Trial by Fire (Raised by Wolves #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Published June 14, 2011
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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.
Review: Bryn might be settling into her alpha position, but there's more than one 'person' trying to take it away from her. We all knew this was bound to happen. Bryn is only human, sure she's Resilient, but her world is filled with werewolves and other special things - saying what these 'special things' are would be a major spoiler, so I'll refrain. But I can give a hint, think of Bryn and how she's...scrappy. Just like in the first book, Trial by Fire is well written and engaging. There's something about it that makes you want to keep reading. I was a bit disappointed in the new threats that came Bryns way. I actually disliked that story arc, not to the point were I flat out hated it, but enough where I wished I could move on. I am glad that the parts with the new characters were spread out so it didn't feel like a total invasion to the story. I did bring the rating down to four stars. There seems to be a kind of pattern in the conflict category. They seem to be built up and they just don't deliver. I do think this times conflict was resolved/handled in a better way than last time, but not enough where I felt satisfied. Thus, the four star rating. Don't get me wrong, I thought this book was great, just not as awesome as the first book. BUT, can I just say the ending was ideal. Finally, we have some movement on Bryn and the alpha front. Not to mention, Callum and all his glory. Just from the ending, it really gets you pumped to read the third book. Is it 2012, yet?
Spoilers – READ AT YOUR OWN RISK:
I didn’t expect Lucas to challenge Bryn. I mean, talk about a total shocker. Not only that, but I could of sworn two things would have happened: 1) she would get bit so bad she would turn 2) she would die. I never thought she’d live, but, hey, it’s Bryn we’re talking about here and she’s scrappy.
Callum, Callum, Callum, oh~ Can they (Bryn & Callum) just go ahead and get together already? It would make my day, year, life, etc.
Something just bugs me about the way Bryn is leading her pack. I know she’s giving them a no-alpha-approach and trying to run them differently, but…I just don’t think it’s working and I think that, at the end of this series, Bryn will be the one to lead the North American werewolves.