What Really Happened in Peru by Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan

What Really Happened in Peru (The Bane Chronicles, #1)

What Really Happened in Peru (The Bane Chronicles #1)

By Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on April 16, 2013 (ebook only)

Genre | YA, Paranormal

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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. (Courtesy of Goodreads)

Review | ★ ★ ★

A.K.A. The Misadventures of Magnus Bane & Co. Peru Edition!

I was so excited when it was announced that Cassandra Clare will be co-writing a series starring one of my favorite characters of all-time, Magnus Bane! So of course, I wouldn’t miss out on reading What Really Happened in Peru!

Going into this stand-alone I wasn’t really sure what to expect. However,  I was hoping for a more insightful background on Magnus Bane that gives him a little  more depth than what The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices offered. And I did get that…but only in little snippets. Among the comedic narrative of the story, little glimpses of Magnus’ past would be scattered about. It was interesting to read more about Magnus’ life as an immortal and his relationship with mortals, but this is something that can be fan speculated and what was revealed in this stand-alone wasn’t too exciting or shocking.

To me, this stand-alone read more like 5 disconnected mini stories all set in Peru in different time periods. Some of the stories were just plain silly, while others had a more serious tone to it.

The writing of Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Bennan really brought out the humor in this story and the craziness of Magnus Bane and was really fun to read about. All of Magnus’ absurd antics and extravagant clothing (which this story is entirely filled with) had me smiling throughout the whole story. His interactions with his fellow warlock friends, Ragnor and Catarina, were hilarious and I really enjoyed their chemistry together.

Would I recommend it?

For $2.99 on Amazon, I wouldn’t recommend it. The pacing was too fast and the story was too short for my taste. It was fun to read, but wasn’t really that spectacular to me.