Title: The Iron Trial
Authors: Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
Date Started: January 16
Date Finished: January 19
Format: Hardcover from my local library
Friends and foes. Danger and magic. Death and life. 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…
I usually don’t use the summary on the back of books/inside jacket. But this summary is pretty straight to the point and touches on everything that I really wanted to say in my summary anyway. Except I will add a few more things. On top of the whole magic thing, Call is different in one other way. His left leg has been through hell and back and still doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to. All his life that has been another factor to Call being weird. And even though he doesn’t fail like he’s supposed to at The Iron Trial, he still feels like the odd person out because of how spectacularly he did fail.
Eventually though that’s all put to rest. His fellow classmates become his friends, but he still wants to know one thing. If the Magisterium was a place for Call to belong, then why was his father so against him joining the magical school? He may not like the answer he receives.
I was really excited about this book. Really, I was, because not only was this book by two authors who I love, but it was also about magic. Something, I believe, both write about wonderfully. However, when I started reading this book I could only draw parallels between this world and the world of Harry Potter. Now that I’m thinking about it there aren’t all that many – a school for magic, a prophesized ‘chosen one,’ and the enemy is someone all powerful who was trained at the school. And in most cases I find parallels distracting, but not in The Iron Trial. If anything, it was incredibly fun to watch as Black and Clare took a step away from those similarities and made it into their own thing.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. The ending felt a little rushed to me, but other than that I really enjoyed the story that has begun to be told here. I can’t wait for book 2 and to see how Call is dealing with everything that he has learned.
Bookshelf worthy? I’m running out of floor space.