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 . . .
From the remarkable imaginations of bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a heart-stopping, mind-blowing, pulse-pounding plunge into the magical unknown.
HOLLY BLACK is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi) and the acclaimed novel Doll Bones. Her other books include The Good Neighbors graphic novels, and the novels Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside. She currently lives in the realm of Western Massachusetts. Visit her online at www.blackholly.com.
CASSANDRA CLARE is the author of City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Her latest series, The Infernal Devices, has spawned three #1 bestsellers. Born overseas, Cassandra spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of books. Her website is www.cassandraclare.com.
Praise for The Iron Trial: Book One of Magisterium:
"The Iron Trial is a fun, heroic narrative that avoids relying on predictable tropes. Yes, there are two boys and a girl and yes, there is a school of magic, but what we have here is less a Harry Potter story and more a telling of an entirely new system of magic, which is an accomplishment in itself . . . A delicious must-read." -The Globe & Mail
* "A thrilling coming-of-age story that embraces fantasy tropes while keeping readers guessing . . . The strange, subterranean Magisterium is vividly rendered, and a string of ominous revelations will leave readers eager for future installments." -Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Callum's delightfully insecure-and-overcompensating-with-snarky-bravado . . . carries a tone that will likely have readers chortling in recognition. A promising beginning to a complex exploration of good and evil, as well as friendship's loyalty." -Kirkus
"Black and Clare have created a unique world in The Magisterium, adroitly sidestepping reader fatigue with the many post-Harry Potter 'magical academy' fiction series." -School Library Journal
"The end offers a few intriguing twists and perspectives that hint at what's to come in the next installments . . ." -Booklist
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