I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini
Series: The Worldwalker Trilogy #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on September 2, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.
This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted...which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily's life never goes according to plan, and 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 cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian . . . Lily's identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.
Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn't understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.
But how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?
What I Liked
The world that Angelini created is vast and intricate. It’s not just about witches but also alternate universes. In her own world Lily has no idea that she is a witch but then an unfortunate incident occurs that makes her more susceptible to things and she ends up being pulled into another Salem by Lillian, herself in this other universe. The Salem that Angelini created was a combination of magical, historical and present day. There was also the Woven, which were frightening. Everything about it was fascinating. Outside of the city live the Outlanders and they were an interesting bunch, using science instead of witchcraft to help their people. Seriously, I cannot rave about this world enough.
At first Lily kind of annoyed me. Her belief in Tristan was over the top and she had blinders on. But I loved her when she got pulled into the other Salem. She went from being quiet (and allergy prone) to being strong and willing to use her strength to help other people. I loved how she handled the Tristan 2 and watching her struggle to adapt to the differences in this Salem.
Rowan was completely awesome. Naturally he was good looking but also patient and kind to Lily, while being a hard ass at the same time. I thought it would be weird because in the past he was in love with Lillian, but it wasn’t. He knew they were two different people and knew the differences between them, even if he was conflicted about his feelings most of the time.
Just like the world, the magic was also fascinating. They used willstones and could do some pretty bad ass things. On the flip side of course that means that bad magic can be powerful as well. There was mind speak and claiming and lots of other things!
We don’t get to spend much time with Juliette in Lily’s world, but the other Juliette was fatastic. It’s hard to talk about exactly why because of spoilers but while she acts meek, she really isn’t
Gideon & Carrick
The bad were very bad indeed.
What I Didn’t Like
I loved the world Angelini created, but it was super complex and there were a few times I found myself stopping and saying “Wait, what?”
I didn’t buy her reason for bringing Lily to her world and all her actions leading up to it. That’s just not the answer to the problem.
Slow Start & Rushed Ending
The beginning of Trial by Fire started a bit slow, but once we got into the other Salem things picked up. They picked up so much so that the ending felt like it was over in a flash! I wish we had more of the fighting before that cliffhanger of an ending.
Tristan & Tristan
I didn’t like either Tristan. The first Tristan because he’s a jerk. The other Tristan because he just felt… off. I’m not convinced he’s trust worthy but I guess we’ll see what happens next.
Trial by Fire is an excellent start to a trilogy with lots of world building and an ending that leaves you wanting more.