20578940Title: THE IRON TRIAL (Magisterium #1)
Author: Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Scholastic
Published: 2014
Pages: 295
Format: Paperback
TW/CW: Abuse, blood, death, underground
Rep: MC is disabled (problems with his leg), non-white supporting characters
Rating: 2.5/5

FROM GOODREADS: 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 . . .

I really wanted to love this one.

THE IRON TRIAL had been pitched to me several times over the last few months as HARRY POTTER meets PERCY JACKSON, and that might have been true if the book wasn’t such a snooze fest. The beginning and end were pretty riveting but the entirety of the middle of the book was almost coma-inducing boring. A 300 page book usually takes me a few hours to read… this one stretched for 3 days because it couldn’t hold my interest.

While I liked the characters and I liked the premise of the story, you could definitely tell that two different people wrote this and there was no harmony in the joining of their writing. And when I say this is a Harry Potter rip off, I mean it. A magical school, dubious professors, snooty enemies, a villain who wants to live forever with minions who are willing to sacrifice everything to help him. I was, at first, impressed with the plot twist but after realizing how closely THE IRON TRIAL mimics Harry Potter, I should have seen it coming.

As much I hate not finishing series, I will not be picking up the rest of the books in this series.


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