Possible Spoiler Alert
This is a review of the second book in the series, to read the review of the first book click here!
After reading The Iron Trial I was really excited to get stuck into The Copper Gauntlet. Having previously read several books by both authors, I was curious to read some of their younger YA novels, and with the 3rd book being released not too long ago, I had to catch up on the series quickly.
The opening pages to this novel are nothing short of explosive, and it all happens outside the Magisterium while Call is home on summer breaks. It begins with Call finding out his father’s true plans for him and Havoc, and them running away to Tamara’s – a safe haven between his father and the school, somewhere where he can just be Call.
After severing his ties to his own family, Call finds comfort among his friends and their family. There’s a growing suspense throughout the novel, especially when The Enemy or the Makar are mentioned, as they remind people of past horrors and wars to come.
Call’s relationship with his father becomes even more tense after he turns up at the Magisterium, and Call refuses to leave. All the while thoughts of what Master Joseph told Call in the previous book plague his mind.
The prophecy given to Call, by the devoured elemental rings, overshadows much of this book: “One of you will fail, One of you will and One of you is already dead”. Call knows he is the one that is already dead, referring to the Enemy’s soul which resides in his body. However, he is concerned for Tamara and Aaron and which roles in the prophecy they will fulfill.
At the halfway point the loyalties of friends are being tested, as they leave the Magisterium to try and find Call’s father and prevent his death. They also drag Jasper along for the ride.
As they attempt to escape the Magisterium all is not as it seems, as they run into the Order of Disorder. This order want to experiment on Aaron, as he is the Makar, and without him all their research into chaos-ridden animals and humans is worthless. The group make their way to his dad’s junk yard, which is owned by another Mage, that left that life behind. Call, despite being one step closer to finding his dad, is unsure of whether he wants to as he knows what his dad is planning to do which he is still hiding from his friends.
I loved the fact this group is caught between the Magisterium that is hunting, them as well as the Enemy who they are blindly marching towards in order to save Call’s dad. The tension only adds to the novel, creating a fundamental aspect to the plotline.
The ending of this novel was just explosive, as so many things happened and so many things changed for the gang. Obviously throughout this review I have tried to keep as many spoilers as I can out, as this is the second novel in this series, and I don’t want to spoil the series for others, but I highly recommend this novel. If you liked The Percy Jackson series or The Harry Potter series then you will definitely love the Magisterium series.
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