BookLight w/ Ben: The Bane Chronicles


“You endure what is unbearable, and you bear it. That is all.” – Magnus Bane

Magnus Bane is a character in the series called “The Mortal Instruments” by Cassandra Clare. In the books, movie and tv show adaptations he is a warlock born of a half-Dutch and half-Indonesian woman and the prince of Hell, Asmodeus, in the early 17th century. Being an immortal, he has survived many events from the 1600’s onward.

After his younger years living in London, England; Paris, France; and Madrid, Spain he moved to Brooklyn, New York and tried to settle down away from the Downworlder life and be more down to a fashionable earth.  When he fully understood the power he received from his father, he began charging for his services and came into contact with his first lover. But after her unfortunate passing, he left on hiatus and went on adventures to places like Peru. Where this book elaborates.

The Bane Chronicles tells the tales of the adventures Magnus Bane had while outside of the daily life of the New York Institute, before he met the likes of Clary Fairchild, Jace Wayland, or his eventual husband, Alec Lightwood.

The Bane Chronicles is best for readers of the Mortal Instruments. Knowing the events that happen in City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Lost Souls, City of Fallen Angels, Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader, and City of Heavenly Fire before reading The Bane Chronicles. That way a fundamental to advanced knowledge of the characters and terminology in that world is known and you don’t get lost when terms and events occur that you don’t know of. But for those who have watched either the movie or tv show, this book is good for you because you know Magnus’s character and how complex his life is.