Monday, August 29, 2016

New Snippet from THE MAGISTERIUM SERIES: THE BRONZE KEY by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Tomorrow THE BRONZE KEY, the next book in THE MAGISTERIUM SERIES by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, will be out! Check out their latest snippet, and video they shared here. I'm seriously jealous Holly is holding an owl in this video. Check out the new snippet below:

“Most human beings will never truly see the soul,” she went on. “We work like the blind, in darkness. But you can see. Call and Aaron, face each other.”
Call turned to face Aaron. He realized with some surprise that they were about the same height; he’d always been a bit shorter than his friend. He must have shot up an inch or two.
“Look at the other person,” said Alma. “Concentrate on what makes them them. Imagine you can see through skin and bone, blood and muscle. You’re not looking for their heart —you’re looking for something more than that.”
Her voice had a lulling cadence. Call stared at Aaron’s shirtfront. He wondered what he was supposed to be seeing. There was a dark spot on the shirt where Aaron had spilled tea at the Refectory.
He flicked a glance up at Aaron’s eyes and found Aaron looking at him. They both grinned, without being able to help it. Call stared harder. What made Aaron Aaron? That he was friendly; that he always had a smile for everyone; that he was popular; that he made bad jokes; that his hair never stuck up like Call’s? Or was it the darker things he knew about Aaron — the Aaron who flew into rages, who knew how to hotwire a car, who had hated it when he turned out to be the Makar because he didn’t want to die like Verity Torres?
Call felt his vision shift. He was still looking at Aaron, but he was also looking into him. There was a light inside Aaron, a light that was a color Call had never seen before. He couldn’t describe it, the new color. It was shifting and moving, like a glow cast against a wall, the reflected light of a lamp that was being carried.
Call made a noise and jumped back in surprise. The light and color vanished, and he found that he was just looking at Aaron, who was staring back at him with wide green eyes.
“That color,” Aaron said.
“That’s what I saw, too!” Call exclaimed. They grinned at each other recklessly, like two climbers who had just made it to the top of a mountain.
“Very good,” said Alma, sounding pleased. “You two have just seen each other’s souls.”
“This seems awkward,” said Call. “I don’t think we should mention it to anyone.”

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Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
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