The Iron Trial (Magisterium #1) by Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Scott Fischer (Illustrator)

The Iron Trial (Magisterium, #1)The Iron Trial by Holly Black
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Callum Hunt lost his mother when he was a baby to the Mage Wars. His father has taught him that the Magisterium is an evil place and the masters teaching the young mage will get him killed much like what happened to his mother. When he goes to take the Iron Trial, a series of tests to see if he will be chosen to become a mage and study at the Magisterium, Callum is determined to fail the tests. Much to his dismay, no matter how terrible his showing at the tests, Callum is still chosen by Master Rufus to enter the Magisterium.

When first hearing of this book I was interested to read it but put it off for quite a while due to it being aimed at the middle grade audience. I really shouldn’t have worried as the book read quite nicely even for an adult such as myself. It was just a wonderful fantasy read that I would often even forget the actual supposed age of the characters in the story as they went about their adventures. There are a few reminders here and there that these are supposed to be twelve year olds we are reading about but believe me, the maturity level was probably greater for them for the vast majority of the story than some adult books.

Being probably one of the very few people left that has not read the Harry Potter series yet I can’t say whether this series is similar to it or not. What I will say though is I did enjoy it quite a bit. If anything I was somewhat reminded of the Shadowhunter series by Cassandra Clare, I could compare Simon starting that academy and feeling a bit left out and Call entering the Magisterium and getting a hard time to start. Other than that though it had a life of it’s own and I think anyone interested in a good fantasy read and tales of magic would enjoy this no matter what their age.

Overall, very enjoyable start to this series and would definitely recommend taking a chance on this one.

A huge thank you to the authors and the publisher for sending an autographed copy of this book when winning a Goodreads giveaway for the Copper Gauntlet. Receiving a free copy in no way reflects upon my review and all thoughts are my own.

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