Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

TrialbyFireTitle: Trial by Fire

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Genre: Mystery/Paranormal/Werewolf

Publisher: EgmontUSA

Pages: 357

Rating: 4.5/5

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.

If you already read my review for the first book in this series, you know that I was torn about what to think: the story itself, with its werewolf hierarchy and politics, was interesting, but the romance between the main character and the ‘mysterious werewolf’ bored me. Luckily, this book took most of what I enjoyed about the first book without focusing too much on what I didn’t, so I was much happier with this book.

This book has plenty to do with werewolf politics as well, now that Bryn is the alpha of her own ragtag pack. She’s still human, though, so she has to learn some new things that regular, werewolf alphas don’t necessarily worry about. There are also new troubles introduced, including a group of humans. New characters are included, such as an interesting, mysterious young girl named Caroline, whom I want to learn more about in the future. The romance between Bryn and Chase is on the backburner, so I didn’t have to worry about rolling my eyes and skimming it to get to the good stuff.

Now that Bryn has her own pack, the stakes have changed a bit. It was interesting to see how she dealt with the politics of it all, all while remaining a young human girl. The supporting cast, such as her friends and guardian, are all entertaining and interesting, while Bryn didn’t annoy me as much, mostly because there wasn’t any relationship drama with Chase (I know, I keep harping about it, but for some reason it annoys me). I’m ready for the next book to come already, especially if it continues to improve on the interesting parts while downplaying the rest (such as, say, the romance, not to repeat myself or anything)…

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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