Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Copper Gauntlet

The Copper Gauntlet
(Magisterium #2)
by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Scholastic, 2015. 264 p.
This second adventure of Callum Hunt begins with the young mage spending an uneasy summer with his father and his chaos-ridden wolf, Havoc. Callum's father does not approve of his decision to stay at the Magisterium, but Callum fears his father has further reason to distrust and even hate him. When he discovers that his father is planning on doing something terrible to Havoc, Callum runs away from home and joins his friends at the Magisterium.  Later, when his father is accused of stealing a powerful magical tool, Callum must decide where his loyalties lie.  Will he stay at school and let his father be hunted down, or try to stop his father from doing something they will both regret?

Few authors are as good at writing fantasy action/adventure as Ms. Black.  The book contains non-stop thrills and excitement, but somehow amid the action Black also manages to create fully realized and sympathetic characters. The Magisterium series, which began with The Iron Trial (Scholastic 2014) is a great choice for those who like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson.  This title is available at the library in print, on CD, and as a downloadable audio-ebook.

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