My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Point of View: 3rd Person & Masculine
Recommended Age: 9+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Action, Magic, Friendship, Good vs. Evil
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.
Of course, this is no ‘‘The Mortal Instruments.’’ It doesn’t even compare. It’s not even some middle grade version of it with some elements changed. Not at all.
So it’s no wonder that, even though I do adore Cassandra Clare, I’m not exactly in love with this series. To tell you the truth, I did not enjoy the first book exactly, because of all the similarities to Harry Potter.
But this sequel helped the series redeem itself to me. I liked the mix of fantasy/magic and mystery. Callum struggles even more than in the first book, because although the signs are there (about who he really is) he cannot help but hope that it’s not true (and so do we!).
What’s also interesting about this story is that Callum is not the hero exactly. His friend Aaron is, to the eyes of everyone, even, I bet, Callum’s father. Who is missing! They need to find him before the bad guys do.
And kill him.
Lots of action and magic. I dare say that it’s a series worth continuing with even if, like me, you thought the first book came too close to HP.
If there’s one thing I would change, though, or work more on, if I were the author, that would be the teachers and magic school itself. It’s just not very exciting. And the teachers are not characters that are very memorable.
But this is a fun book to read for its magic, character dynamics and villains.
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