Wow, I didn't even realise it was Novella Reading Week and I read "What Really Happened in Peru" on my journey home from work today! What can I say, my fate is entwined with books :P
So, let me write a quick review of this short but very entertaining read, and then I shall look for more novellas to read asap!
What Really Happened In Peru?
By Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan
Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices know that Magnus Bane is banned from Peru—and now they can find out why. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.
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.
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, What Really Happened in Peru, is written by Sarah Rees Brennan and Cassandra Clare.
MY rating: 5/5 (obviously since it is all about Magnus Bane, the funniest character ever!)
I'm sure my rating above will give you an indication of how superbly fun I found this book to be. Earlier on I had finished a rather morbid book and this was just the right pick-me-up.
As always, Magnus Bane charmed me with his eccentric taste in weird clothes and unusual people. He was one of my favourite characters in the mortal instruments and infernal devices series, and this novella just brought him to life even more, if that is possible!
A very fun read, I recommend it to all!
"Just don't leave me here without guidance. You have to swear, Bane."
Magnus raised his eyebrows. "I give you my word of honor!"
"I will find you," Ragnor told him. "I will find whatever chest of absurd clothes you have. And I will bring a llama into the place where you sleep and make sure that it urinates on everything you possess."
Then he looked up into the round brown eyes of a monkey.
"Hello, companion," said Magnus.
The monkey made a terrible sound, half snarl and half hiss.
"I begin to rather doubt the beauty of our friendship," said Magnus.
"It isn't as bad as all that-"
"Yes, it is!" It was like a dam of musical critique had broken. Imasu turned on him with eyes that flashed instead of shining. "It is worse than you can possibly imagine! When you play, all of my mother's flowers lose the will to live and expire on the instant. The quinoa has no flavor now. The llamas are migrating because of your music, and llamas are not a migratory animal. The children now believe there is a sickly monster, half horse and half large mournful chicken, that lives in the lake and calls out to the world to grant it the sweet release of death. The townspeople believe that you and I are performing arcane magic rituals-"
"Well, that one was rather a good guess," Magnus remarked.
"-using the skull of an elephant, an improbably large mushroom, and one of your very peculiar hats!"
"Or not," said Magnus. "Furthermore, my hats are extraordinary."
That made Magnus laugh, suddenly and helplessly, and he threw his head back. He'd learned this lesson a long time ago. Even in the midst of heartbreak, you could still find yourself laughing.
Laughter had always come easily to Magnus, and it helped, but not enough.