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The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Posted by Caitie F on November 24, 2014

Title: The Iron Trial20578940
Authors: Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Hardcover: 299 pages
Pub Date: Sept 9, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Rating: ++++

Summary from goodreads:

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 . . .


This book made me think of Harry Potter in the best possible way. I have heard some think it is too similar, but I have to disagree. Yes, there are similarities, but it is mostly just because they are both hero journeys, like so many great books are.

This magic school was VERY different than Hogwarts, and I really liked it. While you read it, you will be able to picture every twist and turn in the caverns and want to explore. This book took me far longer to read because I just let me imagination run wild.

The characters are wonderful – no one is quite what they seem, since the characters have so many layers. These characters are not stereotypes, they have real insecurities and histories. They make the book worth reading.

There were so many cool things about this book that I can’t even come close to listing them all. If you are looking for a book that will give you the wonderment and feeling or Harry Potter, look no further!


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