Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
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.
As the mysteries of the Magisterium deepen and widen, bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare take readers on an extraordinary journey through one boy’s conflict—and a whole world’s fate.
I think this one narrowly missed the infamous second-book-slump. It lacks that wonderful twist from the first book, of course. It also feels like the story arc too closely mirrors that of the first book (and also Harry Potter). In essence, something happens at home, they go to school for a while, and then something bigger happens when they should be in school and then it is the end.
But like I said, it narrowly missed that dreaded slump. Callum wrestles with the concepts of good and evil, and indulges in a lot of humorous introspection which ultimately makes him all the more likable. The friendship between Tamara, Aaron and Call deepens, despite what could develop into serious betrayal. Plus the metal monster, Automontones, was just cool. The Copper Gauntlet was a satisfying enough second book, and engaging enough to make you want to pick up book number three.