The eighth entry in The Bane Chronicles brings the reader back to The Mortal Instruments timeline. We see more than a few familiar faces in this story, which was a lighthearted, fun entry that's tone is the polar opposite of the last one.
This time, we find Magnus in his familiar New York apartment dividing his time between dealing with an irritating client and trying to figure out what the best birthday gift would be for Alexander Lightwood. The story divides it's time between Magnus talking to different friends/contacts in an attempt to get the perfect gift for his not-yet-official boyfriend and reflecting on his feelings for said boy. In the end, Magnus realizes it's up to him to resolve the birthday dilemma on his own.
The best part about this story was the humor in it. Magnus was very in character regarding his thoughts about his rather unwanted client and I particularly enjoyed his lovesick conversations with other people regarding Alexander. The reactions of said people after hearing about it were pretty amusing. After the rather depressing subject matter of the last entry, it was nice to just have a fun story to read.
Now, admittedly, Magus and Alexander are my favorite couple in the series. I've been looking forward to seeing them together in The Bane Chronicles. Thus, it comes as no surprise that I enjoyed the little added bits of information we got regarding Magnus and Alexander's relationship at this point in time. The scenes between the two of them are sweet.
Otherwise, there isn't a whole lot to say about this entry. It was amusing, but it wasn't a very deep story. I think it's one of the better entries, but not as good as the third or sixth entries. I'd probably give it 4.5/5 stars.