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The Silver Mask

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Title: The Silver Mask
Author: Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Series: Magisterium #4
Genre: MG Fantasy
Content Warning: Thematic elements and mild language


A generation ago, Constantine Madden came close to achieving what no magician had ever achieved: the ability to bring back the dead. He didn’t succeed . . . but he did find a way to keep himself alive, inside a young child named Callum Hunt. Now Call is one of the most feared and reviled students in the history of the Magisterium, thought to be responsible for a devastating death and an ever-present threat of war. As a result, Call has been imprisoned and interrogated. Everyone wants to know what Constantine was up to-and how he lives on. But Call has no idea. It is only when he’s broken out of prison that the full potential of Constantine’s plan is suddenly in his hands . . . and he must decide what to do with his power. In this spellbinding fourth book of Magisterium, bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare take us beyond the realm of the living and into the dangers of the dead.


My Thoughts

The Silver Mask is as enjoyable and light as the others in this series have been, but it also starts to delve into some deeper questions like, if we could raise people from the dead, should we? Or how far should we go to help our friends?

The kids are just as believable and entertaining as ever, and the villains get even more interesting. Well, some of them do. Anastasia Tarquinn is a bit flat and uninteresting—I wish we got more of a sense of danger from her. She could really be interesting if they focused more on her obsession with Call and less on her just showing up at opportune moments.

I also wish we’d seen more of Alistair Hunt. His kid has been kidnapped. You can’t tell me he wouldn’t fight against the Assembly to get him back. And where was he in the final battle and the aftermath thereof?

Still, despite some flat characterisation and plot holes, I’m really looking forward to the last book, The Golden Tower, which is due out this year. Bring it on.

Score: 3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

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