The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Welcome to Saturday Shorts, where we feature short stories, novellas, and middle-grade books! Last week, Luna reviewed the Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. Today she reviews Book 2 in the Magisterium series.
Publisher’s Description: Callum Hunt’s summer break isn’t like other kids’. His closest companion is a Chaos-ridden wolf, Havoc. His father suspects him of being secretly evil. And, of course, most kids aren’t heading back to the magical world of the Magisterium in the fall.
It’s not easy for Call . . . and it gets even harder after he checks out his basement and discovers that his dad might be trying to destroy both him and Havoc.
Call escapes to the Magisterium — but things only intensify there. The Alkahest — a copper gauntlet capable of separating certain magicians from their magic — has been stolen. And in their search to discover the culprit, Call and his friends Aaron and Tamara awaken the attention of some very dangerous foes — and get closer to an even more dangerous truth.
As the mysteries of the Magisterium deepen and widen, bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare take readers on an extraordinary journey through one boy’s conflict — and a whole world’s fate.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Luna Lovebooks says…
What I liked: I love how Call struggles with his identity. Is he a good guy or is he an Evil Overlord? The list he makes in his head for each column throughout the book is simply adorable. I also like how he struggles with jealousy over Aaron. Aaron is what you think about when you think of a typical protagonist, he’s good looking and people are paying special attention to him because he is the Makar. Call gets twinges of jealousy over this. I think this is a very real thing that kids go through, especially when they are trying to figure out who they are and it is refreshing to see it happen.
What I didn’t like: It was a bit slow in areas. There wasn’t as much magic in this one either. I also didn’t like how there was a set up for a potential love triangle between Call, Tamara and Aaron. It just doesn’t seem to fit, even though the children are getting at that age. There were some parts that just seemed awkward and made you pause for a moment.
Rating: 4 stars. Overall I did not enjoy this one as much as the first. It just didn’t have that spark that the first one had and that’s why I have to knock off a star. But it is still a very good read and I look forward to the rest of the series.
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