Book Review: Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Trial by Fire (Raised by Wolves #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher:  Quercus (Pan Macmillan Australia)
Publication date: 1st August, 2011
Source:  Thanks to Quercus (Pan Macmillan Australia)

There can only be one alpha. 

Bryn is finally settling into her position as alpha of the Cedar Ridge Pack—or at least, her own version of what it means to be alpha when you’re a human leading a band of werewolves. Then she finds a teenage boy bleeding on her front porch. Before collapsing, he tells her his name is Lucas, he’s a Were, and Bryn’s protection is his only hope.

But Lucas isn’t part of Bryn’s pack, and she has no right to claim another alpha’s Were.  With threats—old and new—looming, and danger closing in from all sides, Bryn will have to accept what her guardian Callum knew all along. To be alpha, she will have to give in to her own animal instincts and become less human. And, she’s going to have to do it alone.

Bryn faces both the costs, and the rewards, of love and loyalty, in this thrilling sequel to Raised by Wolves.

My Review:

Favourite Quote:  I could feel his heart beating, feel his mind and thoughts blending with my own as the two of us stood there, bathed in the moonlight and feeling its effects like a drug.
Whoever Chase was, he was mine.

There is a lot of good werewolves books out there but the Raised by Wolves series would have to be my absolute favourite.  So I was a little nervous about book two but it didn't disappoint with it pulse pounding plot and awesome characters.

Barnes writing is fast paced and engaging.   I love how even though werewolves tales are a popular genre Barnes still manages to make it seem fresh and unique making for such an exceptional read.  Trial by Fire has a solid plot that is filled with action, suspense and plenty of unexpected delicious twists.

My favourite part of this series is Bryn.  I like that even though her life is full of danger she is drama free.  Just likeable and down to earth character who is strong, brave and a great leader. There is a distinctive bunch of  secondary characters who are just as fantastic.  All the characters are fighters and the underdogs.  They never back down and always try to do what is right.  You can't help admire this constantly entertaining pack and love the strength of their friendship and loyalty to each other.

Another thing I love is that this series always ends perfectly.  It wraps things up nicely but at the same time leaves you wanting more.  If only all series could end like these.

Overall, Trial by Fire is enthralling and exciting tale.  If you haven't read this series yet and are a fan of all things paranormal and supernatural, I recommend you pick it up immediately.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Writing:  4.5/5
Plot: 4.5/5
Characters: 5/5
Romance: 4/5
Cover: 4/5

For more info:  Visit Jennifer Lynn Barnes website or Pan Macmillan Australia.

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Erin W. said...

Great review! I'm looking forward to reading this book!

Anonymous said...

I really need to read this series! They sound great and I like the covers.
Awesome review, Nic :)

Jan von Harz said...

I really enjoyed the first book in this series and want to read this one as well. Byrn is also a favorite character because of her strength and independence. Great review!

Braiden said...

Glad you enjoyed it Nic! Love live Bryn!

Anonymous said...

This one sounds great, I think I'm going to tell my best friend Vi about it, she likes these books, and I don't think she has heard of it.

Thanks for the awesome review!

Ange said...

I haven't heard of this series but it does sound awesome. Thanks for the great review and I might be checking out the first book soon.

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

Yes! A series that gets it right in terms of wrapping things up but leave you hungry for more! Love that.

I have to admit to not reading to many books about werewolves, but I keep hearing great things about this series. I first took note of it on Jenny's blog and promised myself to give it a try. Since your a fan of the series to, that now adds to my motivation.

Savannah said...

Great review! I love Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Her first book amazed me!

None said...

Amazing review. Now I'm even more eager to read this book. I loved the first one.

Great blog btw. I'm a new follower.
Nimue @

Leanna Elle said...

Even though I'm not the biggest fan of Werewolves, I've really heard great things about this series, so I'm gonna have to check it out soon! :)

Jenny said...

Yay! I just adore this series, I can't get enough of Bryn and Company. I agree that Bryn remaining drama-free despite all the craziness of her life is one of my favorite parts. Can't wait for the next book:)

Yahong said...

Glad to hear that Lynn Barnes continues with her awesome werewolves! I personally love an MC without personal drama too. :)

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh this sounds so perfect. I've been wanting the first one for so long and it sounds like this second one is a perfect compliment. Love the sound of the ending too! Oh man... my wishlist runneth over! :D

A Canadian Girl said...

I'm not a huge fan of werewolves but I've heard such great things about this series. Strong and drama free characters are always a good thing!

Nina said...

I still haven't read the first book, but I have it in my posession. ;) I should read it soon, right? love werewolves, heck I even love vampires. ;) Great review.

Unknown said...

This certainly sounds exciting, by the sound of your review. I might just give this series a try. Thanks for the review, Nic :)

Rummanah Aasi said...

Oooh! I'm looking for a great werewolves story once I finish "Wolfsbane" and "Forever". Now I know where to go. :) Since both you and Jenny are big fans of this series, I really have to pick it up.

Jenny N. said...

I love it when a series has a satisifying ending. So I'm guessing that there won't be another book?

Faye( Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm) said...
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Faye( Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm) said...

I need to hurry up and read this series!Haven't read a good wolve/were story since Nightshade and The Dark Divine!

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