The Iron Trial: Magisterium Review

The Iron Trial: Magisterium (Book 1)

by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

“Call has no idea what he’ll come up against in THE IRON TRIAL but he knows that if he passes the test, he’ll become a student of magic at the Magisterium.

Only, all his life, Call has been warned to stay away from magic, so he tried his best to do his worst – but fails at failing.

Now he must enter the Magisterium, and it’s even more sensational and sinister that he could ever have imagined…”

I was looking through Goodreads at what different authors, I read, had written that I hadn’t read and making sure that I had everything that they have written or is on Goodreads that they are going to write is in my read or TBR lists. One of those authors was Cassandra Clare, as I love the shadowhunter world she has created (I have read TBC, TMI and TDA, TID is in my TBR list). When I noticed that she had co-written a series with Holly Black. I knew I had to read this immediately, as I knew I would love it and I had no other books that were demanding to be read (although my pile is growing ever bigger!), so the following week I went out to my local Waterstones and purchased it, while putting the second book on order…

Call is just a baby when the Cold Massacre happens and his mother dies, his father tells him to hate magic, the mages and the Magisterium as they caused her death. But when it comes time for Call to take the Magisterium trial and he attempts to fail it, it backfires, he is entered into the Magisterium. However, this is where he learns what it is like to have friends, people who truly care for you, and most importantly, to use magic.

I loved every single second of The Iron Trial! I could not put it down! And when I was not reading it, I was thinking about it, which was probably not the best thing at work… Even though The Iron Trial is in the 9-12 year old section, I do not care, if you find something you like go for it, I do not think it matters which section you have to go into! All the twists and turns were amazing, it had me guessing all the way to the last page, and I am so glad that I had the second book in my possession by the time I finished as I do not think I could have waited any longer than I did (a sleep)!

My favourite characters were Call and Aaron, although I am not sure about Tamara (she’s getting there I think…). Some of the other characters are fabulous, but there are far too many that I like for me to list them. The characterisations were great, I felt like I had literally been sucked into the pages of the book and like I was there as a fly on the wall or as an invisible person following all the going’s on.

I laughed quite a bit, I got a bit scared, and sad in places, but mostly happy or tense depending on what was happening. The magic scenes were awesome, and as a 20-something that grew up with a certain boy-wizard, I can say that this is completely different and I loved the way that it was different, from the way that the elements were used to the food! Oh, I wish I could try the food, even if it is weird lichen.

The Iron Trial does end on a cliffhanger, this is setting up for The Copper Gauntlet (Book 2) of The Magisterium series. Which I am in the process of reading (at time of writing this).

When reading The Iron Trial, I described it as a really cool underground magic school where they eat funny food and make friends. I would recommend this book to anyone, I do not think you have to be a child to enjoy it! 5 out of 5.

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