Trial by Fire – Josephine Angelini

Trial by Fire

By Josephine Angelini

Genre: Fantasy

Reading Level: Medium(ish)

Pages: 374

Review: 4 / 5


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. (Goodreads)

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Hello everyone! So, I recently read Trial of Fire by Josephine Angelini, and it was really entertaining, exciting, and quite honestly, a nice read. Starcrossed by Angelini was one of my favorite books of 2012, and I really just love reading whatever Angelini has to offer – she is just one of those author’s I feel loyal towards, and I will probably buy every book she releases.

This book introduces the idea of multiple worlds, which is always awesome – cause Doctor Who – and I really liked the way the author dealt with it. That there are multiple versions of oneself, and how they showcase different possibilities of what someone could have been. Parallel universes are very cool, let’s be real.

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini cover image.
Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini cover image.

I liked the main character, which is nice because I have been really annoyed with the main characters of the books that I have been reading recently… they’re just so annoying. Anyway, it was really refreshing to read about someone that I actually liked.

Lily, the main character, has a lot of issues, and that is also something I like reading about. Does it say something about my personality that I like reading about people who have issues and are placed in difficult situations? Hmm…

But she also overcomes her issues… sort of. This is the first of a fantasy series, and it always needs a lot of world building before it can really delve into the character “stuff.” However, I thought that Angelini did a really good job with having character “stuff” happening.

There were parts of this book that I was not in love with, however. A couple of magic scene that I thought was really weird, and… hmm, I was just uncomfortable reading it. I understand that Angelini wanted to do something different, but it was not a very successful difference.

I liked Rowan – he was one of my favorite characters. I particularly liked how much he disliked Lily in the beginning. Sometimes it is just nice when it isn’t this epic love at first sight, have-to-have-you-now sort of thing. Here the relationship is allowed to grow, and it is just a more natural progression, I believe.

I did really enjoy this book, even though I had some issues with it. I would recommend it to fans of Starcrossed, and anybody looking for a different kind of magical book.

Have a wonderful day, and keep on reading!



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