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?
Oh my goodness, I loved this book! Once I picked it up, I could not put it down. It's been a while since I've had a series starting book suck me in like this, so I couldn't be happier. I'm a big fan of alternate reality books, and when you add in the magic elements this book was just simply perfect. There was a whole lot going on, but the author did a fantastic job of blending everything together and explaining things in enough detail without going overboard into the info dump territory, leaving me completely sucked into the story.
I absolutely adored Lily. Sure she did grate just a bit on my nerves at the start due to how clueless she was, but that doesn't last long at all. She's thrown into one heck of a mess and it changes her right off. In fact, you almost wouldn't guess that she's the same girl as the one that started the series. While I won't talk specifics because the entire book builds upon itself, so I don't want to spoil anything, I will say that it really was amazing just how much she grew throughout one book. It didn't matter what was thrown in her path, she pushed through and I loved her for it. There were several other characters that I adored as well, but again to keep from spoiling anything, suffice it to say, the cast of characters are stellar in this one.
My only complaint about TRIAL BY FIRE was that it ended. Well and that the ending was a bit of a cliffhanger. Well cliffhanger isn't quite the right word, more of a massive game changer. I simply cannot wait to get my hands on the next book, it cannot get here fast enough! If you are looking for a fantastic read with a cast of amazing characters, an interesting world, and a plot that sucks you right, look no further than TRIAL BY FIRE. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.