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Eccentric, Witty and Fun. A Great Addition.
on 20 August 2015
"Picture this. 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.".
Magnus Bane has to be a favourite character for many fans of the Mortal Instruments and Mortal Devices series. What Really Happened In Peru is the first in a novella series made up of ten (but really eleven) short extracts of Magnus's life before, during and after key events in the aforementioned series. Due to it's short nature, it is of course just a bit of fun, light reading but a perfect addition to the series.
I love Magnus, and I have to admit he is the only character I actually fully connected with in the MI and MD series; of which I was a fan but not a colossal one (I lost interest over time). Often, in MI especially, we hear about how Magnus was banned from Peru. But we never know why. This first instalment begins in 1791 (so closer to Tessa's time than Clary's) through to 1962 and features another beloved character and warlock, Ragnor Fell, as he travels around Lima with Magnus on a number of short adventures.
I just love Magnus. He stinks to high heaven of unembarrassed eccentricity, unadulterated humour and witty insults. I can't get enough of him and this particular novella is so much fun because we get to meet Magnus in his own environment separate from some of our other characters often stopping us from seeing what he's really like behind closed doors.
This little insight into Magnus and his mind is fantastic and I can't recommend it enough. I think fans will love it and I also think it would be a great taster for people who haven't met him yet too!