Holly Black, Cassandra Clare: The Iron Trial

irontrial Original titel: The Iron Trial
Forfatter: Holly Black, Cassandra Clare
Serie: Magisterium #1
Forlag: Scholastic Press
Genre: Fantasy, children
★★★ | Goodreads | Køb bogen via Bookdepository | Køb bogen til Kindle via Amazon

From NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a riveting new series that defies what you think you know about the world of magic.

From two bestselling superstars, a dazzling and magical middle-grade collaboration centering on the students of the Magisterium, an academy for those with a propensity toward magic. In this first book, a new student comes to the Magisterium against his will — is it because he is destined to be a powerful magician, or is the truth more twisted than that? It’s a journey that will thrill you, surprise you, and make you wonder about the clear-cut distinction usually made between good and evil.

Jeg har aldrig læst noget af Holly Black før, men Cassandra Clare har jeg stiftet bekendtskab med gennem Mortal Instruments som jeg dog aldrig nåede så langt med. Alligevel var jeg faktisk rimelig positivt indstillet omkring denne her bog, bare ud fra omtalen.

Mit største problem med denne bog, var at jeg 98 % af tiden følte at jeg sad og læste en Harry Potter rip-off. Det var fuldstændig som at læse en fan-fic eller andet crap, som nogen har skrevet ud fra en eksisterende historie, bare fordi de ikke kan finde på noget selv. Undskyld til dem der nu skriver den slags, eller er stor fan af fan-fic.

Overordnet set har jeg heller ikke noget imod at der er enkelte ligheder, bøger imellem. En ”genbrugt” ide hist og her kan snart være svært at komme udenom, men for mig er det vigtigt at forfatterne stadig gør det til deres eget, og det gjorde de bare slet ikke her. Hver eneste handling var som at læse en Harry Potter bog, hver eneste karakter var så tydeligt en efterligning af én fra Hogwarts – Selve plottet og diverse ”twists” var på samme måde ikke den store overraskelse, bare man har læst De Vises Sten først. Og jeg kunne sagtens fortsætte, det vælger jeg dog ikke at gøre. Så ville denne anmeldelse blive alt for lang!

Selve sproget havde jeg det faktisk fint med. Nu er bogen jo for de lidt yngre, og det kan man sagtens se som en lidt ældre læser, men andet ville jo også være mærkeligt. Ikke desto mindre så synes jeg at sproget fungerede fint, og starten var også ret godt skrevet. Calls prøver og optakten til hans ankomst i Magisterium var ret god. Men så faldt den også bare, side for side, og flere gange var jeg ret tæt på at kyle min Kindle hen af togkupeen af ren irritation. Hist og her dukkede der dog også enkelte originale ideer op. Tilføjelsen med Makars og deres counterweights, og Chaos magic synes jeg var ret fin.

Personerne var ca. så stereotype som de overhovedet kan blive, og der var ikke meget nyt under solen. Det meste af tiden var Call dog ok i mine øjne, han vandt klart på hans opdragelse og baggrund, hvor han som den eneste af de studerende hader magi og vil give hvad som helst for at få det ud af sit liv. Det synes jeg egentlig var et fint twist til hans personlighed, for normalt i denne her slags bøger, er det jo stik modsat. Hans fysiske mén satte ham udenfor den rammen omkring den ”perfekte” hovedperson, og det synes jeg faktisk at forfatterne formåede at holde utrolig godt. Der var intet tidspunkt hvor jeg tænkte ”Hør, havde han ikke dårligt ben?” og dét synes jeg er lidt af en bedrift. Dog opførte han sig også så himmelråbende dumt til tider, at han virkelig gik mig på nerverne.

Alt i alt var The Iron Trial en lidt skuffende oplevelse, der ikke levede op til mine forventninger, men formåede at snige sig op på en middelkarakter, kun ved hjælp af enkelte originale og gode kapitler. Om serien får endnu en chance for at rette op på sit omdømme hos mig, vil jeg dog overveje indtil udgivelsen af næste bind.

Har du læst den? Hvad synes du? Eller står den måske på din to-read liste? :books:

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon mini challenge – Recommend me a book

Hi readers and visitors!

Welcome to this Read-a-Thon mini challenge. I hope everyone is having a good time, and fingers crossed this post will help you through the next couple of hours. Last Read-a-Thon I was hosting a mini challenge too, asking you to share a paragraph from your current read. This time it’s a little different. Now you have to recommend me a book!

The truth is: I have so many great books on my to-be-read list. And the problem is that as soon as you have more than one title on the list it only gets harder to choose between them. I have collected those I really, really, really want to read but which one should I read first? :books:

Contemporary

dontlook raft perfectlyhonest perfectchemistry dearkiller ten thedistance bluesforzoey

Fantasy

farfaraway trialbyfire allforyou undertow cursed landline_ everblue anotherlittlepiece

Science fiction

taking breathe inventor aftertheend earthgirl otherbound lostgirl intheafter

You have to recommend me one of the books showed in this post. You can’t choose just whatever book you may think about, if it’s not on the list (but feel free to mention it as well, it just doesn’t count as a “ticket” for the prize for this competition). And please write (maybe just a short) reason to why you think this book is the best of the books there are listed here.
I will read every single recommendation after the Read-a-Thon is over and I will pick the 10 best of all of them. Out of those 10 I will pick a random winner. From the official Dewey site it’s noticed that every contest will run for three hours but as I said I wont’ pick a winner before the end of the read-a-thon so feel free to be a part of this challenge for the rest of the time. :D

The prize

Oh so you wants to know the prize too? Okay then. The winner of this contest can pick a book from her/his own to-read list as the prize. The book is allowed to have a value of 10 € ordering from Bookdepository or 20 $ ordering from Amazon.com (included shipping).

The winner

It was a tough job to find the 10 “best” recommendations. You guys had a lot of different meanings, some of you have read some of the books yourself, some wanted to read them and some wanted a review so they could decide. I loved all your comments and I don’t think that there are anything wrong with recommend it because you wants to read it yourself or wants to know how the book turns out. I ended up picking 10 comments that stood out for more than just one reason and to be fair, you can see them here: Jamie, Michelle, Angie F, Emma, Karen, Thebookswatch, Gabrielle, and Kim. I let random.org choose a winner out of those 10, and it came out with number 8. Congratulation Gabrielle you will be receiving a mail later today! :books:

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon, October 2014

Twice a year it feels a little like Christmas in my house; in April and in October. Today is one of these two days. Dewey’s Read-a-Thon is here and for the next 24 hours I’m seeing a little bit of heaven every second of the day. People all around the world is reading, talking about books, sharing their experiences and a lot of them will find some kind of special “bond” between each other. We’re all in the same situation: We love books and we love to share our books with other people.
For some people it just feels like an everyday experience, talking to people about books. For others it feels a little like magic when you find someone who actually wants to listen to all your bookish talk, who wants to hear about how hot this main character is or how amazing the ending of *choose a book of free choice* is. I’m a little bit of both. Through this blog I’m talking a lot about books most of the year. I have a couple of friends who reads too. But no matter what, it will never be as Dewey’s Read-a-Thon is. For me, these 24 hours is something absolutely special and unique. And I love it.

Are you participating? :books:

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Just like last time I won’t be reading for all 24 hours straight. I have tried that and it wasn’t the best way for me to be a part of Dewey, only reading. Once again I’m cheering on everyone else as a cheerleader and I will be updating here and on twitter as often as possible. I liked that Dewey wasn’t only about reading but also about talking with some of you guys out there, just celebrating the event all over the world. Besides I have a new project this time and for me it’s pretty big. It’s kind of book-ish so I’ve decided to let it be a part of Dewey. The last month my script for a new fantasy novel has been handled over to my first beta reader and last week I got it back with comments and everything. I was a little busy at that moment so I didn’t have the time to look at it. Instead I saved it for now, for this weekend. That’s right. My third Dewey Read-a-Thon will be about reading, about cheering and having fun, and a little about writing and editing my own novel. :pc:


Happy read-a-thon everyone!

enders 12:00 PM. Two hours left. 120 minutes from now we’re going live with the Read-a-thon all over the world, across countries and time zones. It’s an amazing thought isn’t it? :books: I want to share with you, what I’m expecting to read this time. For the last Read-a-Thon I started with Lissa Price’s Starters which was a huge success. Because of all the talking I did between the readings this was the only book I actually finished during the Read-a-Thon but it was an amazing read. I bought the following book, Enders just after the weekend, but I haven’t had the time to read it yet so it’s not a tough decision for me to find a book to start with during this Read-a-Thon: I’m starting with Enders and make a little Dewey-tradition out of it. :blussing:
I am hoping to start another book too, just like last time, so I have collected a little “backup”. I was really happy about reading on my Kindle last time because it was easier to go between reading and posting/tweeting when I didn’t have to find a bookmark all the time, so I’m going with that again. :) I have The Warrior by Victoria Scott as my backup, It’s the last Dante Walker book and I pre-ordered it before it came out this spring but haven’t read it yet so it’s definitely very high on my to-read list. I’ve also borrowed an audio book at the library for while I’m making dinner or take cheering/updating breaks from reading. I have to admit, I’m not a big fan of audio books but this one is a Danish book I have been reading before so maybe that will help me through. :books:

01:00 PM. I’m getting settled, preparing snacks and drinks for the next couple of hours. Are you getting ready? And how do you prepare for the Read-a-Thon? Have you slept as much as possible the night before, are you cleaning the entire house before start, do you cook your dinner for later and making bisquits? Are you stacking your books, folding your blanket? Or maybe something totally different? :blussing:

Opening Meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I’m reading from Denmark, a little outside our capital, Copenhagen. In our time zone the Read-a-thon starts at 2 PM.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I only have two books in my “definitely going to read” stack. Enders by Lissa Price and The Warrior by Victoria Scott.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I’ve baked homemade cardamom buns as the first snack (and lunch) and later I have chocolate almonds, cheeros and M&M’s.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I’m usually studying marketing management but I have an education as a book seller and quality time for me as to sit and relax with an amazing book. I always bring a book with me no matter where I’m going and I’m dreaming about getting my own novel published next year. :blussing:

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
I don’t think I will do anything different today. I loved my last read-a-thon, I even wrote a warm up post about it.

homebaked 02:00 PM. The read-a-thon is on! It’s time to throw some confetti all over the bookshelves and pick the first read. As told earlier I’m starting with Enders by Lissa Price and my first snack will be homebaked cardamom buns. :love:

03:49 PM. I’ve read a lot already but are taking a break to cheer a little and check up on my cheer team. Sadly it seems like a lot of people isn’t active at all. :ill: How can’t you be? It’s Read-a-thon we’re talking about! :books:

03:58 PM.
Just a quote from the page I’m reading right now … :lol:

“She was hopping around like a bunny rabbit with its tail on fire.”

Enders by Lissa Price

snacks 04:19. We’re almost halfway through the third hour of the Read-a-thon so I thought it was on time to bring in the snacks. :blink: What are you guys snacking on while you’re reading? And what are you reading? :books:

05:37 PM. Just ended my first book, Enders by Lissa Price and I am a little proud of myself. :p Now to some cheering and when I will decide if I start another book right away or start some editing instead.

audiobook 05:59 PM. Remember I was talking about an audio book? I was just trying it out. Had to stop just before the start. If you can’t even pronounce the title then you should read a book for other people!

06:54 PM. I think I may have hit a reading slump, doesn’t really feel like reading right now. :what: I think I may try with a short story to “get in the zone” again.

08:03 PM. I just finished my short story, Four Houses by Victoria Scott. An interesting and different read. :books:

08:05 PM. There are so many new visitors on the blog these days and I thought it could be fun to answer a few questions from you during the Read-a-Thon so if you want to ask any question at all about me/my books/my reading/whatever you can write it down in the box below and hit “Send”. You only have to press “send” one time – You will stay at this blog post but I will be able to see your question right away. I just didn’t want to interrupt your reading and make a “thank you, now go back again”-page. I will take some questions from time to time and answer them in this blog post so keep up and take a look. Maybe your question is one of them. If I can’t manage to answer all of them before the Read-a-Thon is over I will reply to the rest of them later in another post.


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08:54 PM. I’m having a late dinner. Late dinner is better than no dinner at all, right? :blink: What are you guys eating tonight? I’m having chicken-bacon pie and a very interested cat on the floor. :griner:

livingroom livingroom2 09:03 PM. Where are you reading? Most of the time during the Read-a-thon I’m sitting in my living room. I usually don’t stay up all night so I’m used to bring the book to bed so I can read as the last thing today and read as the first thing tomorrow morning. But right now, the couch. :)

09:52 PM. One hour left before my Mini Challenge starts! :D

10:05 PM. I won a prize! Yeah! :woohoo:

10:44 PM. And my Mini Challenge are up and running! Good luck everyone! :D

catchingfire1 11:25 PM. I’m starting to get a little sleepy but I am considering watching a bookish movie while I read a little more. :books:

12:36 AM. Okay I have to go to bed and catch some hours of sleep. I’m to old for this “staying up all night”-stuff. :lol: (No I’m not, I’m just tired for today) I’ll get back to you all tomorrow morning. Have fun while I’m sleeping! :books:

09:02 AM. I’m back from sleeping and I’m ready to read a little more while I’m eating breakfast and then I’m going to cheer for all of you out there. :)

10:21 AM. Had breakfast, read a little and did a major cheerleading. It’s kind of fun to see so many different people and books out there. It’s amazing! :love:

10:59 AM. I have been through all the participants for my mini challenge so there won’t be that many to read later. Thank you so much every one of you, so many great recommendations and so many reasons why. And I loved that some of you haven’t read any of them but recommend them because you want to read them yourself, because you like the author or wants to read a review to make a choice yourself. That’s a great reason too!

freja 11:49 AM. My company for the last two hours of the read-a-thon :blink:

warrior 13:18 AM. I have stopped reading so I can make a statistic for this read-a-thon and round up everything. It has been som much fun to read and be with all of you out there. Thank you so much!

End of Event Meme

Which hour was most daunting for you?
The last hour before I went to bed, the 11th hour was a bit hard to get through.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
The Dante Walker-series by Victoria Scott are a great read, and it’s funny too. If you’re into crime fiction you could read anything by Chris Carter. That man is a genius!

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Keep doing what you’re doing, it’s amazing!

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I think the updates, the mini challenges and the twitter take over worked out very well and they were on time every hour. The pre-period about remembering Dewey and sign up was great too.

How many books did you read?
2 and then I started a 3rd one.

What were the names of the books you read?
Enders by Lissa Price, Four Houses by Victoria Scott and then I started The Warrior by Victoria Scott too.

Which book did you enjoy most?
I have to say that even though I’m not finish yet I really enjoy Dante in The Warrior.

Which did you enjoy least?
Enders by Lissa Price was a nice read but I don’t think it reached the first books potential and greatness.

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
Have fun! Find a way to cheer that works for you and stick with it, as long as you are having fun doing it.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Give me the date and I will be there! As both a reader and a cheerleader once again.

Read-a-thon Statistics

Participants in the Give Away: 74
Updates in this blogpost: 24 (The same as last time, hah!)
Comments for my blog post: 24 (Almost the same as last time, you rock!)
Blog visitors during the read-a-thon: 1475
Tweets on Twitter: 539
Times people have clicked “favorite” at some of my tweets: 105
Times people have retweeted some of my tweets: 39
New followers on Twitter: 27
Number of twitter cheers I have been written for #TeamButler: 126
Number of twitter cheers which have been written by all of the #TeamButler: 407
Number of cheers I have wrote on other twitters/blogs: 282
Number of pages read: 288 pages (Enders by Lissa Price) + 35 (Four Houses by Victoria Scott) + 46 pages of The Warrior by Victoria Scott = 369 pages in total (33 pages more than last time)

All in all it’s extremely visible that I have been cheering a lot more this time than during the last read-a-thon. I know the drill know and it has been so much fun! I love reading but I’m not the kind of person who can sit down and just read for 24 hours. I really enjoy the short and the long breaks with cheering and talking to a lot of you guys out there. The cheer part is what makes my Dewey Read-a-thon great and I am so thankful for being a part of this and for getting the chance to know every one of you. Thank you so much! :books:

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon and a warm-up guest post

1 more day. 1 more day to go and then it’s here: Dewey’s Read-a-Thon. We have been waiting since April but the day has finally arrived and once again it’s all about the books. For a bookworm and a bookseller like me, this day is a dream come true. 24 hours about books, reading, sharing reading experiences … I love it. :love:

This is the third time I’m a part of Dewey’s Read-a-Thon and it only gets better for every single time I’m a part of it. Last time particularly was a true blessing for me. It was the first time I was reading only English books for 24 hours and that was pretty new for me. My reading pace was much slower but since when it has improved a lot. And the English books made a change on Cautious too. From only reading and reviewing Danish books I started to read way more English litterature and review them as well. There are still most Danish book reviews in the archieve but my focus and my reading has changed.
Second of all last Read-a-Thon was my first time as a cheerleader (and cheer captain) and that decision was a pretty good one for me. I didn’t read as much as the time before but I had so much fun with everyone. I had a huge activity going on on twitter and I met so many new people I would never have known today, if it wasn’t for Dewey. I immediately decided that I wanted to be a cheerleader again and for the last six month I have been looking in my calendar, checking the date and looking forward to this weekend. I signed up as a reader right away, and this time I’m reader number 12. I also signed up as a cheerleader again so tomorrow I’m not only reading, I’m also cheering on everyone else. I will be social here, on twitter and yes, I will be hosting a blog challenge one more time.

But you were talking about a guest post?

So what is that thing about the guest post you’re thinking? Well, I signed up for writing a warm up post too. Last year I read all the warm-up posts on the official Dewey site and I liked seeing the differences and the inspiration in them. I wanted to give something back, to give just a little bit as a “payment” for what Dewey has been giving me. Then, last month Andi wrote me an email, asking if I wanted to write a post. And not just write a warm-up but the post for today, the last one before the Read-a-Thon, reserved for a tribute to Dewey who’s the reason we’re all doing this “reading thing” tomorrow. I have to admit: I almost started crying. And then I started to write. I wrote for two hours straight and when I was done I was pretty happy about the result. It was personal, it said what I wanted to say and it was straight from the heart. Almost nothing in the post has changed since that evening, so if you want to see my tribute to Dewey and the read-a-thon you can read it right here.

Anden er for længst død, men du kan stadig vinde en bog

Denne bog og denne giveaway har ligget og stiret indædt på min sorte samvittighed i et par måneder. Jeg er laaaaangt bagud hvad angår at gøre noget som helst ved det her, men i sommerferien blev jeg spurgt om jeg ville læse og anmelde en dansk bog. Det er sjældent jeg siger ja til de opgaver, fordi forespørgslen typisk slet ikke passer med min læsesmag eller mine kvalitetskrav. Men selv en blind høne kan finde korn, og denne gang virkede det lovende. :)

Andrea Poulsen skrev selv og spurgte om jeg ville anmelde hendes debut Nak en and. Først var jeg skeptisk, for det lød lidt for meget som bøger ala Helle Helle som jeg virkelig ikke kan udstå rent litterært. Jeg har ikke mødt hende, så jeg skal ikke kunne sige noget om hendes personlighed. :blink: Men jeg fik lov til at læse et uddrag, og ombestemte mig. Besluttede at give den en chance. :) Senere hen fik jeg den jo faktisk læst og anmeldt den ganske positivt, men den ekstra bog, jeg havde fået til en konkurrence, kom aldrig rigtig videre. Før nu! :D

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Når man har indgået et væddemål, så skal det også gennemføres … eller skal det?

Ida Mosegaard er succesfuld. Hun har styr på tilværelsen, et tocifret millionbeløb på bankkontoen og en Mercedes, de færreste har råd til. En aften indgår Ida et væddemål med sin samarbejdspartner, Laura. Ida skal tilbringe to uger i udkantsdanmark hos sin mormor på Langeland, ellers taber hun væddemålet. Nemt nok! tænker Ida …

Laura er overbevist om, at Ida er tilbage i København inden tre dage, men Ida er af en anden overbevisning … lige til Langelandsbroen er i sigte. Og med god grund. Den kontrol og magt, Ida behersker perfekt i den københavnske hverdag, nærmest smuldrer for hende i selskab med de langelandske folkefærd, og flere gange bliver hun hylet ud af den.

Men som dagene går, bliver Ida mere og mere accepteret af lokalbefolkningen, der med janteloven i hånden til at begynde med ser skævt til den lidt for smarte københavner. Og i løbet af de to uger bliver et bånd knyttet, hvor begge parter langsomt accepterer hinandens forskelligheder. Hvem ved? Måske bliver der en dag bliver opkaldt en gade efter Ida Mosegaard i Tranekær! Hun vil i hvert fald aldrig blive glemt på Langeland.

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Her i weekenden deltager jeg i Dewey’s Read-a-Thon og der findes næsten ikke en bedre anledning til en boglig konkurrence, gør der? :blink: Skriv en kommentar til indlægget her om hvad der nu lige falder dig ind af boglig lykke og interesse, og du kan være heldig at vinde et signeret eksemplar af Nak en And. Ja, det er altså forfatteren der har signeret den, ikke mig. :p Jeg trækker til gengæld en vinder i løbet af mandag aften, så du har et par dage at løbe på. :)