Book Review: The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

Title: The Iron Trial (Magnisterium, #1) by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Format: Hardcover, 295 pgs.

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy


Regrettably, I’m leaving this book with some mixed feelings, I wasn’t really invested in the story until about the final 100 pages, and I was left with some things that I really enjoyed and then some that I didn’t.

 So many people love this book and I was a little nervous going into this book, but it defiently lives up the the hype. Not haven read The Grisha Triliogy beforehand I do think that hindered my enjoyment of this story. Now having read the trilogy and then coming back to this, I can see where I didn’t get some of the refrences that were being made. I do enjoy it more than during my first read, but sadly I had lost the element of suprise, therefor preventing it from being a five star read.To me, this book comes off as Harry Potter meets Avatar: The Last Airbender vibes, which I was completely sold on. I could really see the Harry Potter influences on this story early on, this story is like if the Harry Potter series had been told from the perspective of Ronald Weasley.
I did really like the elemental magic system, but I wish that it had been explained and explored more in this book, and I do hope this is remedied at some point later on down the road.

 I discovered that the teaching scenes where kind of brushed over, and I feel like we just flew through the school year and I wish the time were at the school year had been expanded more on.

 Though I find some of the storylines surrounding some of the characters, I never end up growing to care for any of them. I’m curious to see how some of these character storylines will play out in the rest of the series. In particular, I’m excited to see how the chosen trope will be handled, I consider how it was introduced to be unique.

The ending of the book was unquestionably my favorite part of the story, I feel like things picked up some, and left me with so many questions, so I’m hoping to be able to continue this series sometime in the near future.

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