Publisher: Scholastic Press (September 9, 2014)
Thoughts: Although I didn’t find a lot of originality in the plot of this book, I didn’t really care. It gave me the familiar cozy feeling of wearing an old sweatshirt. It might not be new, but I still really enjoy wearing it; or reading it in this case. And I found the prose of the book to be excellent. The characters were engaging, the magic pulsed, and I happily joined in the adventure.
First sentence: From a distance, the man struggling up the white face of the glacier might have looked like an ant crawling slowly up the side of a dinner plate.
Favorite Quote From the Book: “They all yelled in excitement. Tamara yelled because she was happy. Aaron yelled because he liked it when other people were happy, and Call yelled because he was sure they were going to die.”
Summary from Amazon.com: 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 . . .