The danger for a mortal girl in the High Court of Faerie is very real, even if she is playing puppet-master with the High King. Jude only has a year and a day to convince Cardan to stay on the throne and protect her brother Oak until he is ready to rule. Will Cardan agree? Check out our review of Holly Black’s newest book in The Folk of the Air series, The Wicked King.
Callum returns for a fifth year at the Magisterium after being cleared of being the Enemy of Death. His reception by his fellow classmates is less than enthusiastic, and it doesn’t help that Callum now has Aaron’s soul rattling around in his head, too.
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A doomed prison escape attempt gets Callum and his friends Tamara and Jasper imprisoned in Constantine Madden’s old fortress by those convinced that some part of Callum’s soul remembers how to be Constantine. He’s determined to escape – until he learns that there might be a chance to bring Aaron back.
In the third installment of the “Magisterium” series, Call and his best friends, Tamara and Aaron, are back for another year of magical training. What’s more, they’re being celebrated as heroes for defeating Master Joseph and bringing the Assembly the head of the most evil wizard who’s ever lived. The only thing putting a damper on things is that someone seems to be trying to kill Call (again) and the terrible burden of keeping hidden the fact that he’s Constantine Madden reborn.
The second book in the “Magisterium” series, “The Copper Gauntlet” picks up toward the end of the summer after Call’s first year at the Magisterium. Although he hasn’t yet told anyone that he’s housing the soul of the most evil wizard of all time. When a magical artifact, the Alkahest, is stolen from Magisterium custody, Call is almost certain that his father is the culprit – because only the Alkahest has the potential to separate Constantine’s soul from Call’s body… but it also might just kill him.
In “The Iron Trial,” co-authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare have begun a series that’s bound to soon have legions of followers. The first book of the Magisterium series follows twelve-year-old Callum Hunt after he is admitted to a school of magic. At the Magisterium, Callum not only faces the trials of learning magic, but also of discovering details of his own identity that his father kept from him.
Subtitled “A Modern Faery’s Tale”, this companion-book to “Tithe” and “Valiant” brings back characters from the previous two books in a climactic tale of magic, romance, court intrigue, and hard-hitting action. Once again, the Bright and Night Courts of Faerie collide against the urban backdrop of New York City and its down-and-out New Jersey suburbs. Once again, a spotlight shines on the spine-chilling side of fey creatures—the child-stealing, pain-dealing, backstabbing, amoral side of beings that are just like sociopathic killers except that they are unnaturally beautiful, they can’t endure the touch of iron, and they cannot lie. Fun, right?
Subtitled “A Modern Tale of Faerie”, this companion to “Tithe” transports the magical world of mermaids, trolls, and other fey creatures into present-day New York City. Parents concerned about “adult content” might want to evaluate this book for themselves before sharing it with their kids, or prepare to discuss it with them. This isn’t your godmother’s fairyland.