The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium #2) by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, Published by Scholastic, Borrowed from the library.
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.
I had hoped I would like this sequel to The Iron Trial more than I liked the first book, but I ended up feeling about the same after finishing the Copper Gauntlet.
I thought The Iron Trial was a fine book. My main problems with it were that it was predictable and everything felt very simplified. While The Copper Gauntlet was not nearly as predictable as the first book, (yay!) the characters and the plot still felt very simplistic, and the pacing dragged somewhat.
“You couldn’t kill a monster when you were that monster.” 259
However, I did like the plot in this one I lot more! It had a much more interesting path that I really liked the end of. Also, I do really like the main characters. All of the characters in this book feel very one sided right now, but the main three have had some development since the beginning of first book and I think there is potential there. This is only the second in a five book series, so I’m expecting things to happen!
Conclusion: Read it because it’s fun, but don’t expect too much.
Okay, so some stuff actually went down in this one! There was of course the whole “Enemy of Death” reveal in the first book, but I really did see that coming since the prologue, so this felt like the first time I was getting new stuff I was surprised about.
This book really wasted no time in getting into the angst and the action. First you have Call and his mental “evil overlord” list which is kind of cute but also heartbreaking because that poor child thinks he might turn evil no matter what. 😭 And then Havoc gets chained up and he thinks his dad is gonna kill him… Yikes. Also I’m sorry but that set up looks totally like the alkahest was gonna be used on Call/another kid whether Alaistair says it was going to be or not… He did the right thing at the end but there is something fishy there.
Tamara in these books is just so me, which is kind of funny since my name is Tamara… Anyways, I just love her. Like she mostly is super studious and follows the rules, but that’s because what she thinks is right is usually what the rules say. I also like how Master Rufus thinks both she and Callum are the trouble makers. Well, compared to Aaron like anyone would be a troublemaker.😂 But, the scene at the end where Tamara is shouting to Call when he’s in the bath. I feel like I would totally do that.
I am so glad that Call FINALLY told them the truth in this book. They deserve to know. From that point on the rest of the ending was great. Alaistar actually helps them (I still don’t totally trust but like, his dad suddenly turning all the way against him just didn’t seem right) and Callum is a makar and yes!! Also I LOVE how Call cut off Constantine’s head to show the Assembly. It’s like “Call YES!” but also, “dude really.”
What did you think of The Copper Gauntlet? Who do you think the big bad spy is? (It seems like it could be Alex because he told kind of Call to leave, but I really don’t know…)