First of all, I love Magnus Bane. It is pretty hard not too really. However, the Magnus we see in this book doesn’t even seem like the Magnus from TID and TMI. Which is pretty disconcerting, considering the intention is for the whole thing to be about him. I just felt like the stories involved are so short and quick that you never get the full effect of any of them. There is supposed to be some love and heartbreak in there, but we never get a big enough glimpse into the relationships to make it seem at all real. You can tell that it was a collab write, but it’s not entirely a bad thing. Both women are excellent writers, just with two different styles. Also, I kind of hated the language barrier thing. There are points when Magnus is conversing with people in Spanish, but you never really know that he is until Ragnor randomly throws in some confused line.
There were, of course, things that I did love about this. We do get teeny teeny tiny glimpses into Magnus’ past, but none too big to really speculate anything from (even though I am sure everyone is speculating away). There are snarky bits in there that made me chuckle out loud, and we get too know Ragnor Fell a little bit more as well.
Overall, I think that it could have been better. Not sure if that is just because I expected much more from it because I was so hyped about it coming out, or if there were really things lacking. Cassie’s intent just might be to tease us until the movie comes out, but to never actually give anything away in this series. That being said, I will totally read all of them… just in case.