The Iron Trial

The Iron Trial

Book - 2014
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"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 publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, c2014
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION BLA
Characteristics: 295 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Clare, Cassandra
Fischer, Scott M.


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A review by Teen Blogger, Malk Preamble The Iron Trial. The Iron Trial A book by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare that I did not know about until March. How is it even possible I didn't know about this?!!! I mean, seriously?  A series written by 2 of my favourite authors?  AND I JUST DIDN'T KNOW?! HOW?! How is that possible? You know what, let’s just pretend that I know about this from… (more)

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Sep 27, 2020

This is the first story in the Magisterum series which promises to be excellent. This book is a cross between Harry Potter and The Mortal Instruments series. The characters were interesting and well thought out. My only problem with the book was that unlike Harry Potter, the events and background were not completely developed. I'm sure that some of this is planned for future books, but I would liked to have had a little more of that in this book. However, I am really looking forward to the next book in the series.

Jul 18, 2020

Call’s father has always warned him to stay away from magic, yet he ends up in the Magisterium, the most prestigious school of magic. Join Call as he goes on a journey of self-discovery and makes friends along the way.

This enchanting tale is perfect for someone who wants to lose themselves in a world of magic.

Jul 17, 2020

"Take Harry Potter, cut it up into tiny little pieces, shake it up, tape it all back together but lose all the boring parts, run it through the shredder, wring it out, tape it up again, and present."
These books are Harry Potter with all the stuff I hated removed. I prefer these books over Harry Potter, forever and ever.

Feb 03, 2020

Iron Trial feels like a love letter to JK Rowling. If you've read Harry Potter, you've read this. Clare and Black made concious choices to make the story feel similar to HP. Not every magic school story needs to be the same. You can write kids learning about magic without the protagonist having a smart female best friend and a loyal male best friend. And a school hidden in the middle of a dangerous, dark forest. And a magician who went evil and attacked right after the protagonist was born, marking him in some way, killing a parent, and then disappearing until the protagonist happens to start magic school. Oh, and he's the "Enemy of Death" who is searching for immortality and fractured his soul in the process. All of this sounds extremely familiar- to the point where I'm having trouble separating the two stories. Call, our main character, is endearing enough, but he also likes to throw pity parties about his leg, and his dad, and the fact that he's no good at magic. Tamara is brilliant and gets them out of tight spots (of course) and Aaron is 'not-Ron'. (this is Black and Clare's only effort to differentiate between the two stories. Look! It's not Harry Potter because Aaron isn't Ron!) Dumbledore, I mean, Master Rufus, is well aware of what the trio is doing and what they are capable of, and challenges them and allows them freedoms accordingly. The Draco character is more likeable, and he doesn't have cronies that follow him around, so there's that. The only reason I finished this book is because I was reading this with my son, and it was mildly entertaining, if infuriatingly similar to "Queen Rowling's" work. I found myself sighing as I turned the pages, wondering why, when given the opportunity, not one but TWO authors would write the same story again instead of coming up with something fresh and original. It's rather disappointing.

Jul 11, 2019

I really enjoyed this book because it has a lot of humour. this is probably one of my books because it has a bully like Malfoy in Harry Potter. it also kind of teaches you how friends usually stick together.

Jul 07, 2019

In my opinion it's one of the best series I ever read. A lot similar to Harry Potter (which I also read) this book I found fascinating. If you're a Harry Potter fan, then I very sure that you will enjoy this book. Cal, Aaron, and Tamara makes a great group that always keeps the story interesting and makes me want to keep reading. When I finished the last book, (The Golden Tower) I was sure there had to be more books about Magisterium, but It was the last book, and no more series. If you're reading this, highly recommend you this book.

Feb 13, 2019


Feb 04, 2019

breathtaking really

Love the series!!
I HIGHLY recommend!!

Jul 25, 2018

In The Iron Trial, Callum Hunt heads to the Magisterium, a school of witchcraft and wizardry. But his father tells Callum to try his best to FLUNK out of the school. Cal is confused at this request but his father convinces him to do so. But unfortunately, Cal fails at his attempts and is accepted to the Magisterium as an Apprentice to Master Rufus. But there is an even deeper reason why his father wanted to make him flunk other than how bad magic is. An even deeper reason that will question the reliability of his own soul.

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Jul 29, 2019

Fire wants to burn
Water wants to flow
Air wants to rise
Earth wants to bind
Chaos wants to devour
Call wants to live
- Callum Hunt

Jun 09, 2019

You must listen to me
You don't know who you are

Nov 24, 2016

"Remember what your father said about magic, boy. It'll cost you everything."

Jul 05, 2016

“Fire wants to burn
Water wants to flow
Air wants to rise
Earth wants to bind
Chaos wants to devour”
― Cassandra Clare, The Iron Trial

Jun 19, 2016

"They all yelled in excitement. Tamara yelled because she was happy. Aaron yelled because he liked it when other people were happy, and Call yelled because he was sure they were going to die".


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orange_deer_71 Jun 06, 2015

In this book Call was always told to avoid magic and to fail the test when it was time to see if he could join the Magisterium. And when he tries to fail, he fails at failing.
He goes through many adventures at the Magesterium, and, according to him,makes the first friends in his life. In the ned there is a special twist. I recommend this to anyone and everyone.


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