Possible Spoiler Alert
This is a review of the third book in the series, to read the review of the first and second book click here!
After reading the first two books in this series I was eager to see what sort of trouble Call would get into this time. After the dramatic ending of The Copper Gauntlet I couldn’t wait to get my hands on The Bronze Key.
The opening chapter picked up a few months after The Copper Gauntlet’s ending, with Aaron and Call relaxing over the summer between their Copper and Bronze years at the Magisterium and they are heading to a ceremony to honour them for “destroying” the Enemy. From the offset we have a deep, and chilling, sense of foreboding.
Black and Clare know how to write a riveting book. In the first fifty pages alone we have had magic, attempted assassinations, and a murder. Call and the gang are faced with a whole new level of trouble, which could spell the end of them all completely.
This book is fast paced , but all the loose ends are tied together beautifully. I loved the fact that we still received some backstory, character development and heaps of twists and turns in such a short book. There was no stopping, I had hardly any time to take a breath. You were pulled into this story from the beginning and you were not let go until the very end. Seriously. This book took me less than a day to read. I started it one night and finished it by lunchtime the very next day.
By the halfway point in the novel I was completely entrapped by the characters, the world and the magic system. While again it is very reminiscent of the Harry Potter series in its feel everything is so different. The magic system is the most obvious, which I actually found more interesting that the Harry Potter one.
As the group try to unravel who the spy within the Magisterium is and keep themselves alive, their friendship bonds are tested to their limit. Call and Aaron also begin to learn more about themselves and the kind of magic they can control.
Though, I will admit, it is a little short. For a book that I was so excited to read, it was disappointing that it was only 256 pages. Yes, this meant that I managed to read it quite fast, and it did get straight to the point. But… I wanted to spend more time in this beautiful and frightening world that both Holly Black and Cassandra Clare created. I wanted to see more of Tamara and Aaron, and even more of Jasper. There were hardly any moments with Rufus, their mentor, which was also very disappointing.
The ending chapters of this book were shocking to the point I had to stop reading. I was not expecting what Black and Clare wrote, and it means that I can’t wait to see what is in store for us with the 4th book in this series.
I was surprised, I was amazed, and I was devastated. My emotions were all over the place with this book. I laughed in certain places, and I may have cried. Oh, who am I kidding? I totally cried.
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