Happy Friday, My Lovelies! I couldn't be happier that the weekend is upon us. Shelley and I have been struggling through Piers the Ploughman in British Literature, so I read a fun children's book written by my two very favorite YA writers Holly Black and Cassandra Clare: The Iron Trial. It's the first book in their Magisterium Series that will include five books total. You can visit the fun website over at Scholastic here.
Callum "Call" Hunt has been recruited to take entrance exams to a secret underground school for mages, "The Magisterium." The competition is stiff as only a few students are accepted.
Call wants to fail.
Every other student is competing as hard as he or she can to gain acceptance into the school, but Callum's father has warned him his whole life about the dangers at the Magisterium, how the mage instructors or masters use their students in experiments to glean knowledge about magic. Call's mother was killed during a mage war, and to complicate his life even further, he has a disability with a weak leg because he suffered a horrendous injury as a child. But in spite of Call's horrible performance during his admissions testing, he's admitted to the Magisterium and placed with the mage who had instructed his father years ago.
I enjoyed this book in spite of the fact that the school is underground in a series of caves. The plot is fast-paced, something readers have come to expect from Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. I had to pay attention to every word so I wouldn't miss anything important. Call and his teammates Tamara and Aaron eventually bond and work together to face frightening foes in an unexpected climax. The three friends' characters are well-developed, and I can't wait to read their next adventure in The Copper Gauntlet.