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What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (And Who You're Not Officially Dating Anyway) is the eighth released short story in The Bane Chronicles.


Magnus Bane may or may not be dating Alec Lightwood, but he definitely needs to find him the perfect birthday present.

Set in the time between City of Ashes and City of Glass, warlock Magnus Bane is determined to find the best birthday present possible for Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter he may or may not be dating. And he's also got to deal with the demon he's conjured up for a very irritating client...



Magnus Bane has a problem, because he cannot think of a perfect birthday gift for Alec Lightwood. Also, to make things worse, he has an irritating client to satisfy. Caroline Connor, aforementioned irritating client, wants Magnus to raise a demon.

After summoning a demon named Elyaas, Magnus calls his two friends Catarina Loss and Ragnor Fell. Magnus asks them for advice regarding Alec's birthday present. Catarina simply hangs up on him, while Ragnor makes an excuse that he was going under a tunnel and hangs up as well.

Feeling let down, Magnus thinks about the night he took Alec to Taki's. Magnus suddenly realizes what the perfect gift for Alec might be, but has no idea how to give it to him. Magnus's doorbell suddenly rings, and Magnus answers it to find Isabelle Lightwood standing in front of him. Isabelle tells Magnus that she is alright with Alec dating Magnus. Magnus realizes what Alec's gift should be. Magnus takes Isabelle's whip and casts a spell on it so that it would never fail her when she needs it.

After Isabelle leaves, Ms. Connor rings the buzzer and walks into Magnus's loft. She tells Elyaas what she needed him to do, which was curse several mermaids, something Magnus could have easily done himself. Ms. Connor agrees that Magnus could solve the problem and leaves. Elyaas starts to taunt Magnus about his father, and Magnus banishes him. Magnus's phone rings, and he sees that it is Alec. They converse for a bit, then Magnus lets Alec into his apartment. They kiss, and Magnus wishes Alec happy birthday.





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Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunter Chronicles
The Mortal Instruments
City of Bones City of Ashes City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels City of Lost Souls City of Heavenly Fire
The Infernal Devices The Dark Artifices
Clockwork Angel Lady Midnight
Clockwork Prince Lord of Shadows
Clockwork Princess Queen of Air and Darkness
The Last Hours The Eldest Curses
Chain of Gold The Red Scrolls of Magic
Chain of Iron The Lost Book of the White
Chain of Thorns The Black Volume of the Dead
The Bane Chronicles
What Really Happened in Peru Saving Raphael Santiago
The Runaway Queen The Fall of the Hotel Dumort
Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale What to Buy the Shadowhunter...
The Midnight Heir The Last Stand of the New York Institute
The Rise of the Hotel Dumort The Course of True Love (And First Dates)
The Voicemail of Magnus Bane
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy Pale Kings and Princes
The Lost Herondale Bitter of Tongue
The Whitechapel Fiend The Fiery Trial
Nothing but Shadows Born to Endless Night
The Evil We Love Angels Twice Descending
Ghosts of the Shadow Market
Cast Long Shadows Son of the Dawn
Every Exquisite Thing The Land I Lost
Learn About Loss Through Blood, Through Fire
A Deeper Love The Lost World
The Wicked Ones Forever Fallen
The Wicked Powers
Companion books
The Shadowhunter's Codex
An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of Downworld
A Long Conversation
The Official Mortal Instruments Coloring Book
All the Stories are True: Classics Reimagined in the World of the Shadowhunters
Secrets of Blackthorn Hall
City of Bones: The Graphic Novel
The Mortal Instruments graphic novels
The Infernal Devices: Manga Series
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments