Book Review: Trial by Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy #1) by Josephine Angelini


Book: Trial by Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy #1)

Author: Josephine Angelini

Plot: 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.(Official synopsis)

Rating: 3/5


Attack of the science Lord !!

This could have been a start of a beautiful relationship but then tragedy struck and I kind of had to take my hand away from the series because it had started giving me whiplashes from constant nodding of my head in disapproval

Trial by fire indeed seemed to be a trial run with mixing science, paranormal and a whole bunch of other stuff that usually doesn’t gel well together and neither does now. The very first chapter is very promising and I kind of was looking forward to an impressive journey with the book, but everything went downhill from the point book enters into the paranormal/supernatural lane

The author’s actual story is taking place in a different world and that is actually where I lost this book. The world she describes in the book is very hard to perceive and map out in my mind. I mean how could you possibly draw a picture of a world where people wear breeches and Victorian gowns and speaking about amino acids breaking inside the body or the benefits of atomic level diffusion paving way to create energy that is inexhaustible …and blah blah blah … well you get the picture right? No? don’t worry even I didn’t….

May be I would have appreciated this book more if I had not slept through my science classes but unfortunately I did. In fact I championed in the art of hibernating going through these excruciating and brain numbing science classes. Hence the reason why people need to draw me pictures, if they have to make me understand something (my boss has become an artist by now just because of this )

Anyways coming back to the book, the book gets really scientific to the point that it hampers the experience of reading a paranormal book and the basic trouble for me was that I couldn’t picture the core world in which the story was going on and thus everything that was happening was all a blur. In plain and brutal language… the world was boring

Language is good but I am not a big fan of the core plot because I think an ounce of strengthening was short in the book and its structure. The whole book is hovering and not actually seeping into the depth of the book.