The Iron Trial | Book Review

The Iron Trial | Book ReviewThe Iron Trial by Holly Black, Cassandra Clare
Series: Magisterium #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published by Scholastic Press

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 . . .

Who should read this:

  • Fans of Cassandra Clare
  • If you want a half-decent story with no obvious love interest
  • Or a different take on Magic

Who shouldn’t read this:

  • If you don’t enjoy cliché endings
  • If you like you characters to be three dimensional
  • If you want a well-explained magic system.

I went into The Iron Trial with low expectations, as the people who know me will tell you, I really dislike The Mortal Instruments purely because of Clary and how ridiculous she is. But that could be a whole post of its own.

I wasn’t expecting great things and the book didn’t disappoint. The prologue was pretty much the best thing about it and even then it wasn’t that great. It went quickly downhill from there on.

Apart from the lack of direction, the one thing that really bothered me about The Iron Trial was the lack of development in relationships between characters. It made finding sympathy really hard and I definitely didn’t feel as sad as I should have at certain moments. I know that this is going to be a series so maybe it’ll get better but it won’t be one that I’ll be checking. I’m done.

The magic dynamics that were supposed to be unique weren’t well developed or described. In fact I couldn’t tell you anything about the magic system really and that was a massive problem in The Iron Trial. Too much was happening too soon and without enough of a back story. It felt super rushed and I wasn’t involved or invested in the story to care about the ending.

I could go on for a while about this book and its flaws but I won’t. I thought the premise was good but the development wasn’t there and I won’t be recommending this book to anyone.

Buy the book here if you really want too!

Did you enjoy the writing style of this famous duo? If you did let me know, I would be interested to see if I was completely off base with this one!

4 thoughts on “The Iron Trial | Book Review

    1. I haven’t read anything by her on her own so maybe my opinion would be different, but no this book just wasn’t for me 🙁

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