Review: Magisterium: The Iron Trial – Holly Black & Cassandra Clare


It is an honour to be accepted into the Magisterium. Children from families of mages work their hardest to be considered as an apprentice to one of the skilled mages working at the Magisterium. To be chosen is considered a wonderful thing.

Not for Callum Hood. Callum has grown up being taught about the dangers of the Magisterium. His father tells him to do his best to fail the entrance exam for the Magisterium.

However, failing isn’t that easy. Despite his best (or worst) efforts, Callum ends up being accepted into the Magisterium, under the training of the top master.

Magisterium: The Iron Trial is an exciting story full of magic and humour. As the first book in the trilogy, it follows the beginning of Callum’s time learning magic. I think that the style of both authors work together really well. It was interesting to see the combination of Cassandra Clare and Holly Black.

The plot twists in this novel were brilliant and unexpected, which added to the suspense and action in the novel.

I really liked the characters in the novel. I enjoyed the progression of the relationship between Callum, Aaron and Tamara.

I would recommend this novel for younger readers and lovers of the Harry Potter series.


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