The Iron Trial

The Iron Trial is the first book in a fantasy series called “The Magisterium Series” written by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. The book is said to be aimed at children between 9 and 12, but I would say it will suit young teenagers more.

The Iron Trial is about 12 year old Call and his two friends Tamara and Aaron who are all apprenticed to the same master in an underground school of magic called the Magisterium. In the Magisterium young mages are taught to control elemental magic and fight against the chaos-ridden. It is a classical plot where good has to stand up against evil, but the evil in this book is the chaos, the blankness, the nothingness, and sometimes good and evil are all mixed up and can be hard to tell apart, and that is when the line between chaos and order becomes blurry.

I can’t not say how much this book reminded me of the Harry Potter series, there is a lot of similar twists to the plot, and sometimes I felt as though I was reading about Ron, Harry and Hermione, but I mean that in a good way. Who wouldn’t want to be compared to the great J.K Rowling!? But this book however, is much more action-driven, and leaves out the little details and the characteristics that make the Harry Potter books so special. Still, I loved the book as a pure thrilling and entertaining read that will definitely catch the attention of young fantasy-loving readers. It is also one of those books you can thoroughly enjoy as an adult too.

The only thing I will say is that I did not feel that the characters were 12 years old, the way they talked and behaved was more like teenagers in my opinion. And some of the magical explanations will definitely go over the heads of 9 year olds.

Having said that, I devoured this book, and did not put it down until it was finished. And I will definitely continue reading the other books in the series.😊👍🏻

So I give this book five out of five stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I highly recommend ” The Iron Trial” to young teenagers and everyone else with a taste for the magical realm!

Charmed Life

By Diana Wynne Jones


Perhaps there really are parallel worlds? And perhaps, in one of them,another version of you is a witch or a wizard with magic so powerful it could be dangerous…

Cat and his big sister Gwendolen live in a big castle with the Chrestomanci and his family. Chrestomanci is a magician with powerful magical abilities. Gwendolen desperately wants him to teach her, but Chrestomanci declines, something which angers Gwendolen so much that her magic takes a turn for the darker side. Cat is caught in the middle, with no particular magical talents of his own, he can do nothing to stop his sister, but he is terrified of upsetting the mysterious Chrestomanci . Then one day Gwendolen disappears, and in her place another girl appears, but one without any magic at all…

This is a magical book with a plot that takes you by a surprise. It has been called a Modern Classic, and I can definitely see why. Some parts of the book kind of reminds me of Harry Potter, and that, to me, is a very good thing!

It took me some time to really get into the story, but when I did I was hooked! I just couldn’t put the book down! And the ending completely caught me by surprise!
I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

The book is a children’s book, but can be enjoyed equally much by adults.
I highly recommend this wonderful book!

Five out of five stars!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Happy Reading!