Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com
From the publisher:
From the imaginations of bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a heart-stopping plunge into the magical unknown.
Think you know magic?
The Magisterium awaits . . .
Most people would do anything to get into the Magisterium and pass the Iron Trial.
Not Callum Hunt.
Call has been told his whole life that he should never trust a magician. And so he tries his best to do his worst – but fails at failing.
Now he must enter the Magisterium.
It's a place that's both sensational and sinister. And Call realizes it has dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.
The Iron Trial is just the beginning. Call's biggest test is still to come . . .
I really loved The Iron Trial. I admit I was curious how the writing partnership of Black and Clare would work, but I soon forgot and was completely absorbed in the story.
The authors are brilliant at character and world-building. But the standout feature to me was the excellence of the writing - tight, lots of tension, just enough description, plot with twists and turns, believable dialogue for the speakers' ages, characters we like, a strong point of view character whose eyes we look through, humour, great pacing … The Iron Trial has it all. Of course, like other truly great books, you're not really aware of all that while reading, because you're caught up in the story from the start.
Do seek this book out if your kids enjoy fantasy, and read it yourself too! You can read an excerpt at Random House’s website.
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