Sequels can be hard to get through because more often than I’d like to think the second book in a series drags. Thankfully, though, Trial by Fire does not. Oddly enough, I read the first book, Raised by Wolves, around the same time as this one. 🙂 And, as always with sequels, this review will be short to avoid potential spoilers.
Just like in the first book, Bryn’s voice comes through authentically, clearly, and believably. The events in the first book have left her in a position of power, but also a position of stress and importance. I really like the fact that she’s a human amongst werewolves. She does, however, posess a unique ability, making her a Resilient, but she is at the core a human, and seeing how she deals with keeping her pack safe and navigating the waters of werewolf politics is rather fascinating.
What I liked most about this book is how well thought out the werewolf politics are. Ms. Barnes has taken the pack-mentality of real wolves and, in a sense, heightened it to create this mythology of mental/psychic bonds, and laws that govern all werewolves. I really like the idea of there being a Senate and I hope we get to see “them” in a future installment.
Ms. Barnes throws in a few twists, ones I didn’t see coming, and I enjoyed the addition of the psychics. They added another dramatic element and kept the story moving forward. Chase and Bryn’s relationhip balances well with the action and fans of the first book will definitely love this one, as well. I can’t wait for the next book!