The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Pretty much all his life, Call’s dad has warned him away from magic. Every child who has the slightest chance of being able to practice magic is summoned to the Iron Trial when they’re twelve, but often under different guises—like auditions for dancing, etc.—so most people who don’t have a background in magic don’t know that magic is real. Call has to go, otherwise (and this is implied) the mages will force him to go through the trial anyways.

During the trial to enter the Magisterium, a magic school, Call is supposed to mess up—and he does—sometimes without even meaning to—but the results are unexpected. Instead of failing (which he technically did), Call is chosen to train under the most prestigious mage at the Magisterium. Taken away from his dad, Call learns about things his father never wanted him to know, making friends along the way and learning dangerous secrets about himself.

The Magisterium series is a fantasy written in a collaboration between Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. I really like both authors, so I was stoked when I found out they wrote a book together, and I wasn’t disappointed. Each character has their own personality, interesting backstory, and the plot is intriguing. There is great world building, and the history narrated by some of the characters also reflects their respective personalities in how they deal with the knowledge of their pasts. There are parallels to Harry Potter, but I didn’t think it took away from the book—it was enjoyable as its own read.

-Aliya A.

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library.

1 thought on “The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

  1. The series was absolutely fantastic. I had this book for more than 2 years and saw it. During this Quarantine and online schooling, I decided to read about and got entranced by the storyline. I thought there was only one book until I searched it up and there were 4 more books! I am sad it ended not knowing what will happen with Rufus’s Apprentices and new ones along the time. Hopefully, there would be a movie or show about this like Chilling Adventures with Sabrina Spellman. Overall, I never had many ideas for this story and my world of imagination and drawing. 100% believe it should be read. The characters were splendid and the storyline on point! I want to talk so much more about this but it just leaves me sad but mind blown! Great review!

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