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?
Trial by Fire is utterly unique and one of the most original books that I have read to date. The story is exciting and the world-building superb! I loved how the story starts out very mundane and ordinary, other than Lily's unexplained "allergies", and progresses into this amazingly complex and dangerous alternate world.
I just knew there was something witchy behind Lily's affliction and couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. I was awed at how the author expertly wove in the scientific aspects into this world of witchcraft and just couldn't get enough. The darkness of this place that Lily finds herself compared to our world can't be overlooked but I loved how there were also some things that were more pure than we could find them here.
I also really liked how well developed the characters were, even the secondary characters felt relatable and like there was more about them that I would love to know. The romantic obstacles were interesting to say the least and there just seemed to be this amazing spark between Lily and Rowan. The complex relationship and feelings between them because of Lily's mirror image in this world, just makes it even more intense.
The whole book is quite enthralling and if you are a fan of books about witches and would like to find one set within a very unique world then I think this is the book for you.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. April