Trial by Fire – Josephine Angelini


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?

Title: Trial by Fire

Author: Josephine Angelini

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Pages: 374

Date released: September 2nd 2014

My Thoughts

Thank you Pan Macmillan Australia who sent me a copy of Trial by Fire to review!

A Must Read Romance. This is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It has everything a book should have: action, adventure, violence, a butt-kicking heroine and one hot hero.

USA Today

Two versions of the same world. Two versions of the same girl. A love that pulls them together. A war that tears them apart. This book took me on a journey I never wanted to end! The synopsis mystified and intrigued me and as soon as I started, I couldn’t put the book down. Alternate worlds, magic, a kick-ass heroine and a steamy romance, what else could you ask for? When you first meet Lily, she basically has every allergy you can think of, but despite this, she wishes to enjoy what the world has to offer. She wants to be normal, go to parties and fall in love, not be sick and possibly be going insane with voices in heard head. When an incident happens involving her lifetime crush Tristan, it tears her heart in half causing her to finally given in and answer the voices that tell her to come to them. When Lily wakes up, she realises she is no longer in her Salem. Magic rules the world and everyone seems to thinks she is their ruler. When she comes face to face with herself, she realises not everything is as it seems, and that anything can be possible. Trying to flee back to her world, she runs into new and old friends and a love so strong it could withstand anything. But when war is waged on the new Salem, Lily has to decide what side to take, even if it means fighting herself.

“I remember what I must do, even if it makes me the villain of my own story”

I was a bit bored with Lily at the beginning of the book. I liked her optimism of the world and her love for life, even if she couldn’t really live it, but her character just seemed a bit dull to me. But when she got transported to the new Salem, I feel like her character did a 180. She had to learn to survive in a new world and become emotionally and physically strong and my opinion of her character went up majorly. She became so much more interesting when she gained her own magical powers and I loved her character development. Lillian, Lily’s alternate self in the new Salem was a very interesting character. She is a tyrant ruler, who gets rid of anyone who interferes with her plans. I found her really intriguing because in the first book, you don’t really find out why she is the way she is and what has caused her to go from a loving leader to a cruel tyrant. Rowan is everything you want in a character. Fearless, protective, strong and very very attractive. Together, Lily and Rowan are an unstoppable force of nature and Rowan will do anything to help Lily, even if it means leaving his world behind to be with her, which melts my heart.

I loved the WorldWalker series world! I found it so interesting how in the new Salem magic rules while if you are found practicing scientific ways, you are persecuted, while in our world, it is the quite the opposite. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series and get a better insight into Lillian and the WorldWalker series!

I highly recommend this book if you love magic and an epic fantasy!


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“There comes a day when every girl loses the stars in her eyes. And then she can see clearly.”

“The people who love you will guide you like bright lights into the other worlds.”

“Funny how quickly the mind moves, but how slowly time does when you’re in pain.”

“I’m a witch and witches burn.”

“I remember what I must do, even if it makes me the villain of my own story”

About the Author

headshotJOSEPHINE ANGELINI is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in theater, with a focus on the classics. Originally from Massachusetts, she now lives in Los Angeles with her screenwriter husband, their baby girl, and three shelter cats. Her debut series, Starcrossed, Dreamless, and Goddess, (Harper Teen) are all international bestsellers and have garnered the praise of various major publications, including the LA Times, and have twice won the Reader’s Choice Awards in Germany. The second book in the WorldWalker Trilogy, Firewalker, (Feiwel and Friends, Macmillan) will be out in the US on September 1st.


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