My first book for 2018 was The Copper Gauntlet (Young Adult 264 pages), which is the second book in the Magisterium series by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare.
“The enemy is close. Very close. Callum Hunt’s summer break isn’t like other kids’. His closest companion is a Chaos-ridden wold, 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.”
This is an interesting sequel to the Iron Trial and I made it about four or five chapters into the story before I realized that it had been entirely too long since I read the first book in the series and I wasn’t entirely clear on who some of the characters were and exactly what was going on. I reread the first book really quickly before finishing the rest of this book and I’m glad I did, as there were a lot of little things that having them fresh in my memory assisted with rather nicely.
I mentioned in my review of the first book that there were a lot of mystery elements in the storyline and that carries over into this book, as well. There’s a lot of hints and clues and small details that can help the reader unravel the threads of what’s really going on in this book.
The friendship between the characters remains strong and continuously growing, which I think is a good thing to show in books intended for a younger audience. I think it’s important for the younger audience to see that friendship sometimes takes work and that things are very rarely easy. The friendship in this story is also really interesting in the sense that none of them are perfect, which is refreshing in a book designed for younger people.
To the best of my knowledge, this book is the second in a series of five and it looks a lot to me as though this entire storyline is going to question what makes someone a villain and what makes someone a hero. I’m intrigued enough by the way that this first book and second book were done that I purchased the next two books in the series and will pick up the fifth and final book when it comes out.
I would probably rate this book as a solid three on my rating scale because it was well-written with interesting characters and I did feel the need to binge-read what I could of the series.
Black, Holly and Clare, Cassandra. The Copper Gauntlet. New York: Scholastic Press, 2015.