REVIEW: Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

I received this book for free from Macmillan Children's Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

REVIEW: Trial by Fire by Josephine AngeliniTrial by Fire by Josephine Angelini
Series: Worldwalker #1
Published by Macmillan Children's Books on 2nd September 2014
Genres: alternate world, fantasy, young adult
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Macmillan Children's Books
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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?

Seeing as though my blog is titled Queen of Contemporary, it may not come as a surprise when I say that I’m not the biggest fan of fantasy. However, that’s not to say that I didn’t like Trial by Fire because, in fact, I loved it.

I’ve always had an affinity for fantasy novels that are set in medieval-type villages, towns or cities, and Trial by Fire mixes medieval with magic. It centres on the protagonist Lily who is very ill. After a humiliating event at a party, Lily then finds herself in an alternate Salem to the one she lives in, and magic rules. Lillian, the most powerful witch in The Citadel, rules this Salem and Lily’s alternate self. Lily is thrown into a world she doesn’t understand, where her weaknesses are what makes her powerful, and may also get her killed.

Often I read books that I forget about easily; I know that Trial by Fire will not be one of those books. Easily rivalling the likes of Throne of Glass, Trial by Fire will have you on the edge of your seat and invested from the start.

Lately I’ve kind of lost my ability to ship characters, which makes me an awful fangirl. I do think that Trial by Fire changed that though because I ship Lily and Rowan so hard. They absolutely must end up together!

The world building in Trial by Fire was spectacular and I think many authors could take a leaf out of Angelini’s book. I loved the idea of willstones. Carried around by each person, they give you the ability to perform certain magic. People who own the weaker willstones can only perform household tasks with theirs, whereas other willstones hold more power. They’re obtained in a way not unlike ‘the wand chooses the wizard.’

I felt very close to each character, learning the ins and outs of each one. The plot was fast-paced and spellbinding, hooking me until the very end, and now I cannot wait to read the sequel!

Trial by Fire now earns its place as one of my favourite fantasy novels of the year and I can’t wait until more people find out about this gem of a book.


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Lucy Powrie

Lucy Powrie is a blogger, YouTuber and author from the UK. When she's not reading, she enjoys cuddling guinea pigs and eating Oreo chocolate, but let's be real: she's mostly always reading.


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    1 September, 2014

    I’m a great fan of fantasy and I enjoy contemporary too. Hope I get a chance to win! Sounds an interesting read. Marje
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      Lucy Powrie

      1 September, 2014

      Good luck, Marjorie! It certainly is an interesting read.

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    Sally @ The Dark Dictator

    1 September, 2014

    Great review! Trial By Fire is one of my most anticipated novels of 2014! It sounds really good and it’ll be the first Josephine Angelini I’ll be reading. 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway!
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      Lucy Powrie

      1 September, 2014

      It was my first Josephine Angelini too. I think you’ll really enjoy it.

      Good luck, Sally!

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    1 September, 2014

    I love fantasy YA novels, and Josephine Angelini’s first series, the Starcrossed trilogy, was amazing. Hopefully this novel will be just as good!

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    Gina @ My Precious

    2 September, 2014

    I requested this on NG but didn’t get approved. It sounds like my type of book, I love fantasy and magic.

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    Ebony @ Daring Damsels

    7 September, 2014

    Absolute fantastic review, Lucy! I honestly cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of this book! It sounds so intriguing and right up my alley.
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