Does this book have any romance in it? Lauren No, and I was really pleased by this. The kids were so young, it would have felt out of place. Where does the book take place? Cat The USA. Call lives in North Carolina and the school is in Virginia.
See all 61 questions about The Iron Trial…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Cassandra Clare co-wrote this, so obviously, there are Shadowhunters in it. Where are they? I can't find them. View all 38 comments. Oct 13, is mee What's with all the Harry Potter comments? Can authors not write stories about kids and magicians anymore because it's a "rip off" of H.
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View all 68 comments. May 23, Rick Riordan rated it it was amazing. Callum Hunt does not want to be a magician. All his life, his father has warned him about the dangers of magic, and the sinister ways of the mages who teach youngsters to use their powers in the underground world of the Magisterium.
When Callum comes of age and must take his entrance exam for the Magisterium, he tries his hardest to fail. But he fails to fail.
He is chosen to train with Master Rufus, the most prestigious mage in the Magisterium. Callum Call is ripped away from his normal life Callum Hunt does not want to be a magician. Callum Call is ripped away from his normal life in Carolina, separated from his father, and plunged into a subterranean world his father has said would be worse than death. The Iron Trial is a hugely fun, inventive spin on the middle grade fantasy novel.
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Clare and Black take those patterns and expectations and deliberately turn them upside-down. He wants to fail at magic. His experience is not like Hogwarts. And his father. Is Master Rufus a friend or enemy? Will Callum ever be allowed to leave his new home? I liked Call a lot. His leg was badly broken when he was a baby, and his trouble walking informs his character.
He is mistrustful but empathetic, capable and yet deeply flawed.
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I also liked the cast of supporting characters. His fellow apprentices are great, especially Tamara. The magic system is inventive and logical.
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The world-building is fantastic. The Iron Trial sets up the game board for the rest of the series, which promises to be great — and after that huge, massive twist at the end no spoilers, but oh boy! View all 30 comments.
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If Cassandra Clare wants to write books about shadowhunters or magic, it doesn't even freaking matter it's her choice on what she wants to write, and wait-you don't like it? You were all ranting about her next series about shadowhunters, The Dark Artifices.
If I remember correctly, you were all calling her out on "milking the shadownhunter cash-cow until there was nothing left". Now she writes a series on something else and you're still criticizing her?!? Do you even know HOW many books have been written on magic? Just because it's written about magic doesn't mean it's a rip-off of Harry Potter.
Harry Potter was the most successful fiction book on magic, but do you know how many others there are? If anyone has read the Septimus Heap series, that's also about magic. Also, I hear things about the main character set-up from the cover. Percy Jackson, for example. None of you dim-witted idiots hated on Percy Jackson because the group was similar to Harry Potter.
View all 52 comments. View all 23 comments. You're all thinking it. No one wants to say it, but we're all thinking it. View all 17 comments. Oct 16, Lola rated it did not like it Shelves: magic , boring , middle-grade , witches. I really wanted to love this. Really wanted. He wanted to live forever and make the dead live again. He started pulling chaos into the world, putting the power of the void into animals…and even people. You must be annoyed of seeing this being so much compa I really wanted to love this.
You must be annoyed of seeing this being so much compared to that series but…there are so many similarities! The beginning, I actually enjoyed. It was interesting and I had a good feeling about this book but that only went on for a maximum of 40 pages.
There were those silly sentences that made me cringe or just annoyed or confused the hell out of me. Seriously, this was a bad reading experience. A sick sick person. The writing was absolutely not impressive nor pleasant.
See, the story takes place in our Century so the language is pretty urban. I was expecting something different and wanted this to feel like a true fantasy book. That quite rarely happens to me. The events are predictable or just darn boring. And, to be honest, I was just not convinced. It just lacked or contained too many, as I said, similarities to the HP series. There are illustrations in this book, mostly at the beginning of each chapter, but, unfortunately, they're not always pertinent.
View all comments. Ally And if I'm correct. Mar 06, PM. It does I know this is an old review, but I do just want to note that the overwhelming desire for immortality is an ancient motivation for a villain. It does not belong solely to the Harry Potter universe. It has come up time and again in writings hundreds of years old, going all the way back to the search for the Holy Grail, and probably even before that. I'm sure that there were other similarities as well, and I'm not doubting your review, since I haven't read either book.
I just wanted to mention that a character driven to insanity by a fear of mortality and on the hunt for immortality, that's not something only one author can corner the market on or readers can claim belongs to only one franchise. I really wanted to love this one, and I could almost give it a 3-star after the fascinating twist at the end, but I just can't.
For the most part, I couldn't stop seeing the glaring parallels with Harry Potter which annoyed me endlessly. I'm not one to roll my eyes at similar storylines - I don't curse all MG novels about magic school for being Harry Potter rip-offs, but there are only so many similarities I can tolerate. So let's see, we have this kid, Call, who was marked at birth by the most e I really wanted to love this one, and I could almost give it a 3-star after the fascinating twist at the end, but I just can't.
So let's see, we have this kid, Call, who was marked at birth by the most evil of its kind - someone corrupted by his desire to become immortal called the Enemy of Death but I call him Ed, sounds much more ominous don't you think?
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