Published by Scholastic Press on September 9th 2014
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 . . .
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 — 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…
Note*** Before I start with this review, I must confess. This is the first time I have read anything from Cassandra Clare. ( I know, I know. I NEED to read The Mortal Instruments series, and the Infernal Devices series! I have been dying to! ), So this was my first introduction into her writing! I had read The Spiderwick Chronicles a few years back, so I had an idea of how Holly Black writes!
I am going to start off saying, how much I LOVE the cover of this book! ( And as I go with reviews, you will realize that I do judge a book by its cover. It’s bad.)
When I saw this book at my local grocery store, in the book section, I noticed the cover first and the authors second. I had never read anything from Cassandra Clare (But I knew of the Mortal Instruments series), and I knew that Holly had written The Spiderwick Chronicles. I picked it up, and I finished it in about 3 days.
A lot of people have been comparing this series to Harry Potter, I must disagree. I feel like, if an author these days happens to write a book with magic and 3 friends, people automatically start comparing the book to Harry Potter, or calling it a ripoff. I disagree. Though yes, it may seem as though there are similarities, this book is it’s own being. I hate when people feel the need to compare authors writing.
“Fire wants to burn
Water was to flow
Air wants to rise
Earth wants to bind
Chaos wants to devour”
Callum Hunt is a 12 year old boy, whose parents are mages. He is a bit of displaced child in his current life, an outcast among kids at his school, tends to be a trouble maker and has no friends. He has known all his life his parents were mages, However, his father has a hate for magic. Despite being a mage, his father tells Callum the danger with magic, in hopes of scaring him from the idea of being a mage. He teaches Callum the ways he could fail during his trial, in order to keep him from going to the Magisterium. When the time comes for Callum to take the tests of The Iron Trial, He is more than prepared to fail. Callum takes the test, thinking he certainly not going to pass, and as the cover of the book says, well, he ‘fails at failing’.
Upon entering the school, he knows nothing of magic and has a strong fear of it, unlike the other students who have had some introduction to magic in some way. The school focuses on the magic of elements – Fire, Water, Air, Earth and Chaos. He gets chosen to be the apprentice of one of the most sought-after mages at the Magisterium and is forced to work with two other children, Arron and Tamara, who end up becoming his best friends by the end of the book. You follow along with them as they learn who they are, how to use their powers, as they grow and seek out how to defend themselves from The Enemy.
I LOVED this book.
This book series is going to be an fantastic story of friendship, trial and adventure. I can’t wait for September 2015 to get my hands on the second book! It’s an amazing story, that I am looking forward to following right from the beginning, and one I know my oldest daughter (8) is going to love reading with me.