RYAR Review: TRIAL BY FIRE by Josephine Angelini

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TRIAL BY FIRE by Josephine Angelini
Series: The Worldwalker Trilogy #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on September 2, 2014
Genres: Epic Fantasy
Provided by: Publisher
Rating: 6 stars


This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.


This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily’s other self in this alternate universe.

What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.


TRIAL BY FIRE is a riveting, action-packed first book in a series that looks to be every bit as amazing. Set in an alternate world to our own, one with only a few similarities, a world of magic, where witches are in control, and where life outside the Thirteen Cities is extremely dangerous, this story will captivate from the moment Lily Proctor arrives in this Salem of covens, Outlanders, shamans and the Woven.

When Lily Proctor wished she could be anywhere but in her life, she never imagined it was a possibility. Plagued by afflictions her doctors could never diagnose that left her unable to do almost anything fun, stuck in a town that judged her based on her crazy mother, and virtually abandoned by her father so that she and her sister Juliet were left to pick up the pieces, Lily already wanted things to be different.

But when her best friend, Tristan, the boy she hoped was finally going to be more than just a friend, betrayed and humiliated her, it was the last straw. She wanted out of her life. She just didn’t think it could happen. Or that there was an alternate version of her world, one where she wasn’t sick but instead powerful and feared, that she would be summoned to.

A world where she would have to fight for her survival, fight for her beliefs, fight to save those she has come to care about, and fight to find a way to get back home.

Josephine Angelini created a story that is fast-paced, exciting and imaginative. She created characters that readers will immediately adore or detest. She created a world that blends the past, the present and the fictional in a way that will make readers anxious to explore it. She filled it with deadly battles, daring rescues, harrowing escapes, nightmarish creatures, intriguing magic, a hint of romance, a touch of heat, and an ending that will make waiting for the sequel torturous.

Thrilling and absolutely spellbinding, TRIAL BY FIRE is a must for readers who love stories that are epic, who prefer to be transported to different and fantastical worlds, who are fascinated by magical abilities, who want characters they can root for, and who love the promise of something awesome in future books in a series.


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