The Iron Trial

The Iron Trial

Book - 2014 | First edition.
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Warned away from magic all of his life, Callum endeavors to fail the trials that would admit him to the Magisterium only to be drawn into its ranks against his will and forced to confront dark elements from his past.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scholastic Press, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780545522250
Branch Call Number: J BLACK
Characteristics: 295 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.


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Callum was raised to distrust magic, so he plans to fail his entrance exam to the Magisterium, a school for young mages. Instead, he passes with flying colors.

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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.

Jan 01, 2017

this book is awesome!!!!!!!

Dec 23, 2016

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

Nov 18, 2016

Amazing Book I highly recommend it.

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!

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!

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!!!!!!!!

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

me_tis_awesome Aug 13, 2016

I got six words for ya; cousin tis a good book picker. She is the one I got recomendations for my "for later shelf"

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Nov 24, 2016

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

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

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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