The Iron Trial #BookReview

Posted March 14, 2017 by Kayla in Reviews / 0 Comments

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The Iron Trial #BookReviewThe Iron Trial by Holly Black, Cassandra Clare
Series: Magisterium #1
Published by Scholastic Press on September 9th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Children, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
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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 . . .

My Review

I decided to read this one, even though it is a children’s book, because my son is reading it and I want to know what he’s reading. Truthfully, writing this off as “just a children’s book” would be an injustice. It does not have romance nor profanity. I appreciate that in a good book. This makes it ideal for children, along the fact that the main characters are children. However, the story is dark from the beginning as readers are exposed to death and deception. Honestly, I think parents should probably be reading what their children are anyway, so it’s good that the story can appeal to both parents and their children.

Apparently lots of people are angry because they think it’s too much like Harry Potter. I did not know that at the time I bought this book for my son. I can see why closed-minded, one-track-minded people would think this… after all apparently The Maze Runner and Divergent are both the same story as The Hunger Games even though the only thing they have in common is a post-apocalyptic, dystopian setting. Apparently all books in one genre are exactly the same, have no originality and the author’s intent was to plagiarise the work of the original author. This is all crap.

Full Disclosure: the co-author is apparently a big Harry Potthead. She apparently started her career as a Harry Potter fan-fiction author. Now everything she writes (since Harry Potter was her inspiration to write) is now a Harry Potter fan fiction. Yes, the book is about young kids getting into a magical school but it’s not the same. You don’t automatically get into the school because you are magical. You have have to compete. You don’t go to school just to be something in the magical community like you do in the real world, you go to school to learn to control your powers so that you don’t end up hurting people accidentally. And yes they are bad guys, who killed the kid’s mom but… oh wait! This does start sounding a lot like Harry Potter after all, let’s scrap what I said before… moving along now.

The book was actually pretty good. The truth is, my son will probably never read Harry Potter. He sees it as something I read as a kid / young adult and it’s really not appealing to him. He’s watched the movies with me and my younger sister but his friends are probably not going to read it either so he will have no one to discuss the book with. Harry Potter was our generation, and I personally think that any author that can get children to start loving books is doing a pretty good job.

Final Thoughts

This book is probably just like many books. It has a main character who doesn’t fit in till he does. His dad has been lying to him about his past. There’s an enemy he will meet that threatens his kind and possibly the world, you get the drift. It’s good book, easy to read, and no romance so it’s good for all ages. It had a pretty good twist, better than some adult novels.

The Verdict

4 Stars

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