The Iron Trial and The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium #1 & 2) by Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, & Illustrations by Scott Fischer ~ Review by Fallon

The Iron Trial (Magisterium #1) by

Hardcover, 299 pages
Published September 9th 2014
by Scholastic Press
Source: Purchased HC
Rating 4 Out of 5 Stars

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 . . .
Praise for Magisterium Book One: The Iron Trial:

* “A thrilling coming-of-age story that embraces fantasy tropes while keeping readers guessing.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A promising beginning to a complex exploration of good and evil, as well as friendship’s loyalty.” — Kirkus Reviews

The Iron Trial is a fun, heroic narrative. . . . A delicious must-read.” — The Globe & Mail

Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: September 1st 2015
by Scholastic Press
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars

Goodreads Description:

Callum Hunt’s summer break isn’t like other kids’. His closest companion is a Chaos-ridden wolf, Havoc. His father suspects him of being secretly evil. And, of course, most kids aren’t heading back to the magical world of the Magisterium in the fall.

It’s not easy for Call . . . and it gets even harder after he checks out his basement and discovers that his dad might be trying to destroy both him and Havoc.

Call escapes to the Magisterium -- but things only intensify there. The Alkahest -- a copper gauntlet capable of separating certain magicians from their magic -- has been stolen. And in their search to discover the culprit, Call and his friends Aaron and Tamara awaken the attention of some very dangerous foes -- and get closer to an even more dangerous truth.

As the mysteries of the Magisterium deepen and widen, bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare take readers on an extraordinary journey through one boy’s conflict -- and a whole world’s fate.

Fallon's Dual Review for book 1 & 2:

The Magisterium series is a middle grade series but has so much crossover appeal. I loved this series, I am a fantasy fan and can not wait to devour the next book as soon as it is released. The first year they needed to pass their Iron year and now it is their Copper year. This year they will discover even more about themselves and the world they live in. They will also find out who is an ally and who is an enemy.

This is a fun and age appropriate adventure for all ages and I highly recommend this book for children and even parents who love to enjoy reading and discussing their love of books together.

About the Authors

Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi) and the Newbery Honor-winning novel Doll Bones. Her other books include The Good Neighbors graphic novels, and the novels The Darkest Part of the ForestTitheValiant, and Ironside. She currently lives in the realm of Western Massachusetts.

Cassandra Clare is the author of City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Her latest series, The Infernal Devices, has spawned three #1 bestsellers. Born overseas, Cassandra spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of books. She lives in Massachusetts.


  1. Yay! I am so excited to see these two wonderful fantasy authors team up for such a fantastic joint literary project! The illustration style looks gorgeous and everything about this excites me. I love the couldn't get a more reluctant hero if you tried. I'm so glad to hear that their writing styles mesh together well. I think that's one of the greatest challenges and often biggest failings of co-written books.


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