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Book Review: THE RED SCROLLS OF MAGIC by CASSANDRA CLARE and WESLEY CHU

Hello Readers, welcome back to my blog.

Magnus Bane is my absolute favourite character of all time, so it never takes me long to pick up any book that his character has a main role.

SUMMARY

All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation.

A lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who, against all odds, is finally his boyfriend. It doesn’t seem like too much for the centuries-old High Warlock to ask for. But no sooner have they settled in Paris than an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshiping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.

Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec have to trust each other more than ever – even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping.

This month has moved so slowly and I thought that would help my reading as well but it hasn’t. Maybe it’s because I am reading about Magnus Bane. I have dual feelings of wanting to finish the book fast and wanting to slow down and savour the book. He is my favourite character so far in all the Shadowhunter books I have read.

The Red Scrolls of Magic is the first book in the Eldest Curses series and it starts after the battle with and death of Valentine Morgenstern which was in the third book of the Mortal Instruments series. Magnus and Alec have just declared publicly that they are in a relationship during the third book of the Mortal Instruments series. Now they are on their first vacation together, trying to get to know each other better without interference and in a more intimate setting. According to Magnus, there is nowhere more romantic than Paris, so their trip starts in Paris.

Alec hasn’t really had a relationship before so he doesn’t know what to expect from a trip like this but as long as Magnus is present, he is determined to enjoy himself. The trip starts off as any other romantic vacation, with shopping and site seeing, except things start taking a demonic twist as they usually do when a Shadowhunter and a warlock are involved.

There is a rumour that Magnus Bane started a cult that is killing people and causing mischief. The problem is that Magnus cannot remember 3 years of his life around the time the cult was founded so it is possible he could have started the cult as a joke. A quest to rediscover Magnus’s memories and the current activities of the cult is embarked on with Alec but the further they investigate it becomes more dangerous than they expected.

The lines that come from Magnus are so witty that I just love whenever he says anything. I have to admit that the story deals with some underlining issues, like changing an institute that does not tolerate diversity or difference in people, which is the same of our reality today in society. I am looking forward to the kind of changes that Alec will make to the Shadowhunter world by just being himself.

I gave this book a five star because of Magnus Bane. I am not usually drawn to characters, it is usually the story and how it is written that I love but Magnus has become my favourite character of all time.

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