Title: The Copper Gauntlet
Authors: Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Previous Book in the Series:
1. The Iron Trial
Date Started: September 22
Date Finished: September 23
Format: Hardcover from library co-op
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.
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.
So, while the first book in this series had a lot of comparisons to Harry Potter, this one started to deviate. Especially with the ultimate question. How do you cope with knowing that you have the soul of the evilest mage living inside you? Well, if you’re Call, you kind of don’t. He makes lists of things he does throughout the summer/school year that either put him in the good guy category or Enemy of Death category. On the day he goes into his dad’s basement and sees what he has planned, it’s definitely an Enemy of Death kind of day. Not wanting to stick around – because he’s not evil, he’s not – Call takes off and visits with Tamara before the new school year begins.
A few weeks into the new term, and the worst news is given. The Alkahest has been stolen and Call’s dad is the number one suspect. And once the Assembly gets their hands on him, they’re going to kill him. Not wanting his dad to die, Call decides to take off and find him before it’s too late, but not alone. His friends Tamara and Aaron come with him, and on this journey, Call fights desperately to keep his darkest secret unknown…
The Copper Gauntlet was a very quick read. I enjoyed every minute of it too. Call is an interesting character because he knows that he has the Enemy of Death’s soul within him, but he’s trying so hard to be good. Aaron sort of reminds me of Harry Potter a little bit because he’s the Makar and he really doesn’t want to be. Tamara on the other hand reminds me a lot of book 1 before the troll Hermoine. She’s very annoying and wants to stick to the rules, especially when they threaten Aaron. However, at the end of this book, she kind of grew on me a little bit.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Okay, so in theory, with the Enemy of Death actually dead, how is this series going to progress? And I thought too that each book would coincide with their year in school, but this one ended before Christmas. So…? Hm…I’m kind of in wonder over here.
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