book The Iron Trial
The Iron Trial reader ó Paperback read ´ holly black Õ 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 MagisIum 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 futur I really wanted to love this one and I could almost give it a 3 star after the fascinating twist at the end but I just can't For the most part I couldn't stop seeing the glaring parallels with Harry Potter which annoyed me endlessly I'm not one to roll my eyes at similar storylines I don't curse all MG novels about magic school for being Harry Potter rip offs but there are only so many similarities I can tolerateSo let's see we have this kid Call who was marked at birth by the most evil of its kind someone corrupted by his desire to become immortal called the Enemy of Death but I call him Ed sounds much ominous don't you think? When Call gets to magic school the best of the masters takes him under his wing telling him how he has a hunch that he will be something special Then he teams him up with a boy and a girl telling them they were chosen to form this special combination probably because he saw it in a Harry Potter movie There were but smaller similarities throughout like how he finds a small creature that bore resemblance to Dobby not in appearance but in uirkiness and general oddity of a friend their whole setup for meals with magic food and general atmosphere of the school things like thatParallels aside the plot kind of bored me for the most part There's a lot of time spent on character building that ended up just being boring A number of chapters wasted on sorting sand not kidding for instance followed by exercises or tests that ended up being uite pointless for story progression Ok fine we get to explore the school grounds and learn some interesting history which helped expand the world building a bit so I do give it some credit but I felt as if everything that happened everywhere we went were just detours designed to give further hints towards an eventual twist A twist that was surprisingly really intriguing but easy to predict after all those not so inconspicuous winks As far as characters the cast was diverse and engaging enough but I didn't feel especially attached to any of them Nor did I feel as if I really got to know them aside from maybe Callum I know the role they each have to play in the story but I couldn't even recall most of the side characters from one sitting to the next The world could have also used a wider scope How they find students for the Iron Trial had me a bit confused especially as it said some kids don't even know themselves they have magical abilities It seems like it would be easy for a kid to to fly under the radar At any rate the entire mage historypurpose is briefed in a mere 2 pagesAm I sufficiently intrigued to want to continue with the series? I think the twist offers something new and thought provoking enough to make me want to know where it will go from here so I will be highly tempted but I'm not sure this one will even be memorable enough for me to care by the time it's released Either way I will always be a fan of Holly Black but this one left me feeling disappointed An advance copy was provided by the publisher for reviewFor of my reviews visit my blog at Xpresso Reads
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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 Callum Hunt does not want to be a magician All his life his father has warned him about the dangers of magic and the sinister ways of the mages who teach youngsters to use their powers in the underground world of the Magisterium When Callum comes of age and must take his entrance exam for the Magisterium he tries his hardest to fail But he fails to fail He is chosen to train with Master Rufus the most prestigious mage in the Magisterium Callum Call is ripped away from his normal life in Carolina separated from his father and plunged into a subterranean world his father has said would be worse than death The Iron Trial is a hugely fun inventive spin on the middle grade fantasy novel Yes the parallels to Harry Potter are obvious but as I see it that’s sort of the point Clare and Black take those patterns and expectations and deliberately turn them upside down Callum doesn’t want to be a magician He wants to fail at magic His experience is not like Hogwarts It’s alternately boring sorting piles of sand anyone? and terrifying the elementals are awesome creations and Call can’t be sure who to trust – even his parents His mother’s dying words Kill the Child apparently meaning her own infant son And his father has he been protecting Call all these years or lying to him? Is Master Rufus a friend or enemy? Will Callum ever be allowed to leave his new home?I liked Call a lot His leg was badly broken when he was a baby and his trouble walking informs his character It’s especially poignant when he wonders if he can learn to fly as a magician thus making him mobile He is mistrustful but empathetic capable and yet deeply flawed I also liked the cast of supporting characters His fellow apprentices are great especially Tamara The magic system is inventive and logical The world building is fantastic The Iron Trial sets up the game board for the rest of the series which promises to be great – and after that huge massive twist at the end no spoilers but oh boy how can you not want to read on?
reader Ì The Iron Trial ✓ Holly Black
The Iron TrialThat 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 Magister A pre review in Disney Gifs Initial ImpressionFirst 50 pagesAll the Harry Potter similaritiesWorldbuilding Magic systemThe plotThe very obvious plot twistThe convenient info dumpings ConclusionBasically