Release Date: 11th September 2014
Series: Magisterium #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Middle Grade
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 . . .
Really the only thing I want to say in this review is “OH MY GOD THAT PLOT TWIST” because really that about sums up my thoughts on THE IRON TRIAL. I have nothing else to add.
But I will try because such a review is inadequate. I might add gifs to make this longer and more entertaining than just the short review this would otherwise be. Actually you know what, let us turn this into
Bec’s Journey Reading THE IRON TRIAL
When I started THE IRON TRIAL I thought I knew what I was going in for. The writing is pretty typical of Middle Grade novels, simple and easy to comprehend. The characters seem pretty nice and cool and interesting, from all different types of backgrounds. The magic was cool and interesting, but there was nothing super special about that was grabbing me from the start.
The first half was pretty boring, and the magic lessons and trials were glossed over more than I would have liked. Around half way things started to get interesting, plot started developing and characters started to grow. Little things about the story started to surprise me because it wasn’t going entirely how I expected, but still it wasn’t hard to see where the story was going. I was pretty sure THE IRON TRIAL was going to end up being a typical 3 star read.
There’s no romance or anything in THE IRON TRIAL but some seeds for future plot lines are sown that will be interesting to see how the grow in the sequels as the characters grow older. There’s more magic, more intrigue, and mystery starting to develop. Then suddenly in the last third things got moving. And I mean moving.
More plot twists arrived and they were slightly bigger than the other ones. The pace picked up and the suspense was running high. Then we reached what I thought was the climax, where the biggest twist would be revolved. I didn’t feel that excited because I thought “it’s going to be this typical MG level twist”. And that’s where the story started to go…
Until it didn’t.
Everything I thought I had predicted was destroyed. All my theories about the characters and plot were wrong. Completely and utterly wrong. There was no way I could have predicted this twist. Or the character’s reactions to this story. Or the actions the characters would take after hearing this news. For the entirety of the last 3 or 5 chapters my jaw was on the floorView Spoiler » THE MAIN CHARACTER, CALLUM, IS THE EVIL GUY. HE’S THE ENEMY. HE HAS NO MEMORIES BUT HE’S THE ENEMY. AND HE DIDN’T TELL ANYONE. HE KEPT GOING. HE’S SO SURE HE WILL STOP HIMSELF GOING EVIL BUT HOW CAN HE KNOW. HE DIDN’T TRY TO STOP HIMSELF. HE WENT ON AND AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHh « Hide Spoiler
THAT TWIST was all I could think about for days after finishing THE IRON TRIAL. It turned what I thought would be an average plot with good characters and world into something amazing. That twist is why this book got an entire 4 stars from me. I haven’t been that shocked by a book in a long time and my good this feeling is great. This series is going to be completely different to anything I have ever read and I am so, so excited to follow it because the character arcs are going to be phenomenal.
THE IRON TRIAL is far from the simple MG story I was expecting. At first the books kind or boring. The characters and plot appeared pretty average. Fortunately they do grow and become so very complex. Then the twists happens and everything I thought I knew was proved horribly wrong (in the best possible way). I was so shocked. This series has so much potential and, with authors like Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, I think it’s going to meet it. Especially if they can keep producing such magnificent and surprising plot twists.