Trial by Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy #1)
by Josephine Angelini
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.
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.
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.
Lily Proctor has never got to do things normal teens do. She is very sick and it seems she gets more and more problems the older she gets. She decides to have one night of fun as a normal teenager and goes with her best friend and guy she has crushed on forever Tristan. The night doesn't go the way she planned and her life is forever changed. After getting really sick and humiliated in front of half the people at school she just wants to get away. A voice ask her if she wants away from there and she agrees. Soon she finds herself in a different Salem ran by a Crucible named Lillian. Lillian is the one who brought her there and is a different version of Lily. The Crucibles can be very cruel and Lily sees she has a power as well. She may have been weak in her world but in this one she is strong. Now she is in a position to help the need y in this world and take down the cruel ones. In a world full of monsters Lily finds out who she really is deep down and even falls in love.
Lily to start with is very weak and sick. She has her hands full staying well and taking care of her mother. She seems shy and not really outgoing. You do see right away she can be very stubborn. In the other Salem she comes into her own. She isn't as weak and scared. She learns to use what is inside her to help others. She does have to fight with wanting more than she should. I really liked her. Lillian is an evil person. I did not like her. She uses everyone for her own gain and doesn't care who she hurts along the way. She has her reasons for what she does but she goes way to far.
I was hooked from the first with this book. At first you get a glimpse inside what Lily goes through every day and how sick she is. She has a breaking point and when it is met that is when she agrees to get away from the hurt. It is nice seeing a character who is not exactly strong but becomes that. Lily really grows into her own and learns o work her powers in the new world. It seems she has to prove something to everyone there. At first they see her as threat then she becomes a huge help to the needy of the place. She could go bad several times but she stays strong and truly uses her power for good. I love how there is a love in this book but it's not what the whole book is about. it is one that grows. There is lots of danger, creatures, horror and more in this thrilling read. The only thing I hate now is the wait to see what will happen next. What will happen to Lilly and what will she do. I hope there is many more worlds she explores and will be interested to see what lies in them. If you want a phenomenal magical read that you won't out down till the end pick this one up.
4 out of 5 Stars