Monday, September 8, 2014

The Iron Trial (Book One of Magisterium) by Holly Black, Cassandra Clare

His mother is dying and inscribes a note in the ice for his father to find:  Kill the child...

Scholastic and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow, so you can grab a copy then.

Callum is not like the other kids.  He doesn't want to do the Iron Trial and he hopes not to be chosen.  When he is, he hopes he will fail the classes and be sent away.  His father has taught him that magic is dangerous and points out it killed his own mother.  So Call is not trying to get in the mage school.  He succeeds anyway.

This is the beginning of a new series and there's much to like about it.  While it starts out somber and has a startling ending, it's intriguing.  Call has abilities he hasn't learned to control.  He doesn't even know how he's doing them.  He also instinctively knows he's different; he's just not sure why.

They are picked by instructors (everyone has their own way of teaching) and made into teams.  The teams work together on common goals.  For days, Call and his team sort sand.  It's very boring, not the least bit fun, and seems totally useless.  However, they somehow win the first competition between classes and they all feel better.

You know something is amiss when Call can use their form of a telephone with no instructions and handle an elemental.  Later he even gets a wolf pup as a pet and that's unheard of.  They're part of chaos and only those with a touch of chaos can deal with them.  Yet, the pup does well with the group of three.

There are secrets here, people aren't what they seem, and I'm sure even the folks I've identified as good guys might not be in later books.  This one wets your appetite and gets you ready to read the next.  I'll be watching this series and Call.

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