Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

Magisterium #1
Twelve-year-old Callum Hunt has grown up knowing three rules by heart. Never trust a magician. Never pass a test a magician gives you. And never let a magician take you to the Magisterium.
Call is about to break all the rules. And when he does, his life will change in ways he can't possibly imagine.

Hmm, where to start. I received this book from Netgalley for review. It sounded interesting, and in a way it was. But the whole book from start to finish really felt like a Harry Potter clone, a very poorly done clone.

I hoped that I was just jumping to conclusions, but with the heading to magic school, to him being very forced to make friends with one poor male student, and a girl who likes to follow rules and do well on tests. It was really hard not to see it. The more I read the less original it felt. And that really bothers me.

Magic school, whatever that's fine but do it in a way that doesn't feel like you are copying another story. Heck, there was even a character that was similar to Tonks. There were parts that were mildly original. The idea of chaos magic, neat idea. But the main structure of the story was too similar for me to ignore.

Bottom line, I was pretty disappointed that, yet again, authors can't write an original middle-grade story. I'm sure the target audience won't care that it's similar to Harry Potter, but I feel that a good way to know your middle-grade book is good, is if adults can read it and enjoy it just as much.

1 comment:

  1. Well one book I do not need to pick up. I don't like books that copy other famous books changing just enough things that they do not get in trouble legally.