Trials of Magic is the story of two sisters who are essentially auditioning for entry into a school of magic, where their real talents can be put to use – if they pass the trials, that is. The book is set in a very modern time, apart from the existence of magic, but I thought the author handled the integration between the two societies quite well.
It is easy to lump all of the – for want of a better term – “magic school in real world” stories as pale imitations of Harry Potter, and in fairness there are plenty of bad ones out there. I thought this was different enough, however, and didn’t fall into the usual traps. I found the two main characters were interesting, and really enjoyed their relationship as they worked to achieve their differing goals.
This book is definitely aimed at younger readers, and I think it would appeal to people looking for something a little darker than most YA fantasy.
I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.