A magical journey if Harry Potter was underground, adopted a sarcastic and pessimistic personality, and decided to fight against his destiny.
Callum Hunt is determined to fail. Growing up, Call has always been told by his father that magic is corrupt. In order to stay away from magic, he needs to fail The Iron Trial and avoid being admitted to the magical school Magisterium. Call is admitted to the school despite his best efforts to fail. While at Magisterium, Call learns more about himself, his magical abilities, and the secrets his father has been keeping from him.
The formula is there. Young boy with one male and one female companion, check. Mysterious magical school hidden away from the world, check. An evil villain hiding in the shadows, check. Even the plot follows a similar path: young boy who has faced death as an infant is transported to a magical school where he will develop his magical abilities with the assistance of element Masters in order to stop the evil Enemy. Throw in a unique world, sinister atmosphere, and a collaboration between two authors, and you’ve got the Magisterium series (a five book series).
While I see the formula and how much it’s like Harry Potter, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I read this in two sittings. I would have read it in one had I not fallen asleep in the wee hours of the morning. I was completely hooked. It was an enchanting read, and I wanted to know more about the characters and story. The plot twists surprised me, and I loved every minute of this, regardless of it possibly being a rip-off of another successful series.