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Trial by Fire

(Raised by Wolves #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  13,487 ratings  ·  599 reviews
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.
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by EgmontUSA (first published May 26th 2011)
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Mish Yes, by a lot. This book takes Bryn further into being Alpha, and there are a few new "beings" that are introduced into the werewolf world. I…moreYes, by a lot. This book takes Bryn further into being Alpha, and there are a few new "beings" that are introduced into the werewolf world. I recommend it.(less)
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Rating: 4.5 stars

Favourite Quote: I could feel his heart beating, feel his mind and thoughts blending with my own as the two of us stood there, bathed in the moonlight and feeling its effects like a drug.
Whoever Chase was, he was mine.

There is a lot of good werewolves books out there but the Raised by Wolves series would have to be my absolute favourite. So I was a little nervous about book two but it didn't disappoint with it pulse pounding plot and awesome characters.

Barnes writing is fast pac
Mar 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
We return to the best YA werewolf series known to the genre, this is said by Melissa Marr, and me.

Bryn knew all along that the other Alphas that make up the Senate--besides Callum--would come after her at some point in time for the female Weres in her pack. And when Shay comes to the forefront of a new feud between the Cedar Ridge Pack and the Snake Bend Pack, it comes as no surprise. Shay, being Bryn's best friend's older brother and Alpha of the Snake Bend Pack, has instigated the most unassu
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
*Rating* 4.0
*Genre* Young-Adult-Paranormal

Trial by Fire is the second novel in the Raised by Wolves series which features Bronwyn (Bryn) Alessia St. Vincent Clare as the only human Alpha of a werewolf pack called the Cedar Ridge Pack. She was raised in Callum’s pack since the age of four after her parents were murdered by a rogue werewolf named the Rabid. I’d recommend reading Raised by Wolves first since both books tie in together and you can better understand why Shay is such an asshat
Jun 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
This series just keeps getting better. Barnes has written a beautifully complex and entertaining story. This is one of the best if not the best werewolf series that I’ve ever read!

The characters, this story, it’s simply amazing. It’s addicting.

Bryn continues to be a character that I admire. I thought that the girl had guts in the first novel, but now that she’s alpha there are new characteristics that began to shine through in the second installment. That impulsive girl in book one is now resp
Aug 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
(4.5 stars)

I really loved this book. There aren't a lot of Werewolf books that I can say that I totally love, but this series is definitely one of them.
There really isn't a lot I want to say about Trial by Fire, so I'll just keep it short and sweet.
I absolutely adore Bryn. I love her strength and fairness and I love how even though she's alpha she doesn't take advantage of that power.
I love Chase and Devon, those two are my favorite besides Bryn herself.
I think Chase is really good for Bryn, s
Miriam Mathew
Wow! Just when I didn't think the storyline couldn't possibly get better than it already was, it did. Trial by Fire is a fitting and mindblowing sequel to Raised by Wolves. I loved every single moment of it, so much that I couldn't even put it down for a single second. An amazing read.
Dec 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Kristina Snyder
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you loved and enjoyed Raised by Wolves, then you will also love and enjoy Trial by Fire. It did not disappoint me at all. Once I started this book, I didn't want to put it down. I had to see what happened, because poor Bryn had everything coming at her and the pack. Bryn's pack contains a lot females and young children. Bryn has to do whatever it takes to protect them, especially from Shay. Lucas shows up hurt asking Bryn to help him. Of course, Bryn can't turn anyone down. She is a true Alph ...more
I really enjoy this serious, it has depth, great plot, and characters you know and care about, plus the added bonus it's a romance. This story takes off were it left off.Bryn is Alpha of the Cedar Ridge Pack, and getting accustomed to what that means to her the human non werewolf girl. I really like Bryn she is spunky, smart, speaks her mind, cares about whats hers, has a big heart, and is willing to sacrifice. She has lots of responsibility to her pack, and she takes it seriously. This story ha ...more
Wow, this was a great book! Definitely not a filler middle book. Bronwyn (Bryn) Alessia St. Vincent Clare is an Alpha- the pack leader- and she's human! If that's not enough she is intelligent way beyond her 16 years, they often are in YA books, but she is like no other heroine that I know of. She asks for advice, she's caring, compassionate, she kicks butt big time, she is great at thinking on her feet, she always tries to do her very best and she leans on her pack while still maintaining ultim ...more
Emma (Miss Print)
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bea
**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
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
This is fabulous sequel to Raised by Wolves. I loved getting back into the world Jennifer created and getting to see how much Bryn has grown and continues to grow as a character and as an alpha with her pack, of broken, lovable, and relatable characters.

Bryn is fiercely a devoted alpha and will do anything for her pack. The love and support they have for each other continues to grow stronger as they form a united front when a rogue wolf enters their territory, they're threatened by a coven of ps
Kate (Nomalicious Reads)
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, favourites, reviewed
More reviews can be found at my new blog Nomalicious Reads

I was literally counting down the days for Trial by Fire, and once it was, the good people at the Book Depository sent it off to me all the way here in Australia, and even though it usually takes a week, I was checking my mail box every day in anticipation.

Once it had arrived I practically devoured it.

The best thing about Trial by Fire and Raised by Wolves, is that romance wasn't the main drive of the novel, sure it was there, and like ev
Though I really like all of the characters in this series, I felt Trial by Fire was weaker than Raised by Wolves. I was little bored until the last 30 pages of the book.

Bryn is still an interesting character, but now that she's alpha of the Cedar Ridge Pack, I would expect her to be "scrappier" than she was when she was just a human in a pack. But, no. She's pretty mild now that she's the leader and there's no Callum for her to rebel against.

The personalities that really sparkled in Raised by
Nov 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
In this sequel to Raised By Wolves, Bryn is trying to settle into her new role as a human alpha of a werewolf pack. Her troubles increase when a teenager werewolf, beaten and bloody, is found on her doorstep. Because he is not from her pack, his alpha can claim him, and there's nothing Bryn can do about it. Or is there? While she is trying to find a way to claim the boy as her own pack, Bryn stumbles across secrets that may endanger her and her pack even further. will she find a way out? Or will ...more
Oct 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Trial by Fire definitely doesn't suffer from Second Book Syndrome. If anything, it's much better than the first book, Raised by Wolves. I vaguely remember reading that book a while back, and I also remember thinking it was good. However, the writing in this book takes everything up a notch.

*hands shaking on the keyboard*
Ok. I'm just gonna say it. This thing reads like one of Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson novels! I know that any of you out there who are fans of Mercy, know what a huge
Jun 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-goodies, pnr-stuff
I thought "Raised by Wolves" was a brilliant story, and nothing could surpass it; but, my goodness, this one comes close!

Bryn, the Alpha of her small pack (and human too!) gets entangled with a coven of psychics who are in league with Shay (Devon's brother) who wants the female weres of Bryn's pack. There are a lot of twists and turns, but nothing detracts from the edge-of-the-seat plot, and the writing is exceptional.

Devon and Lake are super side-kicks and some dialogue is definitely laugh-out-
S.J. Bell
Raised by Wolves was my favorite book of 2010, and I've plugged it perhaps a bit more than an impartial reviewer should. But there was a reason for my fanboyish behavior: Jennifer Lynn Barnes is good. Her writing is engaging, her plotting is tight, and her characters are believable. Most books take a while to get into, but Raised by Wolves grabbed me right at the start and didn't let go until the end. It sets the bar pretty high for a sequel, but I'm happy to report that Trial by Fire meets this ...more
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
My 7th grader and I loved this book and can’t wait to start book 3!
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've written a review for the entire series which can be found on my review page as it may contain spoilers for all three books:

Raised by Wolves Review
Nov 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who liked Raised by Wolves, and werewolves
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Trial by Fire is the sequel to Raised by Wolves, a book I read and liked last year. I also liked this sequel....although not quite as much. Don't get me wrong, it was excellently written. Jennifer Lynn Barns has some serious writing talent. I can't wait for her to write more books. Her writing is lyrical and easy to follow, and it just...flows. I can't explain it. Just read it, will you? At least give Raised by Wolves a try, if you haven't already.

Normally, I'd go for an in-deapth review and com
Alexandra Bayer
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bryn is an anomaly: the only human acting as alpha and leading a pack of werewolves. It's a tough and lonely job, with many difficult decisions to make with startling consequences. When Bryn finds another alpha's Were, named Lucas, bloody and mid-Shift on her doorstep, she doesn't know what to do. On the one hand, she wants desperately to protect him; on the other, she can't just claim one from another alpha's pack. The boy blacks out right after telling Bryn that she's his last hope for protec ...more
Nov 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Raise By Wolves was my first werewolf-based novel I had read. Jennifer Lynn Barnes did a fantastic job at defining, capturing and explaining the essence and mannerisms of a werewolf and their pack (the social, the physical, their hierarchy system, etc.). She explored it successfully, and that, in my eyes, was compelling. However, with its sequel Trial By Fire, I didn’t enjoy it as much, until...a Glee reference came out of no-where! Actually there was quite a lot of the book I did admire: Jennif ...more
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 in the Raised by Wolves series
I liked this even better than the first book. I thought that it had a lot more going on- the characters are more fleshed out, and there is a lot more tension and action. Actually, just when you think that the trouble is all over, that all the battles have been fought and everything is going back to normal, another complication springs up, and everybody is in danger all over again.
This books starts off not long after the end of book 1. Bryn has broken from Ca
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Full review here

Trial by Fire, installment two of the Raised by Wolves series begins with Bryn as the new Alpha of the small but strong Cedar Ridge Pack. Bryn is very unusual, because not only is she female, but she is a human and her pack is werewolf. Things become complicated for the new Alpha when a foreign wolf, Lucas stumbles across the border and lands on her doorstep asking for refuge. He's badly wounded, having been abused by his captors, but Bryn
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved the first book in this new series. Raised by Wolves received high marks from me. I was excited to read this second in the series. Happily, it's even better than the first. Barnes' writing is beautiful with great imagery and insights into human and wolf nature.

Bryn, from whose point of view the books are written, is struggling with her new position as Alpha of the Cedar Ridge Pack. They're a new pack, a young pack, a pack with the only woman alpha and to the covetous eyes of the other pa
Sharon Tyler
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is the second book in the Raised by Wolves series for young adults, and will not disappoint those that fell in love with Bryn and her world in the first book. The book opens with Bryn and her motley pack settling into their new life. Just when everything seems to be settling down new treats arise. A new girl at school and some crazy dreams have Bryn on edge when a young werewolf lands on their doorstep; bloody, beaten, and looking for a savior. Lucas comes f ...more
Bailey (IB Book Blogging)
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I adored Raised by Wolves, the first novel in the series, so I was really glad that I had an ARC of this one waiting in the wings. There are so many novels about werewolves in YA right now but Barnes has a fun, new take to them in her novels, and I love how they are written. My favorite thing about this series is that the pack relationship is so strong. They are willing to go to any lengths to protect each other from things or people that they perceive as threats. Even though there are some heav ...more
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