Trail by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Trail by fire follows the main character, Lily Poctor whose life-threatening allergies have always kept her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high-school party. But after a humiliating incident in front of half of 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. Lily realises that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. Thrown into a world she doesn’t understand, Lily must learn with the help of Tristan, Rowan and Caleb how to survive, but how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?

Zoe: Hi its just Zoe here today, and I will be reviewing my most recently read book ‘Trail By Fire’. I absolutely loved this book. I thought it had a roller coaster plot line and awesome characters. I think the story gets better as you go on and the beginning is definitely not the strong part of the book. I loved the concept of having alternate universes, which Lily travelled to. I love the world building in this book. Josephine Angelini does a really good job of crafting the world of Salem in both universes and developing magic.

I loved the characters in this book especially Rowan. I thought he was developed really well and changed a lot through the book as he warmed to Lily and believed she was telling the truth. I thought the fact that people could have a different version of themselves in an alternate universe was so cool, and how different they could be in the 2 different versions. The ending of this book is a little bit abrupt and leaves us with tons of questions, which will be revealed in the 2nd book but was a massive cliffhanger. Trail Fire is a fantasy, sci-fi book and I don’t usually like fantasy books but this was a really nice surprise, which was a really fun read full of action and magic. I think it could get a bit confusing at parts, especially when Lily was first found in the alternate universe and everything was really strange to her but it got a lot easier. Also the book swapped perspective without much warning which was also quite confusing. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy, sci-fi and action packed books, but even if you don’t like fantasy I would give it a go because it really surprised me.

Age recommendation: 12-18

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