The Iron Trial: Book One of Magisterium: Book One of Magisterium by Holly Black

The Iron Trial: Book One of Magisterium: Book One of Magisterium

byHolly Black, Cassandra Clare

Hardcover | September 9, 2014

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From New York Times bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a riveting new five book series that defies what you think you know about the world of magic.

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.

About The Author

HOLLY BLACK is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi) and the acclaimed novel Doll Bones. Her other books include The Good Neighbors graphic novels, and the novels Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside. She currently lives in the realm of Western Massachusetts. Visit her online at www.blackh...
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Title:The Iron Trial: Book One of Magisterium: Book One of MagisteriumFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.55 × 5.86 × 1.05 inPublished:September 9, 2014Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0545522250

ISBN - 13:9780545522250

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From The Iron Trial: Book 1 of The Magisterium:His fingers grazed her cold cheek. A cry made him whip around. In this cave full of death and silence, a cry. A child. He turned, searching frantically for the source of the thready wail. It seemed to be coming from closer to the cave entrance. He plunged back the way he had come, stumbling over bodies, some frozen stiff as statues - until suddenly another familiar face stared up at him from the carnage. Declan. Sarah's brother, wounded in the last battle. He appeared to have been choked to death by a particularly cruel use of air magic; his face was blue, his eyes shot with broken blood vessels. One of his arms was outflung, and just underneath it, protected from the icy cave floor by a woven blanket, was Alastair's infant son. As he stared in amazement, the boy opened his mouth and gave another thin, mewling cry. As if in trance, shaking with relief, Alistair bent and lifted his child. The boy looked up at him with wide gray eyes and opened his mouth to scream again. As the blanket fell aside, Alastair could see why. The baby's left leg hung at a terrible angle, like a snapped tree branch. Alastair tried to call up earth magic to heal the boy, but only had enough power left to take away some of the pain. Heart racing, he rewrapped his son tightly in the blanket and wound his way back through the cave to where Sarah lay. Holding the baby as if she could see him, he knelt down beside her body. "Sarah," he whispered, tears thick in his throat. "I'll tell him how you died protecting him. I will raise him to remember how brave you were." Her eyes stared at him, blank and pale. He held the child more closely to his side and reached to take Semiramis from her hand. As he did, he saw that the ice near the blade was strangely marked, as if she had clawed at it while dying. But the marks were too deliberate for that. As he bent closer, he realized that 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 to the stomach. KILL THE CHILD.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Iron Trial: Book One of Magisterium: "The Iron Trial is a fun, heroic narrative that avoids relying on predictable tropes. Yes, there are two boys and a girl and yes, there is a school of magic, but what we have here is less a Harry Potter story and more a telling of an entirely new system of magic, which is an accomplishment in itself . . . A delicious must-read." -The Globe & Mail* "A thrilling coming-of-age story that embraces fantasy tropes while keeping readers guessing . . . The strange, subterranean Magisterium is vividly rendered, and a string of ominous revelations will leave readers eager for future installments." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"Callum's delightfully insecure-and-overcompensating-with-snarky-bravado . . . carries a tone that will likely have readers chortling in recognition. A promising beginning to a complex exploration of good and evil, as well as friendship's loyalty." -Kirkus"Black and Clare have created a unique world in The Magisterium, adroitly sidestepping reader fatigue with the many post-Harry Potter 'magical academy' fiction series." -School Library Journal"The end offers a few intriguing twists and perspectives that hint at what's to come in the next installments . . ." -Booklist