When a frantic, anguished mother shows up on Magnus Bane’s doorstep pleading for him to save her son, Magnus takes the case.
“It was the sun getting to him, Magnus thought later,
that had filled him with the desire to be a private eye.
That and the Raymond Chandler novel he had just completed.”
There’s a monster vampire preying on children, and Magnus must find him before the fiend’s carelessness and disregard for the law Downworlders must follow bring the Nephilim down on all their heads. And Magnus knows just who to ask:
“Go to faeries for gossip about vampires,
to werewolves for gossip about faeries,
and do not gossip about werewolves,
because they try to bite your face off.”
What follows is an often hilarious look into two of my favorite characters from the series, but it’s also a story that is tragic and poignant. The interactions between Magnus and Raphael are so well written and spot-on for their characters.
“‘Where would I be without the light of your sweet smile?
If you go, I will throw myself upon the ground and weep.’
‘Will you?’ asked Raphael, raising one thin eyebrow.
‘Because if you do, I will stay and watch the show.’”
Clearly the only thing more difficult than a newly made vampire is a newly made teenage vampire. Talk about surly!
Raphael Santiago is a character I’ve always been curious about. Good guy? Bad? Villainous hero?
“Here was a monster with the face of a Caravaggio angel.”
As always, I can never get enough of the nods to other characters in this world of Shadowhunters. And I love glimpses into Magnus’s love life. His reflections make me all warm and swoony:
“He had convinced her to dance with him,
and she said she had been in love by the end of the song.
He told her he had been in love before the beginning.”
In the final installment of the Mortal Instruments series, we learn about a debt one character felt he owed another; and it was intriguing to learn what had transpired that led to that moment. These chronicles always make me feel as though I know the characters just a little more and whet my appetite for this amazing world Cassandra Clare has created.
This was one of my favorites in the Bane Chronicles; and while there were many funny moments, it left me a bit emotional. I highly recommend this short story to admirers of Raphael Santiago, the quiet and brooding vampire boy, and Magnus Bane, the ever fabulous high warlock of Brooklyn.
My Rating: ★★★★★