Title: What Really Happened in Peru
Author: Cassandra Clare
First published January 1, 2013
65 pages, ebook
ISBN: 9781442494787 (ISBN10: 1442494786)
If you’re a fan of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, you’re probably aware that Magnus Bane is not allowed in Peru. However, have you ever wondered why?
The Bane Chronicles has the answer. Follow Magnus as he embarks on a wild adventure with his fellow warlocks, Ragnor Fell and Catarina Loss, in Peru.
Along the way, Magnus learns to play musical instruments (albeit not very well), dances (even worse), and even manages to cause a scandal by doing something unspeakable to the Nazca Lines. This e-book short story offers a glimpse into the life of the charismatic Magnus Bane, whose captivating personality has captured the hearts of readers in The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series.
Join authors Sarah Rees Brennan and Cassandra Clare on this thrilling journey in What Really Happened in Peru.
In “What Really Happened in Peru”, Cassandra Clare offers readers a compelling prequel to her immensely popular Mortal Instruments series. The book, first published in 2013, features Clare’s trademark blend of action, humor, and romance, wrapped in a richly imagined fantasy world.
The story follows Magnus Bane, the flamboyant warlock from the Mortal Instruments, as he embarks on a dangerous adventure in Peru. Along the way, he teams up with a band of misfits that include a vampire and a werewolf, while battling mythical creatures and a power-hungry villain.
Clare’s vivid descriptions of Peru’s diverse landscape and culture is a highlight of the book. She weaves historical references and local mythology into the plot, giving readers a sense of the country’s rich heritage.
The interactions between the characters are witty and charming, with Magnus stealing the show with his sharp-tongued exchanges. The book also tackles important themes of identity, acceptance, and redemption.
Magnus, despite his confidence and bravado, is plagued by doubts and insecurities about his place in the world. The other characters face their own struggles with self-acceptance and belonging.
These nuanced explorations of identity and diversity add depth to the story and make it relevant to current social issues. Despite its strengths, “What Really Happened in Peru” suffers from pacing issues.
The plot meanders at times, with scenes that feel extraneous or repetitive. Some of the action sequences also lack tension, with the characters facing little real danger.
However, overall, Clare’s writing shines in this prequel. Her prose is sharp and evocative, with a cadence that keeps readers engaged.
She deftly balances humor and heart, making the book both entertaining and emotionally resonant. Fans of the Mortal Instruments series will find plenty to enjoy in “What Really Happened in Peru”.
Those new to Clare’s universe may find some aspects of the book confusing, but the story stands well on its own. It’s a fun, escapist read that also tackles important themes with nuance and sensitivity.
Ultimately, “What Really Happened in Peru” is a great addition to the Mortal Instruments universe and a compelling standalone adventure. With its rich setting, diverse cast, and heartfelt message, it’s a book that both entertains and inspires.