“The Iron Trial”

The read I’d like to discuss this week is The Iron Trial, by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare.

This book was much better than I’d expected. I’m reading my way through the Shadowhunters right now, and I can’t say I love it, but I really enjoyed this one. It tasted good enough to my brain that I had to lay it aside once or twice because I wasn’t wanting it to end.

I thought it was an interesting reaction to the Chosen One trope in general and the Harry Potter series specifically. Well-characterized and well-plotted, well-written, I felt. The friendship between Call and Aaron made emotional sense to me, and even though I felt as if Tamara was less well-realized than the male characters, almost a little tokenish, I thought she was a good addition to the group.

All in all, I’d recommend this, especially to people looking for something a little different in their ya/mg fiction, or for fans of Percy Jackson.

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