Review: The Iron Trial, Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

November 5, 2014 Reviews 5 ★★★★

Review: The Iron Trial, Holly Black & Cassandra ClareThe Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare, Holly Black
Series: Magisterium #1
Published by Random House Children's on September 2014
Genres: Children's Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Source: Netgalley
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From NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a riveting new series that defies what you think you know about the world of magic.

From two bestselling superstars, a dazzling and magical middle-grade collaboration centering on the students of the Magisterium, an academy for those with a propensity toward magic. In this first book, a new student comes to the Magisterium against his will -- is it because he is destined to be a powerful magician, or is the truth more twisted than that? It's a journey that will thrill you, surprise you, and make you wonder about the clear-cut distinction usually made between good and evil.

This is Philippa and Angelya’s joint audio review for Magisterium: The Iron Trial. The review is an extract from episode 15 of Tea in the Treetops Podcast, originally recorded on October 29, 2014.

You can find links to all our podcast episodes on the main podcast page.

Quotes from the review:

“This is the start of a great new series.” – Ang

“I was blown away by the twist… I didn’t see that coming!” – Philly

“If you like Harry Potter type books, you’re going to enjoy this one.” – Ang

“My big bugbear was that the baddie has a big fancy name – The Enemy of Death…” – Philly

“It is a little bit slow for a lot of it because there’s a  lot of world building… I thought that in the first book in a new series, that’s allowed.” – Ang

“…incredibly unique and I really enjoyed it. It was a good read.” – Philly

“Grab a copy for your kids for Christmas – it’s worth it.” – Ang

Philippa’s rating: four-stars I’m going to buck the trend with all the Goodreads drama and announce that this book was fun and I liked it a lot!

Angelya’s rating: five-stars I really enjoyed it!

Email | Goodreads | | Twitter | Instagram Philippa lives in Brisbane, Australia with her partner and two daughters. She is an avid reader and reviewer of Young Adult literature as well as being a student midwife, closet geek, procrastibaker and coffee addict.

5 Responses to “Review: The Iron Trial, Holly Black & Cassandra Clare”

  1. Anitiger (Sándor Anita)

    Wow! I’m happy that you liked this book! I read some negative review and I was upset. The cover is beautiful, I love the authors. It must be cool. Now I’m very curious 😀

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