Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale: Review


Magnus Bane leverages his alliances with Downworlders and Shadowhunters on a venture to Victorian London. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

When immortal warlock Magnus Bane attends preliminary peace talks between the Shadowhunters and the Downworlders in Victorian London, he is charmed by two very different people: the vampire Camille Belcourt and the young Shadowhunter, Edmund Herondale. Will winning hearts mean choosing sides?

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, Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale, is written by Sarah Rees Brennan and Cassandra Clare.


More Herondales! Magnus made an acquaintance with young Edmund Herondale (aka Will's father!). Why are Herondale boys so perfect and lovable? It's hard not to fall for his fair hair and light blue eyes and the healthy ego and that charming grin of his:

"He had hair the color of a coin that was pure gold, no base metal, and the lines of his face were as clean and elegant as a profile etched on one of those princely coins."

"The most remarkable thing about him were his eyes. They were laughing eyes, at once both joyous and tender: they were the radiant pale blue of a sky slipping toward evening in Heaven, when angels who had been sweet all day found themselves tempted to sin."

"'But I'm always noindentattered to be admired." said Edmund, with an engaging grin. 'And I'm always admired.'"

Aww. It's hard not to fall for one that is so carefree. And the dislike of ducks runs deeper than I thought:

"I shall never eat duck again. I cannot believe I used to like duck. The duck betrayed me."

Heart-breaking moments are obviously included. But what do you hope to accomplish with a Herondale? It's their natural charm.

Anyway a Herondale with Magnus equals a whole lot of fun! Not just their encounter but their encounter with Linette as well. (Esp. the one with Linette because that is amusing :D)

Aside from Edmund, we also have Camille which is very different from the Camille in The Mortal Instruments or even The Infernal Devices. She's lovely AND lovable. Actually I have a hard time picturing this vampire with the cunning and slightly evil vampire in TID and TMI. 

This book is fast-paced, humorous and a whole lot better than the first two. We get a glimpse of the Shadowhunter world even before TID. More heart-wrenching moments are present and believe me, it's just as bad/good as TID. This is a must-read, I have to say. Now... onto the wait for The Midnight Heir, one of the most anticipated in TBC, involving yet another Herondale *cough *cough Will's son *cough

Rating: 8.5/10

Oh did I mention the last part of the story? More TID breaking-your-heart-wide-open moments are guaranteed

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