The Iron Trial (Book One of Magisterium)

Book 1 of 3 in the Magisterium Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 6n/a5.683311
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.

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 . . .

From the remarkable imaginations of bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a heart-stopping, mind-blowing, pulse-pounding plunge into the magical unknown.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published on September 9, 2014 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 0545522250
ISBN-13: 9780545522250
25 Book Reviews
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  • FANFANFAN!!!Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 2:29 am
    This is a really good book, I could not put it down!!!
    • smartowl45
      smartowl45Friday, December 11, 2015 at 12:38 pm55 stars
      Great book Really like it.
      • beasty
        beastyFriday, October 23, 2015 at 8:19 am55 stars
        Callum hunt is an ordinary kid whose mother died because of magic. now call's father has raised him to believe that magic is terrible. Call gets excepted to try out to go to a magic school, the magisterium. unlike other kids call wants to fail. there is only one problem... he fails at failing. now figure out how he survives and all the strange dark ties to his past.
        • meatymeat
          meatymeatTuesday, October 13, 2015 at 7:36 am55 stars
          Awesome book, because in the there was a twist.
          • benper
            benperTuesday, October 13, 2015 at 5:18 am55 stars
            This books is amazing if you're into magic books or what not. It's called the iron trial and written by Holly Black. Callum Hunt has always know magic was terrible. His mother died at the magisterium and his father lived. It's based in the 21st century. In the first couple chapters he goes to get tested to see if he needs to go to the magisterium. His father and him don't want to him to go. Callum purposely fails and the only time in history he got a negative score. He becomes friends with a boy named Aaron and a girl named Tamara. Callum get chosen to go to the magisterium even though he did terrible so his dad and him start running. The mages took callum and restrained his dad. They took him away on a bus and he'll be spending a long time in the magisterium. The protagonist is callum and the antagonist is the enemy of death. I won't spoil anything else because it just too good I. hope you enjoy reading it because I did.
            • epicmanftw
              epicmanftwFriday, October 2, 2015 at 8:25 am
              This book is amazing! It was full of magic, mystery, and suspense!
              • ebug3
                ebug3Friday, September 18, 2015 at 10:09 am
                This is an awesome book. I got my book at my school's book fair, and it was totally worth it. I was done with it in two days because it was so EPIC! If you like mystery, magic, suspense, and adventure, then this book is for you!
                • megabubble
                  megabubbleFriday, September 11, 2015 at 8:12 am55 stars
                  The book sounded really cool. It is about someone going to a school where you learn about magic, and you need to pass a test to get there.
                  • xxfyrxx
                    xxfyrxxSaturday, May 30, 2015 at 6:45 am44 stars
                    Iron Trial is extremely interesting and well written but the plot is UNBELIEVABLY similar to the plot of Harry Potter. A summary: Ten years after a war against the mages and the enemy of death. An ordinary boy learns he is mage and is brought to a school to master his powers. He meets lovable Aaron and smart,bossy Tamara. Together they learn to control there power and fight the evil enemy of death. It is a good book but not exactly original. I do recommend to any one especially if they like harry potter.
                    • dubstep
                      dubstepTuesday, May 26, 2015 at 9:10 am55 stars
                      It is cool so fay