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Callum Hunt has had a carefree summer, spent with his father, Alastair, and his best friend, Aaron Stewart. Call has almost forgotten the secret that only he and his friends know. The time is coming for Call to return to the Magisterium. Will his school year be as carefree as his summer?

Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

4.7 stars on Amazon
4.24 stars on Goodreads

 The Magisterium Series
#1 The Iron Trial
#2 The Copper Gauntlet
#3 The Bronze Key
#4 The Silver Mask
#5 The Enemy of Death

Point of View
The book is written in third person from Call’s point of view.

The Bronze Key takes place mostly in the Magisterium, a school of magic. The magic has five elements: fire, water, air, earth, and chaos.


I give it 4 stars overall.

Main Characters
Callum Hunt: the main character; he is a makar (user of chaos magic)
Aaron Stewart: Call’s best friend; he is also a makar
Tamara Rajavi: Call and Aaron’s friend; she always seems to choose Aaron over Call until the time it matters most
Jasper DeWinter: Call, Aaron, and Tamara’s “frenemy”
Master Rufus: Call, Aaron, and Tamara’s teacher at the Magisterium
The Enemy of Death (Constantine Madden): the makar who caused the last mage war; the magical world thinks him dead

***** Everything below is a SPOILER *****

What happened in The Bronze Key?

Call and Aaron have spent the summer with Call’s father, Alastair. Soon it will be time to return to the Magisterium, but first the Assembly of Mages is throwing a party at the Collegium in honor of Call, Aaron, Tamara, Jasper, and Alastair. This is to recognize their part in the defeat of the Enemy of Death.

The night of the party arrives, and Call is nervous. At the party, a Gold Year named Jennifer Matsui gives Call a note. It’s from Celia, and she wants to talk alone with Call in the trophy room. Call goes to meet her, but when he gets to the trophy room, she is not there. When he is about to give up and return to the party, Aaron and Tamara find him in the trophy room. While the three of them are talking, the room’s large chandelier comes plummeting towards Call. Tamara pushes him out of the way right before it hits him. Aaron calls on his Chaos magic for protection. A moment later, the other partygoers burst in. At first, they are accused of playing with magic, but then the Magisterium masters realize the chandelier was an attempt to assassinate Call.

Not long after, they hear a defining scream and find Jennifer Matsui floating dead in the water surrounding the Collegium. Someone murdered her. After these horrifying events, it is assumed there must be a spy at the Magisterium.

The school year begins, and Assembly Member Anastasia Tarquin (Alex Strike’s stepmother) has come to keep an eye out for the spy at the Magisterium. Call, Aaron, and Tamara think that Warren, the elemental, might be the assassin. Master Rufus makes them promise not to catch the spy on their own. They don’t listen.

Call, Aaron, Tamara, and Jasper have a meeting at the library to discuss the spy. After the meeting, Call, Aaron, and Tamara find Warren to see if the elemental can lead them to where the large elementals are kept. Maybe they would know who released Automotones the previous year. Warren leads them to a large door engraved with the five metals of the Magisterium. He says they have to answer the “guardian’s riddle.” They get the door to open, and inside the room is Anastasia Tarquin. She wants to speak with Call alone. She is weirdly kind and gentle to Call. After the strange conversation, Call, Aaron, and Tamara return to their rooms.

The next day, Call tells the whole school he’ll be alone in the library. He’s trying to be bait for the spy. Celia turns up at the library. Call’s friends are hiding nearby, and when they hear talking, they rush into the library, magic at the ready. Call doesn’t know how to explain this to Celia. He starts to tell the truth, but then Jasper interrupts him. He says he came to the library to ask Celia on a date. She says yes.

Call goes back to his room, and an air elemental is waiting for him. It almost kills Call. Aaron and Call call up a chaos elemental and defeat the air elemental, Skelmis. Master Rufus finds out about the elemental. Call, Aaron, and Tamara are assigned to new rooms for their safety. They also go to a meeting with the masters and Anastasia. Anastasia explains how to get into the rooms where the large elementals are kept in order to prove how hard it would have been for a spy to break in.

Call, Aaron, and Tamara decide to try to talk to the large elementals. They figure out that Anastasia’s password to get the key to the elemental room is Jericho, the name of the Enemy of Death’s brother. They get Anastasia’s bronze key and break into the place where the large elementals are kept. There they find Marcus, the same elemental who made the creepy prophesies in their Iron Year. He says the spy is the greatest makar of Call’s generation. That would be impossible…The only two makars were Call and Aaron.

They also find Tamara’s devoured sister, Ravan. She asks them to free her, but they know that would be extremely dangerous. Not long after, they are discovered by the masters. At Anastasia’s request, Master Rufus makes them agree to apologize to Anastasia.

In the next day’s lessons, Alma comes to teach Call and Aaron about chaos magic. She teaches them how to see someone’s soul. That evening, Aaron, Tamara, and Call go to apologize to Anastasia. She wants them to help her and Alma rescue chaos ridden animals from the Assembly. She and Alma also think they can question the dead Jennifer about the night of the party. Call, Aaron, and Tamara agree to help with both.

The next day, Alma teaches Call and Aaron how to “soul tap” using chaos magic. This will knock someone out. That night, Call, Aaron, and Tamara go with Alma and Alex, Anastasia’s stepson, to rescue the chaos ridden animals. Things go horribly wrong. When Alma opens the truck the animals are in, they escape. Some of them attack. Call controls the animals and sends them back into the truck. Then he blacks out.

Call wakes up in the infirmary. His friends covered up their stunt with the chaos ridden animals. Call goes with Aaron and Tamara to contact the dead Jennifer. Tamara leaves to keep people from wondering where Call and Aaron are. Havoc goes with her. They talk with Jennifer’s spirit, and Call accidentally reanimates her body. He makes her chaos ridden. Anastasia and Alma say they will take care of it and make Call and Aaron leave. Alex finds Aaron and Call and says he needs their help.  Tamara was kidnapped by the spy.

How did The Bronze Key end?

Alex leads Aaron and Call into the woods surrounding the Magisterium. Alex’s story starts to sound suspicious. Call realizes Alex is the spy. Alex has the Alkahest. If he kills Call or Aaron with it, then he will get their makar abilities. Tamara shows up with Havoc. Alex is ready to kill Call, Aaron, or both. A bolt of bright light shoots from the Alkahest, and Tamara pushes Call out of the way. It hits Aaron, killing him. Alex gets his powers and then escapes with the Alkahest. The masters arrive. Alma is with them, and she accuses Call of killing Aaron and of being The Enemy of Death reborn. Call tells them it was Alex who killed Aaron, but he can’t deny that he’s the enemy of death. Call is put in chains.

The book ends with Call in the Panopticon, the prison of the mages. Anastasia comes to visit him. She says that she was Constantine and Jericho’s mother, which would make her Call’s mother. She wants to help Call and save him. She says she will set him free.

There you go! That’s what happened in The Bronze Key, the third book in The Magisterium series. The fourth book, The Silver Mask, will be released in 2017!

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47 thoughts on “What happened in The Bronze Key? (Magisterium #3)”

  1. No puede ser que Aaron muera en el tercer libro. ¿Será para que Callum quiera ser realmente el “amo de la muerte” para revivirlo?

    1. Wtf Why did Aaron have to die!!!!! And what about Tamara?! Why didn’t she tell them that Alex killed Aaron?!

    1. I knew that Aaron would probably be the one to die but it’s still to sad for me

  2. Remember from book 1. One of you will fail (Tamara) , one of you will die (Aaron) and one of you is already dead (Call).

    1. Ah yes! I knew that prediction would be important, although I never thought we would understand each part of it this early in the series. And somehow I thought they would get around the “one of you will die” part. 🙁 🙁

  3. Maybe Call will find a way to bring Aaron back to life. Possibly making him more like an “Evil Overlord”

    1. In book 4 Call is supposed to bring Aaron back from the dead if he wants to leave the island Master Joesph lives in. Master Joesph says if you want to leave this island you have to bring Aaron bake from the dead.

    2. I love Calls Evil Overload List it made me laugh and everyone in the class was staring at me which was awkward :3

  4. Honestly, I was so mad I threw the book. I know that the author wanted to make the book more realistic, but it isn’t The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones! I haven’t watched both, but I know people die. Killing off Aaron was so stupid. Just because of that, I’m sure their sales will drop. It’s to bad, I liked the series, and I was upset that they made that choice.

    1. I was upset with the ending as well. Killing Aaron was a stupid choice. I really liked the series too. Remember Master Rufus’ master said that the spy was the greatest makar of their generation. Why would I continue reading a series where Alex is all powerful? Hands down the worst ending I have ever read in any book.

      1. well you can also say That Aaron was the only makar of his generation becouse Callum is already dead what would mean that he was the most powerful makar of his generation.

  5. Yeah, Aaron was an amazing character. I bet in the next book, Call will be able to bring Aaron back from the dead or something like that.

    1. In book 4 Call is supposed to bring Aaron back from the dead if he wants to leave the island Master Joesph lives in. Master Joesph says if you want to leave this island you have to bring Aaron bake from the dead.

      1. i have a theory about that, becouse there is one thing that never made sence to me. the cold massacre. If you thing about it why would constatin leave a sizable part of his army away from the deciding battle. its even implied that it was a close victory over the enemy of death but what if he came to that cave becouse he knew there was something he wantedand that it wouldn`t be able to escape. Maybe he knew or heard in a prophecy that callum is a makar. why this is imported is simple ( and still theoretically) that is was not knowladge he didn`t had but simple power and he wanted to increase his magic by taking over callums body. would also explain how he was injured.

      1. Book 2 was actually my the first book I read in the series, whoops! I realized and I quickly found the 1st book…. lol

  6. So at the end when Call asked Tamara why she saved him she started but never finished, I feel like it was because she likes him the same as he likes her. Also I understand the whole Enemy of Death thing but why arrest Call it was obvious he loves Aaron as much as the next, doing that’s is going to lead him into becoming the Enemy because he feels the same pain as Constantine when Jericho died

  7. Constantine madden became the “enemy of death” for the simple fact that he was trying to bring his dead brother back to life, and so I believe that Callum will truly become Constantine when he tries to resurrect Aaron.

  8. i hope the will solve the mystery about why the enemy attackt the cave instead heling out in the battle.

    1. Yeah, but it turns out Call never really liked Celia because she was such a gossiper.

  9. Honestly, I hate this ending. Aaron should not have died, and I’m pretty sure even if he gets resurrected, he will probably not have chaos magic since Alex took it. How did Alex even get the Alkahest when Master Joseph had it? The world may never know. All I know is that Call will most likely become evil like Constantine when trying to bring back Aaron, which will ruin the storyline even more. I wanted this book to be about building relationships and dominating the Magisterium. But nope! Thanks for ruining the series, Cassandra Clare and Holly Black!

  10. Honestly I think Aaron shouldn’t have died. He was WAY to good of a character.

  11. personally i disliked the bronze key i got it at a book fair at my school and i hated the book fair and whenever i started reading (by force) i did not like it and as i read i got lost fast i would make small stories not involving anything at all and then i would start reading the book and i thought the book was my other stupid thought but if you like books read it if you are like me (an young hyper boy) i do not suggest it

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