Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fear the Fever - My Review of TRIAL BY FIRE by Josephine Angelini

Title: Trial by Fire (The Wordwalker Trilogy #1)
Author: Josephine Angelini
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Date: 9/2/2014

Source: Netgalley and publisher

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.

Josephine Angelini is a Massachusetts native and the youngest of eight siblings. She graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in theater, with a focus on the classics. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

Something new from the author of the Starcrossed Trilogy, Trial by Fire is a great addition to the sci-fi genre and the land of witches.

Trial by Fire comes with Angelini's unique view of witchlore.  These witches are very much real and in charge in an alternate version of the world that Lily lives in.  After being unexpectedly drawn into this other world, Lily begins to learn things about herself that she never knew.  The allergies that were always a hindrance and which often tried to claim her life in her world, are actually used to make her stronger and to enhance the powers that she didn't know she possesses.  

It is Lily's acceptance of these powers that bring about my one complaint.  Lily falls into this other world and this other life a little too easily.  She seems to accept it without question and seemingly little fear.

The world building and lore that is created in Trial by Fire is excellent.  The author has set up the rest of the trilogy perfectly.  The characters that she has introduced are strong and interesting.  The tension is almost visible and the threats are real.  The new world is full of some gruesome and dangerous characters, both familiar and unfamiliar to Lily.  It's a much different world than the one she left behind, and she has to learn it's pitfalls while struggling to control the powers she has discovered.

I really enjoyed Trial by Fire.  The rather sudden ending leaves you hungry for the next book.

4 out of 5 stars

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