Trail by Fire a Hit or Miss?

Friday, 7 October 2016






The exhilaratingly seductive new series from the author of the bestselling Starcrossed series 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?




A normal girl thrown into a world of witches and magic from an ordinary town. A great premise Trail by Fire provides. I loved it. However, I must acknowledge the use of Native American culture within the book. I asked myself questions like, "Was it well researched? Were some concepts made up? etc". We had mentions of the Iroquois language, which is very real, and titles like, Shamans and Sachems, were all scattered throughout the book. My knowledge of Native American culture isn't bountiful, hence why I tried to research as much as could to find if the book was well researched. I still haven't finished my research (because I hit a couple of dead ends) but I'll hopefully be done soon to update you guys.



  • THE STORY is incredible. The very first pages were amazing and I immediately grew very protective of Lily. She's such a wonderful character.
  • WITCHES are the bomb.com . I love the whole concept in the book and how they have stones that are like extra limbs that they use to project their powers.
  • PARALLEL UNIVERSES guys! I adore parallel universes, they make things very complicated for the characters and seeing how Lily tried to survive was amazing to read about. Josephine's writing is just so great, it just sucks you in to this world of witch craft, potions and fire.
  • WE HAVE DIVERSE CHARACTERS in the book! The Outlanders are a mix of Native Americans and other ethnicities. So we have a lot of PoC. We also have a gay character, and in the book, I love how no one made a big deal about it. It was all normal, and that just made me love the book even more. Like, "here's Caleb, he likes boys, no big deal, you like boys too, high five Lily".
  • ROWAN! I hated the guy, for so many reasons. He was very aggressive when we first meet him and very distance most times and just cruel. But we find out the reasons for his behaviour and for the things he says, and it ultimately redeems him (but not the people who were on the other end... I'm side eyeing all of you who turned out to be using Lily).
  • THE ROMANCE deserves an A+. Wouldn't it be weird to have someone you love, have a double who actually had a heart and was funny? That's what it was like for Rowan. Lillian is evil but you grew up together, shared memories of a time she was kind; Lily isn't evil, but you hardly know her, but she's funny, who would you prefer? Trying to work out everyone's feelings was such a great read.
  • CARRICK is evil, but his character was very interesting and fascinating. All his dialogue made the guy look like there was more to him than what was on the surface. I mean, like more evil dark stuff, nothing that turns him into a good guy. The reason why I like this is because it gives so much opportunity for character development in the next books.
  • FAST PACED read and just incredible story telling. The Woven are terrifyingly brilliant creations for the book.
  • THAT DAMN ENDING WAS PURE GOLD, like I had to read the next book immediately. 





  • THE WOVEN descriptions were very vague. I don't know what any of them look like. I just imagine a caterpillar cocoon with legs really and I'm 98% sure that they don't look like that.
  • SOMETIMES IT WAS TOO FAST. There were times that I had to re-read pages because it was too fast and confusing. Then at times, I just had to find out how many more pages I had left in the book. I wasn't bored, I guess I was just eager to finish.
  • GABRIEL... I have no clue what your purpose is mate. Like sure you're evil, but huh? Is that all.
  • The pages before the ending... I don't see the necessity for certain deaths.
  • SAVAGES is a no from me. Our protagonist never said this, but one of the point of views we read from called The Outlanders this and I cringed.




I liked this book. But there is definitely space to improve. Josephine's writing is jut incredible and one you're emerged into the world, you can't escape it. I recommend this book for those who enjoys books like, Poison Study, The Raven Boys and A Darker Shade of Magic. I rate Trial by Fire, four out of five stars because it's definitely a hit.


Thanks Pan Macmillan for the Review Copy
2 comments on "Trail by Fire a Hit or Miss?"
  1. Glad you enjoyed it! While I loved the starcrossed series, this one was kind of a miss for me. It's too science-y and weird for me. I would give it another try though!

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

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  2. Just me or is that cover weird? Like I legit thought the title was "I am a witch and witches burn" this whole time. I'd feel bad, but the design isn't doing it any favors. That little "sale" type sticker with the important information is just ridiculous.

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