The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium 2) by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare


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.

3.5 stars out of 5

“Don’t kill her! Only maim her a little.”

The Copper Gauntlet is a decent sequel to The Iron Trial. The biggest issue I have with this series is how comparable it is to Harry Potter and each time I compare them, The Magisterium series comes up short. It’s not as complex, engaging, or fun as Harry Potter. However, it does have its moments.

The beginning of this book feels slow and dragged out, but only because it feels like a boring version of the beginning of Prisoner of Azkaban.

Callum is a great protagonist. He’s relatable, adorable, intelligent, and headstrong.

The writing is fantastic. You can’t tell the difference between Clare and Black’s writing throughout the book. It is also believably written from a thirteen year old’s perspective.
Overall, The Copper Gauntlet is an okay sequel that stumbles quite a bit before it finds its pace.


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