Callum Hunt has always known the magical world is evil, ever since his dad told him that magic killed his mother. Call believes that he was in surgery at the hospital when his mother died in a battle with evil magic, when really he was at the cave where the innocent were slaughtered by the evil mage. Call has a permanent limb, which no surgery is able to fix, but that is the only scar he carries. When the trials come around, Callum knows he must fail the test and he does so spectacularly. Much to his surprise and his father's astonishment, the best master, Master Rufus chooses Call as one of his three apprentices. Call along with Aaron and Tamara, who were the two top students, are taken to The Magisterium, an underground school for those with magic. As Call sees more of the school and bounds with his classmates, he begins to doubt his father's word that the school and all mages are evil. It is only when he encounters creatures made wild and evil by chaos magic and learns the truth about his past, that he begins to realize that his father was not just protecting him from magic, but protecting others from what Call truly is.
I finished the bulk of Iron Trial in one day and fell in love with the world Clare and Black created. They both have the ability to create a realistic magical world that exists inside of the modern mundane world and make it totally believable. The book has received some negative attention as being a knockoff of Harry Potter and there are some similarities, but this story is completely different from HP. This is not a clear cut story of good versus evil, but is a complex idea of what truly makes a person evil and what makes a person unique. A Maker, someone with control over chaos magic, is not necessarily evil, but can become so. Also the heroes in the story have a dark side, they are not completely good. Call's story is very complex and I won't talk about it too much, but the twist about him shows that he may not be the hero in the end. I love the complex friendship between Call and Aaron and how the two interact with Tamara.
Favorite Character: Aaron. He remains cheerful and a good friend through every trial. Even when Call is gloomy and moody, Aaron never gives up on him.
Favorite Quote: "The counterweight of chaos is the soul."
I loved this start to the series and can't wait to read the next installment. I also need to go back and finish the other two series by Clare I started and read Black's YA series. Definitely 5 cups of cocoa and one of my favorite reads so far this year!