The Iron Trial

The Iron Trial

Book - 2014
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Most people would do anything to get into the Magisterium and pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt. Call has been told his whole life that he should never trust a magician. And so he tries his best to do his worst - but fails at failing. Now he must enter the Magisterium. It's a place that's both sensational and sinister. And Call realizes it has dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future. The Iron Trial is just the beginning. Call's biggest test is still to come.
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.
Publisher: London : 2014. Doubleday,
ISBN: 9780857532503
Branch Call Number: JF BLAC
Additional Contributors: Clare, Cassandra

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LoganLib_Sophie Apr 19, 2016

I'm a sucker for a Holly Black book. And this is no exception. Cassandra and Holly make a great team. It does get a little dark, so recommended for older primary aged children to teenagers who can handle a bit of scary.


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Love the series!!
I HIGHLY recommend!!

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Alpha_0001
Jul 25, 2018

In The Iron Trial, Callum Hunt heads to the Magisterium, a school of witchcraft and wizardry. But his father tells Callum to try his best to FLUNK out of the school. Cal is confused at this request but his father convinces him to do so. But unfortunately, Cal fails at his attempts and is accepted to the Magisterium as an Apprentice to Master Rufus. But there is an even deeper reason why his father wanted to make him flunk other than how bad magic is. An even deeper reason that will question the reliability of his own soul.

ReadJillyRead Oct 22, 2017

Two of my favorite authors, Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, have teamed up to write one of my favorite Juvenile Fiction series. This is such a fun series, I highly recommend it.

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Fan_Of_Real_DanTdm
Jan 01, 2017

this book is awesome!!!!!!!

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mandapanda678
Dec 23, 2016

I absolutely loved this book. I can't wait for the next book.

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Darth_Matec_501
Nov 18, 2016

Amazing Book I highly recommend it.

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sparrowflight002
Nov 14, 2016

This is the first book series I have read that has drawn me into it's plot in the same way Harry Potter did! Very well done, and a round of applause to the author for keeping me guessing right up to the very end!

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ankun1
Nov 13, 2016

Interesting book, it has a prologue that really draws you in, and some nice parts that makes me wonder about it. Love each of the main character's personalities and spirit. Overall a nice book and I recommend it to others!

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cattleya123
Oct 23, 2016

In the beginning its all easy going and there wasn't enough action but then I got hooked and started loving this book. The twist at the end had me gaping. CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK!!!!!!!!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 25, 2016

Most twelve year-old boys with no friends would jump at the chance to start a new life in a supernatural world. Not Callum Hunt, however. He has to do everything he can to fail the Iron trial, the key to being enrolled to the Magisterium, a death trap disguised as a school, according to his father. Call does his best to fail the trial, according to his father’s wishes, but fortunately or not, Call’s overwhelming talent is noticed and he is forced into the world of magic. Yes, the story has many similarities to Harry Potter, but many of the concepts in Harry Potter are completely flipped upside down, especially with Call sincerely hating and wanting to escape the academy the whole time. I also took a liking to the three main character’s personalities and quirks, especially with Call being rather selfish and unrelenting. Overall, The Iron Trial is a great read with interesting characters, and twists. A solid start to the series and I look forward for things to come. I’d rate this at around four stars.
- @suchin of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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ankun1
Nov 24, 2016

"Remember what your father said about magic, boy. It'll cost you everything."

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alexandraSchulz
Jul 05, 2016

“Fire wants to burn
Water wants to flow
Air wants to rise
Earth wants to bind
Chaos wants to devour”
― Cassandra Clare, The Iron Trial

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Fongpen
Jun 19, 2016

"They all yelled in excitement. Tamara yelled because she was happy. Aaron yelled because he liked it when other people were happy, and Call yelled because he was sure they were going to die".

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orange_deer_71 Jun 06, 2015

In this book Call was always told to avoid magic and to fail the test when it was time to see if he could join the Magisterium. And when he tries to fail, he fails at failing.
He goes through many adventures at the Magesterium, and, according to him,makes the first friends in his life. In the ned there is a special twist. I recommend this to anyone and everyone.

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