I seem to be on a bit of a middle grade fiction kick, and here’s another in that genre.
Callum Hunt (Call) has been warned away from magic from his father. A former Magician, Call’s father turned away from Magic after the death of Call’s mother. Then Call is called in for the Iron Trial – and fails at failing. He is admitted into the Magisterium in order to learn magic and control. It’s a sometimes sinister, sometimes surprising place, and there he will forge friendships and discover truths about his past which may impact his future.
- My first reaction after finishing the book was that I wasn’t quite sure that I liked it. My reaction after thinking about it several days? I didn’t like it.
- Callum was not my favourite character. I found him shallow, a bit annoying, and I disagreed with many of his choices and actions. I didn’t find him someone I could empathize with well.
- It seemed a bit stereotypical: a keen A-type girl plus two boys, who all initially don’t get along but then become great friends. Remind you of any other famous trios? Harry/Hermione/Ron perhaps? I must say that I wasn’t convinced by the “bonding” of Tamara, Aaron and Callum seemed a bit artificial. I didn’t believe that they were suddenly such good friends. I didn’t think any of the characters were particularly well developed or endearing.
- The book did take some twists I wasn’t necessarily expecting, but I didn’t love them.
- I did think the descriptions of the Magisterium were interesting, and it seemed like a fantastic place.
- I found myself more anxious than excited by the story.
- I’m not keen on reading any more about these characters or this world.
I think, after some reflection, that this one only gets a 2/5 for me. Disappointing!