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The Silver Mask

(Magisterium #4)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  13,907 ratings  ·  1,358 reviews
A generation ago, 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. Now Call is one of the most feared and reviled students in the history of the Magisterium, thought to be responsible for a devastatin ...more
ebook, 200 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Scholastic Press (first published August 29th 2017)
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Emma Giordano
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
4.5 Stars!! I REALLY REALLY LOVED THE SILVER MASK! After being somewhat disappointed by The Bronze Key, I was growing afraid that I might have lost interest in the series all together but the ending of book three + this fantastic fourth installment has truly renewed my love for this wondrous middle grade fantasy series!

Book four in this series begins to take a dark turn. The issues Call, Tamara, and Jasper begin to deal with are deeper, more mature, and more sinister than ever before. I really e
Feb 22, 2021 rated it liked it
2.6 Stars
Nina  van der Kooij
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was short. Why are they all so short? I liked this one and I'm looking forward to the final book. The ending was so weird... What's going on? I liked Call's journey through this book, but the plot kind of hurt. I just liked Aaron so much.

Just finished book 3. Give me this one already? This will have spoilers for those who have not read the third book, so beware, you have been warned.

EDIT 8/09/2016
I don't think Aaron will stay dead. Perhaps he will die again at the end of
Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms
4.5 Golden Stars

Wow! Such a story! Unexpected! Exciting! Fascinating! Mysterious! Emotional! Awesome! & even a bit horrifying!
The ending hooked me again! I'm crying! (Magisterium endings are always unexpected, surprising & epic, & always my mouth fell open. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!?)
That's not fair! (view spoiler)

I live for reading a great, cute, adventurous, exciting, believable middle grades! (or middl
Jul 07, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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This is simply a mini review for two reasons. One, I got my wisdom teeth out on Thursday and am still getting back on my feet fro it. Two, this is the fourth book in a series and since I enjoy keeping my reviews spoiler free a mini review was the best way to conduct this.

To start off; what a disappointment. I’ve been reading this for five days and it was in no way worth this. It was classic middle book syndrome where basically nothing happens. With
Tawnie J.
Sep 27, 2016 marked it as to-read
I love how this and the 5th book have ratings already and they don't even have cover art yet. Contain yourselves people. ...more
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Check my review Magisterium series here
Prabhjot Kaur
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, children
After reading The Bronze Key, I was really excited about reading this and then I read some reviews which I shouldn't have because I kept on putting it off and then one day I thought, let's get it over and done with and that's pretty much what I did with this (not because it was a particularly great read but I just wanted to get to the end and done with this chaos).

It started out very exciting but then somethings happened and somethings didn't happen and I kept on waiting for some more things to
Blaire Hammond
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was going to heal my broken heart, but alas... nope. It's still very much broken. ...more
KL (Cat)
Mar 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: no-way-in-hell
I love how Clare just doesn't even care anymore. Blatant HP rip off? Sure, why not!! ...more
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
#1.) The Iron Trial ★★★★☆
#2.) The Copper Gauntlet ★★★☆☆
#3.) The Bronze Key ★★★☆.5
#3.) The Silver Mask ★★★★☆

“Secrets hurt the keeper more than you think.”

The fourth instalment in the magisterium series was darker and grittier than its predecessors, bringing a morally grey tone that I really enjoyed.

With each book, the series strays further and further from the typical bounds and formulas of middle grade fantasies I have read and comes into its own. The Silver Mask brings into question morality,
Nov 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
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This is officially one of my favourite series. I knew it will be since the middle of the first one, but this book is just... OMG!

There is no proper word for the reaction I made at the end of the last chapter (cry from pure joy and relief... honestly... I cried).

I just love the characters, the world, the magic, the relathionships. I love how emotionally and morally complex it is.
Also, I always think that this is it, this is the end, nothing bad can happen anymore, but then BUMM! It proves it can
I'm not really sure what to even rate this. This by far was my least favorite book in the series. I was surprised and disappointed by some of the choices that the authors decided to make in this book. My final decision on this book will all be decided by how they end the next and final book. Hopefully everything will be better. ...more
3.5 stars rounded up for a good finish.

It's been a few months since we listened to The Bronze Key and waited for The Silver Mask to be released. In that time my kids seemed to have lost a bit of their momentum with the series and their interest in listening to the audiobook in the car waned about halfway through. No matter, I thought, I'll just read the rest on my own.

Well as it turns out this book improved for me quite a bit by being read rather than listening to the audiobook. The story is qui
Mirta (secretlifeofapotterheadgirl)
My ship..
My poor ship..
Like my feels..
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book!

Many interesting things were done with the plot to make it twist and turn. Unlike my previous book, this time I had no clue what was going to happen. Just when I thought I knew what was happening, the authors threw in a completely new thing making the journey all the more delightful.

The character development I didn't see much growth in Call in this book. He did act more mature, but overall his character did not really grow (character-wise). However, he defi
4.5 stars
Omg. Omg. Omg. That was a rollercoaster of emotions.
I need the next book now.
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks

I started this series when it first came out and I stopped for a while because the previous book didnt hold my attention.

This book was similar. I am above the age of recommended so my opinion should not be taken for the younger crowd, they would probably love it.
I did however really enjoyed the friendships that were built upon. And the mystery and school for magic is always fun to read about.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are spoilers

In this book, I could make a lot of connections with different characters. One example is when Call "successfully" brought back Aaron in one try when he didn't even think of the consequences. He had no idea that it was going to work but he still did it because he was under pressure. He didn't even do a test run. I can connect to this because I also don't think about the consequences when under pressure. For example, when the class is taking a test and everyone is finished with
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bulgarian review:

I have so much love for the 'Magisterium' series, for this world, these characters, this storyline... 'The Silver Mask' was for sure the best book so far, although i'm saying this for every new one in the series. They're just so good!!! They don't even feel like middle-grade, the plot is amazing, the twists, the atmosphere... Everything in the fourth book became much more darker than the previous ones, so much happened, there was a lot of
this was so fun! But I didn't enjoy it as much as the first three, I'm very excited for the last book! :)
Bruna  ♛
✯ [4/5] ✯

Somehow this one is my favorite so far, maybe because I like angst, maybe because we got to see a little more of the characters, maybe because I wasn't expecting nothing from it. Now I need to know if the end is going to drown this one good book or not... hahaha
May 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Really disappointed. RTC
rachel ☾
#1) The Iron Trial ★★☆☆☆
#2) The Copper Gauntlet ★★★☆☆
#3) The Bronze Key ★★★☆☆
#4) The Silver Mask ★☆☆☆☆
#5) The Golden Tower ★★☆☆☆

Trigger warnings for (view spoiler).

Representation: Cal (mc) physical disability; Tamara (li) Iranian-American & Muslim; Rufus (sc) Bla
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
What in the fudge is the deal with these endings. I can’t handle them!
Beatrice in Bookland
“Don't take it personally," Call said. "Lots of people find me really annoying. It's not just you.”

I know many people don't like these books but for me they're fun and quick reads!
And I think The silver mask is one of the best books of the series.

I love Call and Aaron's friendship, it's always been my favorite aspect of the series.
They love each other and they don't care about each other's flaws. Plus, after that last sentence I have some hope for them!

So why did I give it three stars?
The romanc
Amisha Rajput
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really NEED to read this book. I am dying to know what happens to the characters.
Molly Mortensen
I don't understand all of the negative reviews. The only real issue I had was that it was darker, and I missed the humor.

I think if these two books had some how been put together it would've been better but this at least didn't feel like a side quest.

Other than Chaos magic, which is mentioned but not actually shown we don't get much of the magical world in this one.

From the reviews I expected the romance to dominate the book but there were two small kisses and only a couple of chapters where
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Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over thirty fantasy novels for kids and teens. She has been a finalist for an Eisner Award and the Lodestar Award, and the recipient of the Mythopoeic Award, a Nebula, and a Newbery Honor. Her books have been translated into 32 languages worldwide and adapted for film. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house ...more

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