Holly Black: The Copper Gauntlet

Make sure to check out my review of The Iron Trial first!

From Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes the second entry in the New York Times bestselling series that defies what you think you know about the worlds of good and evil.


I loved the first book in the Magisterium series SO MUCH. If you read my first review, you’ll know that I was all but jumping up and down over this magical series. I picked it up for the DiversityBingo2017 challenge, but immediately requested the rest of the books from the library so I could read them back to back for Series Monday.

Unfortunately, this second book did not measure up to The Iron Trial. I couldn’t even make it to the halfway point–I was SO BORED. Maybe it’s because I just read another 5 star book right before (If I Was Your Girl), but this seemed so much kitschier than the beginning of the series. It lacked all of the depth, and the characters just seemed overly whiny. Oh, and the book begins almost to the T of the Harry Potter summer scenes–where he’s bored and miserable and missing his friends, his guardian (father) hate magic and tries to keep him locked up. It was just a little tooooooooo dead on. The Iron Trial definitely can be compared to HP, but it was its own thing. To start The Copper Gauntlet that way just put me on the wrong foot.

I’ve taken the rest of the books off my list, and unless I come across a new series soon, I think I’m going to use the next few Mondays as some TBR catch up.


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