The Red Scrolls of Magic

Version: Unabridged
Author: Cassandra Clare , Wesley Chu
Narrator: B. D. Wong
Genres: Teen
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: April 2019
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 11 hours
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A #1 New York Times bestseller!

“A rip-roaring adventure merged with satisfying romance.” —Entertainment Weekly
“[A] swashbuckling launch to the Eldest Curses series.” —Publishers Weekly

From #1 New York Times bestseller Cassandra Clare and award-winner Wesley Chu comes the first book in a new series full of “swoon-worthy romance [and] abundant action” (Publishers Weekly). 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 before the cult can cause any more damage. 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.

Reviews (1)


Written by Lisa C. on June 10th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed the book. I am a big "Malec" fan, and I will read anything including Magnus Bane! It was an enjoyable read but I didn't like the narration and I think that decreased my enjoyment of the book. I wish I had a written copy instead. If I wasn't a fan of the series I probably wouldn't have continued after the sample. His tone just didn't suit Magnus and I found a lot of the accents very strange. So many of the narrators from the "Bane Chronicles" were fantastic I'm dissappointed they didn't use one of them. I'm hoping the narration on the later books from TEC will be better. I found myself pausing to listen to other things and losing interest - which is usually not how I listen to a book the first time (if I'm enjoying it of course). I just felt like the humor and joy I always get from Magnus wasn't there - I don't think it was from the writing though. I think it could have been a little faster paced, 10hrs is long for what was accomplish by the story. I liked some of the little call backs to the Bane Chronicles as well. I think the other thing that brought down my enjoyment of knowing what happens in the next books. It is kind of silly but I just love the characters so much I don't want to see them hurt and so it's too bad it's set between City of Glass and City of Fallen Angels. I hope the later books will be later on in their relationship.

Author Details

Author Details

Clare, Cassandra

Cassandra Clare made her fiction debut with "The Mortal Instruments" series, which has been on many bestseller lists. Cassandra lives in an old Victorian house in western Massachusetts with her fianc -, their cats, and lots and lots of books. Visit her website at Learn more about "The Mortal Instruments" trilogy at Learn about her new trilogy "The Infernal Devices" at

Chu, Wesley

WESLEY CHU was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His debut novel, "The Lives of Tao", earned him a Young Adult Library Services Association Alex Award and a Science Fiction Goodreads Choice Award Finalist slot.