This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.
Originally released one-by-one as e-only short stories by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan, this compilation presents all ten together in print for the first time and includes a never-before-seen eleventh tale, as well as new illustrated material.
After reading this book, I happened to take a glance at some of the other reviews, and for some reason, there seems to be a lot of hate surrounding this book. I always loved Magnus Bane as a character. I appreciated his sense of humor, style, and willingness to be himself. I was excited when I heard that Cassandra would be releasing a series of shorts about his back story, which was largely a mystery. I found the shorts to be everything that Magnus's character is - funny, daring, and full of heart. I would recommend reading Cassandra's other published works before picking this one up, as there is crossover with story lines and characters.
I don't think these stories really reveal anything new about Magnus's character, but if you are a fan Cassandra's other series and of Magnus as a character, then these shorts are a fun little diversion into the warlock's world. I liked the artwork included with the shorts, and I thought that Cassandra's writing was as good as ever. I'm not sure where all the hate is coming from, but like I said, if you are a fan of Magnus's then I think that you will enjoy this collection.