Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu come to the blog with a new YA Fantasy spin-off, narrated by BJ Wong with
The Red Scrolls of Magic
I’ll start off with saying that I’ve never read (nor am I familiar with) the worlds that Clare and Chu have created, and I’ve no grounding in the characters. But, even without that information, I found the characters and the development of the plot to be fairly solid, and there were moments that I adored and appreciated, particularly in the many mishaps that befell our ‘leads’ in the couple of Magnus and Alec. They’ve already overcome their differences (and I came to see their relationship to be like an interracial / mixed cultures sort of thing. And now, all they want is a trip to explore Europe in the best ways possible: posh hotels, good food, tons of sightseeing.
Yet a cult that was “created from whole cloth’ as a joke by Magnus is, in fact, alive and kicking and everyone in power thinks that Magnus is ‘running it all’. We have demons, danger, mysteries and plenty of ‘adjustment time’ between our two boys – as they are also on their first getaway of a romantic nature as a couple, and some of their ‘differences’ are cropping up in the most unexpected places.
Narration for this book is provided by BJ Wong, my first introduction to his work. Even with the multitude of different (and new to me) characters, moments and events, the voices of Magnus and Alec were easy to pick out, and there were plenty of moments where his performance enhanced the story. Where I had problems was in the plotting that started out fast paced and moved quickly, only to stall in a sort of ‘staying in place’ as the events and challenges increased. I didn’t find the dialogue to be particularly innovative or enhancing the story, and my lack of familiarity with the characters and their histories did leave me with several questions. My best advice is that if you are familiar (and fond of) these characters, you’ll enjoy this romp through Europe and their developing story as a couple, because their affection is clear and present, and their challenges feel plausible and real, despite the fantasy elements.
Stars: Overall 4 (rounded) Narration 4 Story 3
Title: The Red Scrolls of Magic
Author: Cassandra Clare, Wesley Chu
Genre: Action / Adventure, Coming of Age, Contemporary YA Fantasy, Dark-theme, Friendship, Humor elements, LGBTQ, Male / Male, Mystery Elements, Romantic Elements, Suspense Elements, Teen Reads
Narrator: BJ Wong
Published by: Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published on: 9 April, 2019
Source: Simon and Schuster Audio
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 48 minutes
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From #1 New York Times bestseller Cassandra Clare and award-winner Wesley Chu comes the first book in a new series that follows High Warlock Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood as they tour the world after the Mortal War. The Red Scrolls of Magic is a Shadowhunters novel.
All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.
Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. As if it wasn’t bad enough that their romantic getaway has been sidetracked, demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping.
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.