Publication Date: July 2nd 2015
Series: Magisterium #1
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 . . .
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
What a pleasant surprise this book was.
I’ve had this book on my shelf for over a year now but never picked it up until recently when I felt myself slipping into a slump and thought why not give it a try. And I came to love this story.
It follows a young boy with magical powers who is sent to a school for magic where he learns to control his powers. Sound familiar? There are some serious Harry Potter vibes with this book and I loved it. I feel like any book centring around a kid with powers and a magical school set in the real world is obviously going to get compared to Harry Potter but in this case it was done really well.
This was my first of Holly Blacks works and my first experience reading something by Cassandra Clare that wasnt anything Shadowhunter related.
Without spoiling anything, all I can say is that I came to love the dynamic between Call, our main character, and his two friends Tamara and Aaron. The events that unfolded were so unexpected and I didn’t see it coming.
I found the world and the history of the mages very interesting although I did have trouble imagining what the Magisterium, the underground magical school, looked like.
Callum as a character was fun to read about. He seems like he has lots of layers to him and there’s a whole lot more to discover about him. I really can’t wait to watch him grow. And although I compared the story in general to Harry Potter, Call himself is really nothing like him.
This book also features an adorable wolf puppy called Havoc so what more could I want?
In short I really enjoyed this book and I was taken by surprise by just how much I liked it. After the past few months of being disappointed by anticipated reads it was very nice to unexpectedly love this and I cant wait to continue on with the series.