Review – The golden tower

Title: The golden tower

Author: Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

Format: Audiobook

Narrator: Paul Boehmer

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

Publisher audiobook: Penguin Random House Audio

Page count: 256 (7hours 19minutes)

Release day: September 11th 2018

Series: Magisterium #5

Rating: 3 stars

*May contain spoilers for book 1, 2, 3 and 4 (click on the numbers for reviews)*

What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)

A generation ago, powerful mage 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.

Facing up to what he is, Callum has battled chaos and evil across four years of magical training at the Magisterium, eventually defeating the armies of chaos in an epic battle.

It came at a cost.

Now, triumphant and heartbroken, Callum Hunt has just about had enough, and is ready to complete his training. But the evil Callum faced has not given up just yet…

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What I thought:

I was actually quite excited to listen to this audiobook, since it is the last one of the series, and of course I was also quite curious to what would happen. But, to be honest, mostly because I would be finishing a series I started this year. In my opinion this series started off really great but didn’t keep the greatness up.

The main reason why I was a bit disappointed at parts is that I know Holly Black and Cassandra Clare can do more than this. And I think they were holding back because it is of course a middle grade series, so then can not do their epic scenes that we know from the cruel prince and the shadowhunter world.

Besides this, I do think this was a great ending to the series. All questions are answered, bad people are being handled with, good people are acknowledged. And that is of course what we (or maybe middle grade readers) want at the end of a series. I don’t think they could have let certain people die (what they probably would have if it was YA).

I’m also a bit sad that they actually did not spent so much time at the magisterium, since I really like the school setting. I did like that the school part was more present in this book compared to the previous two.

Writing was just as great as the previous books. The narrator is amazing for this story, he fits the story really well. I think I will definitely try to listen to more books narrated by him. Also if Holly Black and Cassandra Clare decide to write another book/ series together, I will definitely interested. But I hope it will be YA or maybe even adult. Since personally I think their writing fits those genres a little bit better.

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