by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
'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.'
*** MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS ***
I really enjoyed the first book in this Magisterium series so I happily jumped right into this second book. I was a bit disappointed by this one though. These are middle grade books and I like that they are on the shorter side (both under 300 pages) but maybe this one would have been better if it had been longer. Maybe it would have had more of a story to it. This one seemed sort of lacking, more like setting up bigger things to come than being an important chunk of the series in its own right. The couple big events that this book featured sort of fizzled out. In fact, I'm still rather unclear on what was really going on with the main point of this book.
After discovering a huge secret about himself back in Book One, Call has been struggling with that information. He's pretty sure his father knows the secret too. And when Call stumbles across something in the basement that strongly indicates his father is going to take care of the problem, Call and his wolf flee for their lives. He makes it back to the Magisterium for his second year of magic school, although he and his friends are already trying to figure out a huge mystery.
Someone has attempted to steal a priceless and powerful artifact of the magic world, and Call is pretty sure he knows who . . . and why.
Call and his friends set off on another adventure, this time inadvertently dragging another student into it. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Call is eventually forced into revealing his secret to his traveling companions. How will they react? Is his secret going to remain safe? Is HE going to remain safe? At the moment (in this book) they don't really have time to process the information or react honestly. They're in a battle to survive. Once they get out of their situation and back to school, it's still uncertain just how his friends now feel about things. One in particular seems to be struggling with the news. How will this play out going forward? It will be interesting to see.
So while this book was a bit of a disappointment on its own, it has set up story lines for what's to come, and I'm still looking forward to seeing where it all goes.
Have you read this Magisterium series?
What did you think of this second book?