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Review: Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

[ 6 ] June 26, 2011 |

Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Just as Bryn has finally embraced her new role in her pack, a new threat rises to challenge the werewolves of Cedar Ridge. A broken and bleeding teenage werewolf named Lucas has found his way onto Bryn’s territory–a boy who belongs to the Snake Bend pack, whose alpha Shay is Bryn’s strongest opposition. Lucas wants Bryn to claim him for her pack, but in doing so she will have to invite Shay into her territory.

But other werewolves are not the only threat to Bryn–Shay has allied himself with a group of psychics who think werewolves are nothing more than monsters. Though Bryn’s personality is definitely the most dominant, her human strength cannot rival that of the werewolves. In order to protect her pack, she is going to have to become even more like an animal and less like a human.

Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes picks up not too long after where Raised by Wolves left off. If you read my review of the first book, then you know that I was completely stunned by how it ended. I just had to know what was next for Bryn, and none of the events in Trial by Fire disappointed. There were quite a few instances where I gasped out loud, grabbed at my chest, and moved to turn the page as quickly as I could so I could greedily gulp down everything that followed.

The further I read and the deeper I immersed myself into the world of Cedar Creek, the more I began to understand just where Barnes is going with this series. I figured out a couple of pieces to her intricate puzzle in Trial by Fire, though I didn’t quite see how they all fit together until the very end.

Though Callum, the alpha of Bryn’s former pack, had very little page time, he was still a very powerful presence in Trial by Fire. Bryn may not always like Callum, but she respects him and the way he leads his pack. Callum also has the ability to see into the future, and we get a few glimpses of what Bryn’s future may hold. It will seriously send shivers up your spine!

Look for the next installment in the Raised by Wolves series, coming in the Summer of 2012.

Rating: 3.5/5

Check out Jennifer’s review of Raised by Wolves

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Egmont USA. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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Category: Children's Books, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult

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  1. 3
    Colleen Turner says:

    More werewolves :)? I just cannot learn to love these books….I have tried but past the Twilight series they just don’t intrigue me. Being that it sounds like it is a good example of the genre, however, I will pass this one along to my paranormal literature loving friends. Thanks for the review!

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      Jen says:

      I’m not at all a Twilight fan and I’m more of a vampire lover than a werewolf lover, but I think you should try them anyway; they really surprised me and I CANNOT wait for the next one!!

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        Grace says:

        I do agree with Jen. Many people assume that Twilight is the book that started it all. Sure, there were not as many paranormal books as there are now but this book isn’t trending on “vampires/werewolves”.
        They are really good and you’d be surprised…many books can surprise you.
        Each person comes up with a different world; nobody creates one exactly the same. If you say you’re reading another “Twilight”, it may insult the author because they thought of a unique idea.
        If it truly was another “Twilight”, they wouldn’t have gotten it published.

        Also, food for thought: did you know that the idea for a seventeen-year-old immortal vampire who drinks animal blood to survive and falls in love with a human girl is not Stephanie Meyer’s idea at all.

        L.J. Smith originally published her book “Vampire Diaries: The Awakening” in 1991, in which Stefan is that seventeen-year-old vampire described above. She built a series on that idea and it is still currently a bestseller.

        Twilight was published in 2005, over a decade after Vampire Diaries was published. It’s not an issue of old-fashioned vs. new anyways. They’re both current and very popular.

        So, if you argue that it’s just another “Twilight”, it may seem that way, but each paranormal book is unique in it’s own. I admire your opinion, but I had to contest it this time.


  2. 2

    I have not read anything by this author, but you have made me want to try her. Do you think you will be doing any giveaways for this series?

  3. 1
    Carol Wong says:

    Thank you for this review. This one sounds like a must read page turner for those who love this genre. It sounds like it has truly accomplished its goal of being frightening and amazing.

    Carol Wong

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