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Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

♥ ♥ ♥ - -  (3 out of 5) 
As he bent closer, he realized they were words -- words his wife had carved into the cave ice with the last of her dying strength. As he read them, he felt them like three hard blows in the stomach.

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Casandra Clare is the first book in the Magisterium series. I picked this book up for its similarities to Harry Potter and because I just love stories about magic! So lets start this review! 

The Plot
I want to put aside all the comparing and similarities to Harry Potter right now. The whole magical school and children plot line does not solely belong to J.K. Rowling. I will give an author credit if they can take that type of plot and put a new spin on it! 

The Iron Trial follows three magical students as they discover how to use their magic and how to control it. All for a greater purpose of preparing for when The Enemy of Death comes back and ignites a new war for power. 

There were things I liked about the plot and other things that fell dry for me. There was a lot of boring build up to a mediocre climax. I was hoping for more excitement. But I will give the authors some props for creating a different magical world then what we know and love. They were inventive and creative which is probably what saved this story for me. 

The Writing 
As a middle grade book, I wasn't expecting some philosophical writing with puns, sarcasm, and intellectual dialogues like I'm used to in my YA choices of read. So this did not affect my rating of the book as I believe that the writing style of the book fits the age group that it was shooting for. I will leave it at that.

The Characters
Callum, the curious. Call is a very unique character. He is a bit timid and keeps to himself due to his past of being bullied. He also has a clear deformity with his lame leg, but he doesn't let that stop him from achieving his goals and saving his friends when needed. He's passionate, courageous, and sarcastic. 

Aaron, the chaos. The tall best friend type. Aaron is an orphan who stumbled upon Magisterium by chance and finds out he is a makar, one of the rare types of magic users. Now his destiny is altered as he is the only one that can take down the Enemy of Death. He's brave, humorous, and compassionate.

Tamara, the cautious. The only one of the group that has previous knowledge of magic and its uses and consequences. She provides the information in the group when it comes to the history of Magisterium. All she wants is to prove herself to her parents and older sister and be the best that she can be. She is smart, loyal, and caring. 

The Cover
I found the cover to be pretty cool! It pretty much sums up the whole book in one picture. It has all three main characters and of course the Enemy of Death, the main antagonist. Other than that, there really isn't much to love about it. It's not beautiful, or breath taking like some other covers, but it does the job of not ruining the front of the book.

Let me know what you thought about The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Casandra Clare below so we can discuss it! 

See ya next time,
- Jesse Nicholas 

Jesse Nicholas, todays guest blogger, lives in Manitoba, Canada. He is an aspiring writer and one day wishes to have a novel published. Along with writing, Jesse enjoys music, travel, trashy TV, and is an avid reader of anything in the Young Adult genre. He currently posts reviews on the YA novels he reads on his blog, and spends hours upon hours coming up with ideas for a future novel.  You can read other book reviews on his blog on his blog.

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