Publication Date: August 30, 2016
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.
Book number three in the Magisterium series picks up a little of the slack left by book two, but not as much as I’d hoped. The plot does not follow the pattern of the two previous books and instead opens up the door to wider problems than those personal ones faced by the students.
But then, unfortunately throughout entire middle of the book those students focus on their personal problems. Things happen, of course, but nothing that really moves the plot along until the very end.
Call isn’t quite as likable as in book two, and nothing really happens with the tension between he and Aaron (tension is inevitable when your best friend and magical counterweight may be trying to kill you).
I really prefer to review a series as a whole, or at least wait until I’ve read an entire series before reviewing individual books. This series may be a prime example of why. I still think Black and Clare can pull it off, but if they don’t I’ll have recommended that you own the first book, obtain the next few and opt out on the final ones. And who wants to own only part of a series?