight Heir will be a must though... XD)

Rating: 8/10

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