5 Sept 2018

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Book Review / The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial.

Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail.

All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him.

So he tries his best to do his worst -- and fails at failing.

Now the Magisterium awaits him. It's a place that's both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come . . .

From the remarkable imaginations of bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a heart-stopping, mind-blowing, pulse-pounding plunge into the magical unknown.

Published:    9th September 2014
Publisher:   Scholastic Press
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Book 1, Magisterium

Source:  Owned


I have read this before but I wanted to pick up and read this again so I can continue on to the other books in this series.   We follow Callum in this story as he starts attending the Magisterium, against his father's wishes.  Right from the beginning, you can tell that Callum is not your normal pupil and that there's more to him than meets the eye.

This was such a fun read.  I enjoyed following Callum and his friends as they start at the Magisterium, learn a few things and have to overcome some obstacles.   That said, I found this story to be very predictable with no surprises, which I would have loved to have seen.   Even though this story was really fun to read I really don't feel the pull to continue on with this story, so I am going to leave it here for this series.