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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Book Club: The Bane Chronicles

Welcome to the Western Front book club, where we focus on books people in the Western community are reading and make suggestions.

Mickey Wells, a junior studying psychology, is currently reading “The Bane Chronicles,” by Cassandra Clare.

Mickey Wells

Clare partnered with other young adult authors, Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan, to write a series of short stories about the life of Magnus Bane, one of the characters in her bestselling “The Mortal Instruments” series.

“This is about his life before the whole series itself started,” Wells said. “You’re learning more about him and how he became the leader of all of them.”

“The Mortal Instruments” series is about a group of people called shadowhunters, who have powers but can’t been seen by regular people, Wells said. They have to fight and destroy demons to keep them from taking over the world.

Within that series is Magnus Bane, the subject of this book, who is a warlock who acts as a leader and gives support and advice on destroying demons, Wells said.

These stories had been release one by one as e-books before being compiled into a book, according to the official shadowhunter website.

“I like learning about a particular character who wasn’t that big in the series itself and taking a minor character and making him more of an important person,” Wells said. “He was really important, but you didn’t know his backstory, and now you get to learn that, which is super cool.”

ABC Family’s TV rendition of “The Mortal Instruments” will premiere in early 2016. Check out a trailer here:



In the meantime, if you like fantasy teen fiction, check out “The Mortal Instruments” and “The Bane Chronicles.”

“You should read this book if you like fantasy and really creative fictional stories,” Wells said. “I like it because it’s easy to follow, but it’s not too similar to anything that’s already been written.”


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