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The Copper Gauntlet
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Information
Author Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Illustrator Scott Fischer
Cover artist Alexandre Chaudret
Release Date September 2015[1]
Publisher Scholastic Press
Cover

Havoc, Aaron Stewart,
Callum Hunt,
Tamara Rajavi, and
Jasper deWinter

Series The Magisterium
Chronology
Preceded by
The Iron Trial
Followed by
The Cosmos Blade

The Copper Gauntlet is the second book of The Magisterium series, set to be released on September 1, 2015.

Synopsis

WHAT IF YOUR SOUL WAS NOT YOUR OWN?

WHAT IF YOU KNEW YOU WERE DESTINED FOR EVIL?

Callum Hunt has returned from the Magisterium victorious. He is now a mage in his own right – a Copper Year student. He has friends; he feels at home in the winding tunnels of the mysterious magical school.

But Call hides a terrible secret.

His soul is not his own. His body a vessel for a powerful evil mage, wielder of chaos magic … murderer.

Salvation could lie in the Alkahest, a mysterious copper gauntlet.

But it is a dangerous object, with a violent history. It could destroy everything Call knows and loves …

And release the evil within him.

THINK YOU KNOW MAGIC? THINK AGAIN.

ENTER THE BREATHTAKING WORLD OF THE MAGISTERIUM.


Callum Hunt's summer break isn't like other kids'. His closest companion is a Chaos-ridden wolf, Havoc. His father suspects him of being secretly evil. And, of course, most kids aren't heading back to the magical world of the Magisterium in the fall.

It's not easy for Call . . . and it gets even harder after he checks out his basement and discovers that his dad might be trying to destroy both him and Havoc.

Call escapes to the Magisterium -- but things only intensify there. The Alkahest -- a copper gauntlet capable of separating certain magicians from their magic -- has been stolen. And in their search to discover the culprit, Call and his friends Aaron and Tamara awaken the attention of some very dangerous foes -- and get closer to an even more dangerous truth.

As the mysteries of the Magisterium deepen and widen, bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare take readers on an extraordinary journey through one boy's conflict -- and a whole world's fate.

Plot

SPOILERS AHEAD!

Callum Hunt has been staying with Alastair in their home in North Carolina for the summer break, and things have been awkward. He now knows that Constantine's soul is inside him—that he could be Constantine—and he also knows that Alastair suspects this, though the latter does not say it. Alastair also does not like Call's Chaos-ridden pet, Havoc. One evening, Alastair invites Call to see a movie, much to his surprise. He agrees, but Havoc must be left behind, so Call ties Havoc up in their garage. When they return, Call finds Havoc missing. He and Alastair drive around twon calling out to Havoc, to no avail.

Call briefly has a miserable, restless night's sleep when he is awakened by a whining. He follows a feeling and finds Havoc chained up in a room in his father's cellar. In the room, he also sees a cot and shackles—just the right size for him. Call sees notes on the desk about a ritual—which requires a copper gauntlet and a Chaos-ridden's beating heart—that could take out the chaos magic from a Makar, which would also kill and destroy them. Call immediately assumes that Alastair will try the ritual on him to confirm his fears.

When Alastair arrives, Call confronts him about it. In a fit of rage, Call ends up attacking Alastair with magic and knocks him unconscious. Call, who had already decided that he will leave with Havoc, packs up his bags and takes some money lying around and leaves the house. Quickly deciding that he will go to Tamara's home in Arlington, he goes straight to the bus station and, posing as an 18-year-old, buys a ticket, using up all his money for the ride.

Once there, he takes a cab to Tamara's house, called the Gables which is well-known among the locals due to its extravagance. There, the butler almost didn't let Call enter, but he ran past him and almost caused a scene until Tamara herself arrived and vouched for him. Call arrives on a day when Tamara's parents, both Assembly members, were throwing a party and finds Jasper deWinter in attendance, as well as Aaron Stewart, whom Call just finds out has been staying with the Rajavis all summer. He also sees Alex Strike, who has been staying over because he was dating Tamara's sister, Kimiya. The Rajavis allow Call to stay with them for the rest of the break.

Once summer break was over, the kids happily head back to the Magisterium. Once there, the trio go to the library to learn more about the Alkahest, which they had overheard someone talk about at the party, saying someone had tried to steal it and that it would put Aaron, the Makar, in danger. It has since worried the boy, who has been feeling the pressure and weight of his responsibilities since. Soon, Alastair comes to the Magisterium and asks Rufus if he could talk to Call; Call refuses in fear and has him sent away.

Some time after, Call, remembering the notes in their cellar room, realizes that Alastair may have something to do with the failed attempt to steal the Alkahest. From a previous lecture given by Rufus, Call figures out that the Alkahest was moved from its display in the Collegium to a vault below the airplane hangar—which Alastair had a blueprint for. Call realized that Alastair wanted this move to happen because he was a good metal mage, and its new placement was in his favor.

This bothers Call the following day—so much that both Tamara and Aaron become worried and confront him about it. Finally, Call tells them about Alastair, telling them the things he could without bringing up what he believes is his father's ulterior motives. Tamara, however, fears for Aaron's safety and tells Rufus, despite promising Call that she will keep whatever he will admit to them a secret. Call becomes furious at Tamara for this, driving a wedge in their friendship.

Shortly after, Alex comes to Call and tells him that now that the Alkahest had been stolen, presumably by Alastair, the Assembly has decided that the search for Alastair will be a hunt: they will kill him for the gauntlet. Deeply concerned, Call decides to go after him with Havoc somehow to warn him. However, he is caught by Tamara and Aaron before he could leave, and they insist on tagging along. When they are caught sneaking out by Jasper, they take him with them to prevent him from telling.

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