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The Bane Chronicles 1: What Really Happened in Peru [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Rees Brennan , Cassandra Clare
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)

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Book Description

There are good reasons Peru is off-limits to Magnus Bane. Follow Magnus’s Peruvian escapades as he drags his fellow warlocks Ragnor Fell and Catarina Loss into trouble, learns several instruments (which he plays shockingly), dances (which he does shockingly), and disgraces his host nation by doing something unspeakable to the Nazca Lines.

This standalone e-only short story illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality populates the pages of the number-one New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1905 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (16 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,808 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cassandra Clare lives in Brooklyn. She has worked as an entertainment journalist for The Hollywood Reporter, has published several short stories and is the author of the popular internet parody The Very Secret Diaries.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Read 17 April 2013
By sophie
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Magnus has always been a favourite character of mine and I was excited to read this. The stories themselves were entertaining however they had a feeling of being rushed and the ending was very disappointing however as Clare has done with all her books everything she does is for a reason and I will keep buying these for hope to find out who Magnuss father actually is!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 17 April 2013
By Pema
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'publisher font' option didn't work very well but otherwise awesome 100% would recommend
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2.0 out of 5 stars What apparently happened in Peru 11 Jan. 2015
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Writing e-shorts has become de rigueur for successful sci-fi/fantasy series, but Cassandra Clare has apparently decided to go the extra mile -- ten stories devoted to her immortal warlock Marcus Bane.

Unfortunately, "What Really Happened in Peru" gets the e-short series off to a rocky start. The biggest problem is that this is not actually story -- it's a string of half-written anecdotes that aren't really fleshed out into an actual story. Any of these would make an amusing short story about why Bane can't go to Peru, but none of them really have a solid beginning or ending.

The story (stories?) follow Magnus Bane's adventures in Peru over the years with his friends Ragnor and Catarina -- a journey into the jungle, a merchant who wants their help thwarting guano pirates, recovering gold from an ancient temple, a love affair with a young man enchanted with Magnus' music, a nasty illness in the countryside, and an encounter with a beautiful young thief.

I can only speculate on how this story was written, but it feels a bit like Cassandra Clare just tossed some vague story ideas at Sarah Rees Brennan and had her write a story based on them. And I don't mean summaries -- I mean things like "So maybe this girl asks them to go looking for Aztec gold... ooh! How about Magnus and Ragnor end up in a ship full of bat poop? Make a cohesive story out of that!"

That's the only possible explanation I can think of. Sarah Rees Brennan is a very good writer in her own right, and she brings a witty edge and some elegant prose to this story. But she has nothing to work with, and nothing to work toward. It's like a talented painter forced to paint on a dried leaf.

None of these anecdotes are actually real stories, let alone a cohesive narrative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnus Bane short story 23 Jun. 2013
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I love the character of Magnus Bane. An immortal warlock who wanders through life seeking his next adventure with flair and humour.

Book 1 tells the story of Magnus' many adventures in Peru. From sinking a valuable supply of cargo on a ship, to playing an instrument so badly he gets threatened, to getting so drunk he thinks he is a cactus, Magnus' adventures are hilarious.

A really great short story series. if you love 'the mortal instruments' and the 'infernal devices' then you will love these. Can't wait for the next one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I'm a very open-minded sort of fellow!" 20 April 2013
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I really did not think that my love for Magnus Bane could have grown any larger but man o man was I wrong. How can I have loved something so much and it only be 40 pages? That my friend is the magic of Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan... and of course the magic of Magnus himself.

"It was sometimes inconvenient to have the gold-green, slit-pupilled eyes of a cat, but this was usually easily hidden with a small glamour, and if not, well, there were quite a few ladies-and men-who didn't find it a drawback."

I for one love the idea of these novellas. I know there is a lot of talk about them being too short, etc... But what could be better? We are getting ten snapshots into Magnus and a chance to see a few of his previous adventures. Plus, we get one new novella each month for the next 10 months. I love this, and will be counting down to each and every one of them. Then, sometime next year in 2014, they will all be published together in one book. Love, love, love.

"Picture this," said Magnus. "Me with a little monkey friend. I could teach him tricks. I could dress him in a cunning jacket. He could look just like me! But more monkey-shaped."

So, in our first instalment we find Magnus, Ragnor and Catarina visiting Peru. We actually get a glimpse at several different time periods, each one holding it's own little adventure for Magnus and his friends.

I honestly laughed until I cried at several parts. Magnus has such a dry wit and I simply love his overall attitude to life and the situations he finds himself in. But then of course, we all know that Magnus is also a big softie and has a romantic side. We get to see a bit of that also...

"Magnus had a list of favored traits in a partner-black hair, blue eyes, honest...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Alright 30 Aug. 2014
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Needs improving as I really wanted to find out what was it that Magnus did that got him banned and also I wanted to see more of Catarina and Ragnor. And a lot more of Magnus' funny accidents and I needed more quotes and magic. I wish there was some more action and funny episodes and more characters and expeditions or dancing. Overall a good book and it captures The untamed spirit of Magnus Bane and The wise spirit of Caterina Loss and The moody spirit of Ragnor Fell.
Thank you Cassandra Clare don't ever stop writing books
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