The Midnight Heir by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson

In Edwardian London, Magnus Bane discovers old friends and new enemies—including the son of his former comrade Will Herondale. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

Magnus thought he would never return to London, but he is lured by a handsome offer from Tatiana Blackthorn, whose plans—involving her beautiful young ward—are far more sinister than Magnus even suspects. In London at the turn of the century, Magnus finds old friends, and meets a very surprising young man . . . the sixteen-year-old James Herondale.

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 is written by Sarah Rees Brennan and Cassandra Clare.

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I normally don’t read the Bane Chronicles. Me and friend agreed why we don’t really like them: they drag on. A simple description basically becomes a three page love note. Really not worth $4 to me. My friend reads them though just to have something to read.
So I get a text from her, full on caps yelling at me to read it. I did. Mainly because of Wessa. My OTP of all time. Now, Midnight Heir wasn’t fully bad. It had it moments. At one point I almost fell off my couch from laughing so hard. This is the scene:

James’ proclamation as Duck King offends Will greatly…

Magnus: I caught up with him, he had wandered into Hyde Park, waded into the Serpentine, spread his arms wide, and was shouting, “Ducks, embrace me as your king!”

Will: Dear God, He must have been vilely drunk. Tessa, I can bear it no longer. He is taking awful risks with his life and rejecting all the principles I hold most dear.

Readers of Cassie Clare understand why this is hysterical yet so tragic for Will. Poor Will…
This scene was funny, but the story still had the three pages of explaining. I found myself skipping around getting bored. I think the main problem is that these stories are not written by Cassandra Clare. She can capture Magnus’ voice. She wrote him. And I’m not saying she should drop everything, she still has the last TMI book and TDA. And another book after TDA. Those are more important than these short stories. But it just feels more like FanFiction to me. Things were left unanswered. Like what happens to James? Or Tatiana for that matter? And what is it about a certain person whose name starts with a G? It just ended.
The Midnight Heir wasn’t terrible. It had its moments. Very emotional moments that just reopened TID scares that healed…
*feels a thousand eyes glaring*
Okay not full on healed. Cassie doesn’t allow her fans to heal. As I said, it wasn’t amazing and it wasn’t terrible it was good. A solid 3 stars.
If you want a good story after TID (which we know broke everyone) then this is a good story. We see old characters and meet some new ones. The Midnight Heir was good, once you get past the dragged on scenes. I recommend it to TID fans.
Now if only the story on Malec’s first date can come faster….

~lauren

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