Title: Trial by Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy #1)
Author: Josephine Angelini
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan)
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Acquired Via: Publisher
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?
Paranormal romances generally aren't my thing, and I tend to group anything with witches as that or urban fantasy. Josephine Angelini's Trial by Fire really isn't either of those, but I can assure you that it is all good. There is magic, alternate realities, hot guys, and powerful girls - the perfect combination to keep you burning through the pages. There are also moral dilemmas within that really makes you think about what is right, and what kind of sacrifice is too much.
I instantly felt sorry for Lily because the poor girl is always sick and allergic to everything, which reminded me very much of one of my friends from grade school. I remember watching those struggles as a kid, so it was a bit of an eye-opening experience to see the world, even if it was just high school, through her eyes. I sincerely hope that Trial by Fire falls into the hands of hyperallergic people so they can fantasize about what it would be like if their constant struggle was a part of something magical.
The alternate world in Trial by Fire reminded me a lot of the Tales of Alvin Maker series by Orson Scott Card. This other Salem has a very large population of Native Americans, called Outlanders there, and magic and science have reversed roles. Magic fuels the way of life, and scientists are hung for heresy. There are also quite a few other flips that I think are very, very fascinating, but I want to avoid spoilers. (I really want you guys to read this book.)
What most interested me about Trial by Fire is the aforementioned moral dilemmas. I saw so many similarities between what was happening to the Outlander scientists and various genocides and the Holocaust. I've heard it said many times that "evildoers" think what they're doing is right, and I really wonder how far someone can go to save the majority without crossing into a very dark place. It was not easy to see anyone in this novel as a villain, and I'm looking forward to see where Angelini goes with this series.
If you're looking to read a new spin on witches or like books with alternate realities, I highly recommend Trial by Fire. It's quite unlike all young adult novels that I've read, and I can't wait for the next two books in the series.
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About the Author
Josephine Angelini is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in theater, with a focus on the classics. Originally from Massachusetts, she now lives in Los Angeles with her screenwriter husband and three shelter cats. Her debut series, Starcrossed, Dreamless, and Goddess, (HarperTeen) are all international bestsellers and have garnered the praise of various major publications, including the LA Times, and have twice won the Reader’s Choice Awards in Germany. Her next series, Trial by Fire, Book One of the WorldWalker Trilogy (Feiwel and Friends, Macmillan) will be out in the US on September 2nd.
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Usually when I read books about witches, it's some historical fiction about the Salem Witch trials, etc but I really like the idea of an alternate universe and am eager to see how it is played out. :)ReplyDelete
Oh, it's really neat. The Salem Witch Trials are mentioned in passing, but they aren't a large part of the book. Burning witches, however, proves to be pretty important. :-)Delete
I'm all about GirlPower, so I'm interested to see what happens to Lily!!!ReplyDelete
It will blow you away!Delete
What interest me most is the premise (witchy!) and the face that Angelini wrote it, I'm a HUGE FAN ;D Plus I've heard lotsa great things!ReplyDelete
I haven't read her other books, but I'm definitely a fan of this one!Delete
LOVE witches and alternate universes are so interesting when they're done well like this author did!!ReplyDelete
thank you and lovely review :)
Thanks, Christina! They were very well done, and it's been a while since I've been able to enjoy a book with an alternate reality.Delete
Trial by fire sounds great, I like books about witches. And the alternate universe sounds interesting.ReplyDelete
It was interesting! Angelini did some really great world-building, and the differences between the two universes made a lot of sense.Delete
I think it looks and sounds awesome :) thank you!ReplyDelete
You're welcome! :-DDelete
I LOVED this book too! One of the best I've read in a while!ReplyDelete
Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
I've had a bit of a rough patch, too, but it set me right back on track!Delete
LOVE the romance! so unique!!ReplyDelete
thank you :)
I like that it is about witches, I have a hard time finding which stories that are enjoyable and not totally cliche!ReplyDelete
There is nothing cliche about Trial by Fire, Stacy! I think you'll love it. :-)Delete
It just looks interesting. However, I would not put hot lava into ther fire category.ReplyDelete
If you look at the larger image, I think that's actually fire coming out of the crevice. But I agree that it does look like lava when it's smaller.Delete
LOVE how it begins - the excerpt online is awesome :)ReplyDelete
thank you :)
Thank YOU for checking it out! It really is a fantastic book. :-)Delete
This looks very unique! Love the fantasy element and have heard great things about it! Thanks!ReplyDelete
LOVE how it's got science with magic and romance :)ReplyDelete
thank you :)
LOVE everything about Salem and in Josephine Angelini's it's a completely new type of Salem!ReplyDelete
thank you :)
LOVE the cover and how it's both romantic and dangerous and I LOVE how there's a love interest :)ReplyDelete
the blurb sounds interestingReplyDelete