Friday, July 26, 2013

Audiobook Review: Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Publication date: 7/12/13 (audio) 6/18/2013 (ebook)
  • Series: Bane Chronicles Series  
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Read by: Andrew Scott
  • Length: 1 hour and 24 minutes
  • Source: Digital audiobook provided by the publisher for review.
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Magnus Bane leverages his alliances with Downworlders and Shadowhunters on a venture to Victorian London. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

When immortal warlock Magnus Bane attends preliminary peace talks between the Shadowhunters and the Downworlders in Victorian London, he is charmed by two very different people: the vampire Camille Belcourt and the young Shadowhunter, Edmund Herondale. Will winning hearts mean choosing sides?

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, Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale, is written by Sarah Rees Brennan and Cassandra Clare.

My Thoughts

I am really enjoying all of these stories about Magnus and learning more about his history. This one might have been my favorite story wise, but the audio didn't quite work for me like the previous two did. I just didn't feel like the reader did well distinguishing between some of the voices, but he did have a good reading voice that was clear and easy to listen to. If you have read The Infernal Devices, this book is where we get to know some of the characters that we have met, or been mentioned in that series.

Magnus meets not only Camille, in this, but Edmund Herondale. (Will's father) I loved getting to know the background story to how Magnus and Camille came to know each other. They don't jump into a relationship right away like is typical Magnus fashion though. I also loved getting to know Edmund before he left the Shadowhunters. Not that we really knew him after, we have only heard things of him. We even get a sneak peak at a very young Charlotte Branwell!! This is where we see some of the other parts of Magnus. Especially towards the end of this installment.

We are now into a time period where we are seeing many more familiar characters, so we are not only getting to know of the adventures of Magnus better, but we are getting to know some characters that I know I have been interested in knowing more about. The only reason why this lost a star from me, is that I found that this reader sounded a lot different trying to do Magnus than the previous ones. Perhaps he isn't as good at adapting from one accent to another. He also did not do well at the female voices. It was still an enjoyable listening experience though. I loved this particular story and it gave more insight into things.

*An audiobook copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review. I did not receive any compensation.


  1. I still haven't started this mini series but they sound really good. Glad that you found this was no exception.

    Fantastic reivew, Amy! <33

  2. I'm happy to hear that you're still having luck with Magnus' series, Amy! I haven't read The Infernal Devices yet, but I think I'll read that one first before attempting this series.
    I loved Magnus' characters because he was so intriguing, so I'm curious to get to know more about him.
    Lovely review, Amy!

  3. I love your love for this series and all it's side stories! I'M kind of boycotting these because I'm just tired of her milking the cow incredibly dry but you'd heard me rant on this before so I won't make you suffer that again! LOL I am excited for the movie though!

  4. Hmm, I only heard just very little about this series. I should check it out. Thanks for reviewing.

  5. Magnus!! I love him and am so curious about these stories, but I feel kind of the same as Giselle. Still... It's Magnus! So I'll read these at some point, I'm sure. So glad you enjoyed this, Amy.

  6. I need to listen to these! I got the link to grab this one but I haven't got the other two yet so I suppose O won't be listening any time real soon. I'm glad to hear you're enjoying these!

  7. I am supposed to be reviewing this but can only download it on my Windows computer, which is at home while I am on vacation. Look forward to listening to it soon!

  8. I'm glad you enjoyed this listen...even though the guy who did the recording wasn't as good as some previous readers. I don't think I've heard much about this series, but it's good that this gave you more insight into some characters that you didn't know much about. I really need to look into listening to more books!!

  9. Ooooh getting all that backstory on Magnus and the Herondales must be awesome. I still need to read TID series but Magnus is one of my favorite characters so I'll definitely be checking these out. I just hope they all get re-released as ONE giant Magnus book eventually >.<
    Loved your review!

  10. Oh yay I'm glad you enjoyed this one! Magnus and Camille's relationship has always been such an enigma, so I'm glad that Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale kind of explores their relationship because it's been hinted a lot that their past is pretty intense ^_^ Aww about the audio though!

    Fantastic review, Amy!

  11. I really want to get to these but I just haven't had time. I really don't like it when you can't tell the difference between the voices. The narrator makes such a difference in how the reading experience goes. Great review.

  12. This sounds really good. Glad you're liking it!


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