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The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium, Book 2) Hardcover – September 1, 2015
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Gr 4–7—In their follow-up to The Iron Trial (Scholastic, 2014), Black and Clare again return to the magical, alchemical world of the Magisterium, a school that neatly plays with the tropes of the magic school genre. At the conclusion of the last book, readers learned that the ostensible hero, Callum, was in fact the Enemy of Death—the villain who terrifies everyone in his magical world. When he discovers a plot seemingly orchestrated by his own father against the Magisterium, Call and his friends run away from school to try and save the magical world they love. Much of the action in this second installment takes place outside the claustrophobic caverns of the Magisterium, expanding the world Call and friends Tamara and Adam inhabit with mixed results. Credulity is stretched whenever any member of the group enters our mundane world—would giant wolves with glowing eyes and four 13-year-olds hot-wiring a car really go unnoticed by average people?—but other big set pieces, especially an epic battle against an ancient monster, thrill. There's plenty of action, adventure, and pathos here to even out the rough patches. VERDICT Fans of the previous volume will relish the continuing adventures of Call and his friends.—Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla, Darien Library, CT
“The Copper Gauntlet is full of twists and turns, surprises and wonders. I can’t wait to read more of this series.” – Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series
Praise for Magisterium Book One: The Iron Trial :
* “A thrilling coming-of-age story that embraces fantasy tropes while keeping readers guessing.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A promising beginning to a complex exploration of good and evil, as well as friendship's loyalty.” – Kirkus Reviews
“The Iron Trial is a fun, heroic narrative. . . . A delicious must-read.” – The Globe & Mail
“This is an incredible book. . . . Once you've started reading, it's hard to put the book down.” – The Guardian
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At first, you may read the series and wonder if you're readying Harry Potter fan fiction because the story centers around a tween boy at a magic school. But if you take a deeper look, you'll find a great story about Callum Hunt, a "special" boy at magical boarding school who just happens to have a female best friend, Tamara, and male best friend, Aaron, who are also part of the story. There's just more than a bit of role reversal in who represents the bad guys and who represents the good guys.
I would say that the story's a bit darker than Harry Potter. In fact, it's almost hard to accept who Callum Hunt really is supposed to be as you read the story. Almost as hard as the character himself finds it to accept. That's what sucks you in. It's really unexpected and nothing like Harry Potter at all once you get past the boarding school parts. I actually kept expecting there to be a joke about HP but there wasn't. Callum Hunt's wit drives the story a bit and it's all a bit dark with some twisted humor.
All in all, I think this series is not just darker but for older teens than Harry Potter was initially meant for. I would offer it to older tweens and early high school students. The first book in the series set things up well character-wise and story-wise and "The Copper Gauntlet" is named after the mission all the 2nd year students must survive but you're really into this second book because you want to know how Callum fares and who he will or WON'T become. And what happens IS surprising and will keep you reading into the third book.
In in way, this is like Harry Potter if Harry Potter hadn't been the hero but the villain.
But since the third of the series won't be released until August 30, 2016, I think I will take the time to arrange with the Library to borrow it as it, too, will be $10+ . Thanks, Scholastic Book Services, for setting prices so high--I'll remember that fact the next time you send a folder home from school--we will go through it and then try putting books on hold at Library. You're ripping off young people and their families.
I gave this a four out of five stars on goodreads. I love this series so far. It's thrilling and reminds me of a Percy Jackson and a Harry Potter mix. It's filled with monsters, magic, and adventure!
Call's name is still a minor distraction to me. But his hurt leg and every other paragraph detailing how he's in pain, tired, struggling, etc can get annoying after awhile. Let's hope there's some magical way to cure this later. I'm not sure I can stand another book of Call and his bum leg.
Looking forward to the next one.