This second adventure of Callum Hunt begins with the young mage spending an uneasy summer with his father and his chaos-ridden wolf, Havoc. Callum's father does not approve of his decision to stay at the Magisterium, but Callum fears his father has further reason to distrust and even hate him. When he discovers that his father is planning on doing something terrible to Havoc, Callum runs away from home and joins his friends at the Magisterium. Later, when his father is accused of stealing a powerful magical tool, Callum must decide where his loyalties lie. Will he stay at school and let his father be hunted down, or try to stop his father from doing something they will both regret?
We have more here for kids who want a book just like Harry Potter: The same devoted friends, the same nasty rival, who maybe isn't quite as nasty as we thought, the same kind of plot twists. Black throws in some zombies, which seem to be the "sine qua non" of children's fantasy right now. It was fun to read and I will probably read the next one that comes out. (264 pages)