Book Review – The Copper Gauntlet

Author: Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
Series: Magisterium
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Release Date: 3rd September 2015
Publishers: Corgi books
No. Pages: 272
Source: Sent by the publisher
Buy at: BookDepository

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 school in the magical world of the Magisterium . . .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 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.

Warning: This review may contain spoilers for The Iron Trial

The second installment of the magisterium series is just as strong as its predecessor.

The Copper Gauntlet starts off with Callum spending his summer break with his father, Alastair, and his chaos-ridden wolf, Havoc. But things are tense between the two; Call is worried he is truly evil but he is even more worried that his father knows he is evil. After discovering what appears to be his fathers plans to harm him and havoc, Call and his wolf flee to his friend and fellow apprentice, Tamara’s house.

There he is greeted by the celebration of Aaron, his best friend and makar. The mages believe Aaron is their only hope at stopping the Enemy of Death but Call knows the war against them is actually being led by the Enemy’s second in command, Master Joseph. And he is coming after Call, because he believes Callum possess the soul of the Enemy.

When the Alkahest, a copper gauntlet, is stolen, things take a turn for the worst. Call is sure it is his father who has stolen it but he isn’t convinced his dad could be working for the Enemy. However, the magisterium disagree and are on a man hunt to find Alastair. Determined to save his father, Call, Aaron, Tamara and Jasper set out to find him first.

I liked Call a lot more in this installment than the first. He was trying so hard not to be evil and was carrying such a huge burden, that I admired him for not giving up and joining the dark side. I also loved that although he was under the impression his father wanted to harm him, he was still determined to go to great lengths to save him.

Surprisingly I was also beginning to like Jasper. He really developed in this book and whilst he isn’t completely changed, I think he’ll get there by the time the series ends.I’m glad we got to see more of him in this book.

Tamara and Aaron annoyed me slightly. When some of Call’s secrets were revealed to them they didn’t act the way I was expecting and it was disappointing. After the first book I thought their friendship had reached a place where they would have reacted differently to what they were told. Tamara was more annoying than Aaron as after telling Call she could trust him, she didn’t keep what he had told them between only them three. And then for the remainder of the book she kept insisting Call could trust her.

In this installment we don’t get to explore the Magisterium nearly as much as I would have liked, which was slightly disappointing. However, we did get to see some other creatures which made up for it.

Where the Iron Trial focused more on world-building and setting the foundations, the Copper Gauntlet focused more on plot and character development.

I can’t wait to see where the rest of this series is headed.



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