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

by Cassandra Clare, Holly Black

SCHOLASTIC INC | September 9, 2014 | Hardcover

The Iron Trial: Book One of Magisterium: Book One of Magisterium is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 5.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.55 × 5.86 × 1.05 in

Published: September 9, 2014

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0545522250

ISBN - 13: 9780545522250

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Alright, let's get this out of the way. Yes, there are a lot of glaringly obvious similarities between Harry Potter and The Iron Trial. No, I'm not going to list them. That will do no good. I tried really hard to separate my Harry Potter drunk brain from this story. It's definitely hard to turn off that part of my thinking, but once I could eventually stop pin pointing every similarity I got much more enjoyment from The Iron Trial. The thing is, for us that grew up on Harry Potter and especially the ones like me that are still obsessed, we are always going to find similarities in any book that's magic based(with witches and wizards of some sort), with tween age children taking place at a boarding school. We've pretty much conditioned our brains to find and locate these books. That being said, there are plenty of differences that make The Iron Trial far from a rip-off of Harry Potter. I'm sure a lot of teens and older readers will be picking up this book solely based on the authors(they're clearly hugely popular authors), but there's also going to be a whole lot of younger readers that didn't grow up on Harry Potter and who don't know Black and Clare's previous books that find The Iron Trial an epic magical fantasy series following a group of adventurous kids. Call has grown up with the knowledge of the magical world. He may live and go to school like a normal kid, but he's aware that there is magic in the world. Although his dad is very anti-magic. Tragedy struct their family when Call was an infant. There was a war between Mages and Call's mother was one of the people killed. Call's leg was also shattered at this time and it took a lot of surgeries to get it whole again. That left Call with quite a limp and very insecure about his physical abilities. Of course that also made him an outcast. Picked on constantly. He's kind of an angry guy. Which I found understandable. We meet Call when he's twelve. Which means he's to take part in the Iron Trial. The Iron Trial is where a bunch of kids compete for entrance into the Magisterium. Some kids knew about this upcoming trial having grown up in a magical family and some are surprised to find that they have some magical elements running in their blood. The thing for Call is his father has not trained him for this trial. In fact he has continually reminded him he must fail. His father is very bitter and angry towards the school and Mages. He doesn't want Call involved in that world. So Call shows up at the trial with every intent to fail. But the problem is the Call fails at failing and ends up being chosen as one of the pupils to enter the Magisterium. So we than travel with Call to the school and watch as adventure and chaos ensue. Call is a pretty bitter, angry and sarcastic kid. Of course life has not been wholly on the positive side for him. Also having his dad's bitterness constantly whispered into his ears doesn't help either. Call doesn't even have one friend to confide in. He's an outcast. And that can do wonders on your confidence and mood. But in the end he's still a good kid, life just hasn't been kind to him. Call goes through some great character growth over the course of the book. Upon entering the Magisterium he's still very unsure and thinks he's going to get himself thrown out. At first he's mean and distant with the other kids. Until he's quickly called out for it by Aaron and Tamara, his roommates and classmates(the three of them have been chosen by the same Mage and will be working as a close trio for their schooling years). He also starts to realize he kind of likes the magic thing. He's not terrible at it and his professor, Rufus, and friends believe in him. There's quite a few heart warming moments between Call, Aaron and Tamara. They're a good team and quickly learn to trust each other. Of course Call's life at the Magisterium is far form uncomplicated. He's not friendly with everyone. And there's a lot tricky business going on at the school and in the magical world. Call isn't privy to all that information but it doesn't stop him and his friends from becoming involved. There's a lot of pretty cool elements that Black and Clare have created in this fantasy world. The magic system is elemental based. Each Mage usually finds a stronger infinity in one of the elements; air, water, fire and earth. There's also chaos. Which is virtually unheard of. But when a Mage finally shows signs of chaos they are worshiped and treated as a hero. They are given special lessons and treatment. So why is chaos such a covenanted magical element? Because it is all powerful but also because of the bad guy. The Enemy is what he's known as in The Iron Trial. He's an all powerful chaos Mage who has been raging war against the good Mages for years. Right now there is a treaty and all has been quite from The Enemy for a few years. But they know something is brewing and another chaos Mage will be the only one to save them from another eventual war. Reading along I was pretty sure I knew where the story would go. I figured I had Call's fate figured out. From different clues and information thrown my way I was pretty much sure of what would be reveled. Well turned out I was wrong. As I should have known I would be. I should never have thought that Clare and Black would keep even a middle grade book simple and predictable. There was a fantastic twist thrown at the reader. I honestly didn't see it coming. It's a great play on the regular good and evil trope. I am now beyond excited to see how this plays out. As a Clare fangirl(I need to read more of Blacks books) I have complete faith that this series will take some really unpredictable turns in the coming books. Call, Aaron and Tamara are surely in for some hardship and big decisions along the way. Their friendship and magic will be tested time and time again. Like seriously, that twist guys. It's a good one. Overall, I think this a very strong start to what is going to be a five book series. The magic system is fun and interesting. Call and his friends make a great bunch of kids that I can't wait to follow on all their adventures. And the surprising twist on good and evil will surely continue to surprise me in the future installments.
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from National Staff Pick I picked this book because I’ve heard that it was very good. At the same time, it took me some time before finally reading it since it’s a 9-12 and that the main character is a boy who goes to a magic school. I thought it would be predictable and similar to Harry Potter. I have to say, I am so not disappointed! It is not at all what I expected, the people who told me I should read it were right. I’m glad I listened to them. The story is so captivating I read it in two days. There are wonderful surprises all through it and the characters are endearing. The authors also did a great job describing this magical universe and all the places in the Magisterium. This made it so easy imagining the school and its environment. I recommend this book to anybody who likes stories full of fantastic adventures and I look forward to read the next book from this series!
Date published: 2015-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Magic Introduction to the Magisterium Series The Iron Trial is an imaginative introduction to the Magisterium series that promises to only become better and better with time. There is much mystery surrounding the Magisterium, a school for young mages to learn and control their elemental magic. It's both a wondrous and dangerous place, connected to a world that Callum Hunt's father has taught him to fear since he was a child. But after failing to fail the Iron Trial, a test which determines if a mage will be accepted to the Magisterium, Call learns that his father has withheld information from him all his life and now he wants those missing answers. What I really like about Callum is that he doesn't really meet the conventions of a hero at first. He's a twelve-year-old boy who's wary to get close to others, often readily using sarcastic comebacks as a defense to protect himself. The pronounced limp when he walks has not only limited him physically, but has also, for years, made him a target for bullies to pick on. That's why, despite his father's warnings, Call is secretly happy to attend the Magisterium once he gets past his initial fears. The school offers Call a chance to reinvent himself and find acceptance with other misfits like him. Joining Call under the training of Master Rufus are Tamara and Aaron, whom both come from very different backgrounds. Aaron is a kind and friendly boy, happy to be learning magic instead of being tossed around foster care homes, while Tamara feels pressured to succeed because of her overachieving family. Together, they form an unlikely friendship that soon strengthens as they face challenges set by the Masters of the school. While their little adventures are often fun and thrilling, the feared presence of the Enemy of Death threatens the safety of all the mages and casts a heavy shadow over the school, hinting at much more seriousness to come in the future. Reading Holly Black and Cassandra Clare's The Iron Trial is a truly magical experience! I cannot wait to see what adventures are in store next for Callum and his friends in The Copper Gauntlet. While the groundwork has definitely been laid out in The Iron Trial, I'm sure the best is still yet to come in the Magisterium series.
Date published: 2015-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best new middle years book. This book had me hooked. The two authors are amazing in their own right but together they grab hold of your imagination and make you believe you are right there with the main characters. It is like Harry Potter but with elemental magic instead of wizard magic. I dare say it is even better than Harry Potter, but I imagine that will be open for debate :)
Date published: 2015-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! I bought this book and within the first few pages i was hooked! One of the best books ive ever read and i cant wait to read the rest of the series!
Date published: 2014-12-17

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

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

by Cassandra Clare, Holly Black

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.55 × 5.86 × 1.05 in

Published: September 9, 2014

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

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. "Sar
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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.blackholly.com.

CASSANDRA CLARE is the author of City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Her latest series, The Infernal Devices, has spawned three #1 bestsellers. Born overseas, Cassandra spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of books. Her website is www.cassandraclare.com.

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