“I don’t know,” Call said. He was starting to worry that there weren’t any good guys. Just people with longer or shorter Evil Overlord lists.”
― Holly Black,
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.
I’m a little behind on my reviews. We recently got back from a trip visiting my in-laws in Maryland in Virginia and I finished 2 books while we were there and a book once we got back. Since then, I have celebrated my 25th birthday and my best friend left and moved to San Diego, California with her boyfriend who is in the Navy 😦 AND we’ve been apartment hunting and signed on one two days ago.
So more book reviews coming within in the next few days! I finished The Copper Gauntlet, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, and Love, Tanya by Youtuber Tanya Burr.
I enjoyed The Copper Gauntlet more than I enjoyed The Iron Trials. I think Callum Hunt is finally growing into himself. He’s still kind of complainy but the dynamic between he and his friends is great. I think the jealousy that Call has towards Aaron and Tamara is realistic for middle grade readers. It’s hard to be in a best friend trio! I can’t tell yet if there’s going to be a love triangle or not. It was odd how Aaron was living with Tamara and they didn’t tell Call, like when Hermione was staying with Ron in the Harry Potter books. Why not just say something? But then there was a moment towards the end of the book with her and Call. Or maybe I misread the signals. Maybe Black and Clare were just showing how close their friendship is.
The two aspects I enjoyed the most in this novel were Havoc, the chaos ridden wolf, because he’s cute and awesome! And the fact that they took Jasper deWinter with them. I knew he wasn’t all bad! You could see a sliver of goodness in him in this book and it was like he needed to find where he fit in too.
I’m still not sure if I believe that Call is Constantine Madden. If anything Constantine’s soul may be in Call but Call is still in there too. Call is too good and silly to be an evil mage. I think Master Rufus will have to guide him in the right direction. And I think the note Call’s mother left when she died is meant to be interpreted differently. It would be pretty awful is she was actually saying to kill her own child.
This book was more gruesome than the last one. It surprised me a little that they got away with some of the morbidness that’s in it for a middle grade novel. When they go to Master Joseph’s evil lair and the heads and bodies are left of dead child-mages from the Magisterium it was kind of gross and disturbing. I could see that being in a YA book but I could see some parents not liking that.
In the end, you find out that Aaron is not the only Makar. That Call possesses those powers too because he’s Constantine. I’m not sure where their relationship will go from there. Call is jealous of Aaron already most of the time. This may tear them apart. Or maybe Aaron’s kindness will have to balance Call’s weaker moments when he’s adding things to his Evil Overlord list. I will definitely be getting the next book in the series, The Bronze Key.
(Image thanks to Goodreads 😉
I think this cover is my favorite out of all of them! It’s supposed to come out at the end of August.