The Iron Trial (Magisterium, #1) by Holly Black

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
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Magic

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. ...
  • 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:
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I'm interested to see where the series goes. :)
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • ambsreads
    This review is also can be found on my blogR A M B L EI want to preface my ramble with the fact that I know this is basically a mash up of Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan and Harry Potter by JK Rowling. The thing is, though, those are two of my favourite series that exist. Because of that, it doesn't take a genius to work out why I loved this book. The Iron Trial also isn't the same recycled plot line we have seen with books trying to be the ...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
    Actual rating: 3.6 ⭐Story ⭐⭐⭐⭐All his life Calls father told him how bad the Magisterium was. How people died, how his mother died because of them. So when the day came to get into the Magisterium, Call tried really hard to fail. But he still got a place in the strongest team of the Magisterium and begins to learn how to control magic. A few things I could guess, but the ending, Guys 👌🏻👏🏻 that was something I haven’t seen ...