Review: The Silver Mask by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

Review: The Silver Mask by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

“Everyone hates death, Call.”
“But not everyone has to be its enemy.”

If you haven’t read the first three books in the Magisterium series yet, look away now: things are about to get spoilery.

At the end of The Bronze Key, Call’s best friend Aaron bit the dust. Of course, with Call’s soul being that of Constantine – the Enemy of Death – it’ll come as no surprise to you that The Silver Mask mainly focuses on Call’s quest to bring Aaron back to life.

As soon as Aaron died, it was obvious that this was going to be the case. It was disappointing that the plot was so predictable, but it’s worth keeping in mind that this is a children’s book series: if it had been aimed at older readers, I would have been knocking off more stars for that decision.

The focus on resurrection makes for a dark story so if you’re looking for a light and cheerful read you’re in the wrong place, but would you really expect a release like that from Cassandra Clare or Holly Black? However, there is a romantic subplot which eases the doom and gloom, speeding the pace of the story up dramatically.

I’m continuing on with the Magisterium series for one reason, and that’s because Clare and Black know how to develop characters realistically. Each new novel tells the story of another year at the Magisterium (yes, similar to another book series set at a school which begins with an ‘H’), and Clare and Black change Call, Tamara and Jasper in small but impactful ways. Call is far less childish than he was at the start of The Iron Trial, while Jasper has gone from being infuriating to being my favourite character.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the fifth and final book, because the end of The Silver Mask wasn’t what I was expecting it to be (and, actually, makes all of the events in this installment null and void). There’s a lot of potential for the series ender, but with my ratings fluctuating wildly with each new release I don’t have my hopes too high.


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What do you think might happen at the end of the Magisterium series?