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Profile Image for Beth.
703 reviews572 followers
March 13, 2020
Actual rating 3.5

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

What Really Happened in Peru - 2 Stars
The Runaway Queen - 2 Stars
Vampires, Sconces and Edmund Herondale - 4 Stars
The Midnight Heir - 5 Stars
The Rise of the Hotel Dumort - 4 Stars
Saving Raphael Santiago - 4 Stars
The Fall of the Hotel Dumort - 3 Stars
What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything - 4 Stars
The Last Stand of the New York Institute - 4 Stars
The Course of True Love [and First Dates] - 4 Stars
The Voicemail of Magnus Bane - 4 Stars
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1,093 reviews1,015 followers
May 9, 2015
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 Williams

The 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.
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233 reviews13 followers
January 18, 2023
4 Stars!

“What do you do?” the woman asked.

“This and that,” Magnus said.

“Are you in fashion? You look like you’re in fashion.”

“No,” he said. “I am fashion.”

See this is why I love Magnus 😌

This one wasn’t really my favorite. There just wasn’t anything really special about the storyline. We got a lot more insight into Magnus and Camille’s relationship however, so that was interesting to read about.
Nevertheless we seem to be getting closer to the present, which means we’ll start to see more of the beloved characters from TMI!
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1,169 reviews98.2k followers
October 15, 2018
“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.”

This was easily my least favorite in the collection. Like, it read like I was back in elementary school watching police officers tell us about the D.A.R.E campaign. Basically, this one is set is 1977 New York, and Camille and her vampires are getting high from drinking the blood of humans on drugs, and they get really addicted. I did enjoy the ending with the memory spell, but that was about it.

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271 reviews524 followers
March 18, 2015
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.
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189 reviews1,420 followers
July 2, 2015
Buy this book HERE on Amazon

2 of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below). AND I DESPISE CAMILLE EVEN MORE NOW

My 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....
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623 reviews1,952 followers
November 23, 2021
I really liked this story about magnus and camille. It gave me more of a background and understanding to their... errr... relationship. :)


1. What Really Happened in Peru - ★★★☆☆
2. The Runaway Queen - ★★☆☆☆
3. Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale - ★★★★★
4. The Midnight Heir - ★★★★★
5. The Rise of the Hotel Dumort - ★★☆☆☆
6. Saving Raphael Santiago - ★★★★☆
7. The Fall of the Hotel Dumort - ★★★★☆
8. What To Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything - ★★★★☆
9. The Last Stand of the New York Institute - ★★★★★
10. The Course of True Love [and First Dates] - ★★★★★
11. The Voicemail of Magnus Bane - ★★★☆☆

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20 reviews97 followers
January 11, 2018
I really miss the Shadowhunter world… I wanna read The Last Hours & the final book of TDA right now😭😭
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520 reviews372 followers
December 8, 2018

This one was good but not memorable.
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315 reviews335 followers
October 8, 2020
I think this was a really great story. About Magnus and Camille.
About how Dumont turned to Dumort.
Since I'm also rereading City of Fallen Angels, this story really helped!!
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965 reviews48 followers
October 18, 2013
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 IT!


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304 reviews154 followers
July 9, 2022
interesting stories alternate with boring ones, indeed. this one was sadly the boring one and maybe even my least favorite.
October 30, 2016
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"
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182 reviews18 followers
June 5, 2016
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 :)
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1,320 reviews85 followers
August 9, 2015
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:

So in the spoilers section here I will concentrate on Magnus:

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.
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359 reviews128 followers
September 16, 2021
Lectura 16 del reto de lectura de la obra de Cassandra Clare organizado por este grupo.

Primera: The Bane Chronicles #1.
Segunda: The Bane Chronicles #2.
Tercera: The Bane Chronicles #3.
Cuarta: Cazadores de Sombras, Los Orígenes: Ángel Mecánico.
Quinta: Cazadores de Sombras, Los Orígenes: Príncipe Mecánico.
Sexta: Cazadores de Sombras, Los Orígenes: Princesa Mecánica.
Séptima: Ghosts of the Shadow Market, #2.
Octava: Ghosts of the Shadow Market, #3.
Novena: The Bane Chronicles #4.
Décima: Cazadores de Sombras, Las Últimas horas #1.
Undécima: Cazadores de Sombras, Las Últimas horas #2.
Decimosegunda: The Bane Chronicles #5.
Decimotercera: Ghosts of the Shadow Market, #4.
Decimocuarta: The Bane Chronicles #6.
Decimoquinta: Ghosts of the Shadow Market, #5.


De nuevo de vuelta con Magnus, avanzamos hasta los años 70 en la ciudad de Nueva York. Magnus decide volver tras tomarse unas largas vacaciones por Europa, y lo que se encuentra es una ciudad mucho peor de lo que fue cuando se marchó. En esta ocasión, el clan de vampiros de la ciudad está causando estragos a los licántropos que piden ayuda a Magnus para que controle la situación, ya que él es amigo de la líder, Camille.

En general ha sido un relato bastante plano y sin nada muy interesante, excepto el tramo final donde sí he visto algo interesante. Entiendo ya, por el giro que pegan los hechos, que los siguientes estarán ambientados en Nueva York porque Ciudad de Hueso toca relativamente pronto y creo recordar que allí estaban involucrados vampiros, licántropos y el Instituto de Nueva York. A ver cómo lo enlazan.
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1,243 reviews
September 1, 2015
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…
Profile Image for Jeannette.
663 reviews138 followers
December 8, 2015
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.
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591 reviews80 followers
September 25, 2016
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.
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134 reviews14 followers
July 22, 2021
“When you love someone that intensely and they do not love you in the same way, it is impossible to part well.”

2.5/5 ⭐

Buddy read this Sanyam :)

This was an okay story, not the worst but not my favourite either.

Basically, this story shows how great Magnus's love for Camille was, since he asked Catarina to wipe his memories of what happened.

“You know, there's a reason we can remember," [Catarina] said more softly.
"That's much easier when your life has an expiration date."
"It may be more important for us.”


Once again, Magnus is there to clean up the mess and fix the situation!

I love his character so much 😂💗

“Are you in fashion? You look like you're in fashion."
"No," Magnus said. "I am fashion.”
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675 reviews1,501 followers
September 17, 2020


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 Bones
The Mortal Instruments #02: City of Ashes
The Mortal Instruments #03: City of Glass
The Infernal Devices #01: Clockwork Angel
The Mortal Instruments #04: City of Heavenly Fire
The Infernal Devices #02: Clockwork Prince
The Mortal Instruments #05: City of Lost Souls
The Infernal Devices #03: Clockwork Princess
The 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 Peru
The Bane Chronicles #02: The Runaway Queen
The 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 Love
The Bane Chronicles #11: The Voicemail of Magnus Bane

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #01: Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #02: The Lost Herondale
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #03: The Whitechapel Fiend
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #04: Nothing but Shadows
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #05: The Evil We Love
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #06: Pale Kings and Princes
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #07: Bitter of Tongue
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #08: The Fiery Trial
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #09: Born to Endless Night
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #10: Angels Twice Descending

The Dark Artifices #01: Lady Midnight
The Dark Artifices #02: Lord of Shadows
The Dark Artifices #03: Queen of Air and Darkness
3 reviews19 followers
October 21, 2013
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.
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2,350 reviews24.7k followers
November 12, 2015
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.
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155 reviews82 followers
October 17, 2013
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.
March 12, 2015
{March 11th, 2015} MINI REVIEW

2.5 stars.

SPOILERS i guess

Pg 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: #confused

This 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... :/
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Author 11 books75.3k followers
November 28, 2013
I didn't really like this one. I was okay but I don't know, the ending kind of bothered me. I didn't like Magnus like that. But on the bright side, Raphael appearance made me smile :). Who knew I would end up liking so much that vampire?
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