Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Callum is facing the entrance exams for the Magisterium, a training ground for witches and wizards.  He has been told by his father that he does not want to enter the Magisterium and warned to fail the tests at all costs.  Callum tries his hardest to fail the tests but the faculty of the school still see something in him and he finds himself away from his father for the first time in his life.  Callum is teamed with two other students under the tutelage of Master Rufus.  At first the don't like each other much but they begin to work together well despite the boring and strict tasks assigned by their Master. As is often the case in stories such as this, there is someone on the inside working against the Magisterium.  Many suspect Callum with his awkward ways so it is up to him to prove them wrong.

On the face of it this is a Harry Potter knock off but it has its own twists and turns that set it apart.  I guessed wrong on the bad guy until it was nearly revealed so I always appreciate a story that isn't obvious.  Good adventure, characterization and fights between good and evil.