Trial by Fire
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
publication date: June 14 2011
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.
I am honestly disappointed with Trial by Fire; I read the first one last year and loved it, was excited to read Trial by Fire and was disappointed by the plot. I did still like the book but I found some parts boring.
Bryn is the Alpha of her pack, she has to protect her pack and make tough decisions, and she puts her life on the line. Bryn is one of the strongest YA characters I have read about in awhile. She lays her life down on the line for her pack and especially Chase.
We are introduced to a new character named Lucas. Lucas shows up on Bryn’s doorstep bloodied and beaten, almost to the point of death. She takes him and lets him heal, all the while trying to figure out what to do with him.
Lucas is part of Shay’s pack, Shay wants Bryn dead, and she has to figure out if Lucas is a trap or not. Then she finds out Shay made an agreement with a family of physics. There bad news, and have far more power than Bryn can handle. Soon she is faced with a battle between her pack and the coven, only one of them will survive.
I did find this book enjoyable but also kind of boring at times, I don’t know why but I just couldn’t get into this book as much as I thought I would. I was disappointed with the lack of romance between Bryn and Chase. There were some intimate parts with the both of them, but everything revolved around the pack and she has some tough decisions to make.
I really did like Bryn’s loyalty to her pack but found her kind of annoying at times with her talking about saving the pack, having to protect the pack. I get it, I really do I just found some parts a little cheesy and annoying. But all badness aside I do have to say that Jennifer is a talented author, and I’m looking forward for the next book in the series.