Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Saving Raphael Santiago: Review


A Manhattan teen—Raphael Santiago—is missing, and Magnus Bane must track him down before it’s too late.

In 1950s New York City, a distraught mother hires Magnus Bane to find her missing son, Raphael. But even if he can be found, is Raphael beyond saving?


One of the better ones in The Bane Chronicles, and I was pretty surprised when this one is about Raphael Santiago. He's never one of my favorite characters. But he brings out my curiosity. And Saving Raphael Santiago is full of surprises. For instance, I can finally count his age (hee). I'm into counting ages though I don't exactly know why. And then he's not what I thought he was. In fact he's so different what you know about him in The Mortal Instruments in the short-after post-vampire state. I grow to like him more in this novella because he has a really smart mouth and quite realistic. And surprisingly he cares about his family (Spoiler). This guy/vampire/Downworlder/whatever he is has kinda grown on me. 

I like this book mostly, but there's a minor problem. This novella is more about Raphael than about Magnus. Not that I don't like it, but it's called The Bane Chronicles, right? Yet this one is less about Magnus. A little disappointed, but still tolerable.

Rating: 7/10

P.S. You know what the really messed-up part is? When I opened the document and saw that it's set in 1953, the first thing that came to my mind was that Will was dead. And Will doesn't even get involved in one bit of the story. 

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