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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 37 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 29 Oct. 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B017283TL4
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- #54 in Books > Audible Audiobooks > Children's Audiobooks > Literature > Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery & Horror
- #290 in Books > Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Myths & Legends > General
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I struggled if I am being honest with the first third of this book as I just couldn't get into it and I think this was because of the obvious comparisons I was making between this magic school and the very famous Hogwarts. At first it felt like just a re-hash of Harry Potter with three friends (two boys and a girl does that sound familiar?) except in a magic school underground but after the first third of the book this book came into it's own with a brilliant twist which I won't reveal as it will ruin the story for a potential reader. I had thought a twist was coming but that it was slightly different and from a relative angle as opposed to what it ends up being. Anyway a really good start to what looks like a promising new series by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black and I shall be signing up to pre-order book two whenever it is announced. I would say if you buy this book and find yourself struggling with it to start then keep at it as it does get better very fast after the first thirdish of the book and is definitely worth a read.
The Magisterium looks to be a new trilogy set within a fantastical world full of magic; many readers are comparing it to Harry Potter. But I have to tell you, that's where the similiarities stop and I wish people wouldn't compare the two because if you go into this book thinking you're going to fall in love with it like you did Potter, you will be disappointed. Not because it's rubbish! But because it's just a massively unfair comparison to make.
Within this new world, we meet a different kind of main hero, in that he isn't your typical hero at all. This was actually so refreshing - to finally read a YA book where the main character isn't always this beautiful male God! This guy is actually a bit of a clutz, but I loved it for that. I think it's a really good precedent to start setting for YA fiction. Callum, our guy in question, is heading to Wizard school, or at least he's heading there to try and fail the entrance tests. You see, Callum, again unlike most main characters in this scenario, wants to be here about as much as a gherkin should be in a hamburger (yuck). So Callum sets out to fail his tests all the other kids are trying their hardest to get through, and he does fail. Spectacularly. So much so they examiners are impressed by his explosive results. From this point we enter the weird and wonderful world of the Magisterium.
I don't want to say too much more for fear of spoiling the plots along the way. The reason for this is not solely because I'm a considerate human being and hate when people ruin books. The reason is that this book is largely predictable. Now I know, I know, I should have expected this - it's a younger YA, but I just feel like Cassandra Clare and her fellow writer Holly Black, teaming up to write this, hugely underestimated their audience. The plot was so simple and kids were literally being handed clues like they were going out of fashion tomorrow. I felt a bit disappointed by this.
Otherwise, the story was okay, if a little unimaginative, but I just expected a little bit more from authors I've seen do a lot better. Overall, a really good read for fans of fantastical YA but don't get your hopes up for a suspenseful, rip-roarer of a ride.
Despite this, it's written well enough that I still found it an enjoyable read. As a whole the book is good, just slightly unoriginal. Look forward to the next one!
I was not expecting that. Like, at all.
I was expecting it to be mindblowing, as Cassie's work always turns out to be (I haven't read anything by Holly Black thus far). I am a massive fan of The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments, and since reading them I have vowed to read anything relating to Cassandra Clare.
Like it stated in the Acknowledgements: they wanted to create a character, Call, who readers thought was the center of the story, and then they surprised us by practically backpeddling and working things differently. It just goes to show how unique writers they are.
I was thoroughly astounded by that unexpected twist. Wow.
I applaud Cassandra Clare and Holly Black, and I will definitely be following the rest of the story.
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