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The Runaway Queen by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson

The Runaway Queen by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson

The Runaway Queen (The Bane Chronicles Part 2)

By: Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson

Release Date: May 21, 2013

Rating: 3 Stars

Summary: Magnus Bane has a royal role in the French Revolution—if the angry mobs don’t spoil his spells. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.While in France, immortal warlock Magnus Bane finds himself attempting to rescue the royal family from the horrors of the French Revolution—after being roped into this mess by a most attractive count. Naturally, the daring escape calls for invisible air balloons…

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, The Runaway Queen, is written by Maureen Johnson and Cassandra Clare




Review:

So, this review is titled ‘Cassandra Clare makes bad decisions (and I’m not talking about that Mortal Instruments anthology)’ *shudders* – because compared to What Really Happened in Peru (nothing), The Runaway Queen is actually… decent. Or at least we still have all the usual problems inherent with writing a ten part short story collection, the elaborate fan fiction aspect, the less than hundred pages not being nearly enough for any character or plot development of note problem, the obvious money grab angle, but at least Maureen Johnson seems to be actually trying here (for the most part). I love Sarah Rees Brennan (or her writing style and Unspoken at least), but What Really Happened in Peru was so obviously pointless filler and Brennan’s style just too flashy for historical, Johnson I think has a much better hand for the material and while the plot’s definitely still filler, at least there is a plot to speak of. That actually matches real history.

Which brings me back to why I titled the review the way I did:

Bad decision number one – skimping out on an editor: This one isn’t even funny. There are obvious typos like a character being named Axel and Alex and random names left as blanks, at this point I doubt anyone still thinks Clare cares but come on at least keep up the illusion.

Bad decision number two – letting Johnson write Magnus off a cheat sheet: His character is so by the books I should be laughing – from being insulted. There’s his flashy dress. The usual gay references. A monkey. And that’s it. Brennan’s take may have been outrageously anachronistic, but Johnson’s is just flat. There’s something seriously wrong when the setting’s well written and the character is… not.

Bad decision number three – not making this the first short story: With the obvious difference in quality, you gotta hook ’em in before you slack off. Despite flat Magnus my overall impression is way more favorable with this one and I definitely think anyone who’s read both will see why this should’ve been first. And she’s supposed to be a marketing genius. Lol.

Tldr(really?): I doubt Cassandra Clare even read these before hawking them to the general public.


Go to Mitch’s review on Goodreads.

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