The Iron Trial: Magisterium, Book 1

Book review by Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Intriguing twist on magic-school tale lacks polish.

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 9+

Great series of books!

I've read the series and I'd be inclined to say there's a bit of violence and things that children below 8 probably wouldn't understand. I think the main character has great depth and is very relatable to kids the same sort of age. My 12 & 10-year-olds have read them all and they LOVED them, but I think my 8-year-old twins might not be quite able to comprehend it well enough yet! If your children like Harry Potter, I think they'll love it.

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age 2+

Harry Potter rip off

This book was a summer reading assignment for my rising 7th grader. I read their assignments, partly because I like to read and partly so I can answer questions. While this Book began with a very promising start, very soon it divulged into a struggle from page to page. I have given up with 45 pages left out of sheer frustration because of the similarities with the Harry Potter series. The frustration begins when readers try to sympathize with the infirmary nurse or the friendless child main character. Everything lacks luster and depth and connection. I don't care whether Callum, Tamara, or Aaron live or die. Unfortunately, I don't care about any of them, nor do I expect my seventh-grade boy to care about them either. As a literature teacher, the caring about the characters is the only thing that gives power to the literature. All is irrelevant if the reader does not connect with the characters. And in the case of the Iron Trials, we don't care.

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