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The Bane Chronicles #5

The Rise of the Hotel Dumort

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In 1920s Manhattan, Magnus Bane hobnobs with the elite at a glamorous Jazz Age hotspot.

The immortal Magnus Bane is making the most of his time in the Roaring Twenties: He's settled into New York society and is thriving among the fashionable jazz set. And there is nowhere better to see and be seen than the glamorous Hotel Dumort, a glittering new addition to the Manhattan landscape. But a different type of glamour may be at play...

61 pages, ebook

First published July 16, 2013

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Cassandra Clare

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"Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts."

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965 reviews48 followers
August 27, 2013




Profile Image for Melanie.
1,157 reviews97.9k followers
October 13, 2018
“Nothing is permanent," Magnus said. "I know this from experience. But you can get new things. You can meet new people. You can go on.”

I loved how this short story was set in 1929 New York, while Magnus is trying to run a speakeasy. And seeing his magic camouflage this secret pub into a tea party was pretty much the best thing ever. Sadly, that’s all I truly enjoyed about it. I mean, I guess seeing Hotel Dumort almost become a portal to Hell was pretty cool, too. But this story, and the new characters, just didn’t win me over as hard in this one.

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Profile Image for Pam.
1,093 reviews1,009 followers
May 6, 2015
4 stars

Narrated by Cecil Baldwin, Jamie Bamber, George Blagden, Gareth David-Lloyd, Jordan Gavaris, Stephen Lunsford, David Oyelowo, Andrew Scott, Michael Trevino, Jesse Williams

Five of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

This was a story that I was curious about, we've know Hotel Dumort as it was in the Mortal Instruments, but I always wondered how it came to be ... This solidifies my thought of it being one of grandeur at one point in time, but used and abused for ill purposes. Very interesting story, tying in real event references to this fantasy world.
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189 reviews1,419 followers
July 2, 2015
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2.5 of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below). I definitely was interested in finding more about the history of Hotel Dumort, but this story for some reason was not very entertaining and developed very lowly for a short story. My favorite part was Magnus's fashion sense.

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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520 reviews370 followers
November 28, 2018
3.5/5 stars

I loved the introduction to prohibition and the economic crise. The world building was really cool too.
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944 reviews1,098 followers
August 31, 2013

-Really boring. There was barely any plot. The first 20 odd pages was just Magnus whining about his Speakeasy, the cops, and a bunch of random humans using him for his money/club/hotel. And then the last few pages he was sorting out some silly demon problem at some other hotel.

-Magnus was as shallow as usual. He only ever likes young and handsome people, anyone unattractive he either dislikes or dismisses. Ugh.

-Why does Magnus hate Shadowhunters so much? What have they ever done to him? Sure, they don't like him but why does he have a problem with that since he feels exactly the same way about them?

-I'm getting annoyed at Magnus's repeated mentions of Camille and his relationship with her. What actually happened between them? Why does he keep bitching about her? Am I meant to hate her or something? From what little I've read about her she seems much better than Magnus, at least she doesn't pretend to be something she's not.

-Why did Camille send that Dolly vampire to warn Magnus about the Wall St crash and apparent end of the world? Why didn't Camille just go see Magnus herself? It made no sense.

-What's the point of these novellas? They've not elaborated on anything important, all they've done is 1. Show Magnus on various forgettable adventures 2. Make Magnus come across as a self pitying, whiny, selfish, judgmental brat and 3. Highlight how easily Magnus falls in and out of love.
I wanted to know about Magnus's dad, his real age, his relationship with Camille and Alec, and his duties as a warlock. I've gotten none of that.
The novellas have made me hate Magnus, he's become such a weak, pathetic, pointless character.
Profile Image for Sonja ✧・゚。★・゚☾.
505 reviews448 followers
March 31, 2020
❛It wasn't a bad life. It wouldn't last, but nothing ever did.❜
The Rise of the Hotel Dumort is honestly a pretty pointless story. I kept on reading the story wondering when something interesting would happen; and eventually when something out of the ordinary did happen, it was executed poorly..

Also, the ending was really abrupt?? I'm so confused by this short story.. Like why does it exist? It feels like it wasn't edited or looked over with a critical eye at all.

The last Magnus Bane short story I read was so great, and this one is just rubbish in comparison. Also, Shadowhunters are arrogant and annoying assholes, but what else is new?
❝When have I ever claimed not to be a fool?❞
I read this in The Bane Chronicles 💫
October 30, 2016
¿La crisis del 29, el brujo más poderoso y viejo de todos los tiempos, un viejo amor de Magnus y un bar secreto que desafía la prohibición del alcohol? YES, PLEASE!

No saben cómo adoro que Cassandra Clare sitúe algunas de las historias de Magnus en momentos históricos claves y que lo involucre como protagonista de detalles menores de la Historia. Primero tuvimos las líneas de Nazca, luego su participación en la Revolución Francesa, y ahora lo tenemos en medio del crack del 29, del Jueves Negro, del nefasto día en que Wall Street se volvió loco y la gente saltaba de los edificios porque lo había perdido todo.

Y es que la Historia mundana se entrelaza de una manera genial con la de los Downworlders en un momento en el que demonios están siendo convocados, un gran brujo está masacrando a los más ricos de Nueva York y abriendo un gran portal del tamaño del Hotel Dumont.

Y Camille... ay, Camille. Sabemos que tú, vampiresa escurridiza, estabas detrás de todo de alguna manera.
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271 reviews525 followers
March 17, 2015
In comparison with its predecessors this was not so good. I still enjoyed reading it and devoured it in a matter of minutes but this is my least favorite. It's still interesting and I love how Magnus never runs out of memories and experiences and stories to tell us. I'm glad he stayed and didn't go with Aldous. What would we have done without him?
Profile Image for dia.
304 reviews152 followers
July 9, 2022
it’s confusing that these stories follow each other chronologically, but there is still a big time gap between them anyway. the fifth story was boring and the plot wasn’t coherent, many things doesn’t make sense to me.
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608 reviews905 followers
July 16, 2016
I keep pausing every few pages just to watch YouTube videos because I'm bored out of my mind. I'm so disappointed. Magnus is supposed to be such an interesting character but there's literally no emotion coming from these stories. It all feels forced. And stale.
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1,314 reviews83 followers
August 9, 2015
Basically this is boring, slow, full of clichés, continues bad patterns (Magnus is at special places etc.), is lazily written, full of plotholes, has a dumb story and a dumb main character, the villains are a joke and the climax totally anticlimactic.
I really had to ask myself whether the writers put any effort into this story.

It seems to try and make Magnus look smart, kind, wise, ethical and sympathetic, as well as the story funny I guess, but it pretty much fails on all these accounts.
Magnus is not really intelligent - everyone else is simply incredibly stupid - but looks like a shallow and arrogant idiot that only cares about himself. They even ruin the moments when he tries to help other people or actually uses magic. And to be honest would there be a scenario like that in the real world Magnus would have been dead meat. But the forced plot would never allow for Magnus to even get a scratch.
And the "jokes", if that is what they are supposed to be, are not funny but plain stupid.

If there is a theme here it is in my eyes "better in comparison". And even this "better" is only in regard to the fact that the switching from Brennan to Johnson as co-author has led to a significant decrease in the number of weird and crazy phrases so typical for Clare books. But apart from that there is no improvement whatsoever, especially in terms of historical accuracy.

PS. Don't put any stock in the book description and title, they don't fit at all.

For those interested in more, let me elaborate in the spoilers section:
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134 reviews13 followers
July 26, 2021
“Nothing is permanent," Magnus said. "I know this from experience. But you can get new things. You can meet new people. You can go on.”

Buddy read this with Sanyam :D

I definitely was interested in finding out more about the history of Hotel Dumort but this story for some reason was not very interesting or entertaining.

The plot was really confusing... The most boring story so far :/

Let's hope that the next ones are better :)
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623 reviews1,925 followers
November 23, 2021
i wanted more magnus and camille i guess HAHA and didn't really care much for the side chaacters here

COFFEE SHOP JAZZ AMBIENCE ROOM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0_ej...

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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588 reviews80 followers
September 25, 2016
This was great era, and Magnus's secret bar was just so typically Magnus! Seeing the beginning of Wall Street Crash was also interesting to see. As The Durmort Hotel is so famous in TMI series, it was nice to see how it began.
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650 reviews139 followers
December 1, 2015
This is probably the best out of all of the parts of the Bane Chronicles that I've read so far. It was juicy and it had actual connection to the books that follow. I also appreciated the fact that it was very far away from Magnus' love life and the drama that follows. Plus, it was interesting to learn about how Hotel Dumort became the place that it is in the Mortal Instruments. I have the suspicion that the stories that Clare writes with Sarah Rees Brennan are not as interesting to me, whereas this one was written with another author, who's personal works I haven't read though.
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68 reviews16 followers
August 20, 2013
It has never crossed my mind before, how befitting owning a speakeasy is to Magnus' character. Of course Magnus Bane must have owned a speakeasy, what the hell ! His managings of it once again totally fit his character.

The best moment for me in this Chronicle was when my suspicions were finally confirmed that Magnus is no ordinary Warlock. Readers of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices will know that Magnus does not need to enter and remain limited to the Sanctuary of a Shadowhunter Institute like other Downworlders in this mythology. In What Really Happened In Peru (The Bane Chronicles #1), it was hinted that Magnus' father is one of the most powerful Demon's of all... along with some crazy shizzle that happened when Alec handed him a witchlight runestone in The Mortal Instruments. Well I'll tell you this now, Cassie - WE ARE DYING TO KNOW !!!!!!! (I speak for the fans collectively).

Another interesting element of this Chronicle was the added information that was provided about the Demon Realm, The Void. So apparently Pandemonium wasn't just a night club... now apparently it wasn't just a vampire-feasting / gambling club.

For the first time, evidence in this Chronicle arises where it is clear that well established Downworlders are feeling threatened by Mundanes and their ever-increasing advancements as time goes on. Too much wisdom can be debilitating - Clare highlights this well with Aldous Nix.

Apart from that, nothing had a profound effect on me when reading this Chronicle. It was interesting to see what Hotel Dumont looked like in its prime and of course have a look at the New York Shadow and Down World in 1929. This Bane Chronicle had a good amount of more substance than What Really Happened In Peru (The Bane Chronicles #1 ), but was not as humorous as The Runaway Queen ( The Bane Chronicles #2). Therefore a 3.5 / 5 from me.
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1,229 reviews
August 31, 2015
In questa avventura Magnus dovrà vedersela con diversi problemi: la Crisi Economica, un mondano con il cuore spezzato, uno stregone che comincia ad accusare i sintomi di una pericolosa pazzia, una vampira misteriosa e l’apertura di un portale infernale.
Come sempre Magnus è un personaggio molto simpatico e molto particolare, l’immortalità gli permette di non avere troppe preoccupazioni e di non prendere nulla sul serio. Ma quando serve lo stregone sa utilizzare al meglio la sua magia. È stato bello rivedere Magnus alle prese con gli Shadowhunters, sembra infatti che pur non apprezzandolo a pieno i cacciatori si affidino alle informazioni dello stregone.
Come al solito la Clare ci lascia con il fiato sospeso e a bocca asciutta. L’entrata in scena di Camille ha reso la storia molto molto interessante peccato che poi il racconto si sia concluso!
Ormai sono abituata ai giochetti di Cassandra Clare, ma questo lasciare in sospeso mi sta stancando!
Profile Image for Thibaut Nicodème.
575 reviews132 followers
December 13, 2015
Full review on my blog, the Snark Theater.

I…have no words. What even was this? Magnus was running a speakeasy. Then he wasn't. Also he was warned about the Great Depression by three different sources. He didn't care. Also there was something about demon summoning. It accomplished nothing. And then, *plot twist*, Camille, whom we were introduced to as the New York vampire clan's previous leader, turns out to be in New York and leading other vampires? YOU DON'T SAY.

The more I progress through these "Chronicles", the less it feels like there's any reason for them to exist. Why did the author(s) choose this time period? Why this plot? Do you not realize it's usually good to have something to say about the characters when you write a prequel? And what about the framing device that this is all a journal written for Alec? What does this reveal to Alec about Magnus's past, except that he just didn't care about people committing suicide, or the fucking Great Depression? Is that how Magnus won him back? Wow, I feel sad for Alec having such low standards, then.
February 5, 2016
This story was ... interesting. I enjoyed being back in Cassie's world and her writing. It is always a pleasure to reunite with some of the old characters. That was kind of missing in this story, though. The only one we knew was Magnus, which was a little unfortunate. Overall the story was pretty boring, and probably just a "in-between" story to set up for something else. I like it when historical details are represented in books, especially from Magnus's point of view, so I really enjoyed that. I would say, however, this is my least favorite story so far. I hope the next one is a bit more interesting, since I am a huge Raphael fan!
3/5 ★
March 12, 2015
{March 11th, 2015} MINI REVIEW

3 stars.

SPOILERS i guess

Pg 247.
Wow, never figured this would be how Hotel Dumort arose. #sarcasm

Travelling back in time to the Great Depression era and the stock market crash. It's really something different than I imagined for the Hotel Dumort to arise and become infested with vampires. Regardless it is how it is. The addition of how Magnus becomes involved is interesting to note.

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1,260 reviews554 followers
June 24, 2016
I liked the era this was set in and how Magnus kept being warned about the Wall Street crash. I also love his secret bar..SO Magnus! It was also interesting to see Magnus play around with altering and erasing memories for the first time in the books.
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853 reviews123 followers
August 24, 2013
Yet another good episode with the starring warlock, Magnus Bane. I just love these shorts!!!
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