It is time for another book review! today it for another book that has been sat on my shelf for over a year (look at me working my way through my never ending pile of backlist titles!) and that book is The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. So, without further ado, let’s do this!
I don’t know how I feel about this book. I can definitely see why it seems to divide people. It isn’t a bad book, but it isnt great either. For me, it was pretty meh.
I found the first third of this book to be incredibly boring. I kept zoning out while listening to the audiobook, purely because of how dull it was in the beginning. It just seemed to dragged so much. I didn’t feel like anything happened, which really sucked. It made me not really want to continue reading, because of how uneventful it was. I also found it to be incredibly confusing. There was very, very little world building and not much was really explained. And then every now and again there would be a giant info dump, which just led to me being even more confused. Even towards the end of the book when the story really started to get going, I still found myself struggling to stay engaged with it. it just never seemed to build up any sort of tension or excitement. It was just a bit dull.
I also had issues with just how similar it was to other books. I know that all authors take inspiration from each other and books are bound to have a few similarities, but this was on a different level. There were so many things that felt like they had just been pulled straight out of other books. for example, the school building thing felt very, very similar to the Dauntless compound from Divergent. And then there was so much that felt like it had been pulled from Potter. This isn’t just a ‘oh, all magic books are just rip offs of Potter’ thing, this book literally had the same storylines. It wasn’t just similarities between the two, it really felt like it had just pulled storylines straight out of it. it went beyond being unoriginal.
And the problem is, if it had just been a bit more original and copied from other works a little bit less, it could have been incredible. it held a lot of potential. All the groundwork was there for a brilliant new middle grade series, that could rival the big guns (Potter, Percy Jackson ect) but it ended up just missing the mark. I am intrigued to potentially continue with the series, just to see if it has the same issues or if Black and Clare have started to be a bit more original. Both of these authors are brilliant and really don’t need to be pulling plotlines from other author’s.
All in all, this wasn’t a bad book, it just wasn’t the best. I just wish it had been more original and better explained.
3 out of 5
And there we have it. have you read the Magisterium series? what did you think about it? did you notice the same issues? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.