“Magnus Bane watches the once-glamorous Hotel Dumort become something else altogether in 1970s New York City. Fifty years after the Jazz Age rise of the Hotel Dumort, immortal warlock Magnus Bane knows the Manhattan landmark is on the decline. The once-beautiful Hotel Dumort has fallen into a decayed thing, a ruin, as dead as a place can be. But the vampires don’t mind…”
In Part 7 of the Bane Chronicles, we find ourselves on the darkest path yet with Magnus Bane. This short story revolves around the Hotel Dumort’s vampires, including Magnus’s ex-love, Camille Belcourt, as well as formidable real-life issues, like drug addiction.
As in the previous Bane Chronicles, I enjoyed how Cassandra Clare and her co-author, Maureen Johnson, used an actual historical event to help build the story around (1977 New York Blackout). And, as always, I loved the writing itself, including the smooth dialogue and vivid descriptives. But, to be honest, I can’t say this was my favorite Magnus Bane adventure. With it being such a grim tale, his lighthearted wit, rueful charm and casual persona had to be put on a back burner (which, unfortunately, are always my favorite things when reading these short stories). “What would you want me to say to her? It’s hard to walk in after that long and just say ‘Stop attacking people. Also, how have you been since the turn of the century?’”
However, I liked the way Magnus’s kindness and compassion were highlighted throughout The Fall of the Hotel Dumort, and as sad as it was, I liked seeing his more “human” side come out at the end (I won’t go beyond that as you know how much I resent spoilers).
Go ahead and check out this next saga in Magnus Bane’s tumultuous tale!
Read more about The Bane Chronicles here!
- Book Review – The Bane Chronicles – Part 1 (jenspenden.wordpress.com)
- The Bane Chronicles: The Fall of the Hotel Dumort by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson (thebookboozer.wordpress.com)
- Cassandra Clare to sign in Italy (examiner.com)