Title: The Iron Trial
Author(s): Holly Black, Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Scholastic Press
From NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a riveting new series that defies what you think you know about the world of magic.
From two bestselling superstars, a dazzling and magical middle-grade collaboration centering on the students of the Magisterium, an academy for those with a propensity toward magic. In this first book, a new student comes to the Magisterium against his will -- is it because he is destined to be a powerful magician, or is the truth more twisted than that? It's a journey that will thrill you, surprise you, and make you wonder about the clear-cut distinction usually made between good and evil.
The Iron Trial was a good fast paced thriller and I really enjoyed most of this book although some parts at the start and in the middle were a tad slow and a little boring but in other parts I really enjoyed this book earning it a 4/5 stars.
Warning this review is FULL of spoilers.
So the book starts off with the prequel and all this stuff about having to kill that baby because he was dangerous and as we progress more into the book and we learnt about the world I thought that Callum would be the Makar and his mother had known before she dies and that's why she wanted someone to kill the child.
So then we get to the first chapter and Callum has to go to the Iron Trial and even though we know he must get in and we know for sure when he does that crazy fire thing and all of the stuff that he did because it means he has powers and they need to tame it.
I thought that this book resembles a lot to Harry Potter. I know a lot of people get mad when other say this is like Harry Potter and I can see why. This book is not as good as Harry Potter obviously but it is very similar in it's themes.
When Callum gets settled in and goes to Master Rufus' office to talk to his dad on the tornado thingy, I thought that again Callum possessed Chaos powers and that he would be the one who would kill the Enemy of death but then Call gets that band in the post from his father. I, like the other characters, thought that the band belonged to his father but then we find that it doesn't then I start to think maybe Call had a long lost sister but that was crazy so then we find out that it belongs to Constantine.
I didn't think that Aaron would be the makar, I thought it would be Callum but I think it was a good idea to make Aaron the makar just because it was out of the ordinary.
I also think that making Call he 'shell' was a good idea because it started to make sense since he wasn't the makar.
I think this was a good book and the writing was interesting from both authors and I gave this book 4/5 stars on goodreads.