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The Copper Gauntlet: Magisterium, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Hasty setup, exciting finish in magic-school sequel.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Amazing! You'll love it if you liked the first!

This book did a great job of improving off of the first one! The first half or so of The Copper Gauntlet was a little slow, but once the action got started this book did not let me go! Although it is a Middle Grade book, it is definitely mature enough to satisfy teens and adults (I'm nineteen). It's pretty similar to the first as far as stuff for parents to look out for - violence, mostly. And we are starting to get a little hint of some angstiness in our quickly-aging characters - a couple kisses is all. I love how all the characters are developing and the adventure in these books makes it so fun to read! Callum is an amazing protagonist in a very tricky situation and it's great to watch him grow. This book made me laugh a lot, too! I can't wait for the next installment! Sorry for the somewhat scattered review.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

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Though this sequel suffers from a hasty, somewhat clunky setup, it makes up for it with a rousing second half and some intriguing, magically talented friends to share the adventure. Veteran YA fantasy authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare saddle the main character, Callum, with the knowledge that he's supposed to have the soul of some evil overlord. Think Harry Potter's connect to Voldemort, only Call knows about it -- and knows it could possibly control all of him. Yikes. It's strange that he’s still desperate to go back to school and possibly endanger everyone there. And that he doesn't seem remotely evil, even on a bad day. Just dishonest.

Though the idea of possession doesn't seem that believable, the interactions with the teen characters feel quite real. Adding Jasper, a rather conceited frenemy, to the mission, makes for some fun sparring. It lightens the mood at the right times, such as when hundreds of zombies show up.

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