Release Date: September 11th, 2018
Dates Read: September 15th, 2018 to September 16th, 2018
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Genre: middle-grade, fantasy, urban fantasy, magic
A generation ago, powerful mage Constantine Madden came close to achieving what no magician had ever achieved: the ability to bring back the dead. He didn’t succeed . . . but he did find a way to keep himself alive, inside a young child named Callum Hunt.
Facing up to what he is, Callum has battled chaos and evil across four years of magical training at the Magisterium, eventually defeating the armies of chaos in an epic battle.
It came at a cost.
Now, triumphant and heartbroken, Callum Hunt has just about had enough, and is ready to complete his training. But the evil Callum faced has not given up just yet…
R E V I E W
BOOK ONE | BOOK TWO | BOOK THREE | BOOK FOUR
I’m going to try and make my review for The Golden Tower by Holly Black an Cassandra Clare my shortest review yet. Not because I didn’t enjoy the story content or seeing this story come to a close, but because of the fact that this is a final book and I love to keep my reviews spoiler free. Above you can see all my reviews for this series, feel free to click through and have a read. They’re some of my earliest reviews so you’ve been warned. This is truly such a fun series!
I think the reason I have enjoyed the Magisterium series as much as I have is that I know I’m not the demographic to this series. My cousins are and I always try to read middle-grade books so that I can recommend them to them, we have a sort of book club in my family and it is pretty adorable. Knowing I’m not in the age demographic just means I go into these books and have fun. I am a pretty critical reader so it is such a refreshing moment.
Yes, these books are about murder, possession and magic but the humour and content inside is honestly such a nice break from all the books I try to read.
The Golden Tower kicks off pretty soon after it’s the previous book. I don’t really want to talk much about the plot because it is full of spoilers but it contains a dragon, some romance, and people getting over their shitty opinions of Call.
There are so many things that happen throughout The Golden Tower but Tamara has to be my favourite from the whole series. She is a kickass woman in the trio and I thrive on it. A lot of people compare this series to Harry Potter, calling it a remake, but it honestly isn’t. It’s for a whole different audience and the characters don’t mirror the better-known child wizard series at all. Plus, there is a lot of better familial relationships, danger and female characters in this book. Oops, I said it.
That stems into my next point, Call’s relationship with his father really takes a forefront in this story. I really felt the connection between the two and even found myself crying at one point.
At some points, this story did feel rushed but it is aimed towards middle graders so I am sure that would not be a problem for them. The rushing of the book felt clear to me in the fact that Gwenda was introduced as joining Tamara and Call as roommates along with Jasper but she maybe had a page of action and dialogue. It was just those little things that I could notice throughout. However, again, I am not the demographic for this book so I am sure it is just me being picky.
Overall, The Golden Tower was a spectacular conclusion to this fun and exciting series. Holly Black and Cassandra Clare really managed to create realistic characters throughout that leapt off the page. The story isn’t too unpredictable but it is ultimately enjoyable to read about these characters again. If you are looking for a fun series that won’t take too much brain power, this is definitely one to pick up. I mean Callum has a wolf as a pet! That is a damn good reason to pick this series up if anything.
Happy reading everyone!
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