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Magnus Bane watches the once-glamorous Hotel Dumort become something else altogether in 1970s New York City.Fifty years after the Jazz Age rise of the Hotel Dumort, immortal warlock Magnus Bane knows the Manhattan landmark is on the decline. The once-beautiful Hotel Dumort has fallen into a decayed thing, a ruin, as dead as a place can be. But the vampires don't mind......

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The Fall of the Hotel Dumort Reviews

  • Beth
    2019-04-06 00:59

    Actual rating 3.5Camille you're mean, Magnus you care too much. Come to me and I'll look after you.

  • Pam
    2019-04-03 00:01

    5 bittersweet stars“Because in the end nothing is worse than seeing the fall of one you loved. It was somehow worse than losing a love. It made everything seem questionable. It made the past bitter and confused.” Narrated by Cecil Baldwin, Jamie Bamber, George Blagden, Gareth David-Lloyd, Jordan Gavaris, Stephen Lunsford, David Oyelowo, Andrew Scott, Michael Trevino, Jesse WilliamsThe Fall of the Hotel Dumort was a sad read, another blend of the fantasy world meeting real life events of the era, in this case New York in the 1970's. Magnus must come face to face with the woman he loved with no heart. As much as their parting was not under the best of terms he can't sit back and watch Camille and her clan destroy themselves, if he doesn't put a stop to it the werewolves will. There have been a few times where this author has incorporated some borderline non ya-fantasy tales and it just adds more depth to the entire series as whole. There is a lot of history in this world, and Magnus has been there through them most and just makes you love him all the more.Seven of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

  • Grace (LovingDemBooks) Z.
    2019-04-08 21:12

    Buy this book HERE on Amazon2 of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below). AND I DESPISE CAMILLE EVEN MORE NOWMy rating system: (I do use half stars.)5 - I do not use the 5 star. Not because a book might not be worthy, but because a book is never perfect.4 - I loved it! There weren't too many flaws, and I had no trouble getting through it. (A 4 star rating is the highest rating I've ever given a book.)3 - I enjoyed the book, but there we're flaws that made me enjoy it less.2 - I finished the book, but there were too many flaws for me to enjoy it.1 - I could not finish the book, and I probably did not finish it....

  • Laz
    2019-04-01 22:57

    Camille is a shit-turner. Everything she touches, turns to shit. I actually dislike her with passion. She's so weak and while that's okay she usually ends up creating chain reactions in which people, innocent people, get hurt because she's immature and can't handle shit. I'm glad Magnus is through with her. I liked that backstory and mainly the 3 stars are because of Camille, not because I didn't like the story.

  • Hannah ♡
    2019-04-10 21:20

    I really miss the Shadowhunter world… I wanna read The Last Hours & the final book of TDA right now😭😭

  • Cristina•●♥Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ♥●•
    2019-04-02 23:07

    “Because in the end nothing is worse than seeing the fall of one you loved. It was somehow worse than losing a love. It made everything seem questionable. It made the past bitter and confused.”- Magnus Bane

  • ★MC's Corner★
    2019-04-08 03:12

    Woman: Are you in fashion? You look like you’re in fashion.Magnus: No. I am fashion.”I think its better if you named it... "The Fall of the letter N and the rise of the letter R"... OOHH I LOVE [email protected]

  • Madison
    2019-03-28 05:11

    Oh ok wow. I love Cassandra Clare's vampires but this story just made me so scared of them. Vampires + drugs = scary stuff dude.There was barely any humour in this but i loved it all the same :)

  • Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
    2019-03-28 05:05

    Años 70, drogas a diestra y siniestra, vampiros enloquecidos y una ciudad encontrando cadáveres todos los días. Cazadores de Sombras en alerta, Subterráneos tratando de mantener la frágil paz que proveen los Acuerdos y Magnus Bane intentando solucionar todo mientras se reencuentra con una de sus más grandes decepciones amorosas de su eternidad: Camille Belcourt. The Fall of the Hotel Dumort es un relato muy intenso tanto por el peligro inminente que suponen vampiros drogados con sangre humana llena de sustancias como por la carga emocional que soporta Magnus en medio de todo. Cassandra Clare retrata de una manera genial la dejadez y el no-me-importa-nada de los vampiros cuando sólo quieren más y más sangre, así como la impotencia de los Subterráneos ante tal caos. Como ya es habitual, aquí también vemos cómo Magnus recuerda a uno de sus grandes amores y reflexiona sobre lo duro que es el amor cuando vives para siempre. No sólo es duro que te dejen, sino también ver morir a la persona a la que amaste sabiendo que tu existencia es permanente. Además, cuando eres inmortal, tampoco es fácil olvidar a quienes te hicieron daño o, incluso, a quienes aunque te hicieron daño sigues amando. "Camille Belcourt was different. She'd come into Magnus's life under the light of a gas lamp, looking regal. That had been in London, and it had been a different world. Their romance had happened in fog. It had happened in carriages bumping along cobbled streets, on settees covered in damson-colored silk. They'd loved in the time of clockwork creatures, before the mundane wars. There seemed to be more time then, time to fill, time to spend. And they'd filled it. And they'd spent it.They had parted badly. When you love someone that intensely and they do not love you in the same way, it is impossible to part well".

  • Sinead
    2019-03-27 00:53

    Just like with The Rise of the Hotel Durmort, this book wasn't incredibly memorable. With Magnus in it it was enjoyable, but I honestly can't tell you anything else that happened that made this novella stand out from the rest.

  • Angigames
    2019-03-31 05:10

    Sinceramente, il personaggio di Camille mi ha sempre incuriosito molto, perché è il tipico personaggio che non si inquadra facilmente, ma che risulta molto tormentato. Per certi versi è molto affascinante e mi dispiace che la Clare non mi abbia permesso di conoscerlo ancora più a fondo. In questo racconto ho amato il modo della Clare di sviluppare, con altre sfaccettature rispetto a quelle finora usate, il rapporto tra Magnus e Camille, un perfetto mix di rimpianto, desiderio e forse amore…

  • Jeannette Nikolova
    2019-04-07 00:13

    Mediocre. I've never really cared about Camille or the Camille/Magnus relationship, so one can easily understand how I was not too touched by this story. The only thing which I liked was the very last part.

  • Patricia May
    2019-04-06 02:14

    I really loves this one. It's not the usual fabulous, bright and shiny Magnus Bane we know and love. But I love him here nonetheless. It's the Magnus who, even after literally all these years, still has something (not necessarily romantic love) for the woman he loved and was with once upon a time. It shows how great a being he is. I think I underestimated his relationship with Camille (not Magnus, just the relationship) with both of them seem being playful and with this one, I've come to realise they really did care for one another (yes THEY as in Camille AND Magnus). Although Magnus cared so much that it hurt to remember. And as for Camille, I think I'm the only one who likes her. I think she's kickass in TMI and TID and to see her vulnerable like this shows she's not all that bad. And can I just point out that (again) after literally all these years, she's kept up to Magnus's whereabouts and such. She warned him about old Aldous, in CoFA she knew about him dating Alec, who-knows-what-else-in-between, etc.

  • Aleksiel
    2019-04-23 03:20

    WHAAAAAAAT??? This was supposed to be 'No Immortal can keep a secret'! No Magnus explaining his daddy issues to Freud then >.<Cassie this better be really good to make up for taking the originally planned story away... Just why ;(Edit: Not that the story wasn't good. It's just that I am way too disappointed with the changing of the originally planned, so I expected much more. What's wrong with the vampires in the 1977 NY? You will find out, more Camille, no Shadowhunters. Praetor Lupus is now something to reckon with. The authors spend too much time describing the environment so the story itself is the shortest by far. You can say that this and the previous two make a nice inner trilogy within the Bane Chronicles. I see Cassie has switched the next story as well, so be prepared people. What we were promised is not what we will get eventually.

  • Fables&Wren
    2019-04-06 22:21

    WrensReads Review:YES YES YES ALL THE YES.DRUGGY VAMPIRES. WEREWOLVES. MAGNUS.There really isn’t much more to say about this one. It was really good. This is what I needed. I feel as if they could have wrote a whole series on the idea of this.Order to Read this Series:The Mortal Instruments #01: City of BonesThe Mortal Instruments #02: City of AshesThe Mortal Instruments #03: City of GlassThe Infernal Devices #01: Clockwork AngelThe Mortal Instruments #04: City of Heavenly FireThe Infernal Devices #02: Clockwork PrinceThe Mortal Instruments #05: City of Lost SoulsThe Infernal Devices #03: Clockwork PrincessThe Mortal Instruments #06: City of Fallen Angels*The next two (The Bane Chronicles and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy) are optional. They are groups of novellas. I believe in reading novellas so you can pick up different things in the books that follow.The Bane Chronicles #01: What Really Happened in PeruThe Bane Chronicles #02: The Runaway QueenThe Bane Chronicles #03: Vampires, Scones, & Edmund Herondale The Bane Chronicles #04: The Midnight Heir The Bane Chronicles #05: The Rise of the Hotel Dumort The Bane Chronicles #06: Saving Raphael Santiago The Bane Chronicles #07: The Fall of Hotel Dumort The Bane Chronicles #08: What to Buy the Shadowhunter…The Bane Chronicles #09: The Last Stand of the New York Institute The Bane Chronicles #10: The Course of True LoveThe Bane Chronicles #11: The Voicemail of Magnus BaneTales from the Shadowhunter Academy #01: Welcome to Shadowhunter AcademyTales from the Shadowhunter Academy #02: The Lost HerondaleTales from the Shadowhunter Academy #03: The Whitechapel FiendTales from the Shadowhunter Academy #04: Nothing but ShadowsTales from the Shadowhunter Academy #05: The Evil We LoveTales from the Shadowhunter Academy #06: Pale Kings and PrincesTales from the Shadowhunter Academy #07: Bitter of TongueTales from the Shadowhunter Academy #08: The Fiery TrialTales from the Shadowhunter Academy #09: Born to Endless NightTales from the Shadowhunter Academy #10: Angels Twice DescendingThe Dark Artifices #01: Lady MidnightThe Dark Artifices #02: Lord of ShadowsThe Dark Artifices #03: Queen of Air and DarknessWrensReads | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram

  • Mairéad (is roaming the Undying Lands)
    2019-04-20 00:59

    {March 11th, 2015} MINI REVIEW2.5 stars.SPOILERS i guessPg 345.So wait...the hotel had already fallen before the events of The Mortal Instruments? But I thought it fell during the events of TMI. D: #confusedThis one confused me a bit, mostly because I thought it fell during the events of the first three books of The Mortal Instruments. Now I'm probably wrong from the looks of this title, and it's been a heck of a while since I read the entire TMI series (at least the first 3 books anyways), but this place seems to have quite of few of 'fallings' in general... :/

  • Ferdy
    2019-04-18 03:22

    SpoilersThis was so boring. I didn't like the characters, the plot, or the writing. It was all so blah. Magnus was as dull and self-pitying as ever, I'm tired of his 'woe is me' attitude. He has so much going for him — power, good friends, a comfortable life, the ability to fall in love with anyone he meets. So why the hell does he moan so much? Ugh.The plot was really predictable — there were some murders, vampire bites, drugs, blah blah blah. I thought I'd like Camille's presence but she was rather uninteresting this time around. I'm also not feeling the supposedly once angsty-emotional-intense romance between Magnus/Camille. Sure, Magnus bangs on about his epic love with Camille but it doesn't show in their interactions at all. Maybe, it's been written that way intentionally so that Magnus/Camille's relationship won't overshadow Magnus/Alec's… It's not like it would take much for them to seem even more lame than they already are. I'm still hoping for Magnus to die, so that Alec can meet a new guy.All in all, this was the worst Bane Chronicle novella to date. It was just so flipping boring. On the plus side, it shouldn't be so hard for the next one to be more exciting.

  • Carol [Goodreads Addict]
    2019-04-07 02:09

    The year is 1977. Magnus Bane has been gone for two years. He didn't mean to stay gone so long, but one led to another, and two years has passed. Its time to go home to New York. Upon his arrival, the city seems wrong, in disarray. And when he gets home to his apartment, there are several vampires living there but they seem out of it, sick. How can that be, vampires don't get sick? Also, in violation of the accords, vampires have been killing humans freely and leaving their bodies out in the open. Magnus needs to see the head of the vampire clan, Camille Belcourt. But, he doesn't really WANT to see her. There is a past history between them and he hasn't spoken to her for many decades. But, someone needs to find out what's going on here. What is wrong with the vampires? Magnus needs to get to Camille and figure out what's going on before the werewolves intervene themselves, and if that happens, the outcome won't be pretty.

  • zainab_booklover
    2019-04-24 04:57

    When vampires get addicted to drugs ... it could've been called The Fall of Camille or better The Downfall of Camille

  • Stella Maria
    2019-04-06 03:55

    "Magnus looked at the char on the ceiling. Old wounds. Nothing ever really went away."Setting: 3 out of 5 ✩✩✩✩1970s New York City is a period in history that was notorious for its rampant crime, which is vividly clear throughout this novella as it also plays a part within the plot. Although I haven't read many stories in this particular period, it's almost as if the reader gets to step into this chaos and harsh reality. Writing: 4 out of 5 ✩✩✩✩If it isn't obvious by now, I adore the collaborations with Maureen Johnson. Though this story seemed somewhat bleak to me, there are moments when their words unexpectedly develop emotion. Character buildup: 3.6 out of 5 ✩✩✩✩Magnus returns to a dark period in New York City after 2 years of traveling, which is certainly a drastic change for him. (view spoiler)[Magnus leaves London behind him and omg for what? Or from who?! Maybe I'm overreacting! (hide spoiler)] He's accustomed to the trivial course of human beings constantly changing, but it doesn't make it any easier to see one of his past loves suffering. (view spoiler)[In some ways, Camille is a sore spot for him. (hide spoiler)] Magnus struggles to do what is right and once again, faces the burden of being immortal.Plot twist / storyline: 3.6 out of 5 ✩✩✩✩I have to be honest and say that I didn't really like the story.. until I reached the ending. Cassie and Maureen does a well enough job, (view spoiler)[incorporating how toxic drug addiction can be for those who are supernatural or mundane. (hide spoiler)] But more so, I quite literally felt Magnus’ pain to love and care for someone and then grew to love his friendship with Catarina so much more. (Not gonna lie but it makes me want to read short stories of Catarina’s healing journey or maybe even reread Tales of Shadowhunter Academy.)Theme/message: 3 out of 5 ✩✩✩There is an overwhelming sadness in being immortal and while some people might get bored of Magnus’ careless attitude, this novella reveals the depth of his woe."..It was somehow worse than losing a love. It made everything seem questionable. It made the past bitter and confused."3.44 stars ✩✩✩

  • Melina C
    2019-03-29 05:06

    Durante todas las crónicas que leí mis pensamientos fueron cambiando ya que no todas eran igualmente buenas. Mi preferida fue la número 4, El Heredero de Medianoche, en la que aparecían Will, Tessa y otros personajes de la saga de Los Orígenes. Sin embargo esta crónica me gustó mucho ya que podemos ver a Magnus debilitado por el amor a Camille. Además Camille se ve mucho más débil y rota comparada con la imagen que teníamos de ella por los libros de The Mortal Instruments. "—Se que no podemos retroceder el tiempo, solo dime que no ha habido nadie como yo"Creo que no es la mejor hasta ahora pero siguen gustandome. Es una lectura muy rápida ya que son solo 40 páginas así que cualquiera puede leerlo.

  • Iz
    2019-04-08 20:57

    Bella.È stato interessantissimo vedere questa faccia di New York, questo capitolo un po' più oscuro dei vampiri del Dumort. Camille, che appare, ci mostra ancora una volta una sua nuova maschera! e beh.. mi domando, come se l'è domandato Magnus, quale sia quella vera! E niente.. ho apprezzato tanto la comparsa di Catarina (IO LA AMO) e il suo rapporto con il nostro sommo stregone di NY è stupendo. Un po' amaro il finale, che non ho condiviso al 100%, ma pazienza.Ben fatto!

  • Margarida
    2019-04-24 03:12

    I really liked this one! It had action! There were sexy werewolves! Stupid vampires that decided to (view spoiler)[drink blood of humans that were on drugs (hide spoiler)] which was pretty funny but everything went wrong and like always there was Magnus to save everyone's ass!!

  • Kaysia
    2019-04-23 04:57

    3.5/5! I liked seeing Magnus' love for Camille and how selfless he is, but this story was again a little uneventful!

  • shamena
    2019-04-26 03:14

    When Magnus loves, he loves so hard. I just <3

  • rence
    2019-04-15 04:06

    Too much blood. Not enough Magnus. But that ending tho!!!

  • Matea
    2019-03-28 04:11

    It was Ok.

  • Andre
    2019-04-16 02:10

    This is a book were you need suspension of disbelief not to make the world work, but to make the plot work. You must literally suspend it entirely so that you will not ask yourself constantly why characters are acting like this.The characters make no sense, the plotholes/conveniences are over the top, the story is predictable and lacks any passion and suspense, it even tries to put an anti-drug message into it (as well as some lip service towards gender equality and gay rights), when it's clear that no one there knew what they were talking about, which usually makes the problem that is supposed to be tackled even worse. This book picks up the useless pattern that I hoped we had left with book 6, namely to have Magnus be in special historical places and/or with special people.There was literally only one thing that at least wasn't ruined by something else and that was the passable writing (like in book 5); so the author combination seems to be paying off. It had its problems (some strange phrases, transitions and misplaced sentences) but these were just that, problems. The rest of the book reads like the kind of fan-fiction shippers write who don't care about their characters except for shipping them off with whomever they want. This is how this book felt to me. Once again characters mostly just acted like this and that because the plot said so, not because it was in character or anything, and it was the same with what happened.Some convenience is ok, but not to such a degree and not in such numbers. Actually the biggest plot-convenience of the book (the ending), that also created a lot of plotholes, made me question why this was written in the first place. Because it doesn't make anyone look good and basically opens a giant can of worms.Like the last one, or basically any book in this series, this book tried to portray Magnus as a hero and make him look deep and meaningful, but once again it failed. It failed within itself already but it especially failed within the context of the wider series and universe both regarding what it claimed Magnus to be and how a character of his age, experience and power would act if he truly were such a great man as the books claim. The Magnus here is a whiny, angst-ridden, fashion obsessed, self-absorbed idiot who never deals with any problems in a relationship but prefers to run away, goes from one lover to the next and doesn't learn a single bit. He is also not the hero, because like so often, he doesn't act on his own accord but gets dragged into action by others. He isn't even a flawed hero or an anti-hero of any sort, or at least not of any memorable kind. Not to mention that he seems to constantly forget what he is capable of with his magic and is a total drama queen that continuously acts as though his life is so bad even when he has barely any reasons to complain except for the problems he himself creates. Of course his stupidity and incompetence is beyond belief which makes a lot of what happened in this book his own fault even if characters literally say it isn't. This is the series typical way of telling one thing but having the characters' actions betray them, here they reveal stupidity, ego and cowardice. And he really isn't the only idiot; there isn't one smart character in this book.And I am sure this is not intentional, this might have been ok then, since the book constantly tries to create drama and I think this is where the problem lies. The book only wants "drama" no matter what. There is no caring about what makes sense, there is no care about what is in-character when it doesn't fit the plot and especially no caring about what was already established about the characters. Even Magnus's age and experience is only there to serve for some half-assed explanations and to give him even more reason to whine. This book plays chronologically after all other books in this series so there is no excuse for plotholes and inconsistencies, not in the least. But apparently that was not important. Important was only the "drama" and that was done in a way that the characters are so incredibly dumb that it's embarrassing and insulting to the intelligence of the readers.What this book seems to lack is the passion for writing a good character and story. There is no hint that anyone ever took a step back and thought something like "What would this character do, how would this work, how could that work, how would these people act, what does this say about the character?" And I am not talking about the personality level; not even education or culture. I am talking about more basic things: the abilities of the different species/races in this book, what they could do and how it would affect their behavior and thinking. There seems to have been no effort spent on the thought as to how a warlock with such power would act, what a vampire can do in this and that situation or how werewolves would go about things with the abilities they have. Nothing at all, it was either ignored or forgotten entirely as it seems and this is a huge part as to why this book is so stupid and annoying. And if it didn't have that problem, it would still not be good, because it would be boring. You see pretty much every major plot-point coming and if you care enough to think about it, the minor ones probably as well.And despite the fact that it only had 26 pages (of 35) of story on my e-book reader it managed to utterly destroy even the last vestiges of respect I had for the character of Magnus Bane and it ends with more plotholes than it starts.Sadly this book was so bad that I found myself unable to write a review that fits into the character constraints of Goodreads so for the full review, you would have to go to my deviantart account: http://fav.me/d6sp8oxSo in the spoilers section here I will concentrate on Magnus:(view spoiler)[Like I said, this book tries to make Magnus a hero, a likeable, wise and tortured guy who just wants to do the right think. Does it hold up to that? Does it try to do it consistently and therefore at least reach its goal within itself? Of course not!It starts right at the beginning when we are once again reminded that Magnus is into fashion, no not only into fashion, but that he is fashion. Thankfully that doesn't have a strong presence in this book, it only pops up at the end again when Magnus has to hold back not to comment on Catarina's fashion choice, although he had called her to help him and perform a memory spell. We get to that, promise.He also likes to meet people, but during the book we never get to see him actually meet new people and stay with them. And for someone who likes to meet people he was suspiciously often alone and annoyed by people who wanted to know him in previous books.And of course he had barely landed in New York and already complained about the hot weather. No idea why he didn't use magic to cool him of, he uses it to not get smoke into his face, but why he does or doesn't use magic in this book, apart from the plot saying so, is anyone's guess. The use of magic is so inconsistent here that it lead me to the conclusion that no one ever asked how a warlock with Magnus's power would actually think, I mean when he uses magic against smoke why not to get himself and Greg somewhere by flying and making them invisible, which Magnus can do, as was established in earlier books. Also why he doesn't use portals more often or who knows what is definitely not in line with the concept of a warlock of his power-level, at least not for someone that supposedly cares about the people around him.And he excuses his whimsical nature, as always, by saying that it just happens that a trip that was planned to be 1 week turned into 2 years.Also we get told, for who knows how often already in this series, that blond is not Magnus favorite hair color, which doesn't stop him of course from having a crush on the recent blond werewolf hottie, Greg Johnson, who just carries it well somehow. This would not be so bad if the books would actually reflect that. We know Magnus fancied, or had sex with, at least 9 people in this series alone and 4 of them have definitely been blond (Etta, his Parisian lover and his fling in book 5 were never described, which leaves us with only 2 black-haired flings of his). For a color that is not his favorite, it occurs pretty often. Also if blond is not his favorite color, why did he comment on Guadalupe's lack of being a blond in the last book? What sort of guy who is not into blonds would portray them as the epitome of beauty like that and if they aren't supposed to be that in these books, why are the flings/relationships of him so often described as blond?Seriously, how am I supposed to believe this "not a favorite" stuff if even the things surrounding Magnus do not stop him from commenting how nice it is to have handsome and shirtless Gregg next to him.And while his use/not use of magic already paints a not so pleasant picture of Magnus, his whole managing of the situation with the drug addicted vampires and also how he treated and reacted to the people he allegedly cares about shows his significant lack of caring and intelligence.Despite all the clues that were already there prior to him meeting Camille he actually did have to see the human Sarah, whom Camille fed on, in Camille's room sniffing up the white powder to realize that drugs influence the vampires. It wasn't the weird behavior of the vampires in his room (who served together with Greg as a plotdevice to get Magnus involved and whom he clearly described as looking sick and twitchy), nor the statements of the werewolves saying that vampires attack people who were on some substances (btw this time Magnus remembers the Praetor Lupus, not like last book when he could have really needed their help), nor the fact that he saw the obviously drugged humans in Camille's hotel room with the razor blades and white powder right in front of them, plus their bruises and wounds, that made him come to the conclusion. And all that despite the fact that he had seen this a thousand times in mundane. If that would be true he would have recognized that right away, but there is no hint towards this in the book. It really leaves no doubt about it: he had to see Sarah to realize what was going on.And it doesn't stop there. There is a killer in New York and bloodthirsty vampires on drugs, a perfectly good reason to get involved. But what does he do after finding out all this? Keep himself busy for the "next several days" because the werewolves will handle it. And at the end of the book it was stated that Magnus had been in NY for two weeks. So minus the first and second day, and the three days at the end, he let it all happen for 9 days. Apparently he is busy with old clients and all (spells, books, redecoration, bars etc.), albeit I wonder how many clients could there still be after his absence of 2 years (btw that was a dumb move from him only to have a housekeeper as a security, whose absence is never explained and barely even commented on). And it comes back with a vengeance when the vampires crash a new club and kill the people inside. Not many, but still. And all this leads to, is him saying that you never get used to seeing terrible things (which he wasn't much affected by in book 5), then shortly blaming himself until Lincoln says that it wasn't his fault what happened. Which of course it is, it is both their fault. Magnus could have easily gotten the card with the club name Dolly took from him back via a simply teleportation spell, and even if not he could have worked with the werewolves right away instead of keeping to himself. There was a bunch of addicted, super strong and bloodthirsty vampires on the streets and both knew they killed already, Magnus knew they had killed in the past, and he knew Camille had already let Raphael's sire run amok in the last book (which makes his early statement of "Camille would not let that happen" look ridiculous) so there is very good reason for him to stop them right away, especially considered what some addicts are capable of when they do not get their regular dose. Magnus knew what was going on and he did nothing. Nothing at all, he left it all to the werewolves, but he himself chose not to do anything, which not only makes the death of the humans his fault but also the death of the later killed vampires. He was definitely in a position to stop all this, but he did not. He didn't even try.And considered how he acts towards the people he cares is just abhorrent and shows him as a shallow, arrogant scaredy cat (even after all his years) who excuses everything apparently with it being "too painful."It starts with an early comment of his about why he doesn't associate with drug users: because they are boring. Later he states that when you lost someone to addiction – and he had lost many - you lost something very precious (no names of course, like with all the other reasons he lost "people"), but that is not the reason he gives at the start for not associating with drug users. And keep in mind, this is not what he said out loud, this is what is told about him by the book, so it is him, his own "inner" voice, but that voice does not say "he didn't associate with them since he had lost people to drugs" it says people who did drugs were boring. Hopelessly, relentlessly boring.So losing people to drug addiction had that little effect on him?But considered what we know about how he treats the people he allegedly cares about, that behavior towards drug addicts is probably in character.When Camille, who is allegedly his first great love, is in a pretty pitiful state due to her drug addictions, all the book is saying that he would have nothing to do with it. What happened now was not his problem (which also refers to the whole crazy vampires problem in general) and he excuses his non-involvement simply by saying that you can't cure an addict who doesn't want to be cured. Of course that is after another of his Camille related whinings (even calls her a beast and speaks about her as if she is drawn to disaster). And what exactly is so horrible about Camille's fate here? He didn't care about what happened to her in the books before this. Quite frankly that is a big problem with the two in this book, they don't really act like two people that shared such an important relationship and especially Camille does not act like someone that knows Magnus as good as he claimed in other books. Instead of seeing remnants of an actual relationship we see something that not only makes me feel bad for Camille but what I also consider slightly misogynistic:Magnus is Camille's special one, but he apparently screwed around quite a lot since they broke up, only enforcing that women must be all over one men while men can just go around as if nothing happened. Not to mention that this makes Camille look like a cliché YA teen "heroine" and not the alleged, badass and sophisticated vampire woman she was supposed to be. And she even considers it kind of Magnus to have lied to her about her being special and all, because why should a woman so used to manipulation as the Chronicles so far constantly claimed appreciate honesty from someone she allegedly cares about right? This is rather to make Magnus's personality and especially his habit about lying seem better if you ask me. Since him lying to her is considered kind but in all the other books her behavior was portrayed as downright villainous, well when the story bothered to have Magnus dwell on that, but what can you expect from a guy so stupid that he took as long as he did here to realize the vampires where on drugs (not to mention all the other stupidity in this and other books). And speaking about that again: Even Camille's drug addiction is used as an excuse here to make Magnus whine about old wounds. Nothing ever really went away, which, again, would not be so bad if he wouldn't do it all the time in all of his books. Done when its actually meaningful it might be good but frankly they do it so often that it's nothing more than a broken record now. Now you could of course say that his demeanor is due to her breaking his heart and all, but this book managed to show that this is not the case, because we get to know the fate of another former/current love of Magnus that, at least until the series decides otherwise, has done nothing to Magnus: Etta. The woman from last book with whom he had years of relationship, whom he allegedly considered to give up his immortality or make her immortal (that book was really vague) and of course that was another reason for him to whine about how people leave him. But anyway, turns out she is in a nursing home and doesn't recognize Magnus anymore. For one thing, that makes me question why she is already there since considered that this book plays 24 years after the last one and she was in her later thirties, meaning she is in her early sixties now so why is she affected like this already? Even dementia in general doesn't usually affect people that early and even then it's not that common (about 5% of those over 65 are said to be involved). So I think it just serves as another cheap plot device to try and make readers pity Magnus again. Well thankfully it doesn't work for me because of two reasons:a) If you love a person you don't just abandon her in some nursing home just because she doesn't recognize you anymore. You would still try to make the rest of her life as meaningful and enjoyable as possible. At least caring for her financially would be the least thing you can do. But there is no hint here that Magnus did any of this.b) Magnus can do magic! Remember, the end, as well as book 5 of this series, clearly establishes that there is a spell to erase/modify the memory of a person. But there is no spell to cure dementia or generally restore memory or ease its symptoms? Nothing? We are never told and there isn't even a hint regarding Magnus attempting anything in this regard.So what it comes down to is that Magnus lets Etta, the woman he loves/loved, stay in some nursing home because it became too painful to visit her. This is not Magnus being deep and empathetic; this is Magnus being a giant coward. Btw Etta is referred to as one of his last loves, which makes you wonder how many there have been during the last 24 years or even in this book since he decided not to sleep alone.But it really doesn't end there, because the biggest act of cowardice comes at the end of the book when he calls Catarina to perform a memory spell on him so he will forget all he experienced with Camille since he broke up with her nearly 100 years ago (no idea why since he barely saw her while on drugs and definitely not during detox). This act of cowardice on his part made me loose the last vestiges of respect I had for this character. This plan is not only the trait of a coward but also of a complete idiot. This spell opened a can of plothole worms and can never work. Not only would Catarina at least guess, what happened, and also prefer to let him live a lie, it would also fail miserably. Raphael knows that Magnus was there, Lincoln, Dolly, George, several vampires and werewolves would know they spend time together, and last but not least Camille herself would. But there is not a single hint in the chronologically later happening books so far that this ever happened and considered what happened, Camille would not just simply let it be, no one would. This made me question why this whole story was there if at the end they just do a cop out like that.(hide spoiler)]Basically:If all of this was there to make Magnus look smart, relatable and acting as though he cares about people he loved, than the writing was so bad that Magnus comes along as the direct opposite.

  • Leah Bosward
    2019-04-05 04:01

    Magnus has been through so much. I feel really bad that he had to get his memories of Camille wiped because she is an annoying prick. I honestly feel a lot better about what happens to her now in the mortal instruments. I'm really missing Jem, Tessa and Will though!

  • Kayla Ann
    2019-04-03 04:06

    2.5* probably my least favorite of The Bane Chronicles. I love Magnus. I adore Catarina. And Camille is annoying as hell.