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The Copper Gauntlet By Cassandra Clare & Holly Black | Review

Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: September 1st 2015

Pages: 264

Goodreads Review: here

Goodreads blurb:

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.


R A M B L E 

Wow, what a book. I was sucked in almost instantly. The beginning for this was such a bigger bang than the first book (review here). There were flat parts, but since it is only an incredibly short novel I was completely enthralled and involved with the world.

The Copper Gauntlet definitely displays a different kind of story to Harry Potter and Percy Jackson (sorry for the comparison), it definitely strays completely away from the belief that this series is in any way similar to the others in any way. I mean, none of the series have a main character who has a wolf, so I know which one I prefer.

This book had adventure. This book had friendship. This book smashed middle grade and young adult stereotypes. I highly recommend this if you’re looking for a fast paced novel that features no romance and incredible friendships.


C H A R A C T E R S

#C A L L U M

Callum Hunt remains our main character. We see the whole story through his eyes and experience his reactions to what is happening. He is also pretty oblivious, which makes reading his perspective pretty frustrating at some times. Not only that but the fact he was so unwilling to communicate and share information with his friends. I wanted to shake him and scream he could trust them.

There are some incredible changes in his character, in my belief, the way he goes about magic and just how he holds himself is different from the first book. He is no longer scared of judgement from his peers and is truly more open.

#T A M A R A

Tamara is both my least favourite character and a girl I know I would be best friends with. She is comic relief, she is fearless and she is not about to take a single characters shit. Being Muslim of Iranian descent Tamara has a lot of pressures on her. She has to deal with a lot of complications, especially since her family is in the Assembly (kind of like court for Mages).

I just love her. She is not a perfect character. None of the characters in these novels are. She is flawed. She doesn’t always do the right thing and she does screw up. But, man, is she well written and kickass.

#A A R O N

Aaron doesn’t do too much this book. After the events of the last book he kind of becomes closed down and a tad hopeless, in my opinion. He also doesn’t do too much throughout this book. He appears, does some magic to save everyone, say something wise and then disappear into the background. I feel he’s hiding secrets that I am very interested in learning.

#J A S P E R

Jasper is rude and snarky. He hates showing emotions and is basically me in a fourteen-year-old boy. I was astounded by the character development that was shown throughout the book for Jasper. It was pretty surprising considering how terrible he had been in the previous book.

I hope we see more of Jasper in the third book.


P L O T 

The plot of this was intense. With Call’s father on the run from the Mages who want to kill him our main character feels he needs to save him. Aaron, Havoc and Tamara join him (followed by Callum’s mortal enemy Jasper) in order to stop events that are unfolding.

That didn’t make sense, did it? Just trust me on this, the plot is awesome. I was completely unable to put my phone down (I’m reading the ebooks). I’m nervous to see how the next book unfolds since there will be a wait for the fourth and fifth books.


O V E R A L L 

Overall, this book was amazing. It was better than the first, in my opinion. Cassandra Clare and Holly Black manage to create such a unique and original story, managing to push down stereotypes that find their way into most stories. The characters are flawed and the action is mindblowing. Definitely a recommended series.

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