Trial by Fire (Raised by Wolves Series #2)

Trial by Fire (Raised by Wolves Series #2)

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


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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. Bryn faces both the costs, and the rewards of love and loyalty in this thrilling sequel to Raised by Wolves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606841686
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/14/2011
Series: Raised by Wolves Series , #2
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 963,416
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.26(d)
Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Lynn Barnes is the author of the popular Raised by Wolves series. A former competitive cheerleader, teen model, and comic book geek, she wrote her first book at the age of nineteen. She has a PhD in developmental psychology from Yale University and teaches at the University of Oklahoma. You can visit her online at or follow her on Twit­ter @jenlynnbarnes.

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Trial by Fire 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 146 reviews.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
**This review (and the book itself) contains MAJOR spoilers for Raised by Wolves. You have been warned.** Brynn thought spending the first fifteen years of her life living with the werewolves of the Stone River Pack was hard. Turns out being the alpha of her own pack is even harder. Brynn is still human, she is still a teenager. But she is also the alpha of the Cedar Ridge pack meaning she is responsible for the safety and wellbeing of an entire pack of werewolves--living day to day with Were who could just as easily kill her as choose to let her lead them. Worse, being alpha means dealing with the other packs and their--ruthless, older, male--alphas who would mostly want nothing more than to see Brynn dealt with and her pack absorbed into their own. Callum, her former mentor, might want something else but with a Were like Callum it's impossible to know for sure. When a battered teenage boy appears in the center of Cedar Ridge territory asking for protection things get even more complicated. Brynn can't claim another alpha's wolf without starting a war. She can't send the boy away to let him die. Strange dreams of fire and other threats start appearing everywhere. No one said being alpha would be easy. No one said how long Brynn would last as alpha either in Trial by Fire (2011) by Jennifer Lynne Barnes. Trial by Fire is the sequel to Barnes' powerhouse novel Raised by Wolves. Trial by Fire is a great sequel. Barnes capitalizes on the unique world she created in Raised by Wolves while continuing to develop the world of the North American packs and some other supernatural beings to great effect. All of the characters readers will want to see from the first book are here with further character development and expanded histories, particularly Lake and Devon. Chase, by comparison, still has a lot of question marks about his past and his general character but that is, at least, explained more in this installment. It hardly seems possible but this book is even more exciting than the first. Brynn is facing challenges from all sides with very few options for help. With danger looming from all sides, Trial by Fire is a definite nail-biter that will draw readers in with action, adventure and even more twists than the first novel in the series. Not to mention a dynamite ending that will leave readers clamoring for a new installment about Brynn and the Cedar Ridge pack. Possible Pairings: White Cat by Holly Black, I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, Clarity by Kim Harrington, Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan, Divergent by Veronica Roth
Roxxie_girl More than 1 year ago
This is one of those series you think about over and over in your head long after you've read it. I can't wait for the next book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great follow up to Raised By Wolves. Lots of action!!!!!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Gold Star Award Winner! Bryn loves her new life with her pack - until a wolf enters her territory. He's badly hurt and he's asking for protection. With Shay as his Alpha, he's been used as a punching bag, until Shay gave him to a group of psychics. Bryn doesn't know what to do. She doesn't want to turn him away, but neither can she help him within the rules of the werewolves. She desperately tries to find a loophole in the rules. Before she can figure out a solution, the psychics show up in town. A new girl starts at school, and Bryn knows she's a threat. Caroline isn't normal, she's a hunter. She can't be tracked and she never misses a target. She has the ability to take out Bryn's entire pack. The psychics hate werewolves. Each time Bryn meets them, she learns more about them. With the psychics and Shay looking for a fight, Bryn needs to watch her back very carefully. She knows what's at stake, and she's not about to give in or give up her pack for anything. I couldn't wait to read this book as I *loved* RAISED BY WOLVES! TRIAL BY FIRE was simply amazing. I loved the power of Bryn, and how her pack's different and how she as a human is different from the other Alphas. I love how she tries to see the loopholes in dangerous situations. I love how she doesn't ever want to play by the rules, and her sense of justice. Mostly, there isn't anything I don't love about Bryn. I love Lake, Chase, and Dev, too. With this one, I laughed, I cried, and I had to re-read the ending twice to understand it. The ending absolutely blew me away - I'm already looking forward to the third book in the series!
LeanneSF on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bryn grows into her role as alpha of the Cedar Ridge pack. Tension and emotions build in her struggle with another alpha and the arrival of a coven of human psychics. A thrilling, fast-paced read with twists and a little romance mixed up. Definitely recommend reading this after the first book, Raised by Wolves.
Vivacie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bryn might be settling into her alpha position, but there's more thanone 'person' trying to take it away from her. We all knew this wasbound to happen. Bryn is only human, sure she's Resilient, but herworld is filled with werewolves and other special things - saying whatthese '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 andengaging. There's something about it that makes you want to keepreading. I was a bit disappointed in the new threats that came Brynsway. I actually disliked that story arc, not to the point were I flatout hated it, but enough where I wished I could move on. I am gladthat the parts with the new characters were spread out so it didn'tfeel like a total invasion to the story.I did bring the rating down to four stars. There seems to be a kind ofpattern in the conflict category. They seem to be built up and theyjust don't deliver. I do think this times conflict wasresolved/handled in a better way than last time, but not enough whereI felt satisfied. Thus, the four star rating.Don't get me wrong, I thought this book was great, just not as awesomeas the first book.BUT, can I just say the ending was ideal. Finally, we have somemovement on Bryn and the alpha front. Not to mention, Callum and allhis glory. Just from the ending, it really gets you pumped to read thethird book.Is it 2012, yet?
sithereandread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
TRIAL BY FIRE, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, strattles the line of YA and adult fantasy/supernatural. As an avid reader of both levels of this genre, this book really takes YA up a notch and brings the gritty truth of the dangers of the supernatural world to light. I really enjoyed Raised by Wolves so I was thrilled to receive an early copy of Trial by Fire. The first book highlighted the manifestation of Bryn's abilities, but this book put her to the test over and over in her new Alpha status. I really like how Barnes steps outside the box of the typical supernatural wolf, and keeps Bryn as a human girl while still being a part of the pack. I think it's extremely creative and adds a unique element to the series. I think Bryn is a great example of a strong female YA lead. Even though Bryn is the obvious lead, I felt this book was more of an ensemble piece. More of the secondary characters were fleshed out and I really enjoyed getting to know about all of them. My favorites of course are still Chase (swoon), Devon, and Lake. I loved the dynamic of the pack how they were very close as friends, but when the pack was threatened they still stuck together in their instinctual mind-set as well. Overall, this was a great sequel for this series. With the added action and suspense, this book is definitely a contender for my favorite YA fantasy/supernatural book this year. Fans of the series will love it!
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked "Raised By Wolves" well enough. I liked the world set up and I liked Bryn. I have to admit that the story felt a lot like the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong in how the packs are set up and how sometimes things are more violent than what we'd like for them to be for our werewolf heroines and heroes. However "Trial By Fire" takes that basic story from the first book and really steps it up a notch. Now Bryn is the Alpha of her own pack, the Cedar Ridge pack. The pack consists mostly of her friends from the first book, her adopted mom Ali and Ali's young twins, and the young children Bryn and friends saved in the first book. Oh, yeah...Bryn's still a human. She's a special human, she's resilient but she still is human. She can still be killed. When an abused teenage werewolf shows up on her pack's doorstep and begs not to be sent back, Bryn has her first serious problem at hand. If she doesn't send him back to his own pack, it will start a war with that group. And if she does, the werewolf will likely continue to be tortured or die. To add even more to that fire, a witches coven is suddenly finding the Cedar Ridge pack very interesting and they begin to offer their own unique brand of threats. This series is far more interesting as far as the world building and character development goes. The story isn't boring but their also isn't as much action as there is in a lot of the YA paranormal stories out there. But their is tension, there is build up. And most of all, these characters feel so real. Their desire to protect the others in the pack at any cost is such a remarkable and beautiful thing. I found myself very proud of Bryn and her second in command Devon and their friend Lake. These are some strong teenagers! I am back and forth on how I feel about Bryn's boyfriend Chase. He isn't as strong as Bryn or the others and he makes choices that annoyed me in this book a time or two. I am interested to see where the author goes with this relationship and how she will rest my doubts about him if this relationship proceeds. My hope is that we will get to see more of the other pack members in the future installments. I think they all have their own worthy stories to tell. We also get some hints of a huge change that may come sooner or later to Bryn and that will have a very serious impact on the series. If you are wavering on whether to read this book and even somewhat enjoyed the first book, I would say go right ahead. You may be pleasantly surprised by this one. If you haven't read the first book, I encourage you to do so. This is is solid werewolf series.
bookharpy More than 1 year ago
Trial by Fire left me feeling like I was thrown in the dryer and thrown around everywhere. The story starts off full of action and intrigue and mystery from the first page. And it keeps ramping up the suspense and action up to the VERY LAST page. I was honestly worried that perhaps this book would not be as good as the first, but the characters and plot just keep developing and evolving into something more enigmatic and complex. Loving Bryn's personality and character are almost a no-brainer must. What stands out and attracts everyone is her fierce and overwhelming desire to protect her friends, family and pack. She has such a strength of will and character in a way most wish they could match. She fears so intensely at times the possible threats to her pack members that I feel my own heart clench in panic. The plot was solid and complex, not a simple single train of thought, but a tangle of simultaneous plights to be overcome. She solves the "main" obstacle and suddenly there is another one popping up right in it's place. And that teaser of an ending?!?! I suspected she would request "that". The way Bryn feels and her status as alpha, I figured it was a matter of time before she came to the same conclusion I had. Excited to see how things play out in the next and final installment in the Raise By Wolves trilogy.
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This book was a good book it will keep u on your toes the whole time . I enjoyed most of the fights the thing that i didn't like was their was a lack of romance un like the first one. At the end u will love the book!!!!!!!!
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I thought this was a really good book for the second one. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop. I can't wait to read the third one!
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Kislyn More than 1 year ago
This is part of a series....need to read all 3. Not just for young adults.
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Jaggyr More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was really great! But the thing that gets me is that the girl on the cover looks so much like me its crazy! I had so many people point this book out to me because of the girl on this cover and the other books in this series.
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