Sunday, October 12, 2014

REVIEW: The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Scholastic Press
Released: September 9, 2014
304 pages
Source: Library


Description: 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 the remarkable imaginations of bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a heart-stopping, mind-blowing, pulse-pounding plunge into the magical unknown.

My Review: Wow. This was an automatic read for me. I love Holly Black's writing and Cassandra Clare's as well, so it was kind of a no-brainer to pick up this book.

I love a good magic story. I love a good dichotomy of good and evil story. I love a good boarding school story. So.

I loved this book. There were so many twists and surprises that I didn't see coming. So often, I find that nothing unexpected happens in a story, but I truly did not expect what happened. This book kept me engaged the whole time, and while I could put it down, I did finish it in a day and a half.

There were a lot of subplots, but they didn't really detract from the main storyline. There were, however, a few things that threw me. For example, it's mentioned towards the beginning that there will be monthly exercises, but over the course of the book, we only actually are told about two of them. That made it a little harder to follow how much time was passing between events.

I'd recommend this book to anyone in grade school, but it's not too young for older readers to appreciate (as evidenced by this 22-year-old appreciating it haha).

I'm definitely going to keep going with this series as it comes out.

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