Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black

Page Count: 299
Published on: September 9, 2014
Published by: Scholastic Press
Genre(s): Fantasy, Children's Lit, Fantasy, Middle Grade, Adventure, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: Print: Hardback: Library
Age Rating: 
Where To Find ItGoodreads // Amazon

Twitter(s): @HollyBlack

My Rating: 4.5 stars
(8/21/2016) Edit: 3 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

       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...


Hey guys!

        I picked this up fromm my local library after I watched a booktube video where a booktuber hauled it. I've really loved Holly Black's Spiderwick Chronicles and I've loved Cassandra Clare's writing style, though I've not read all of her books, so I've been looking forward to picking up The Iron Trial. 

        The Iron Trial is about Callum Hunt. Call (yes "Call"). Call knows he's going to have to compete in the Iron Trial, and everyone wants to pass the Iron Trial..all except Call. All his life his father has warned him about the Magisterium. The Magisterium holds dark ties to his past and will explain his future, but the biggest test is still to come.

        This book was really easy to read and by the end, I wanted to read the sequels. This book and the whole concept reminded me of a mix of the Harry Potter books and the whole Avatar the Last Airbender TV series and comic series. 


        It took place underground, but it was a magic school where young children developed their powers which were really cool. Also, their powers weren't powered from wands or potions or other magical items like in Harry Potter but were powers that helped them connect to the elements (water, earth, fire, air, chaos, and soul). For example, Call worked on one thing for weeks at a time until his master said that his group was ready for the next thing. I really liked the teachers. Well, at least Call's teacher worked on the control until they got it. I also loved the food, the lichen, it sounded really cool and I really want to try it haha. Also, Call, Tamara, and Aaron kind of remind me of Harry, Ron, and Hermione from Harry Potter, just by their personalities and such. Cassie Clare and Holly Black really know how to build a cool new world! It was so cool to discover the Magisterium! The underground tunnels and rooms were fun to discover with Call.

What I Didn't Like: ~Callum being called Call. It should be "Cal"!!!!! 
                                ~Call's dad -- man he grated on my nerves!
                                ~Jasper -- UGH!!!

If you Love __#_ You Will Love The Iron Trial!
  1. Harry Potter (7) by J.K. Rowling
  2. The Last Airbender (Volumes 1-8) by Michael Dante DiMartino & Bryan Konietzo
  3. Peter & the Starcatchers series (5) by Dave Berry & Ridley Pearson

Enjoy guys!

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