The Copper Gauntlet

BLACK, Holly & . 7 CDs. 8:21 hrs. Listening Library. $45. ISBN 9780804122665. digital download.
Gr 4–7—Beginning their second year at the Magisterium (a school for mages), best friends Callum, Tamara, and Adam continue the adventures that began in The Iron Trial (Scholastic, 2014), setting out on a quest to rid their world of the Enemy of Death. There's nothing playful about the magic in this universe, where Elementals (similar to the Titans in Greek mythology) have been imprisoned underground for ages, that is, until an ancient metal monster is released to attack Call and his friends. Paul Boehmer's narration is deep-voiced and expressive but clearly differentiates among characters: high-pitched and breathless for Celia, the girl who knows everything, but throaty and threatening for mage Master Rufus.
VERDICT Familiar fantasy elements set in a complex world will appeal to young fans of action and adventure in the struggle between good and evil. ["Fans of the previous volume will relish the continuing adventures of Call and his friends": SLJ 10/15 review of the Scholastic book.]

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