Trial By Fire by Chris Cannon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This installment continues the series with another strong story. We join up with Bryn, the perpetual black sheep (or dragon) who manages to change the system without even trying. Sure, there's injury and grave peril, but Bryn is managing to bring about a social revolution simply by being herself.
So we join Bryn and her friends at the start of a new semester immediately following the huge attack. While normally wounded or less than perfect dragons would be forced to take tutors and never come back, this year shows a new change in that policy. Sure, the students have a stigma attached, but they are still on campus and making friends with one another. By somehow making a group consisting of all of the clans, the school has managed to begin the blending of all the more insular groups.
The larger story (I think) was about Bryn and her reluctant love triangle. With Zane out of the picture, it leaves room for Bryn's Knight, Valmont, to swoop in to protect her and essentially become her live in boyfriend. She also sort-of-kind-of engaged to her roommate's boyfriend. This leads to many sticky situations, including some serious questioning of where her feelings end and where the Knight/Dragon bond begins.
The Directorate continues to be the big bad, but this book managed to get me to like Bryn's grandparents (yes, both of them!). I think if anything could be called the theme of the book, it would be moving beyond preconceived notions. Just about everyone in this book ended up surprising me. It was a quick paced read that completely had me hooked.
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