Released: September 1, 2015
Description: 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.
My Review: Oh. My. Glaciers. I love the two authors of this series, and I loved the first book, The Iron Trials, so I was all set to love this book...
And I DID! It was amazing. I was all set to read a sequel to Iron Trials, but it was not at all what I was expecting.
It's been a year, and you can tell. The kids are more developed, in my opinion, and they've been changed by the past events.
Without going too far into it, because I don't want people to blow up, I have an unpopular head canon about this series, and this book, I think, TOTALLY SUPPORTS IT. I had figured it was just some dumb idea that I had because I read late at night, or something, but there was a ton of support in Copper Gauntlet.
Anyway, the story kept surprising me, which I love. Too many middle-grade books are way too obvious with their plot lines. You can see everything from miles away. I was a little sad that there wasn't much time spent in the Magisterium, but the story that needed to be told this time around couldn't be based fully in the magisterium.
The book gave out just enough new information to keep me wowed without feeling like I was done. I was a little surprised to see a few storylines end, most especially the "body swap" possibility and Call's big secret being kept from his friends. It was exciting too, however, because it means there are more twists ahead. (Aww, a head. Oh no.)
Before I end this post, I want to briefly address a complaint I keep seeing: that the Magisterium series is too similar to Harry Potter. I'll address it in list form.
1. Call, Aaron, and Tamara are Harry, Ron, and Hermione
NO. Are you serious? They're best friends who are two guys and a girl, but that's about it. Their personalities are vastly different, and anyone who thinks otherwise desperately needs to retread Harry Potter.
This reminds me of when my sister wouldn't read asouf because she thought it would be like Harry Potter, based mostly on the fact that Klaus is a bespectacled orphan.
2. It's a MAGIC SCHOOL, so obviously it has to be the same
Wow, gosh, you are ever so wrong. The school is completely different. The setup is different. The teachers are different. The magic itself is different. If all magic is the same, then boy, am I sorry for you. You must have a sad life.
3. Call and Harry were both almost killed at birth and then got the bad guy's soul
Different. Voldemort tried to curse Harry, leaving a scar. Call was dropped as a baby. It broke his leg. Harry has a cutesy little mark on his forehead; Call's leg is disfigured. Harry had a piece of Voldemort's soul in him; Call is literally the Enemy reincarnated. (If you believe what you hear and don't have wild fan theories *cough cough*)
If that's not enough for you because there just Isn't ROOM for two magic school series in your life, then I'm truly sorry. I did all I could.
GO READ THIS BOOK
*Sooooo, it took me a super long time to post this, and so, I've already purchased it, and it already came in the mail. I am so happy.