Trial by Fire | Josephine Angelini | Macmillan Children’s Books | The Wolrdwalker Trilogy #1 | Source: Bought 379 pages | Young Adult
Release Date: August 28th, 2014
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 follows the story of Lilly Proctor. Her persistent allergies stop her from enjoying her life to the full. After a chain of events including and embarrassing situation with her long time crush, she finds herself in her alternate version of an hometown of Salem.
I am a huge fan of Angelini’s Starcrossed Trilogy so when I found out that she was writing a new trilogy about witches, I was on board regardless of the story.
Trial by Fire did not disappoint. The writing style is incredibly easy to follow, it has a way of just bringing you in to the world and the story. Lilly is not the most likable character and but it didn’t take away from the plot at all.
When it comes to witch novels you tend to find that there is little explanation behind the characters abilities. It is simply magic. I adored the concept of Crucibles and Mechanics. To have some level of rhyme and reason behind a witch’s abilities made the read so interesting!
My only gripe with this first instalment is the ending. Josephine Angelini is notorious for painful cliff-hangers. Trial by Fire is dangerously close to not being finished. Luckily its sequel, Firewalker, comes out August 27th, 2015.