Monday, September 14, 2015

Book Review: The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium #2) by: Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Release Date: September 1, 2015
from Scholastic
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"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."

My Thoughts:

Warning: There will be spoilers for the first book in the series. There is a major twist at the end of the first book that I can’t really avoid discussing.

This book was a really quick, fun, and action packed read. It gets going really fast and once it starts it doesn’t stop. I enjoyed this book a lot more than I enjoyed The Iron Trial. I’m definitely invested in the series now and I really cannot wait to see where it goes.

I really love Call as a main character and I love him because he isn’t the golden boy or the hero, actually he is quite the opposite. Call spends a lot of the book debating who he is and if he is going to go down the Enemy of Death road due to the soul inside him. Call’s situation really is an original one and I love how it poses the question of good and evil. Is Call destined to be evil or can he shape his own destiny? I also love that Call isn’t everyone’s favorite. A lot of what Call thinks is how I imagined Ron felt a lot of the time being Harry’s friend, what with everyone fawning over Aaron all the time. Call is Aaron’s best friend and he loves him, but it’s hard to live in someone’s shadow and I love how it’s portrayed realistically.

I also really like our secondary characters Aaron and Tamara. Even if Tamara can be annoying at times, I still really like her. And I also really like Aaron, even if I’m kinda worried about him after the events in this one. Also, I love the friendship between these three. They always seem to bounce back and even when they argue they still look out for one another. Call dropped a huge secret on Aaron and Tamara and I love that they still have his back.

The one thing I was a bit bummed about with this one is how little time is actually spent at the Magisterium. Most of the book is spent outside the school and while I really liked the action and danger and plot of the mission, I also really missed seeing the school and learning more about the magic world.

All in all, The Copper Gauntlet was a quick and fun read. It was action from beginning to end. Definitely a series for fans of middle grade fantasy.


  1. Ooh. This looks and sounds exciting! Thanks for sharing your review. I hadn't heard of this one before.

  2. Such a good looking book! Though you were bummed about it not having more of the school in it, I'm glad to read that you still really enjoyed the book! It does look like it would be a fun read! And I do like the sound of the characters. :)

    Lovely review my dear friend!

  3. Having started this series. These two make a great pair.


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