The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium #2)
by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Genre: Fantasy/Middle Grade
Publication Date: 1 September 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Synopsis (from Goodreads): 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.
While I didn’t enjoy The Copper Gauntlet quite as much as I did The Iron Trial, this book was still great and for the most part I did really like it. It was fun and adventurous and full of twists and turns and just made me so excited for the next book to come out.
The characters in this series are just wonderful. I love Call. He has such a hard life, and despite his circumstances he always tries his best to be good. He’s such a great and definitely unique protagonist. I also really like Aaron and Tamara a lot. They’re all funny and entertaining to read about. Also, Jasper is an asshole and I literally hate him so much; I can’t stand him…and I ship Call and Celia so hard. So. Hard.
The plot was fun and was full of twists that kept me hooked. This series is surprisingly unpredictable, and I honestly had no idea what was going to happen the majority of the time. It was fast paced and I read it in a day because Black and Clare did such a great job at keeping it interesting and exciting.
Overall, The Copper Gauntlet was a fun and decent addition to the Magisterium series. Though not quite as good as The Iron Trial, it definitely wasn’t bad. If you’re a fan of either Holly Black or Cassandra Clare’s writing, I’d definitely recommend giving this series a try if you haven’t yet.