Review: The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

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Title: The Iron Trial
Series: Magisterium #1
Author: Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: Sept 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

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.

REVIEW BY CERYS – YEAR 9

The Iron Trail is a brilliant, enthralling story which I, for one, could not put down!

It is set in the Magisterium, a magical, underground place where masters of magic train their apprentices in the arts of magic. The plot follows the story of Callum Hunt, a boy with a permanent leg injury, who has grown up being told that magic is never to be trusted. However, when the time came for him to take the test, he even fails at failing. Is magic all that bad? Callum finds out on a journey that will stay with you long after the last page, and make you long for more…

My favourite character is Tamara, because I could empathise with her quite well, and she is very clever, witty, and shrouded in mystery. My favourite part is quite far through the book, so I won’t spoil it for you, but let’s just say, I was laughing for a while. The third person perspective was brilliant, as you could clearly understand what was going on, and I think  a first person point of view from Callum would get really confusing.
Holly Black and Cassandra Clare are both amazing authors. I love the way they created such complex characters, that I could really visualise as people, and the way they wrote about the Magisterium itself, was really quite stunning. Everything made sense, and I loved the ending, which was really unexpected, but entertaining all the same.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed any of Holly Black or Cassandra Clare’s books, or readers of Harry Potter. I hope you really enjoy this wonderful book, and I look forward to seeing the next in the series.

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