Thursday, October 30, 2014
Book Review: "The Iron Trial" by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
First of all, this book is co-written by YA Fantasy superstar authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, so teens who love their books are going to go nuts for this. However, this is written more for a younger teen and maybe even a tween audience, so I caution those readers to remember that when picking this one up. Have patience though, because this is the first in a planned 5 book series and I suspect that the characters will age with each book, and the conflicts and situations will mature along the way as well.
Given that this is the first in a long series, it has a lot of set up to do and unfortunately I think this book - taken on its own - suffers a little for that. There is plenty of world building, character building and histories to lay down as the foundation for the next four books and that can read a little slowly. There are some exciting moments working in along the way, but some of it feels a little forced - like trying to keep the younger reader on edge while doing the hard work of developing this basis for the series. That said, I think this has the potential of being a really great series, once it gets going. This set up is not what I thought it was going to be, and I truly am curious to see how it will eventually play out.
The Iron Trial
by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Series: Magisterium #1
Source: From publisher for honest review