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The Iron Trial : Book One of Magisterium

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From the remarkable imaginations of "New York Times"-bestselling fantasy series creators Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles) and Clare (The Mortal Instruments) comes a the first title in a heart-stopping, mind-blowing, pulse-pounding series that plunges listeners into the magical unknown.

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I know that a lot of people are disappointed in this book because they feel like it's too similar to Harry Potter. I get that. I felt like that at first as well... boy whose mother dies fighting a magical evil, ends up in a Mage school where he finds friends and acceptance for the first time. His two best friends are a boy and a girl. The first third to half of the book started to feel like it was really predictable, but then things started to change when Cal doesn't turn out to the "Chosen One" (like Harry) but his roommate Aaron. Plus there are mysteries surrounding Cal that don't seem to make sense until more of the story unfolds. We see Cal's loyalty to his friends, the beginnings of trust and true caring between them, his kindness with Havoc and his determination to the right thing and stand by his friends and his Master and the Magisterium itself. But then, the last little bit of the book really changed everything about it being similar to Harry Potter for me because Harry never had to face the kind of dilemma that Cal has to face, a dilemma that threatens everything he cares about in his life and questions whether people are born good or evil or destined to be, and how much does ones experiences in life change the core of who they are. I think people are giving this book too rough of a time without considering that the way it plays out changes it dramatically from Harry Potter and the types of things Harry had to struggle with compared to Cal. Give it a chance with an open mind. I enjoyed it very much and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

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From the remarkable imaginations of "New York Times"-bestselling fantasy series creators Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles) and Clare (The Mortal Instruments) comes a the first title in a heart-stopping, mind-blowing, pulse-pounding series that plunges listeners into the magical unknown. 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 . . .

From the remarkable imaginations of bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a heart-stopping, mind-blowing, pulse-pounding plunge into the magical unknown.

Specifications

Series Title
The Magisterium
Publisher
Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Book Format
Other
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
9
Author
Cassandra Clare, Holly Black
ISBN-13
9780804122603
Publication Date
September, 2014
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
5.90 x 5.10 x 1.10 Inches
ISBN-10
0804122601

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I know that a lot of p...
I know that a lot of people are disappointed in this book because they feel like it's too similar to Harry Potter. I get that. I felt like that at first as well... boy whose mother dies fighting a magical evil, ends up in a Mage school where he finds friends and acceptance for the first time. His two best friends are a boy and a girl. The first third to half of the book started to feel like it was really predictable, but then things started to change when Cal doesn't turn out to the "Chosen One" (like Harry) but his roommate Aaron. Plus there are mysteries surrounding Cal that don't seem to make sense until more of the story unfolds. We see Cal's loyalty to his friends, the beginnings of trust and true caring between them, his kindness with Havoc and his determination to the right thing and stand by his friends and his Master and the Magisterium itself. But then, the last little bit of the book really changed everything about it being similar to Harry Potter for me because Harry never had to face the kind of dilemma that Cal has to face, a dilemma that threatens everything he cares about in his life and questions whether people are born good or evil or destined to be, and how much does ones experiences in life change the core of who they are. I think people are giving this book too rough of a time without considering that the way it plays out changes it dramatically from Harry Potter and the types of things Harry had to struggle with compared to Cal. Give it a chance with an open mind. I enjoyed it very much and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
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Thank you to the publi...
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way. The Iron Trial is the first in a new five book series for middle grade readers. It is the story of a boy named Callum Hunt, or Call, who knows he has the potential for magic but his father has told him that he should want none of it. The Magisterium, the school for young mages, is the reason Callum's mother is dead and his father has never recovered. But all potential mages must attend The Iron Trial, whether they want to or not, to test their abilities for acceptance into the Magisterium. While trying to throw his chances, Call, despite his father's protests, is chosen to attend the Magisterium and is taken under the wing of Master Rufus, along with two others, Aaron and Tamara. Call enters a world where he is finally accepted, makes friends and uncovers the secrets of his past and that of the Enemy of Death, the cause for unrest in the magic world. The Iron Trial is nothing I, or you, haven't read before. Its Harry Potter comparisons are glaringly obvious, and while I don't believe every book about magic that involves kids or young teenagers should be compared to Harry Potter, that doesn't mean authors should stop being original. This book has a young male protagonist whose father figure opposes the use of magic much like Mr. Dursley, who does not fit in and is bullied in the normal world, has little knowledge about how his mother died while everyone else knows, makes an enemy within his first moments at the school, makes two friends (a boy and girl, of course), sneaks around the passages at night, has an odd little companion (much like Dobby) and a faithful one (like Hedwig). There is the evil former student and also talk about the sharing of a soul into another body. There are five books in this series for five years at the Magisterium, just as there were seven books for seven years at Hogwarts. I acknowledge that Harry Potter has set the bar and there are likely to be similarities between it and other books about magic. But this one was too similar and when you consider the fact that Cassandra Clare is famous for her obsession with Harry Potter and her whole writing career stems from her Harry Potter fanfiction, its just all a bit much. But wait! There is a twist at the end that's going to make this book not like any other magic or fantasy books! Unfortunately I felt it wasn't worth reading through a poor copy of Harry Potter just to be told "it's okay that we mostly copied another book because we made the end different. It's not what you would think!" And as much as I enjoyed that twist, I thought this book could have been original in so many other ways than just that. I was bored about three quarters of the way through, so I went and started another book while the tablet I was reading on was charging. I finished The Iron Trial out of a sense of obligation. While it may be interesting to see how the twist is handled in subsequent books, I'm not sure I care enough to find out. While I liked how tough Tamara was and how sweet Aaron was, Call just didn't do it for me and I probably couldn't read another four books about him. He was just very uninteresting and only happened to have an interesting thing about him revealed but by then I think it was too late to save my interest. Not for me! Others may enjoy it, though. My rating hovers somewhere between 2 and 2.5 stars.  
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1 customers found this helpful
I know that a lot of p...
I know that a lot of people are disappointed in this book because they feel like it's too similar to Harry Potter. I get that. I felt like that at first as well... boy whose mother dies fighting a magical evil, ends up in a Mage school where he finds friends and acceptance for the first time. His two best friends are a boy and a girl. The first third to half of the book started to feel like it was really predictable, but then things started to change when Cal doesn't turn out to the "Chosen One" (like Harry) but his roommate Aaron. Plus there are mysteries surrounding Cal that don't seem to make sense until more of the story unfolds. We see Cal's loyalty to his friends, the beginnings of trust and true caring between them, his kindness with Havoc and his determination to the right thing and stand by his friends and his Master and the Magisterium itself. But then, the last little bit of the book really changed everything about it being similar to Harry Potter for me because Harry never had to face the kind of dilemma that Cal has to face, a dilemma that threatens everything he cares about in his life and questions whether people are born good or evil or destined to be, and how much does ones experiences in life change the core of who they are. I think people are giving this book too rough of a time without considering that the way it plays out changes it dramatically from Harry Potter and the types of things Harry had to struggle with compared to Cal. Give it a chance with an open mind. I enjoyed it very much and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
Most helpful negative review
2 customers found this helpful
Thank you to the publi...
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way. The Iron Trial is the first in a new five book series for middle grade readers. It is the story of a boy named Callum Hunt, or Call, who knows he has the potential for magic but his father has told him that he should want none of it. The Magisterium, the school for young mages, is the reason Callum's mother is dead and his father has never recovered. But all potential mages must attend The Iron Trial, whether they want to or not, to test their abilities for acceptance into the Magisterium. While trying to throw his chances, Call, despite his father's protests, is chosen to attend the Magisterium and is taken under the wing of Master Rufus, along with two others, Aaron and Tamara. Call enters a world where he is finally accepted, makes friends and uncovers the secrets of his past and that of the Enemy of Death, the cause for unrest in the magic world. The Iron Trial is nothing I, or you, haven't read before. Its Harry Potter comparisons are glaringly obvious, and while I don't believe every book about magic that involves kids or young teenagers should be compared to Harry Potter, that doesn't mean authors should stop being original. This book has a young male protagonist whose father figure opposes the use of magic much like Mr. Dursley, who does not fit in and is bullied in the normal world, has little knowledge about how his mother died while everyone else knows, makes an enemy within his first moments at the school, makes two friends (a boy and girl, of course), sneaks around the passages at night, has an odd little companion (much like Dobby) and a faithful one (like Hedwig). There is the evil former student and also talk about the sharing of a soul into another body. There are five books in this series for five years at the Magisterium, just as there were seven books for seven years at Hogwarts. I acknowledge that Harry Potter has set the bar and there are likely to be similarities between it and other books about magic. But this one was too similar and when you consider the fact that Cassandra Clare is famous for her obsession with Harry Potter and her whole writing career stems from her Harry Potter fanfiction, its just all a bit much. But wait! There is a twist at the end that's going to make this book not like any other magic or fantasy books! Unfortunately I felt it wasn't worth reading through a poor copy of Harry Potter just to be told "it's okay that we mostly copied another book because we made the end different. It's not what you would think!" And as much as I enjoyed that twist, I thought this book could have been original in so many other ways than just that. I was bored about three quarters of the way through, so I went and started another book while the tablet I was reading on was charging. I finished The Iron Trial out of a sense of obligation. While it may be interesting to see how the twist is handled in subsequent books, I'm not sure I care enough to find out. While I liked how tough Tamara was and how sweet Aaron was, Call just didn't do it for me and I probably couldn't read another four books about him. He was just very uninteresting and only happened to have an interesting thing about him revealed but by then I think it was too late to save my interest. Not for me! Others may enjoy it, though. My rating hovers somewhere between 2 and 2.5 stars.  
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This middle grade fant...

This middle grade fantasy book reminds me a lot of Harry Potter. The main character Call is summoned to attend the entrance exams for The Magisterium, a more-sinister version of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry, and he promises his father he will fail the test on purpose to avoid the dangerous magic school. Unfortunately, magic is in Call's blood, and though his permanent limp and sarcastic attitude do not appear to serve him well during testing, he is selected with two other "Iron Years" to be a pupil of the greatest mage of all, Master Rufus. I really enjoyed this book! It was magic in a more fun, kid friendly form.

I really enjoyed readi...

I really enjoyed reading this book. It is a first book in a series so that is always a good way to encourage continued reading. It reminded me of a tie between Harry Potter and Percy Jackson stories. It is definitely a modern fantasy book. It has elements of realistic fiction and YA also because it explores the relationship of the kids to the parents.

All his life, Callum H...

All his life, Callum Hunt is told by his father that magic is evil. In fact, magic is the reason his mother died. So when Callum, called Call, turns twelve he learns that unfortunately he has inherited his parent's ability for magic. Now he must attend the Iron Trial, a series of test, to determine if he is allowed to attend the Magisterium. His father tells Call to fail the tests because it's the only way he will be safe. On the day of the test, Call hilariously fails all of them. He relaxes seeing that he came in last. As the ceremony inducting new mages starts he hears his named called and learns he still must attend the school. There is no way around it. Once Call enters the school he falls in love with magic despite his father's warning and even begins to question the things his father has told him. The rest of the book follows Call and his classmates as they learns about magic, the mage war and an evil mage call The Enemy of Death.

I know that a lot of p...

I know that a lot of people are disappointed in this book because they feel like it's too similar to Harry Potter. I get that. I felt like that at first as well... boy whose mother dies fighting a magical evil, ends up in a Mage school where he finds friends and acceptance for the first time. His two best friends are a boy and a girl. The first third to half of the book started to feel like it was really predictable, but then things started to change when Cal doesn't turn out to the "Chosen One" (like Harry) but his roommate Aaron. Plus there are mysteries surrounding Cal that don't seem to make sense until more of the story unfolds. We see Cal's loyalty to his friends, the beginnings of trust and true caring between them, his kindness with Havoc and his determination to the right thing and stand by his friends and his Master and the Magisterium itself. But then, the last little bit of the book really changed everything about it being similar to Harry Potter for me because Harry never had to face the kind of dilemma that Cal has to face, a dilemma that threatens everything he cares about in his life and questions whether people are born good or evil or destined to be, and how much does ones experiences in life change the core of who they are. I think people are giving this book too rough of a time without considering that the way it plays out changes it dramatically from Harry Potter and the types of things Harry had to struggle with compared to Cal. Give it a chance with an open mind. I enjoyed it very much and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

Callum finds himself e...

Callum finds himself enrolled in the Magisterium, despite the objection from his dad. Call's mother was killed in a battle when he was just a baby and he had a serious leg injury. He finds himself working with Aaron and Tamara, a friendship slowly forms. A quick read.

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