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In the fourth book of the utterly addictive Laws of Magic series, magical genius Aubrey Fitzwilliam is heading into the heart of enemy territory. It’s lucky that he has his friends by his side.

In the fourth book of the utterly addictive Laws of Magic series, magical genius Aubrey Fitzwilliam is heading into the heart of enemy territory. It’s lucky that he has his friends by his side.

The mysterious Beccaria Cage could be the cure for Aubrey's condition: a way to reunite his body and soul. But could its usefulness hide something more sinister?

After Aubrey narrowly escapes the worst fate he can imagine, he realises there is only one thing to do: he must confront his nemesis. With George and Caroline at his side, he travels to Holmland - the home of Dr Tremaine and the heart of hostile territory - only to face magical conundrums, near-death experiences, ghosts, brigands and enemies on their own ground.

Fisherberg is a city on a knife edge. Can Aubrey solve its mysteries before Dr Tremaine's warmongering machinations tip the world into chaos?

Reviews

Dazzling.

Herald Sun

Do yourself a favour and read these books, if you're into steampunk/alternative history/with a bit of romance thrown in (yay for Aubrey). Love them.

We Love YA

Michael Pryor's fourth volume in the successful Laws of Magic series is a creative and exciting novel for young adults.

The West Australian

Michael Pryor continues to amaze readers with his inventive ingenuity … With the rest of the series, Time of Trial is recommended for those who enjoy speculative fiction incorporating magical, rational, inter-personal and political elements in an action-packed plot.

Magpies

Full of action, Time of Trial quickly immerses readers in the exciting alternate world of sophisticated magic and political intrigue that distinguishes 'The Laws of Magic' as a must-read series. Pryor's clever use of Victorian-era language and skilful character development lends Time of Trial a charming and entertaining style that will reward 13-plus teens and adults alike.

Bookseller + Publisher

This has to be one of the best young adult magic fantasy series I've read in a long time. There is always one more layer of story and you will find yourself gleefully anticipating the next twist. Brilliant storytelling!

The Reading Stack

Oh, joy, another of Michael Pryor's delightful steampunk adventures of Aubrey, Caroline and George!

January Magazine

Notable Book for Older Readers 2010

Children’s Book Council of Australia

As always, the adventure tears along at a breakneck pace, and is very funny. And it doesn't let you go easily … I think the series will become a fantasy classic.

The Great Raven

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781864718652

    July 1, 2010

    Random House Australia Children's

    432 pages

    RRP $17.99

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  • EBook

    9781742740683

    July 1, 2010

    Random House Australia

    432 pages

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