This captivated me from the beginning. Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (I did a book review on Clare’s The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones a few months back) have teamed up to create a spectacularly thrilling, interesting, and humorous novel….

“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.” ~Back of the book



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….


Book 2: The Copper Gauntlet