Published September 2nd 2014 by Feiwel & Friends
374 pages |
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.
“There comes a day when every girl loses the stars in her eyes. And then she can see clearly.”
Josephine Angelini | Trial by Fire
I loved this one.
Josephine Angelini has been one of my favourite authors ever since I devoured Starcrossed. She writes with such creativity that you can’t help but fall in love with her worlds and her characters. The one thing that I absolutely adore though, is her ability to embed her creativity in reality so flawlessly that you not only secretly wish that the novels reality becomes your own but your left thinking that it could.
Trial by Fire blew me away. Originally I thought Lily Proctor, the girl who is allergic to everything, gets transported back to Salem during the witch trials…but I was so wrong…and the actual synopsis is so much cooler. Lily is transported to another Salem, one in another Universe. Hello parallel Universes, hello my old friend. There her other self is a Witch and the leader of the Thirteen Cities, but she is also completely evil.
The world was incredibly interesting and really pulled you in from the first few chapters. The magical elements were truly unique and really played on science in our own world as well as the alternate reality. The use of willstones was rather genius, and I adored the witchy rituals and how she played on what we already know about witches and turned it into pure magic where you can’t turn the page fast enough. The introduction of mechanics was so awesome. Mind speak, transfer of power, witch wind….I need to find a way to this place.
There was a darkness to this one that didn’t go unnoticed. In my opinion it was a lot darker than her Starcrossed series and for good reason. I love Angelini, and now I can say that her novels are truly different from each other, which in all honesty is a relief to say. It means that she is capable of creating a whole other world that as a reader you can fall in love with.
Nothing ever was what it initially seemed to be, everyone has there motives and watching them react differently in the same situation is always fantastic as a reader. It does critique our own society and I think Angelini created an authentic character that expressed her concerns about the nature of living in our own world but more importantly you were able to see these concerns change to actions when she realised that it wasn’t enough to believe in something if you weren’t going to do anything about it. Lily was definitely a character that you believed in, and weren’t weighed down by her beliefs.
Lily is by far an awesome character and she is most definitely well supported. She had such a character growth as she learnt more about the realities of her ‘allergies’. Lily became independent and didn’t need to rely on anyone else like she needed to in her previous world. Why Lillian brought Lily to the other Salem is still a bit unclear, but you know that her extreme solutions have a purpose.
There is of course romance, and you need to read this one for it.
I devoured this one, and I desperately need the next one.
Let the book hangover begin.