The Copper Gauntlet: Magisterium (Book 2)
By Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
“What if your soul was not your own? What if you knew you were destined for evil?
Callum Hunt has returned from the Magisterium victorious. He is now a mage in his own right – a Copper Year student. He has friends: he feels at home in the winding tunnels of the mysterious magical school.
But Call hides a terrible secret.
His soul is not his own. His body is a vessel for a powerful evil mage, wielder of chaos magic…murderer.
Salvation could lie in the Alkahest, a mysterious copper gauntlet. But it is a dangerous object, with a violent history. It could destroy everything Call knows and loves…
And release the evil inside him.
Think you know magic? Think again. Enter the breathtaking world of the Magisterium.“
I ordered The Copper Gauntlet at the same time that I bought The Iron Trial. I finished The Iron Trial and after a sleep started The Copper Gauntlet the next day, as I could not wait to know what happened. I think you do need to have read The Iron Trial to fully appreciate The Copper Gauntlet. There are parts of introduction for those that have not read The Iron Trial, but I do not think that is enough to enjoy The Copper Gauntlet fully.
Call is on Summer Break, at home with his Dad and Havoc (a chaos-ridden wolf), but things go awry and Call runs away to Tamara’s house before heading back to the Magisterium for the school year. Call is constantly trying to keep his secret that he discovered at the end of The Iron Trial from his friends and the masters. But there is a danger to his Dad and no matter what happens family is family, and Call goes to rescue him.
My favourite characters were Call, Aaron, Tamara, Havoc and Alex. Is it wrong of me to say that Jasper is growing on me? I quite like Celia, but I feel like she is quite annoying at the same time. I like Master Rufus, but not any of the other Masters or Assemblymen, but then again, I am not sure you are meant to. All the characterisations are fantastic, they draw you into the book and make you feel like you are there at the Magisterium or at the party at Tamara’s house.
I could not put it down! I read it in 2 days with work and other commitments. But oh my gosh, I cannot wait the 3 weeks until The Bronze Key is released! The pacing was great, with all the twists and turns of the story, I was gripped and completely guessing from beginning to end. The magic and action scenes were fabulous, I just love a different take on magic and I love the addition to the elements of chaos (instead of spirit used in Wicca). It made me tense, scared, happy and sad in all the right places, perfect.
The Copper Gauntlet does end on a cliffhanger, this is set up for The Bronze Key which is published September 1st.
When reading The Copper Gauntlet, I described it as a really cool underground magic school where they eat funny food and make friends, while being a bit stupid and risking everything. I would recommend this book to anyone, I do not think you have to be a child to enjoy it! 5 out of 5.
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