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The Copper Gauntlet Audiobook

The Copper Gauntlet: Magisterium, Book 2

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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.

As the mysteries of the Magisterium deepen and widen, best-selling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare take listeners on an extraordinary journey through one boy's conflict - and a whole world's fate.

©2015 Holly Black (P)2015 Listening Library

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    Canadian eReader Montreal 09-08-15
    Canadian eReader Montreal 09-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Harry Potter with a twist is back"

    Harry Potter with a twist continues in The Copper Gauntlet, the second book in The Magisterium series from Holly Black and Cassandra Clare.

    As I mentioned in my review of book one, The Iron Trial, it is impossible to read The Magisterium and not think of Harry Potter. In this case, imagine that Harry has learned about his Horcrux situation right at the beginning of his academic studies and that Neville has been acclaimed as the Chosen One, able to defeat Voldemort. This gives Call a far more nuanced outlook than Harry, especially at an equivalent age (Chamber of Secrets era.) which makes him, to me, a more interesting character. Don’t get me wrong; I love Harry. However, in the early books at least, he sees things very much as black or white, good or evil. Not so Call.

    The connections are too numerous to be accidental. This time around they are more subtle, but still present. We have an antagonist whose main objective is to conquer Death itself. His nickname is “The Enemy of Death.” Voldemort, anyone? Fair enough, it is a fairly common trope, but combine it with magic school and you have Harry Potter. Another theme common to both is the idea that we are defined by our choices. Although Clare and Black are using many of the same tropes as Rowling, the way they handle them is very different and this makes The Copper Gauntlet a great read.

    With regard to being defined by our choices, it is interesting to note that this is something Call decides for himself through the maintenance of what he calls his “Evil Overlord list"; he mentally tallies each choice he makes and action he takes to decide if it makes him more or less evil. Sometimes, this is played for laughs when he thinks things like “well, an evil overlord wouldn’t fetch sandwiches for his friends,” but it still expresses that same theme. This is something he chooses to do for himself; Harry has to have this explained to him by Dumbledore.

    Another trope in common is that of the leaders of the society being in denial about the reality of the situation. The Ministry of Magic denies the reality of the threat posed by Voldemort as the Assembly declares that Madden is dead and gone and that the war is over. Given that there are three more books to come, that seems rather naive, especially as it appears a traitor is working against them.

    One theme which hasn’t yet come up explicitly in the Magisterium is that of Love. As any Harry Potter fan knows, it’s the core of the whole series; Lily’s sacrifice of love for Harry and Voldemort’s inability to love are what make them them. This appears to be turned on its head in the Magisterium. Call’s mother’s final act is, apparently, to leave instructions to kill her son, and Constantine Madden was motivated to wage war on Death because of the loss of his beloved younger brother. I believe this is too important not to be a part of the Magisterium, too, and I look forward to seeing where Black and Clare take this.

    Despite the comparisons with Rowling, I did enjoy this book; possibly more so because of the Harry Potter parallels. True, we lose a lot of the wonder of Rowling’s worldbuilding and humour, but it is balanced by rich, nuanced characters.

    I gave The Copper Gauntlet four stars out of five.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    NaarahSS 11-04-15
    NaarahSS 11-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loving these books!"
    If you could sum up The Copper Gauntlet in three words, what would they be?

    Trust, Friendship & Awesome


    What other book might you compare The Copper Gauntlet to and why?

    This book is somewhat like Harry Potter. Always trying to do the right thing and save people.


    What does Paul Boehmer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Audio books in general bring the books to life for me but Paul Boehmer did an exceptional job with The Copper Gauntlet. I can't wait for the next book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No major reaction. I just enjoyed it very much.


    Any additional comments?

    This is such a fantastic series. I'm eagerly awaiting the next book.

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    khill 08-16-17
    khill 08-16-17
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    "Yes, this series is like Harry Potter..."

    ...But, it seems like it might be Black & Clare's take on if Harry had known from the start that he had part of Voldey's soul in him. Both have proven to be masterful storytellers through their other works, so sit back & enjoy the ride. Feeling like it might be a bit bumpy.

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    Britta Kallin 06-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Coppermazing"

    I really liked it! The suspense and surprise around every corner! I suggest that you listen to all of the magisterium books ! Enjoy

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    Amazon Customer 06-21-17
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    "Good book"

    Good book many twists and turns a most read details are lively and fresh would recommend to any reader of magic holy black and Cassandra clair have made a beautiful world of magic and deadly adventure I can't sput it down

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    Wanda Woodrum 04-15-17 Member Since 2010
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    "very good book"

    this had a very good storyline. It was full of surprises, and little twists and turns turns. It was also rather stressful! But it did resolve mostly. I think you will enjoy it!

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    Edward W. Ludt 01-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "EEEEPPPPPIIIIIICCCCCCC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    this was a suspenseful story of great and clever action, my favorite part was the kiss.

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    Brandon 12-19-16
    Brandon 12-19-16
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    "is Callum even the main character"

    is Callum even the main character because it looked like Arron was supposed be it because Callum is the worst example of a good main character it's the second book and he's hardly changed and they keep reminding us that Callum has a bad leg by letting him fall on it repeatedly and it hardly ever affects the story,all it does is make other characters have pity for him instead of making it so that his leg got healed by magic which would be cool instead of reminding us how pathetic the main character was. To be honest I would even have liked it better if Arron was the main character even though he's my least favorite but at least he has a better back story and has developed more has a character than Callum.

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    Bugs Georgia 11-18-16
    Bugs Georgia 11-18-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A great follow up - very enjoyable"

    I love the narrator. I think he's my favorite narrator ever. I like him so much that I've been searching his other works! He's got a good voice, and it only adds to the story. He makes it very easy to follow the story line and I always know what character is talking.

    I enjoyed this story as much as the first. I do think that this story could stand alone, but the first book is so good I would recommend anyone start with it instead of just jumping into this one. This one does give brief run-downs, but it doesn't waste a lot of time on catching newcomers up.

    The pace in this book is nice and steady, with lots of action, and great dialog between the characters, a small group of young magicians working together to do what they think is the right thing. Issues of friendship and loyalty are a big part of the plot.

    The world building is great, and the magic is imaginative and a lot of fun. The book managed to keep me guessing about character motivations all the way to the end, though it still wasn't fully resolved and I quickly pressed the button to get the next book, The Bronze Key.

    I loved cleaning house to this book. It was so easy to follow and the narration was clear, and it helped me spend time doing chores more eagerly.

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    Amazon Customer Staten Island, New York 09-03-16
    Amazon Customer Staten Island, New York 09-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "mediocre effort"

    rushed with too many unanswered questions that equate plot holes. unimpressive effort from two writers who could have done better. don't write a series if you can't commit

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