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The final, thrilling installment in this extraordinary series from bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. 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. F The final, thrilling installment in this extraordinary series from bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. 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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The final, thrilling installment in this extraordinary series from bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. 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. F The final, thrilling installment in this extraordinary series from bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. 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...

30 review for The Golden Tower

  1. 5 out of 5

    l

    Even as an adult, I'll still be plagued by waiting for yet another Cassandra Clare book. *sigh*

  2. 4 out of 5

    chloe ✨

    This was a pretty satisfying conclusion but also a little underwhelming. I enjoyed reading it, but it definitely wasn't my favourite in the series. Sad to say goodbye to these characters though!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    I'm giving this a full 5-star review before it even came out. . . . Cassie, Holly, it better be the best book I will ever touch, understood?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Yeah, no. This series started out pretty mediocre, but I saw potential, so I continued to read it. At first I thought it would pay off, because I genuinely enjoyed the second and third book... but then The Silver Mask happened, which felt like the authors just wanted to be done with it and wrap the story up. There was still a little bit of potential left for this one, so I was crossing my fingers while simultaneously lowering my expectations. And I was still let down. Look, the world building in t Yeah, no. This series started out pretty mediocre, but I saw potential, so I continued to read it. At first I thought it would pay off, because I genuinely enjoyed the second and third book... but then The Silver Mask happened, which felt like the authors just wanted to be done with it and wrap the story up. There was still a little bit of potential left for this one, so I was crossing my fingers while simultaneously lowering my expectations. And I was still let down. Look, the world building in this was always shoddy and the plots nothing to write home about, but I thought the characters were charming (okay, mostly Aaron) and some of the humor was genuinly funny (ok, mostly Jasper). But this time, even the characters felt oddly empty and one note. With added teenage angst about "Omg does she really like meeeeeee???" in the middle of some half-assed mission. So, yes. I'm grumpy. I know both authors of this series are controversal and not for everyone (I actually agree with a lot of the criticisms, but manage to enjoy most of their books anyways for various reasons), but I know that both of them can do better than this. It was lackluster. It really did not help that my favorite character was sidelined to a freaking voice in Cal's head, who got to reassure him from time to time and give him tips about how to talk to people/girls without offending them. Yay. As for the eventual pairings: (view spoiler)[Cal/Tamara never had any chemistry ever. Both had more with Aaron. Heck, AND Jasper! It felt forced in the last book and it feels forced now. Jasper's new relationship didn't bother me, but it was so damn predictable, I would have cheered if it hadn't happened. Celia went from terrible person the audience is supposed to hate to kind of vanishing after aplogizing out of the blue. We never met Rufus' husband and everyone else were basically cardboard cutouts. (hide spoiler)] Basically this reads like some magical AU fanfic where someone didn't bother about worldbuilding and some flimsy plot is just there, because they want the character to drive around, order very specific food, talk to each other and say some quippy one-liners the author is very proud of. I'm really sad, cause I wanted this to be good.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Zero vi Britannia

    How does this have a 4.33 rating when it probably won't be out until 2018?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Meaghan

    Stars (Out of 10): 3/10 Stars I had such high hopes for this book after the redeeming of the series (for me) in book 4. Just in general, there was so much potential for this series, and I had such expectations both from books 1 and 2 and from Clare’s and Black’s prior works. Now, I get this is a middle grade series. It won’t be as deep as Black’s The Cruel Prince/Tithe/etc. or Clare’s The Infernal Devices/The Dark Artifices/etc. I also get that these books are not necessarily aimed towards me, and Stars (Out of 10): 3/10 Stars I had such high hopes for this book after the redeeming of the series (for me) in book 4. Just in general, there was so much potential for this series, and I had such expectations both from books 1 and 2 and from Clare’s and Black’s prior works. Now, I get this is a middle grade series. It won’t be as deep as Black’s The Cruel Prince/Tithe/etc. or Clare’s The Infernal Devices/The Dark Artifices/etc. I also get that these books are not necessarily aimed towards me, and both the humor and plot are aimed for those younger than I. However, this series, this book, being a part of a younger genre does not excuse some of the issues this series had, especially in terms of pacing, plot, and characters. It does not excuse the illogical nature of some of the decisions in this book, or the lack of effort (it seems) in the planning of this book, and series as a whole. I was honestly surprised when it seemed as if this book left things purposely open for a sequel series, as it honestly felt, while reading, that the author duo seemed to be less and less interested in these books. You can possibly blame my earlier love for the series on my younger age, but I’d argue that those books were just overall better, in terms of character dynamics, plot, and pacing (oh god, especially the pacing). Yes the trio and world heavily mimicked Harry Potter, and the series definitely needed to move away from that, but that doesn’t mean that the series needed to lose the normal pacing it had in books 1 and 2. And yes, the plot was not complex at all in the earlier books, but it doesn’t need to be, as that’s not necessarily what I expect from a middle grade book. Let’s just get the worst over with and discuss pacing. In books 1 and 2 this was fairly well done, with the books spanning an entire school year, and sometimes a bit of the summer beforehand. A standard pacing style for a school based series. Book 3 already broke this pattern by ending about half way through the year (if I remember correctly, it’s been a few years now), and that sharp contrast in time period definitely left the book feeling unfinished. The time period of book 4 is honestly a mystery to me, but at the start of book 5, 4 years of schooling have supposedly passed (I don’t know how). Book 5, while when looked at logically, takes place over a few months or something, reads like it all takes place within the first week of school or something. There is almost no build up or problem solving in this book. Nothing stalls the constant moving plot, and this constant action, combined with weird time jumps/lack of focus on anything but events that directly solve the plot, makes the book read really quickly, as well as feel weirdly timed. I’d have to actually study this book to figure out how the timeline all works together, and even then I can’t promise I’d find an answer. Additionally, the allocation of pages to different periods of time didn’t add up at all. There are a few moments of travelling and driving in this book, but the pacing and logistics of them is so ridiculous that I couldn’t even fully take those seriously and as a part of the actual plot/story. It honestly just felt like badly written filler, even when it contributed directly to the plot. As I’m already on the subject, let’s talk about the plot. Arguably, the second worst part of this book next to the pacing. There is no true conflict in this book. Nothing goes wrong, nothing is lost, and anytime something gets in the way of Call/Tamara/Aaron, even the main evil of the book, almost no effort goes to actually solving the problem, as a solution is almost always presented immediately. Additionally, this lack of struggle means the entire book reads at the exact same amount of tension. There are no highs and lows. It is all action, and since there are no dull moments to make that action exciting by comparison, the action itself becomes boring. Additionally, there is almost no build up to this installment. Book 4 seemed to neatly wrap up everything in a bow for our duo/trio, so this book definitely needed something to bring that evil back to the forefront, some whispers of dark magic or evil returning rather than just a single hint and then sudden entrance of the big bad. The characters themselves were also just weaker than in past installments. Call’s main focus was staring at Tamara and worrying about college, admittedly mundane worries for someone with an evil soul who also happens to be harboring the spirit of his dead best friend inside of him. Call ended up being such a let down that I won’t even spend more words on him. Additionally, what the heck was this villain? He was ridiculous to the point of absurdity, and nothing close to the level of evil the past books seemed to contain. I mean, Alex freaking killed someone for their powers, and you can’t even meet that level for your finale? Come on guys. I almost never say this, but this but this series should have been shorter. This series would have actually been stronger if things had just ended on book 4. I can’t say much good about this particular book, but at least it was a quick read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    O.R.

    Rowling is finally releasing a book about Voldemort! Wait, no.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sage Elizabeth

    1.) The Iron Trial ★★★★★ 2.) The Copper Gauntlet ★★★★ 3.) The Bronze Key ★★★★★ 4.) The Silver Mask ★★★★★ This should probably be a 4 star book but 6th-grade-Sage is making me give it that extra star.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    I have finally reached the end. Overall satisfied but I still wanted a few things different regarding a couple characters. But most things had a nice ending. Although some things I also felt were a bit rushed in the explanations. I feel like Call has really started to grow into a young adult. Jasper though has grown the most. In comparison Alex continues to act more immature in each scene he is in. Ridiculously so. I don't get how it wasn't picked up on sooner. It was nice to see others finally I have finally reached the end. Overall satisfied but I still wanted a few things different regarding a couple characters. But most things had a nice ending. Although some things I also felt were a bit rushed in the explanations. I feel like Call has really started to grow into a young adult. Jasper though has grown the most. In comparison Alex continues to act more immature in each scene he is in. Ridiculously so. I don't get how it wasn't picked up on sooner. It was nice to see others finally start to trust Call. Alasitair really shocks me the most though and Revan became a character I really like. It was a fast paced tale that is in constant motion. It was a fun read!

  10. 5 out of 5

    ambsreads

    reading this series it’s important to remember the target audience isn’t my demographic. basically i think would my cousins read this series? the answer is yes full review to come

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lerizza Mae

    Finally done with this series! Honestly, I'm a bit disappointed. The whole series seems so rushed. There could have been a lot more world-building for a five-book series. The main characters are somewhat good, a bit shabby, not too great. They are a bit mediocre for me. And the main villain was too petty! A villain who demands all that he wants, may it be a girl, a tower with a TV room and a villain who just wants to sit on his throne just to spite his enemies and do nothing. It gets a bit boring Finally done with this series! Honestly, I'm a bit disappointed. The whole series seems so rushed. There could have been a lot more world-building for a five-book series. The main characters are somewhat good, a bit shabby, not too great. They are a bit mediocre for me. And the main villain was too petty! A villain who demands all that he wants, may it be a girl, a tower with a TV room and a villain who just wants to sit on his throne just to spite his enemies and do nothing. It gets a bit boring. This series could've been great, coming from the mind of two renowned authors. But anyway, they have their main series to write which is way better than this so I can't blame them if they didn't put much effort in this.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ceilidh

    The title of this book has changed so many times I don't even know what to call it anymore.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elif

    Oh. My. Oh. My. Goodness. Holly and Cassandra, you are extremely talented. You two are now my favorite authors and you are the authors of my favorite series and favorite book. Yes, it did go really fast, but that really fit in with the plot because the plot speeds as fast as a bullet. You two did amazingly in making sure the writing doesn't slow this plot down. I'm speechless.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    The Golden Tower, ey? Interesting...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alison♊⚜️✨

    4 stars Huh, well, I actually saw a couple of people who said that this book was the weakest in the whole series, but I think that while it wasn’t the best out of all of them (the 4th book is still my favorite), it wasn’t the weakest either. The pace of the plot was a mix between book 1-3 & 4 as, though there were less “boring” parts than in the first 3 books, there still more than in the 4th book… However, in terms of plot twists, the first one came out as quite a bit of surprise, in a goo 4 stars Huh, well, I actually saw a couple of people who said that this book was the weakest in the whole series, but I think that while it wasn’t the best out of all of them (the 4th book is still my favorite), it wasn’t the weakest either. The pace of the plot was a mix between book 1-3 & 4 as, though there were less “boring” parts than in the first 3 books, there still more than in the 4th book… However, in terms of plot twists, the first one came out as quite a bit of surprise, in a good way, because it was not one that you could easily (or at all, I think) see coming. However, the second “plot twist” was less good because you could kind of see it coming before if you had connected the dots beforehand… (view spoiler)[ However, I found it a little weird how it was hardly discussed that Constantine’s body was taken over by Maugris... (hide spoiler)] Furthermore, what I kind of disliked in the 4th book was more emphasized in this book, so this wasn’t a 5-star read more of a middle 4-star read. The romance’s natural development was okay but, in my opinion, was sometimes too emphasized and there were moments where all Call could think about was Tamara, which kind of took things off the important things that were supposed to happen… Also, the whole “confronting & defeating the villain” part was a bit short, so it wasn’t the best I’ve ever seen, but there were books were it was much worse and less climatic so that part was about 3,5/5 stars. (view spoiler)[ I really liked the ending though where Call, Tamara & Aaron (in Alex’s body) were all back together, a sweet reminiscent from the beginning :) (hide spoiler)] In conclusion, only one or two things weren’t great but otherwise, it was a very enjoyable read so it all adds up to a 4-star book ;) Would I re-read this series again one day ? Possibly, but if I would, it would mainly be the last 2/3 books as they better in terms of plot :) Would I read more books from these authors? In term of CC, I’ve read most of her books already (:D)& in terms of HB, I read a couple of her books, and they were pretty good, so highly likely. The two authors writing another book together? Definitely ;)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melany

    Where do I even start with this book? The first issue is that it was paced at the speed of light. Omg, it was so rushed so that nothing seemed to feel important. The second thing is the addition of another character that felt forced and unnecessary. It bad enough that Jasper, even after 5 books, felt like he didn't belong and unnecessarily forced into every scene that he is, so the fact that the new unnecessary character was his love interest made it worse! The next was the new "twists". I will a Where do I even start with this book? The first issue is that it was paced at the speed of light. Omg, it was so rushed so that nothing seemed to feel important. The second thing is the addition of another character that felt forced and unnecessary. It bad enough that Jasper, even after 5 books, felt like he didn't belong and unnecessarily forced into every scene that he is, so the fact that the new unnecessary character was his love interest made it worse! The next was the new "twists". I will admit that I loved the plot twist of this first book but both of the ones in this book were cringy (view spoiler)[ Why did Alastair become a devoured? Why could they just use one of the devoured that are held, prisoner?!?!?! There was literally no reason for it. It didn't even make me sad just confused. And as bad as that was it was nowhere near as bad as Cal not being Constantine BUT a bigger badder mage that has been doing the body hoping for CENTURIES. And it doesn't get addressed. Ok because that makes sense! As long as he promises to never to it again it all ok (hide spoiler)] The one thing I kinda did like was the solution that Cal came up with how to deal with Alex (view spoiler)[ I liked how dark the choice of stealing Alex's body to give to Aaron. I think it was interesting but it leads to very little. Like no guilt or questioning. They really felt that Alex was a douche so it was A-OK to steal his body. WHAT (hide spoiler)] But the worst of all was the ending. Everything was wrapped up "neatly" and I hated it (view spoiler)[ them graduating solves nothing. How does it absolve them of any crimes they might face?!??!?!?! (hide spoiler)] The ending was lazy and rushed. There was no care put into at all. I thought this series had potential but this book showed that it was completed wasted. Having finished this series I could never recommend it to anyone, it's a waste of time.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sally ☾

    “Perhaps I am unknowable. But I will burn for your sake all the same.” That ending was so completely Holly and Cassie that I actually hate it. These authors will be the death of me. This series is definitely not targeted toward me anymore, but hey, I enjoyed the ride anyway. It helps that these books were very quick reads. I definitely think they could have been shorter, but I guess I understand what they were going for with the titles and all.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Rojas

    i wish i had a time machine just to see my own face when i saw this cover ARE YOU SEEING THIS?????????????????????? IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL I THINK I DIED AND I'M IN HEAVEN THIS WILL BE THE DEATH TO MEEEEEEEEEEEEE WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIT NOOOOOOO Sep.12 update: THIS IS OUT NOW AND I'M CRYING DO YOU HEAR ME I'M CRYING I CAN'T EVEN

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This was a big ball of incredibly anticlimactic scenes

  20. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    *More of a 3.5* Well... That's it. That's the end of the Magisterium series. I'm both sad and happy. This book was kind of a mess tbh. There were parts I liked and I did kind of like the ending for the most part, but a lot of it didn't seem right. I don't really like the direction they went with a lot of the characters. Alex was almost an obnoxious caricature of himself and a lot of the dialog was kind of cringey. The whole thing with Maugris was just fucking random and extremely unnecessary. I r *More of a 3.5* Well... That's it. That's the end of the Magisterium series. I'm both sad and happy. This book was kind of a mess tbh. There were parts I liked and I did kind of like the ending for the most part, but a lot of it didn't seem right. I don't really like the direction they went with a lot of the characters. Alex was almost an obnoxious caricature of himself and a lot of the dialog was kind of cringey. The whole thing with Maugris was just fucking random and extremely unnecessary. I really don't understand the purpose of including it. It didn't make any sense at all. Despite it's terribleness I did enjoy this series and I'm glad I saw it to the end. I love these kids and wolf. Can't believe it's finally the end. Definitely bitter sweet.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rosa Dracos99

    Digno final de la serie sobre los alumnos de una escuela de magia. Se la ha comparado con la serie de Harry Potter, aunque creo que se han de ver desde otro punto de vista. En mi opinión, la de Harry es mucho mejor, porque profundiza mucho más en todos los personajes; mientras que Magisterium me ha recordado más la típica serie de internados de mi infancia, pero con la magia entre medio; donde los protagonistas son siempre los mismos, con muchos secundarios poco definidos. Pese a lo anterior, he d Digno final de la serie sobre los alumnos de una escuela de magia. Se la ha comparado con la serie de Harry Potter, aunque creo que se han de ver desde otro punto de vista. En mi opinión, la de Harry es mucho mejor, porque profundiza mucho más en todos los personajes; mientras que Magisterium me ha recordado más la típica serie de internados de mi infancia, pero con la magia entre medio; donde los protagonistas son siempre los mismos, con muchos secundarios poco definidos. Pese a lo anterior, he disfrutado leyendo la serie para desengrasar y no pensar demasiado, donde todos los libros son bastante cortos y tienen mucha acción.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Aria Mia

    A robust and fun ending to a series I’ve followed since the very beginning. A worthy farewell for these characters and this world. Twists and turns are abundant!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cole

    i want to die

  24. 4 out of 5

    ↠ dan ↞

    AAAA THIS WAS TOO SHORT. I absolutely loved the ending, everything turned out beautiful. My favorite thing about the book though, was the dialogue between Call and Aaron in Call's mind, it was a cool concept, kinda like in The Host. So yeah... Magisterium is over. I'm gonna miss Call, Aaron and Tamara - and Jasper and Havoc - so much (so, so much I'll probably end up re-reading The Iron Trial)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Samythenerdybeasty

    Such an amazing conclusion to an epic series! This trio will stay in my heart the same way the HP trio has. All of the characters are so well done. I loved them all, even the villains. The magic was unique and added so much adventure to the story. I laughed, I cried, and I wanted to throw this book at one point....totally an epic read!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Danny

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So, I never LOVED this series but I liked it for what it was: a short, middle grade series written by two good authors. I found the characters relatable and the storyline engaging, even though nothing was explored very deeply. Again this was understandable for the type of series it is. I WAS pretty disappointed with this final (?) installment, though. I felt like the ending was a total copout. We find out Constantine Madden, the big bad, actually wasn't really so bad...he was just possessed by a So, I never LOVED this series but I liked it for what it was: a short, middle grade series written by two good authors. I found the characters relatable and the storyline engaging, even though nothing was explored very deeply. Again this was understandable for the type of series it is. I WAS pretty disappointed with this final (?) installment, though. I felt like the ending was a total copout. We find out Constantine Madden, the big bad, actually wasn't really so bad...he was just possessed by a body-hopping Makar, who happens to have been possessing Makars for generations. In doing so he turned them all evil. We discover this because Call has all of this evil body-hopper's memories locked away in his mind, that Aaron is able to unlock. In doing so we get this amazingly convenient deus ex machina moment when Call "remembers" how to defeat a Chaos devoured. Over the course of like three chapters they track down devoureds of each element (one of them being Call's Dad, who turned himself, so he could help his son) and are able to defeat Alex. It bothered me that things were wrapped up so quickly. The plan worked perfectly. Aaron's soul was pushed into Alex's body and now he will live as Alex? All was forgiven. Everything was wrapped up in such a nice little bow but it was so unlikely and poorly developed. Aaron really couldn't get HIS body back or a new one? Instead he's trapped in a body that will cause him to be feared, hated or at the least disliked? Alastair's story like was good one. I appreciated the sacrifice he made but again it was so poorly developed, as was the recruitment of the other Devoureds. Everything was so easy. Lastly, I think the ending was so flimsy and open ended because they intend to write another installment to the series. That's great but it's no excuse for the ending. They walk through gate and story ends...we get nothing else. I'm curious to see what transpires, if another series is in the works, as that may answer some of my lingering questions, but overall I thought this was a really weak, rushed book in an otherwise okay series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ronin

    I literally finished the 4th book 5 minutes ago and it was so good. I expect better from the 5th even though it would be hard to top. #best series ever

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    I think this might actually be my favorite book from the series. This story is still very much Harry Potter-ish, but it's good and it's nice to read a familiar story. I don't feel like the story is over yet.....maybe we will get another book??

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lucía Cafeína

    3.5 Pues ha sido un final más que decente, entretenido, con evolución personal, y fuegos, muertes y acción; me esperaba un desenlace algo más espectacular, pero ha sido chachi igualmente.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jessie_Book

    Was that really the ending?!?! It was almost perfect and then that last paragraph. Literally the last paragraph! Are there going to be more books? Thats the only reason I can think of for this ending. But I don't think there should be, beside the last paragraph it was practically perfect. Someone explain it to me! How can it end like that!?!?!

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