The Iron Trial (Magisterium, #1) by Cassandra Clare

The Iron Trial (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...

Details The Iron Trial (Magisterium, #1)

TitleThe Iron Trial (Magisterium, #1)
Release DateSep 9th, 2014
PublisherScholastic Press
Number of pages295 pages
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Childrens, Middle Grade, Magic, Adventure, Fiction, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Supernatural

Reviews The Iron Trial (Magisterium, #1)

  • Rick Riordan
    Callum Hunt does not want to be a magician. All his life, his father has warned him about the dangers of magic, and the sinister ways of the mages who teach youngsters to use their powers in the underground world of the Magisterium. When Callum comes of age and must take his entrance exam for the Magisterium, he tries his hardest to fail. But he fails to fail. He is chosen to train with Master Rufus, the most prestigious mage in the Magisterium. ...
  • Lola Reviewer
    I really wanted to love this. Really wanted. ‘‘The Enemy was a great mage – maybe even the best – but he went crazy. He wanted to live forever and make the dead live again. That’s why they called him the Enemy of Death, because he tried to conquer death. He started pulling chaos into the world, putting the power of the void into animals…and even people.’’ Sigh.I’m thinking that this reminds me very much of someone in the Harry P...
  • KL (Cat)
    A pre-review in Disney Gifs Initial Impression:First 50 pages:All the Harry Potter similarities:Worldbuilding + Magic system:The plot:The very obvious "plot twist":The convenient info-dumpings: Conclusion:Basically:
  • Giselle
    I really wanted to love this one, and I could almost give it a 3-star after the fascinating twist at the end, but I just can't. For the most part, I couldn't stop seeing the glaring parallels with Harry Potter which annoyed me endlessly. I'm not one to roll my eyes at similar storylines - I don't curse all MG novels about magic school for being Harry Potter rip-offs, but there are only so many similarities I can tolerate.So let's see, we have thi...
  • Kat O'Keeffe
    This book was super fun, has an awesome magic system, and just sets up the rest of the series so nicely! I am so excited to see where this all goes!More thoughts coming soon in video form! :)
  • Jess
    I’m going to try and regurgitate (lovely word) this whole subjective experience in the most objective manner possible. I’ve heard a lot of this going around: "I won’t read this because it’s just a repacked Harry Potter." Sorry to break it to you, but most likely, those that will gravitate the most to this book are those curious enough to see this attempt at a magical school. After the phenomenon that was Harry Potter, one that transce...
  • Aurélie (Exploring Pages)
    More reviews on my blog, Exploring Pages."As he bent closer, he realized they were words -- words his wife had carved into the cave ice with the last of her dying strength. As he read them, he felt them like three hard blows in the stomach. KILL THE CHILD"- Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, The Iron TrialThank you Doubleday Children's Books for providing me with an advanced reading copy for review.By reading The Iron Trial, the first book in the ...
  • Thibaut Nicodème
    Chapter-by-chapter review on my blog, the Snark Theater.This is…exactly what it sounds like. Cassandra Clare (and Holly Black, though her influence is basically invisible) wrote a book about a kid going to magic school. There was no other way this could go, really.If you're not aware (but is there someone on Goodreads who isn't?), Cassandra Clare has a history with the Harry Potter series, and its fandom. She rose to fame by writing Harry Potte...
  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I'm interested to see where the series goes. :)
  • Whitney Atkinson
    Very solid start to a series. I feel like there were some things that were under-explained, but overall I love the world!
  • Mizuki
    Note: I am fully aware of the fact that Harry Potter is NOT the first ever YA fantasy series with 'a boy goes to a magical school' setting in it, but The Iron Trial is still a Harry Potter ripoff. It's clear as day.And no, I'm not a Harry Potter fan, so kindly put your 'angry Harry Potter fangirl' comments on hold. Ms. Holly Black, I'm so disappointed in you, I know you can do better than messing about with the likes of Cassandra Clare.And believ...
  • Fenia
    WOW. That's my first reaction after finishing it. WOW. READ IT PEOPLE. So yes,it was similar to Harry Potter. So yes,it was REALLY similar to Harry Potter. But you know what? I haven't read a Harry Potter book for what? 7 years? So you bet your sweet as* that I loved this one!!! I missed magic ♥I can actually imagine Cassie writing this,all happy and excited because she began her career writing HP fan-fiction,so this book is like a dream come t...
  • Michael
    4.5This was really entertaining, if not somewhat derivative. I've got a lot too say about this one so I'll be uploading a book talk about it!
  • Hailey (HaileyInBookland)
    REVIEW:*It was entertaining enough and I will probably continue with the seriesIt felt like more of a 5 star book at the end, but since the first 200 pages were lacking, I'm sticking with a 3.5
  • Dylan Williams
    I haven't had that much fun reading a book in a very long time, fantastic!
  • Juliana Zapata
    Es mas un 3.5 que un 3El ritmo del libro es muy lento para mi gusto, esperaba mucha más acción y más magia, pero al igual que los personajes principales, me aburrí con el Magisterium las primeras 240 páginas, lo que es mucho teniendo en cuenta que el libro tiene 300.Qué salvo el libro? Los giros en la trama, los descubrimientos y la acción de las últimas escenas, es como si una autora escribiera la primera parte y la otra la segunda, el r...
  • Andre
    So, a while ago I came across the freely available excerpt for this book, which has 21 pages in PDF format, 15 pages of story and contained the prologue and the first chapter. So I figured, let's see whether it can catch my interest. And did it? Not in the least. As a matter of fact you would need to give me a damn good reason to ever actually read it because I am sure as hell not going to waste any more time on this book than absolutely necessar...
  • Melanie
    See more reviews at YA Midnight Reads1.5 starsWhen reading a book, one expects the following: 1) an original storyline and 2) one that will not make you fall asleep one chapter in. The Iron Trial, despite being co-written by two totally capable authors, just didn’t make 1) or 2) happen.Harry Potter, anyone? I bet we all saw this one coming, regardless whether you’ve read the book yet or not. It’s about tweens, it’s got magic, it’s got 3...
  • Jessy MelodyofBooks
    Hier meine Meinung zu magisterium:
  • Lina Lovegood
    Ich fand es wirklich gut, es war durchgängig spannend. Klar hat es ein klein wenig an Harry Potter einnert, aber die Grundstory ist eine andere, und der Aufbau der Magie und der Schule ebenfalls. Da ich denke, dass noch Luft nach oben ist, gibt es von mir 4 Sterne.
  • Jon
    Check out Bookish Antics for reviews, interviews, and giveaways! What happens when two of the best YA writers unite to write a novel? The result is The Iron Trial, a magical fantasy that introduces a wonderful new world full of intrigue and mystery. In a letter I received with my advanced copy, the authors wrote that they wanted to write something that readers would feel as if they knew what was going to happen, but would quickly be proved wrong....