Trial By Fireby Josephine Angelini
Series: Worldwalker #1
Published on September 2, 2014 by Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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The exhilaratingly seductive new series from the author of the bestselling Starcrossed series
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?
Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini is an explosive fantasy novel that kept me wanting more. It takes place in a world where there are many worlds that only a few can see. Lily is a normal girl like anyone else – minus the fact that she’s allergic to literally everything, and she can have epileptic attacks at the drop of a hat. She’s a high school student who has a crush on her best friend. This part of the book seemed to go really fast. In one scene I was introduced to both Lily and Tristan and then in the next scene they were dating and going to a party together, then Lily was pissed at Tristan for cheating on her with another girl, then she was convulsing on the ground after another guy gave her alcohol, and then she was taken by Lillian – A witch from another world. The movement of all of these scenes kind of gave me whiplash. I felt that Lily’s anger at Tristan was super unwaranted because I honestly didn’t know any of the characters personally. Plus the whole Lillian bringing her to another world thing didn’t seem to phase her at all! She just kind of accepted it. I know I definitely would have freaked out A LOT more than she did if I had been taken to another world.
Anyway…other than those problems, I really really enjoyed the book! I loved the premise of it. I loved being able to see a perspective of what if the witches HAD survived the witch trials? What if they had WON? That is what we get to experience with this novel. The world Lily is dragged to is a world where the witches rule. Science is outlawed and Magic is what creates everything needed for the people in the Thirteen Cities to survive. However, unrest is brewing and the Outlanders who live outside the walls of the Thirteen cities don’t like being denied the right to the safety that comes with living within the walls. For the outside is dangerous because there are creatures called Woven who attack anything they come across. This is where we get more backstory on what happened after the witch trials. We also learn why Lily was so sick in her world, why entering this new world with magic in it allowed her to process different elements entering her body better. Because Lily also has the potential to be a witch, to be a firewalker.
What I really liked though was the fact that, even though magic was outlawed, you could see the connection between magic and science. The only difference between the two are that, with science anyone can do it, but with magic only those chosen at birth could produce it. All in all I really enjoyed the first installment of the Worldwalker series. It brings many different elements into play and I’m really intrigued to learn what Angelini has instore for us readers. I highly recommend this book if you love paranormal and fantasy novels. Or even if your just a history buff because even though everything isn’t totally correct, they still closely compare the history of Lily’s world to the history of Lillian’s world (where witches won after the salem witch trials).