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

Posted October 9, 2015 in review / 4 Comments

Review: The Iron Trial (Magisterium #1) by Holly Black and Cassandra ClareThe Iron Trial by Holly Black, Cassandra Clare
Published by Scholastic Inc. on September 9th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
Source: Purchased
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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. 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 . . . From the remarkable imaginations of bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a heart-stopping, mind-blowing, pulse-pounding plunge into the magical unknown.

This book was…. WOW. HAHAH. I absolutely love books that talk about magic. LOVE THEM.

I was initially quite scared to read this book because of the authors. I have read only one book by Holly Black and I wasn’t impressed, but then there’s Cassandra Clare and I lovelovelove her. Also, this book was about a boy who doesn’t want magic. I mean, honestly, who doesn’t want magic!? I have actually seen lots and LOTS of review saying that this is a total rip-off from Harry Potter. And I do not agree (despite the gif HEHE). Let me get this straight: I am a crazy Potterhead. Which means that I have read and reread the book a hundreds and millions of times. I have studied their lessons, and all the conspiracy theories behind them, which also means that if there were ANYONE who could see the similarities between Harry Potter and this book? It would be POTTERHEADS.

Just because a kid gets to go to a magic school, doesn’t mean that it’s a rip-off of Harry Potter. Because the last time I checked, Hogwarts did not need to students to take some tests before they can go to that school, unlike Magisterium. Also, Hogwarts isn’t a school that trains students to FIGHT for them, unlike Magisterium. Harry Potter was a damn good wizard who tends to only rebel once in awhile, unlike Callum Hunt who is an aggravating anti-magic kid who literally is a ticking time-bomb. Spoiler Alert: He’s not the special kid, too.

SO. Now that I got that out of the way, this book was pretty amazing. It started out quite funny, because in the summary, it said that Callum actually failed at failing his test, but that wasn’t particularly true. Because that whole scene was just super hilarious. I cringed for him in sympathy every time I think about it HAHA. Callum Hunt is so different from any characters that I’ve read about. He is a time bomb, and from the start, we knew that he would be something bad. But his character was basically the trainwreck. He messes up anything and everything. He’s totally not the kid that everyone would wanna be friends with. AT ALL. But I love him a whole lot because he knows how to be alone, and how not to sulk when nobody wanted to be his friend. SIGH, I would love to be his friend, screw-up and all.

The whole plot was quite genius. It slowly shows Callum’s doubts and his excitement about going into the school. It’s pretty amazing after awhile, seeing his own thoughts about Magisterium and magic, one that separates away from his father’s influence. The whole world in this book is unique in its own way. Like, the whole Iron Year, Bronze Year system. ACK I can’t wait for the next book, because the ending of this book got all intense and stuffs. :O

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4 Responses to “Review: The Iron Trial (Magisterium #1) by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare”

  1. Hello!! I’m Singaporean too! Happened to chance upon one of your comments from another blog! I recently started book blogging but i have my book obsession for a few years now hehe. So i was hoping to meet some new people who shares my interest in reading!

    Anyway, I love Cassandra Clare too! Especially her TMI series! I’ve read the first 3 books years back!! Now i’m re-reading them with the rest of the series!! I was actually intending to get The Iron Trial soon together with The Infernal Devices. I love her writing!!

    Its nice to meet you btw!!

    You can find me at my blog @

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    • Hello there 🙂 Great to meet another Singaporean blogger! There’s such a rare number of us HAHAHA.

      But anyway, YES Cassandra Claire has an amazing knack for writing fantasy, methinks 😉 she is definitely one of my favorite authors! Ah, you should finish up the TMI series too! It’s mind-blowing, especially the epic conclusion. Anyway, hope to see you around Singapore 😉
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