Book Review: The Bronze Key by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare | Jest Kept Secret

The Bronze Key

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Title: The Bronze Key
Author: Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Series: Magisterium #3
Genre: MG Fantasy
Content Warning: Brief mild language and thematic elements


Students at the Magisterium are supposed to be safe. Under the watchful eyes of the mages, they are taught to use magic to bring order to a chaotic world.

But now the chaos is fighting back. Call, Tamara, and Aaron should be worrying about things like pop quizzes and magic contests. Instead, after the shocking death of one of their classmates, they must track down a sinister killer… and risk their own lives in the process.

As Call, Tamara, and Aaron discover, magic can only be as good as the person who wields it. In evil hands, it has the capacity to do immeasurable harm, unless it is stopped in time.

In this striking third book of Magisterium, bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare present us with a school where anything, good or evil, can happen, and the only way to unlock the truth is to risk everything to find it.


My Thoughts

This series is pretty much Harry Potter repackaged—three kids (two boys, one girl) form an unlikely friendship at a school of magic and team up to fight a guy who is trying to cheat death. Yep. But there is an interesting twist, which I shall not share here because SPOILERS, and it makes the series more unique than one might expect. And unlike Harry, Callum Hunt is no angsty teenager with a Chosen One complex. He’s snarky, insecure, and all too happy to let someone else take the lead. He’s a refreshing change of pace from your typical hero in MG/YA fantasy, and that’s why I keep reading. Add in some very likable sidekicks, a sassy frenemy, and some crazy cool monsters, and you’ve got a fun read for the weekend. This series would be great to read with kids.

In book three, the stakes get a little higher as Callum, Tamara, and Aaron continue their fight against the Enemy of Death. We get some new antagonists who are a nice shade of gray, Jasper (my favorite) gets funnier, and the ending is a real punch to the gut. This is a great continuation of the Magisterium series.

Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

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