Title: The Bronze Key
Authors: Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
Previous Books in the Series:
1. The Iron Trial
2. The Copper Gauntlet
Date Started: December 4
Date Finished: December 5
Format: Hardcover from local library
Magic can save you. Magic can kill you. Students at the Magisterium are supposed to be safe. Under the watchful eyes of the mages, they are taught to use magic to bring order to a chaotic world. But now the chaos is fighting back. Call, Tamara, and Aaron should be worrying about things like pop quizzes and magic contests. Instead, after the shocking death of one of their classmates, they must track down a sinister killer… and risk their own lives in the process.
As Call, Tamara, and Aaron discover, magic can only be as good as the person who wields it. In evil hands, it has the capacity to do immeasurable harm, unless it is stopped in time. In this striking third book of Magisterium, bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare present us with a school where anything, good or evil, can happen, and the only way to unlock the truth is to risk everything to find it.
My problem with this series is the same throughout all three books so far. Each book is too short and the events within it are rushed. The Bronze Key is annoyingly brief. Callum and Aaron are being hunted by someone within the Magisterium and after many horrible cliffhanger chapters, it isn’t until the last twenty pages that the gang figures it out. The person behind the murder of a fellow classmate and the attempts on Callum’s life is not who you think it will be and seemed to me like a last minute effort to throw in an unexpected twist. Even when a certain character dies I felt nothing. The twist at the end too did nothing to make me want to know when book 4 was coming out.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. Although, I have to admit, the twist at the end was a twist I didn’t really see coming and that book series don’t usually take. I’m curious to see how Black and Clare move on from here. I just hope the next book is a little bit longer and not as rushed.
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