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 school in the magical world of the Magisterium…
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 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.
This book took me a little while to get into. I picked it up right after I finished The Iron Trial and I’m not sure if it was a reading slump or just that the beginning just didn’t interest me. I took a break and read another book before picking it up again. I got into it that time though and it was a whole different story. I found myself trying hard to read faster and faster so I can find out what is going to happen. Now I have my head around how the magic works, who the characters all are and what the places look like, it was easier to jump into the world. Especially because there wasn’t much of a time skip, just to the end of Summer which I find happens in most books centred around school.
The characters are developed further in this book, especially as we get so see Tamara at home and the control her parents have over her and her sister. There is more with Aaron but I still feel like I want to learn more. And, to my enjoyment, Jasper gets more page time. I’m a sucker for old money turned poor characters. And he’s hilarious, the way he interacts with the three is so real and I hope we get more Jasper in later books.
But Jasper isn’t my favourite, Call still holds that place in my heart. He did something in this book that had me have to put it down I was laughing so hard. Yes, he’s a bit of a brat, like every 13 year old but he’s kind under his sarcasm and his struggle with- being the soul of an evil overlord in an innocent body just has you routing for him. He wants to be good and that’s the difference from just a regular bratty teen who couldn’t care less.
The story finishes of smoothly with no huge cliffhanger, but leaves open a few threads of intrigue. And overall, even though it took me a while to get into this book, I enjoyed it a lot and I think it has great re-readabiliy. If you read the first book, this doesn’t disappoint. I’m already looking forward to the next book. Even though since this one hasn’t even been published yet, it means I have even longer to wait. What a cruel world.
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