A first date that uses the relationship from earlier series, this little story is beautifully produced and works well as a stand-alone story, encompassing all of the mayhem and discomfort of a first date, with an added paranormal twist.
From a mugging gone horribly wrong, to a werewolf waiter with attitude, the story ‘feels’ just like any first date, but has the added inset of nephelim, wizards, werewolves, demons and the little interior voices that have them rethinking the choice. Magnus and Alec are cleverly drawn, with a bit of interplay for supremacy and protection, and the obvious innocence in Alec that help to enhance this novella.
Narration is provided by Gareth David-Lloyd, who seamlessly moves through voices and accents, adding appropriate emotion, hesitancy and even emphasis where needed. Quickly adopting and losing accents, narration is a treat and provides a pleasant and relaxing listen.
Although this is just over an hour, as a stand-alone story it is the perfect bite of something sweet, funny and engaging to relax with.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 5 Story 4
Title: The Course of True Love (and First Dates)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Narrator: Gareth David-Lloyd
Published by: SimonandSchuster.com/Audio
Source: Simon and Schuster Audio
Audio Length: 1 Hour: 4 minutes
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Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood might fall in love - but first they have a first date. One of 10 adventures in The Bane Chronicles.
When Magnus Bane, warlock, meets Alec Lightwood, Shadowhunter, sparks fly. And what happens on their first date lights a flame....
This stand-alone short story illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality populates the pages of the number-oneNew York Times best-selling series The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. This story in The Bane Chronicles, The Course of True Love (and First Dates), is written by Cassandra Clare.
A copy of this title was provided via Simon and Schuster Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.