Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Audiobook Review: The Runaway Queen (The Bane Chronicles #2) by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Publish Date: 5/21/13
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Read by: George Blagden
  • Length: 1 hour and 18 minutes
  • Source: Digital Audiobook provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | Audible | B&N | Simon & Schuster Audio

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.

My Thoughts

This was very short, but very interesting. I really liked the time period that this one is set in and the characters that we meet. As we learn more and more about Magnus's history and the things he has done it really makes him even more awesome. Though I didn't think this was quite as great as the first installment I still really did enjoy it.

Magnus is asked to help the royal family, which is obvious in the synopsis. He doesn't really get to bring out his humorous side much in this, but instead we see more of the serious and loyal Magnus. Don't get me wrong, we do get some good Magnus snark, but it's more subtle. I think that the importance of the situation in this really gives us more of that other side of Magnus. I love getting to see his layers.

The other characters we meet are great too. I love getting to hear about the people that Magnus meets and how they play a role in his life, and ultimately his future. Besides the great characters, there is also a monkey, which I found to be pretty awesome!!

The audio version of this was fantastic to listen to. I think that George Blagden did the voices wonderfully, and he so flawlessly switched his accents. This was also just over an hour long so it's a super quick book to listen to. Perfect for a work out or a bedtime story for yourself. Overall this was good and I am glad that I listened to the audio instead of reading it. I think that it really helped to bring more life to the story.

* A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.


  1. I bought this off amazon the other day, I still haven't read the first one but they sure do sound amazing! I'm just getting more and more annoyed when Cassie Clare is writing more Shadowhunter books, it'd be so much more exciting if she'd write about something else.

    Amazing review, Amy! <33

  2. Oh neat, I had always thought this was just a Cassie Clare book and a part of the Clockwork series, the wash on the covers is so similar. I love that it's a joint effort, those always make me curious. Happy to see that this one worked really well for you! And yay for short audiobooks!

  3. I think I would like this, based on the time period and plot. It's always nice when an audiobook is so enjoyable!

  4. I bet this would be interesting. Two great authors. Interesting combo.

  5. I like that Magnus has those two sides - snarky and loyal. He is a man covered in glitter and all sorts of fun clothes, but he is one of the most loyal and good-hearted guys out there in the Shadowhunter's world. I had no idea these novellas were in audiobook form. I'm glad you enjoyed it hon!

  6. I think when I'm done with Wallbanger I'm going to grab these in audio. I can always use more Magnus and I'm looking forward to seeing some different sides of him.

  7. I've been hearing a lot about Magnus! Was he in the TMI series? I read that so long ago I forget lol. I'm a lil tired of Cassie Claire though blah she's such a cash cow!!!

  8. Lol. An hour. These must go by SO FAST. I'm slightly envious of that. However, still curious why that requires two authors.

    *runs off*

  9. Awesome that there is audio of these. Since they are little quick extras I didn't think there would be. I enjoy Magnus but I don't really love him like everyone else seems too. I'll just get to these when I get to them. Not super excited for them.

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  11. AHH this one looks really good! I don't know if I'll read it, since I've sworn off this entire series just because of the fact that the promotional banners they have up are SO annoying and scary every time I go to a page and hear that weird whoosing sound, know what I mean?

    But anyway, I'm glad the audio was really great and the narrator did such a phenomenal job :)

    Fantastic review!

  12. I thought this was just a novella! I had no idea it was actually a series. Woah, I need to read this.

  13. Listening to this one right now -- you're right, the narrator is great!

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  14. I'm behind on this series. Want to get to it, though. Thanks for the review.

  15. Glad Magnus is still an enjoyable character throughout despite a personality shift! I just love that dude SO much! I think I'll wait till these are all out so I can read them back to back...especially since you mentioned this one was fairly short. Sweet review!!


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