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The Golden Tower

(Magisterium #5)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  2,085 Ratings  ·  282 Reviews
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.

ebook, 256 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Scholastic Inc.
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Mar 07, 2013 marked it as to-read
Even as an adult, I'll still be plagued by waiting for yet another Cassandra Clare book.

Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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?
Zero vi Britannia
How does this have a 4.33 rating when it probably won't be out until 2018?
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
Sep 22, 2016 marked it as hell-no
Rowling is finally releasing a book about Voldemort!
Wait, no.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
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
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 ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Lerizza Mae
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
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
Oct 11, 2017 marked it as to-read
The title of this book has changed so many times I don't even know what to call it anymore.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites





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.
Sep 23, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The Golden Tower, ey?

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
Lucy Rojas
Mar 29, 2018 marked it as tbr-next
i wish i had a time machine just to see my own face when i saw this cover
ARE YOU SEEING THIS??????????????????????

Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-readers, own-it
*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
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic
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)
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a big ball of incredibly anticlimactic scenes
Aug 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
i want to die
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
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Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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??
Alexander Draganov
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Златната кула” е петата и последна книга от поредицата “Магистериум” на Холи Блек и Касандра Клеър, четиво, идеално за феновете на Хари Потър и Пърси Джаксън, но със свой собствен чар. Романът вече излезе на английски и тия дни го чакаме и на български, а понеже аз съм го превеждал, рекох да споделя впечатления.

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Call and his friends have narrowly escaped the evil Alex, who was sucked into Chaos, and after an unsuccessful attempt to bring his friend Aaron back from the dead, Aaron's spirit is living in Call's body and talking to him. This is problematic as the new school year starts and Call starts to have romantic feelings for Tamara, who seems to share them! Call is being given a hard time at school by people who think he is the Enemy of Death, even though Constantine's t
Nina  van der Kooij
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm having a bit of mixed feelings about this. It was nice, and I liked the ending, but it was by no means an epic conclusion.
I enjoyed watching the characters develop. The plot was alright, but it was nothing great. I'm not sure how I feel about the villain. There were times I was laughing, but when it really came to it, it was difficult to take him seriously. Maybe it's because it's a MG book, but the villain kind of disappointed me.
There was also a big reveal about the past in here I'm not
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Laura (acquariusgb)
Here's the end of another series. I was eagerly waiting for this one.

Good conclusion to an interesting and magical series. The only negative thing about this ending is that it seemed a bit rushed, something that is characteristic of all the series. It's something that can be positive if you like easy and quick reads, or negative if you prefer more detailed world building.

Still, a well built plot and characters development. Characters that were more secondary in the previous book, in this one th
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Please bring Aaron back, like the way he was before. Not like creepily changed or anything. The other books were really good and I hope this one is good too.
Hafsa Sabira
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the 5th and the last instalment in the Magusterium series and I simply couldn't have asked for a better ending. The writers wrapped it up so nicely, I don't think I felt this much satisfied with a series like this for a very long time.

Magisterium is one of my most favorite series. I know I should not compare, but if anyone wants a nice series after finishing the Harry Potter series, then this may be it. Many things are common between these two series: the school of magic, a powerful enem
Karen Barber
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
It’s the final part of the series so we assume, rightly or wrongly, that things will be resolved.
Described as the final, thrilling instalment I think it probably is for younger readers. There’s a real sense with this series of it trying to slot into the gap left by Harry Potter and there were some elements that, as an adult, I would have liked to be more developed. Personal taste aside, there is no doubt that this is a fitting end to events.
Having done his best to save the Magisterium, Call rem
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Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest, and her new series which begins with The Cruel Prince in ...more

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“Now, if anyone in the Refectory bothers you, you can chop off their head, Aaron thought cheerfully.” 0 likes
“Grounded and kept home from the Collegium for a whole year for making out with Evil Overlord Alex. Also for joining his evil army of evil.” 0 likes
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