Though Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles series’ “The Mortal Instruments” and “The Infernal Devices” are written to stand alone, those who read them in publication order get a greater reading experience from Clare’s beautifully created shadowhunter universe. One common link between the two series is Magnus Bane.
The high warlock quickly became a fan favorite even though he doesn’t get much page time (or in the case of the upcoming film, screen time) in “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.” Magnus’ role has evolved throughout “The Mortal Instruments” series and fans continue to learn more about his character from his earlier years in “The Infernal Devices,” which ends this Tuesday (March 19) with the release of “Clockwork Princess.”
The fascination and love for Bane continues to grow so much that this immortal has been given his own book series. Cassandra Clare is working with YA authors Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson for “The Bane Chronicles.” Finally Magnus’ secrets will be revealed, such as why is he banned from Peru? “The Bane Chronicles” consists of ten stories to be released electronically with the first book being released April 16. Click here for the latest snippet and story titles with release dates, pre-order links and summaries.
So why do fans love Magnus Bane? Author Sarah Rees Brennan had a bit to say on this subject as I interviewed her for the upcoming “Bane Chronicles” release.
“Clearly, I think Cassie's fans have great taste. They like the excellent one! I think Magnus is always fun for readers to have in a scene, because when other people are floundering in uncertainty, there's Magnus to say 'I know what's up.' Other characters are funny, but Magnus usually is more together and thus can throw in a cool joke when those around him lose their heads.
But the thing is, the text never encourages you to dismiss him: he's funny, but he's not a clown, he has the answers, but he's not an exposition machine. He's a magical mentor figure, but he's not at all in the Gandalf mode. He's one half of this gay romance that's charmed thousands of readers, but he's not defined by his relationship. He's so vivid, and he's so much his own person, that he's unforgettable.”
I asked fans to tell me why they love Magnus Bane. Many replied about his looks, wardrobe choices, funny wit but most commented on his ability to be himself and his love for Alec. Ivette (@ShadowhuntersAAF) tweets,” He says what he thinks, he teached me how to love myself and he's one hot, sexy Warlock!” Magnus’ relationship with first Camille and then Alec is a beautiful, real-world example of love. I think the largest appeal to Magnus is that he bravely does whatever he wants, which includes loving who he wants. Yet, Sarah said it so well, “he's not defined by his relationship.” Magnus is inspiring.
Clare recently shared fan mail involving the subject of sexual orientation in her book via Tumblr. She also is offering a special incentive for fans that make a donation to the Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. All fans who donate will get an exclusive snippet from “The Bane Chronicles” and one lucky fan will win a “City of Bones” book signed by the cast and an autographed picture of Godfrey Gao, who plays Magnus Bane in the film.
From a minor character to one of the most highly anticipated characters to see on the big screen, Magnus Bane is one of many elements that makes Cassandra Clare’s books amazing and unique. Actor Godfrey Gao will bring Magnus to life in “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” which premieres August 23.
Why do you love Magnus Bane? Fans can soon read more about Magnus in the final installment of Cassandra Clare’s “Infernal Devices” series.
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