Holly Black: The Iron Trial

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 . . .

I was going to stop doing Series Monday for awhile, and catch up with my enormous ARC list. However, when searching for books to read for the Diversity Bingo challenge (which I’m way behind on), I came across the Magisterium series. With its magical and sinister themes, and a main character with a disability, I was definitely on board.

I figured I’d at least read the first book, The Iron Trial. I never expected to get totally hooked in to read the full series. But from the very beginning I fell in love with Call. (Although I can’t figure out how to pronounce his name. Call like “on the telephone,” or like “Cal you’re such a pal.”) He has this dry sense of humor that makes him an absolute jerk sometimes, other times he just blows shit up because he’s so frustrated. His dad has been scaring the bejeezus out of him his whole life about magic, and now he’s just expected to go to this test and NOT USE IT?

Poor freaking kid. Of course it blows up in his face, literally.

I can’t tell you much more than that, but by the end of the book I was grabby fingers for the next one. I’ve already downloaded them to my kindle from the library and I’ll be reading them soon. So much for using Monday’s to catch up on other books! Definitely add this series to your list though. Even with such a big time collab of Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, I can’t believe this one isn’t getting more splash in the community. It definitely deserves more face time.

DiversityBingo2017:  SFF W/ Disabled MC


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