Magisterium – The Copper Gauntlet

a-letterbox-stuffed-with-first-and-second-class-lettersSo today I heard the familiar sound of the postman popping something in our porch.  This immediately tells me this is not a bill drill.

What he’s put in the porch is too big to be someone demanding money.  This can mean only one thing.  It’s a parcel.  As I walked to the door I racked my brains and came up empty as to what it was.  I hadn’t ordered anything.  I assumed it was my husbands but was even more excited when I read the label and saw it was mine.  What could possibly be more exciting than a surprise parcel!

My son asked me “can I open it?” and if you’ve read Shared Parental Leave: I don’t like to share you’ll know how I feel about sharing.  The peevish child in me said no.  Lucky for my eldest the mother won out and I begrudgingly answered “of course darling” through gritted teeth.

As he opened the package I saw a flash of orange and felt the familiar excitement that can only be akin to Charlie And The Chocolate Factory when spots that flash of gold.  Yes it was in fact part 2 of The Magisterium series.

This was even more exciting as I hadn’t even requested this item to review I had been sent it automatically.  My ego did a cart-wheel and my self-doubt and insecurities returned to the back of my mind in a huff.  No longer able to continue their conspiring whispers. I was so so so excited as this is the first time that this has happened.  I feel I’ve reached a blogging mile stone so thought I’d share that really exciting part with you!  What makes it even more special is that it’s not even been released to the general public yet.  I am so loving the blogging perks right now especially as I loved the first book so much.  I was really disappointed that I was going to have to wait so long for the next one.  Now I don’t have to it’s here!

So on with the kettle and the reading and then came the review.  One word summation – BRILLIANT!

This book really takes things to the next level.  I was initially a little confused as to where we were in the story however a few chapters in and all had been smoothed out and it made total sense.  This is possibly more due to my lack of sleep than the writing style.  Again, as with the first book, there are unexpected twists and turns.  I was really surprised by the direction of the book particularly towards the end.  I was also surprised that certain facts were revealed, to other characters, this soon.  I don’t think the book suffers as a result of this, if anything it opens up the possibilities further for the next 3 books.

I have a few suspicions of where the story may go but I’m not going to discuss them here as this is live before the publishing date and I don’t want to have any spoilers.  All I’ll say is that if you liked the first book then you’ll love this one.

I’m reading as an adult and whilst the simplistic language and flow to the book is suitable for a younger audience there were parts of the second book that I felt were quite dark and would only suit a secondary school aged child.  I’ve got a boy of 9 and I’m not sure I would feel comfortable with him reading it.  If you’re giving it to your kids I’d recommend reading it yourself first so you can make an informed decision as well as enjoying a great book and the bonus is if you do let your child read it you can bond whilst discussing the book and your favourite characters etc.

Holly Black and Cassandra Clare truly are the writing dream team in this coming of age, dark magic, adventure series.  I only hope the magic of their collaboration continues with the rest of their series!

The Copper Gauntlet is due for release in the UK 3rd September 2015 and can be pre-ordered via Amazon £3.99 kindle edition and £5.24 for paperback.

NB: I do not use affiliate links.  I was not paid for this review.  I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and un-biased review.

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