Posts Tagged ‘Holly Black’

The iron trial
Book 1 in the Magisterium series
By Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
Random House
ISBN 9780857532503

What a combination of authors. Best selling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare have combined their efforts to create a new magical series for middle grade readers and I have no doubt that this will be a huge success.

“Think you know magic?

Think again.

The Magisterium awaits . . .

Most people would do anything to get into the Magisterium and pass the Iron Trial.”

“Most people” does not include Callum, who mistrusts all magicians. In fact he tries desperately to fail so that he doesn’t have to go to the Magisterium but his efforts are in vain. He gets in and so begins a journey of magic, adventure and good versus evil. However, deciding just what is good or evil is half the battle. I love the cover of this book and the wonderful drawings at the start of each chapter. This is going to appeal to readers who love a good story and need a new series to sink their teeth in to and the holidays is the perfect time to start reading.
Click here if you want to read a sample chapter before rushing out to get your own copy.

The coldest girl in Coldtown
By Holly Black

Inside the walls of Coldtown quarantined monsters and humans are thrown together – either predator or prey. Once inside there is no escape. Tana lives there and one morning wakes up surrounded by bloodied corpses.
The massacre leaves few survivors; one an ex-boyfriend and another is a boy with secrets. Tana is determined to help them survive but her only option is to head straight into even more danger.
Dark and creepy, this is sure to please fans of both horror and paranormal novels.

The White cat
Book 1

Cassel’s family are criminals. They are curse workers and have the power through the touch of their hands to change your emotions, your memories, or your luck. But curse work has been illegal since magic was prohibited in 1929 which makes them criminals and con artists. Cassel hasn’t got the magic touch and because of this, his brothers detest him. Cassel starts sleepwalking and having terrifying dreams about a white cat that appears to be trying to tell him something.
However there is a secret at the centre of Cassel’s family and he’s about to inherit it. The truth of this secret is terrifying. And what of the truth about the friend he killed.
This has been around for a few years but now that both book two and three are out it is timely to look at the first book in Holly Black’s fantasy series,

The red glove (book 2)
Black heart (book 3)