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 . . .
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.
"The dark side of the force"
While listening to this novel, it was difficult not to find parallels to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter saga: the hidden school of magic, the trio of friends (two boys and one girl), the "Enemy" - a dark Mage, the piece of soul transferred from the enemy to one of the main characters, etc. What makes the novel interesting is that the authors chose to make the 'anti'-hero appear to be destined to commit evil rather than save the world, as in Greek tragedies where heroes were bound by fate to meet their unavoidable destiny in spite of all efforts to escape it. It will be interesting to find out, in the next instalments, whether the authors will grant their hero freedom of choice or make him the pawn of a tragic fate.