The Worldwaker Trilogy Book 1
by Josephine Angelini
Age Range: 12 - 18 years
Grade Level: 7 and up
Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
Series: The Worldwalker Trilogy (Book 1)
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (September 2, 2014)
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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.At a Glance:
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.
In Josephine Angelini's Trial by Fire, 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.
Trial by Fire is a thrilling, original and thought-provoking story, filled with science, magic, mystery, monsters, betrayal, brutality, and a fierce romantic tension that just won't stop. I loved this book from the beginning to the end, and can't wait to see where it goes next.
Lilly Proctor spends her life just trying to survive all the world's attacks on her. Allergy attacks, that is. She doesn't understand why she has such a hard time just existing. So when the boy she's loved most of her life humiliates her at a party, Lilly thinks she'd just like to leave this world for good, and that's all Lillian needs to make that exact thing happen. Lilly suddenly finds herself pulled into a new world, one that sometimes resembles her world, but other times is vastly different. This new Salem is overrun with strange creatures, a wild landscape, and strangest of all, magic.
Lilly was a really interesting character because even though she was physically weak in much of the book, mentally she was incredibly strong. She had convictions, and she would not back down from them no matter the consequences to herself. It was admirable. In the new world, though, where her magic is discovered, with the help of ROWAN (*sigh*), Tristan and Caleb, she was able to become much more powerful. I loved the relationship between these characters. The progression from untrusting enemies to loyal friends was completely awesome.
Trial by Fire was filled with intensity. Whether it was fighting, romantic tension, or Lilly trying to learn how to use her magic without killing herself or everyone around her, this book just didn't stop. Every once in awhile I just had to close the book so I'd remember to breathe! I loved it!
There were moments of utter savagery, where the fighting was fierce and the cruelty of certain people was barbaric. Not to mention the Woven, creatures that would tear people limb from limb, then proceed to devour them. I have to admit that even though some of the things that happened made me cringe, I still loved it. It added an urgency to the story that wouldn't have been there otherwise.
Swooning, Kissing, Sensuality & Romance:
This book was so full of tension! The constantly evolving relationship between Lilly and Rowan was so frustratingly awesome! Do they hate each other? Do they love each other? WILL THEY JUST KISS ALREADY?? Add to that the sensuality of the magical bond they have, and you have a recipe for a tension overload. I thought my heart was going to explode with it! I love this type of relationship. The kind that builds slowly and shakily. It was just, so, so good!
That Ending! WHAT?
Yeah, that was one of the biggest cliffhangers I've ever read. But one thing I did think about, the good thing about cliffhangers is that the book never lags. The intensity kept building until the very end. Now I seriously can not wait for the next book!
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- Sexual Content: Heavy
- Profanity: Mild
- Violence: Heavy
- Other notables: Witchcraft, otherworldly creatures, underage drinking, a boy spikes a girl's drink and tries to take advantage of her but doesn't go through with it.