Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Trial By Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Trial by Fire (Raised by Wolves, #2)
 Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Trial by Fire (Raised by Wolves, #2)(Source: I borrowed a copy of this book.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Raised by Wolves’ series, and kicks off around a month after the end of book 1. **Unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Raised by Wolves’**
Bryn is now Alpha of the Cedar Ridge pack, and along with Devon, Maddy, and Lake she has gone back to school.
The action kicks off this time with the arrival of a foreign wolf on Bryn’s doorstep. A wolf (Lucas) that has been badly beaten and tortured, and belongs to the Snake Bend Pack – the pack of which Devon’s brother Shay is Alpha.
Shay was vocal in his dislike of Bryn and her pack, and now it seems that he’s using underhand means to try and shake Bryn and her pack, without crossing any real lines between werewolf packs.
Shay isn’t the only one who wants Lucas though, and Bryn has even more problems than she realises.

I enjoyed this book, and I have to say that it was definitely better than the first, which is often a rare thing with the second book in a series.
Bryn seems more grown up in this book, and older than her 15 years. She has a slightly different mentality now, one which has come about through the events of the previous book, and through being an alpha in her own right now. She’s definitely more mature, and has taken over a lot of responsibility in leading her own pack, especially as she is still human and female. This is obviously a problem to Shay, and probably some of the other alphas/packs, and I’m sure that this won’t be the last we hear on this subject. I doubt Shay will ever be happy until Bryn is dead.

The storyline was once again quite complex, and I wasn’t able to guess where it was going, even with the little clues along the way. There were several little twists in the tale that I didn’t see coming, and I felt for Bryn who kept having more problems thrown at her. Just when she would think that she had solved something, some other twist would come along to put her in a whole new hot-seat.

I liked Bryn’s relationship with her friends and pack mates – Devon, Lake, and Chase, and I liked how they supported each other. There wasn’t really anything in the way of romance in this book, which was a shame, but I’m hoping that Chase and Bryn’s relationship will develop more in the next book in the series.
Overall; a great second book in the series, better than the first, and full of clever twists and turns.
8 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. I really, really want to read this series now!