Title: The Silver Mask
Authors: Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
Previous Books in the Series:
1. The Iron Trial
2. The Copper Gauntlet
3. The Bronze Key
Date Read: October 19
Format: Hardcover from local library
A generation ago, Constantine Madden came close to achieving what no magician had ever achieved: the ability to bring back the dead. He didn’t succeed . . . but he did find a way to keep himself alive, inside a young child named Callum Hunt. Now Call is one of the most feared and reviled students in the history of the Magisterium, thought to be responsible for a devastating death and an ever-present threat of war. As a result, Call has been imprisoned and interrogated. Everyone wants to know what Constantine was up to-and how he lives on. But Call has no idea. It is only when he’s broken out of prison that the full potential of Constantine’s plan is suddenly in his hands . . . and he must decide what to do with his power.
Another book in this series where I found that the events were too rushed and the book itself too short. And at this point I think I’m just reading to see what happens to Call and his friends and to finish the series, because honestly, I think I might have stopped caring a little bit during the last book. Even when this book starts six months later with Call in prison because of Aaron’s death I just found myself counting pages to see how fast Tamara was going to break him out. All though I was surprised when Jasper came to visit him instead.
Then there is the whole plot point. For four books now we’re dealt with the fact that Call has a piece of the Enemy of Death’s soul inside him and the Enemy’s followers believe that Call is him reborn and will continue in his stead. But…at no point in the last four books has Call shown that he is Constantine? I mean. Are we sure that a piece of his soul is really in Call? Because I really don’t believe it. In fact, I would be more comfortable if we found out in the last book that Alex was the one with Constantine’s soul this whole time. Because let’s be honest here, he acts more like the Enemy of Death than Call does.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. This whole is Call really the Enemy of Death storyline really bugs me. The Enemy’s devoted followers really need to get a grip. Tamara and Call is a very strange relationship. I still think Tamara was in love with Aaron and now that he’s dead has settled for Call. And really. What is going on with Alex? I guess I’ll have to wait until next to figure all of this out.
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