This book focused entirely on Magnus and his adventures. Such stories were hinted in the the Mortal Instruments series, as well as the Infernal Devices. The very first group of stories took place in Peru, but there were also things that happened much later, during the series’ times. Characters who appear regularly are Catarina Loss, Ragnor Fell, Raphael Santiago, William Herondale, and Alexander Lightwood. The setting changed a lot, ranging from Peru to Britain to America.
I loved the book. Cassandra Clare’s humor through Magnus is enough to make one laugh out loud. For instance, there was one such quote that stated, “Oh, the universe had outdone herself. The universe would be sent flowers”, which I loved. I absolutely loved the chapters in which Magnus and Alec were together. They were powerful and passionate. The Peru chapter was exceedingly overtaken with happiness as well, which only made it funnier, even though I suppose we were supposed to feel sorry for Magnus.
The humor was, ultimately, the best part of the book. I also really loved the chapter “The Course of True Love (And First Dates)”.
Reviewed by Maggie, grade 8, Twin Hickory Area Library