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Dec 11 2018

The golden tower by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

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Magisterium book 5. Scholastic, 2018. ISBN 9780552567756
(Age: 10-12) Recommended. Themes: Fantasy. Coming of age. Magic. The final book in the series, The golden tower brings to an end the adventures of Callum Hunt as he navigates his way through the corridors of his school, the Magisterium. Callum has had a hard time battling chaos, evil and the mage Constantine Madden and in this book he is faced with the even more difficult task of stopping Alex from manipulating the Magisterium for his own evil ends.
This book is a satisfying conclusion to the series. Callum is still battling the distrust of his fellow school mates, but he resists the urge to take off with Alistair, his father, and hide. Instead he works with Tamara and Aaron to bring down Alex and make his world a better place. Callum and his friends have to work together as a team and share problem solving techniques for the good of the community. The growth of his maturity and that of his colleagues is evident as events that are difficult to control take over the life of the school.
This was a fast paced story with enough action to keep the reader engrossed. It is a series that primary school children who like fantasy are likely to enjoy.
Pat Pledger

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