Series: The Worldwalker Trilogy #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: September 2nd, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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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.
“I am a witch. And witches burn.”
Trial by Fire is quite shockingly my first witch book (unless you count reading The Crucible in high school) and while I don’t have much to compare it to, to me, it was incredible.Not only is this book well written, but it’s fast paced, full of dimensional characters, and leaves you wanting for more. The last time I can remember being this excited about a YA series was when Richelle Mead’s spinoff series Bloodlines hit shelves.
Trial by Fire is a story about a girl name Lily Proctor. Lily is strong in character but weak in person. Not only does she have these life-threatening allergies that leave her one step away from becoming the girl in a plastic bubble, but top that off with a mother that is known as the town head-case, and an unrequited love to her best friend and known womanizer, Tristan, Lily has a set of issues that rival any other type of awkward teenage problems one might have. After a humiliating turned dangerous incident at a high school party leaves Lily heartbroken and fed up with her lot in life, she suddenly finds herself in another version of her world. One in which her weaknesses become strengths.
“There comes a day when every girl loses the stars in her eyes. And then she can see clearly. This is Lily’s day.”
In this version of reality, there is magic and witches and doppelgangers, and Lily’s doppleganger is the most powerful one of them all. She rules with an iron fist and is feared by many. For Lily, this presents a unique problem when she finds herself threatened and captured by Outlanders, more specifically by Rowen. Rowen is the most distrustful of this alternate Lily. The dynamic between them is hostile at times but starts changing the more Lily becomes immersed in this world. They develop a relationship of necessity in this world where they need each other for survival. But the lines and motivations become blurred and Rowen and Lily positively burn.
“I know what it is to love Rowen and what it feels like to lose him. I’d never ask that of another.”
Without giving too much away, everything about Trial by Fire is ah-may-zing. I literally can go on and on about how detailed and fascinating the world building and history of these worlds are. Salem, Massachusetts has a sordid backstory on it’s own, pair that with an alternate reality where magic trumps science and the Woven is comparable to our Industrial Revolution and mind=blown. Top that off with Lily who is strong and fierce, yet kindhearted and vulnerable and Rowen who is mysterious and swoon-y, Trial by Fire exceeded my expectations. I recommend this for anyone looking for a mature YA novel full of captivating characters. heart pounding action and a blossoming romance that compliments this story instead of taking center-stage.