Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

This is book 2 in the Magisterium series and this review will have some spoilers for book 1. I read this for COYER as I received it as an eARC and will also work for Beat the Backlist, since I have had it on my TBR for over a year. It will also work for the Harry's Trunk Scavenger Hunt: Lightning-Bolt Scar, since both Callum and The Enemy of Death have scars, which is part of Beat the Backlist: Hogwarts Mini Challenge. This book is also my January Reading Assignment Challenge Book. Now finally to the review!

The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium, #2)
Scholastic Press

Callum Hunt barely survived his Iron Year at the Magisterum and is back home with his father for the summer. Callum's big secret, which his father also knows, but doesn't realize Callum knows, is weighing heavy on everything Call does. He doesn't want to believe he has the soul of the Enemy of Death and he wants to believe Havoc, his Chaos-ridden wolf, really cares about him and is not evil too. When Call sees his father has a secret weapon, one that might kill Call and Havoc, he leaves and finds his friends, Tamara and Aaron. Aaron, as the Makar, has had an interesting summer where the whole magical community is looking to see if he has the enough chaos magic to defeat the Enemy of Death. Little do Tamara and Aaron know that Call is the Enemy of Death and that he doesn't want to fight Aaron. As the three go back to the Magisterium, they hear tell of an attempt to steal a device that could kill anyone with chaos magic, a device that looks similarly like the one Call's father wanted to use on him. The device is moved, but then stolen, and when Call's father becomes the suspect and could be killed, Call and his friends set off to save him. Call believes his father still cares about him and his friends believe in Call, but when the truth comes out, will they all still be friends?

I really like this series and the authors' take on magic. It does have some similarities with Harry Potter, but the twists are different and our "heroes" have dark sides. The second book moved at a faster pace than the first book and I think a little more detail was needed to tie the two together. However it was very action-packed with no slow spots, so it will have high appeal to middle school reluctant readers. I would like to see the female characters have stronger roles, because other than Tamara, the girls were basically just crushing on Callum and even Tamara was not given as much chance to prove herself as the boys were. I did enjoy this one, but not as much as the first one. However, I believe this one setup the third book to be a strong one. 4 cups of cocoa.

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