The Bronze Key

The Bronze Key

Book - 2016
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Things have been better for Callum Hunt since the evil Constantine Madden was "officially" destroyed, even his relations with his father have improved, so he is happy to get back to the Magisterium for his Bronze Year to continue his magical studies--but when one of the students is murdered, Call and his friends, Tamara and Aaron, must track down the killer, without revealing the fact that Call is Madden reborn.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780545522311
Branch Call Number: J PB BLACK
Characteristics: 249 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Clare, Cassandra
Fischer, Scott M.


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Jul 24, 2020

After the unexpected death of one of their peers, a spy on the inside attempts to kill Call, so he, Aaron, and Tamara set out to find the killer before he strikes again.

In this eerie third book of the Magisterium series, no one is what they seem, and no one can be trusted.

Mar 10, 2020

What is there to say about book #3 in the Magisterium? Not a whole lot, unfortunately, because not a whole lot happened. There was a celebration, a murder, a visit to the elementals, a secret mission to release chaos-ridden animals, and some chaos magic lessons. The novel's focus wavered from place to place and couldn't seem to settle on any one idea. Nothing was taken very seriously, including, primarily, the MURDER OF A STUDENT. It was mentioned once, when it happened, and then not ever again until the end of the book. Then we meet Tamara's sister, who is a fire elemental, and nothing happens with that either. The plot meandered until the last 15 pages where everything occurred at once, out of nowhere, and then it was over just as quickly. There was no time to process what had happened or why. The ending was chosen purely out of shock value, and the need to provide a cliffhanger so folks would actually continue the series. The characters are still well done, and it's still entertaining enough to read with my son, but if it were my choice to continue or not, I'd probably let it lie at this point.

Aug 02, 2019

This is not one of my favorite books, it talks about things that some people may like and others won't, for example, the matter of souls and the characters controlling them. With all my respect, I prefer to avoid these topics and these kind of books.

Jul 13, 2019

Book three “The Bronze key” is, in my opinion, the most important book in this whole series because this whole book is an exposition part of the story plot. The readers finally can understand who Callum really is, whose soul is in it, and his real mother and identity. This part may not be as intense as the book 2 but it is the most important book.

this book was awesome! definitely definitely a must read.
SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!! Celia kisses Call!!! Alex is also the spy

May 22, 2018

I was really disappointed with this book. The authors seemed to have to have the third year (for the series) but the whole story is about 20 pages. The next year (Silver Mask) is MUCH better thankfully!

Oct 26, 2017

I will be going on a slow trip to crazy town over the next five months waiting for the next book.... I mean, how am I supposed to wait five MONTHS after this?!?! *sobbing*

JCLChrisK Oct 14, 2017

This series continues to intrigue. No matter how hard he tries to just be Callum, innocent young mage, outside forces keep trying to expose the fact that he is the reincarnation of an evil overlord--and make him live up to the title. Things get much darker by the end of the book, leaving readers in doubt about what's to come next.

claralex800 Jan 30, 2017

These books are trying too hard to be the next Harry Potter. If you read even the first book you've pretty much spoiled the entire Harry Potter series for yourself if you haven't finished reading it yet (though I don't think this is possible since the internet has probably already spoiled it for you). I'm not saying they're bad...I'm totally saying they're bad. They're really short though, so it's not like you're wasting time reading them. That's probably why they're bad; if the books were allowed to be longer than clues and characters could be developed more. They literally used the same twist ending in this book as they did in the first one, I'd call that underdevelopment.
And I kept forgetting the main character's name. I thought his name was Cal for the entire book, which is at least closer than Camron, which is what I called him during "The Copper Gauntlet". Tally Youngblood's name worked because, even though it was a word, it wasn't a word used often in conversation. Call is a word that's used all the time. Every time I read Call's name I thought that one character was calling another.

Dec 23, 2016

This book was absolutely mind-blowing. I just couldn't seem to put it down. I am going to die if I don't get book 4 soon.

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Nov 15, 2016

Call, Aaron, and Tamara are heroes in the world of mages, having presented the head of Constantine Madden, the Enemy of Death, to the Collegium. But it seems that not everyone appreciates their efforts, because on the night of the ceremony acknowledging their service, someone tries to kill Call. Call thought his secret was safe, but why else would someone be trying to kill him? Worse, being caught in the middle costs a fellow student her life. Not even the Magisterium can protect them, but the teachers have forbidden Call and his friends from trying to catch the killer. But since the Masters don’t know that Call is the reincarnation of Constantine Madden—and he isn’t about to tell them—he is sure that they will never catch the killer without his help.


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Nov 15, 2016

He felt as though no matter what he did, he veered closer and closer to Constantine’s life and Constantine’s decisions. It was like being on a collision course with himself.


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