by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Book 1 in the Magisterium series (2012)
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Beaten with a lame leg and a sharp tongue, twelve-year-old Callum is not exactly the most popular boy on the planet. But that’s his least problem for now. Because just then he is on his way to the Magisterium. The underground school of sorcery.
A dark and mysterious place. There he is to go to Master Rufus, the most powerful magician of the school to apprentice. But everything that Call knows about him and the Magisterium makes him fear that he will not survive his first year of school alive …
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.