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Posted October 1, 2014
Can I have the next one now? Please?
No Spoilers whatsoever in this review.
Why is it harder to write a review for a book that I really loved than one I just liked? I was so excited about this book it was hard to write in complete sentences. Hehe!
I am very conservative with my 10 star ratings, only books that are my absolute favorite that I know I will read again and again get a perfect score. The Iron Trial gets 10 Stars!
Many of the reviews on Goodreads compared this book to Harry Potter. I think fans of Harry Potter will like this book, but this is NOT a Harry Potter copy! The plot, the characters, and the magic are all unique and different.
My short summary: (This only the setup for the beginning of the book.)
Twelve year-old Callum Hunt, called Call, is always getting in trouble at school and being bullied over his bad leg. Call knows about magic, but his father hasn’t used it since Call’s mother died when he was a baby. It’s now time for Call’s Iron Trial to see if he’s to be trained in magic, but Call’s father has told him that the Magisterium is evil and he has to fail his trial.
Call’s not your perfect protagonist. He has an abrasive personality, always saying the wrong things. He complains that he doesn’t have friends, but when people try to befriend him, he’s mean to them. I think because he’s never had friends he has trouble trusting people. It takes a little while to warm up to Call, but I liked that he wasn’t the usual narrator.
Aaron is your typical orphan protagonist. Call calls him Captain America, good looks, nice, talented, and makes friends easily. There are numerous other minor characters and if I had a complaint about this book it was that there were so many minor characters that they were hard to keep straight.
Though I got to read the The Iron Trials early I already pre-ordered it. Yes it’s that good!
Sorry I didn’t say much about the actual book, I wanted to be careful not to give anything away. Just read it!
I only wish it was longer!! I want more!!
The Iron Trial: 10 Stars!
Point of View: Third (Call)
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Posted September 19, 2014
So first off I am not the target age range for this book but with that being said I very much enjoyed this book. It wad a great story line drew me in at the very start. Going to have my boys read this next.
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Posted October 15, 2014
Wow - a brilliant new magical series is born! The book is skilfully written, with characters you can easily relate to and settings so brilliantly depicted you feel you could be there, watching the events unfold. Don't be fooled into thinking this is going to be just another version of J.K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' series . . . there are similarities in that the main character, Call, doesn't fit in to his school and is picked on by others and he is magically talented but that's where the stories part company.
Call doesn't want to go to magical school - the Magisterium - because his father has always warned him about how bad it is and how it killed his mother. The Magisterium is an underground school in every sense of the term - it is in a cave system, with no windows and lots of hidden pathways and caverns. Call has to be tested because his parents were both magically talented. He is determined to fail the tests and really tries to do so. Fairly obviously, he doesn't succeed in that and that's as much as I'll share here because you really do need to read this to find out what happens next - and keep reading to the end because there's a dramatic twist in this tale that will leave you reeling. I can't wait to read the next book in this series, I really want to know what happens next!
This is probably aimed at teenagers but it can certainly be enjoyed by adults, too. I hope someone in the film industry also reads it as it could so easily be another brilliant block buster film series if it carries on in the same manner.
Thank you, so much, to the authors, publisher and NetGalley for letting me read this brilliant book. I'll volunteer to read any other books in this series as soon as they are published in exchange for reviewing them honestly, as I've done here!
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Posted October 27, 2014
I think that this collaboration with the Mortal Instruments series writer and the Spiderwick Chronicles writer will create something absolutely great. What I really wish is that there wasn't such a cliffhanger at the end. But that's how you get more readers. Can't wait for book two!
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Posted September 6, 2014
I LOVE cclare so i have very high hopes for this book havnt read any books of holly blacks but im going too***fingers crossed
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Posted October 17, 2014
This book is definetely going to be the next hit magic series, like HP or PJO. But this book, though similar, is a fresh new idea. Keep 'em coming, ladies.
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Posted January 14, 2015
If i could read the beginning of each chapter on my nook that would be great but for some reason it decide to skip the page of each beginning! I have no clue what to do! Other than that the beginning is great so far! If only i could read the rest....Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 10, 2015
I'm already looking forward to the next installment in March. I feel this book is being sadly overlooked, which is a shame. I don't like reviews that give away too much, so I'm going to say that if you're a Harry Potter fan, you'll very likely enjoy this book. It has magic, school and a few surprises along the way.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 5, 2015
Callum, our protagonist, is such a kind and lovely boy. He is also a lonely boy. That is, until his life changes radically when he is accepted into the Magisterium, the one place on earth he's always wanted to avoid at all costs.
He has a disability and has been an outsider all his life. So even if he didn't want to attend the new school, this opportunity means a new start for him. It's his chance to make new friends and prove the world that he can be good at something, maybe even the best.
The character of Callum is a character who represents all the kids who are struggeling with a disability themselves. He shows that many things are possible when you believe in yourself. Call will encourage many readers to be as brave as he is.
Together with his new friends Aaron and Tamara, Call introduces readers to a new generation of magic apprentices at the Magisterium. THE IRON TRIAL kind of reminded me of the Harry Potter world. Yet Cassandra Clare and Holly Black's book has so many bewitching peculiarities that are solely Magisterium-made that you can't but think of it as its own magical world. I'm sure many readers will enjoy this new and different brand of magic.
The three kids are only getting to know the Magisterium and its rules. As part of their apprenticeship Callum and his friends are presented with little tasks and small missions to develop their magic skills. They are mostly harmless missions, so the story comes along less adventurous than expected. It is a very innocent kind of magic the kids are practicing. And they are learning to control the elements with the help of their mentors.
Despite the big author bonus and the friendship story that works great I am not fully content with the rather slow pace of the story. The introductory part was longer than necessary and it was a while until I felt at home in the Magisterium.
This Middle Grade read is suitable for younger readers. The friendship part of the story is very important. Cassandra and Holly go into detail how such a strong bond of friendship between Callum, Tamara and Aaron develops over time and how trials are mastered together. I really like this wizard trio!
3,5/5 ***/* THE IRON TRIAL - Readers all over the world will fall in love with Callum's story of bravery, magic and friendship!
Two beloved authors of mine teamed up to write a new magic school series, and now that I know there will be five books in this series I am an even happier reader. Clare and Black's writing is rich in detail and very strong in creating lovely atmospheric background settings to every chapter. I would recommend THE IRON TRIAL to younger readers but older fans of magic schools will definitely get their money's worth, too.
Posted December 30, 2014
"This wonderful adventure of a book takes the contents of fantasy and real-life and binds them together to add vivid depth...."
In this magical fiction novel called The Iron Trial, the beginning to a five book long journey based upon five years to complete the Magisterium, we follow the life of twelve-year old Callum Hunt who takes on a series of breathtaking and lamentable events. Call’s a magician, but he’s probably the only magician who doesn’t want to set foot into the Magisterium, an astounding school for sorcerers of any type. This wonderful adventure of a book takes the contents of fantasy and real-life and binds them together to add vivid depth to the characters and scenes.
The Iron Trial is a well-woven journey full of magical events that will change everybody’s lives and unlock the most terrible, tragic, and bizarre secrets from deep within. Call is set to encounter a number of dangerous tasks whereby he discovers strange and dark secrets about his own soul within messages in a black box. He was very hard-headed and disrespectful towards others initially but eventually bonds with Tamara Rajavi and Aaron Stewart who end up being his protective teammates. He does however have a strong affection towards helpless and abandoned animals, and takes risks to save them. He was afraid of magic in the start, for his father explained it to be a very dangerous weapon. Also, to his disadvantage, Call has a sprained ankle which lowers his chance of succeeding in part of the Magisterium test. These details plus more add twists to the plot that centers about an atypical character.
The intriguing world of Callum Hunt and his cohorts is often compared to that of Harry Potter’s. However, this page turner deserves its own merit as one will discover there are definite distinctions between those two characters and that this is no Harry Potter retread. For example, Call is apprenticed to Master Rufus like all the other students who each find themselves under the tutelage of a Master unlike at Hogwarts.
I recommend this book to all readers seven to nineteen years old. I enjoyed this book because of the unique story that follows Call and the distinctive personalities of every character in the story and most of all the fabulous unexpected twist at the conclusion. The story is pretty easy to follow with a driving plot, refreshing and engaging which makes the book a short read – leaves one wanting for more! Don’t let this one go by.
Review by Young Mensan Ethan R., age 9, St. Louis Area Mensa
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