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Magisterium: The Iron Trial

Magisterium: The Iron Trial 1

by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Publication Date: 09/09/2014

3/5 Rating 1 Reviews
From the imaginations of bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a heart-stopping plunge into the magical unknown. Think you know magic? Think again. The Magisterium awaits...Most people would do anything to get into the Magisterium and pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt. Call has been told his whole life that he should never trust a magician. And so he tries his best to do his worst - but fails at failing. Now he must enter the Magisterium. It's a place that's both sensational and sinister. And Call realizes it has dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future. The Iron Trial is just the beginning. Call's biggest test is still to come...
Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage)
Publication Date:
Random House Children's Publishers UK
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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Holly Black

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, and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.

She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of both an Andre Norton Award and a Newbery Honor. Her new books are The Darkest Part of the Forest, a return to faerie fiction, and The Iron Trial, the first book in a middle grade fantasy series, Magisterium, co-authored by Cassandra Clare. Holly currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.

Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare is the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Lady Midnight, Lord of Shadows, and Queen of Air and Darkness, as well as the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy.

She is the coauthor of The Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy with Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman.

Her books have more than 50 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and made into a feature film and a TV show. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts.

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3 / 5 (1 Ratings)
  • Not very original

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    I half loved it! And I half loathed it. It dabble deep into Harry Potter territory, but at the same time absolutely smashed stereotypes and cliches. Particularly at the end! Seriously, whatever you do, do NOT stop reading this book halfway. The fabulousness is at the ginormous reveal at the end.

    Call was a very unique narrator. He's 12. Angry. Bitter. Troublemaker. (He's like the magical equivalent of Ramona Quimby...trouble, but usually accidental.) Call also is crippled.

    THE ENDING. OH, PEOPLES, THE ENDING!! It was so unique and so utterly unprecedented and I...I'm still reeling. The ending blew my previous growling glances into oblivion. It knocked me down. IT MAKES ME WANT TO RECOMMEND THIS BOOK FROM THE ROOFTOPS.

    But there's a lot of subtle child abuse. It frustrates me because the "good guys" are the ones being cruel and downright wrong to children for the pure fact that...they're adults. They have power over children. I find this unacceptable and wrong. I don't think it's fair or okay to write books for 12-year-olds where the adult figures are doing WRONG things, but it's written in a "well that's just how it is". Kids do not deserve to be treated poorly.

    Call gets dragged away from his father, kicking and screaming, at the beginning of the book. He doesn't want to go to Magic School. His father doesn't want him to. Call is begging to stay. And worse still, they take him against his will to this school and then do not let him speak to his father. Not a phone call. Not a visit. THE KID IS 12 FREAKING YEARS OLD. Am I the only one disturbed?

    Quote from the book: "Master Rufus clearly wasn't going to let him [Call] communicate with Alistair until Call settled in as an apprentice." pg. 85

    There's a lot of Harry Potter similarities. Not limited to the trio of Call/Harry, Tamara/Hermione and Aaron/Ron (respectively Call is the troublemaker, Tamara is the studious uptight girl, and Aaron is...there.) They pick themselves up a Dobby like creature. Call has Hagrid tendencies with all the crazy creatures. There are ghosts flitting around. The "bully", Jasper, is Draco Malfoy.

    But I love both the authors and I'm so so excited they wrote together! I'm definitely reading the rest of the Magisterium books because DID I MENTION THE PLOT TWIST AT THE END IS FREAKING FANTASTIC??!!! IT IS! GO READ THIS BOOK! It sets up to be full of cliches and then smashes them at the end...but I wonder if it should've been more original all the way through?