Friday, September 26, 2014

Book Review: The Iron Trial (Magisterium #1) by: Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Release Date: September 9, 2014
from Scholastic Press
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"From NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a riveting new series that defies what you think you know about the world of magic.

From two bestselling superstars, a dazzling and magical middle-grade collaboration centering on the students of the Magisterium, an academy for those with a propensity toward magic. In this first book, a new student comes to the Magisterium against his will -- is it because he is destined to be a powerful magician, or is the truth more twisted than that? It's a journey that will thrill you, surprise you, and make you wonder about the clear-cut distinction usually made between good and evil."

My Thoughts:

So I went back and forth over reviewing and rating this one for a long time and I can’t even pinpoint exactly why I went back and forth so much. There were just some things about it that didn’t sit well with me. However, after thinking about it I realized I really liked the story. The book was fun and the magic was cool and the twist was pretty awesome.

Callum Hunt is our hero and he is your typical hero in some ways but he isn’t. He has a bad leg and has always been the guy left out. For the most part, I liked Callum. He was fun and silly and just a kid. Callum though is one of the things that bugged me. He had a tendency to be annoying at times and he made some decisions that made me crazy. However, he is a kid and I need to remind myself of that. Yeah, I’m going to know what the correct decisions are, but Callum isn’t going to. So yeah, he made me crazy but he should. I still like him and found him funny.

The secondary characters Tamara and Aaron were also a lot of fun. They were good friends for Callum and he really needed friends. Those three worked very well together and made a good team.

The plot in The Iron Trial is a lot of fun. The world of magic is pretty cool and a school of magic is always fun. There is always added shenanigans that come along with situations like this and I always seem to enjoy them. The story was enjoyable and it was interesting to see Callum go from hating the world to finding it to be the one place he finally fits in. Now I have to discuss the twist because it was very very good and watching it play out in later books is going to be very interesting. I thought I had guessed it right, but nope I was wrong and I loved that.

All in all, The Iron Trial is a good read and perfect for younger readers and is one older readers can enjoy too. Holly Black and Cassandra Clare teamed up and the result was great. I cannot wait for more from this series.


  1. I've loved both Clare and Black, so I'm kind of interested in how they work together. Not sure this is for me, right now. Thanks for the review!

  2. I'm glad, despite it being back and forth, you did enjoy this book. It does sound like it would be a fun and an enjoyable read filled with a good atmosphere and characters I could like as well. Though I'm not sure I'll pick it up, I will definitely keep it in mind!!!

    Great, wonderful review my dear friend!! *muggle huggles*

  3. I've been curious about this since I saw the BEA pics. I'm not sure if I can appreciate this though, it sounds a bit on the MG/YA side. Thanks for the feedback :)

  4. I'm so glad you ended up liking this one! I think the things that bothered you would definitely annoy me, too. It sounds like this would be a great addition to my kiddo's shelf, though. Thanks so much for the wonderful review! *hugs*

  5. This does sound good, Teresa. I'm glad you liked the story and characters. I really love it when I'm wrong about the twist, too. I'll have to pick up this one as I bet my kids would enjoy it as well.

  6. I'm glad you enjoyed this. I've been concerned about reading it. Thanks for the review.


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