Worlds divide, magic slays, and love lies in the second book of Josephine Angelini’s The Worldwalker Trilogy.
"You think I’m a monster, but my choices, as ruthless as they seem, are justified."
Lily is back in her own universe, and she's ready to start a new life with Rowan by her side. True, she almost died in the Pyre that fueled their escape from New Salem, and must hide her magic for the safety of everyone she cares about, but compared to fighting the Woven, the monstrous creatures inhabiting the alternate Salem, life is looking pretty good.
Unfortunately, Lillian, ruthless ruler of the 13 Cities, is not willing to let Lily go that easily. If she can’t persuade Lily to return to her world, she will force her to come back by doing away with the ones she loves.
Picking up right where Trial By Fire left off, Firewalker is another sexy, fast-paced, heartbreaking thrill ride from internationally bestselling author Josephine Angelini!
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
Four stars: A good sequel, but it ends abruptly with a cliffhanger.
After the battle, Lily and Rowan land back in Lily's world. Lily is burned badly and barely alive. Thankfully, Rowan is able to nurse her back to health. Safely nestled back at home, Lily should be happy to put the terrible events of Rowan and Lillian's world behind her, but she can't. Lillian reaches across the worlds at night and shares her memories with Lily via dreams. Through Lillian's memories, Lily begins to understand why Lily was forced to make the difficult decisions she did. Lillian keeps insisting that Lily must return to help her save her world, but Lily refuses, until Rowan tells her he has to go back. Before long, Lily and her new group of mechanics are back in Rowan's Salem. Can Lily save Rowan's world?
What I Liked:
- It took me a bit of time to reacquaint myself with this world, but once I immersed, I quickly remembered why I liked this series: the world building is outstanding. I love the alternate worlds and the magic, the Woven and the action and danger. If you are one who wants an excellent fantasy with outstanding world building, read this series.
- My complaint with the first book was that I didn't have a handle on Lillian, the alternate version of Lily. Lillian is painted as a monstrous villain, one who hangs scientists and scholars. In this book, Lily gains insight into Lillian's behavior, and like all things, everything isn't black and white. There are many shades of gray. Once I understood why Lillian acted the way she did, I sympathized with her, and I didn't envy her choices. Do you sacrifice a few to save many? I liked Lillian much better in this book, and I appreciate that her character has layers and layers.
- I was never a fan of Lily's Tristan in the first book, but thankfully this time out, he improves. I enjoyed getting to know Tristan better and I also liked the inclusion of Una and Breakfast in Lily's group.
- Lily is continuing to grow and change. She is becoming stronger and more confident in her powers, and I admire that she continues to do the right thing even when she is faced with terrible choices. I am especially interested to see what she will uncover with her study of the Woven and how she will handle the atomic bombs and the scientists. Will she make better choices than Lillian?
And The Not So Much:
- I liked the romance in the book up until a point, and then it suffered the dreaded middle book, stumbling block, mostly due to a lack of communication. It was frustrating, and there are hints that a love triangle might be on the horizon, I don't think so, and I hope not, but that will remain to be seen.
- I found the part where Lily explains to her friends about her situation and their quick acceptance a bit unrealistic.
- The first portion of the book moves slowly, if it wasn't for Lillian's memories, it would have dragged as not much happens. I especially didn't like the parts when Lily had to go back to school. It picks up once Lily returns to the alternate Salem.
- The ending is abrupt and it ends on a cliffhanger. Very frustrating!
Firewalker was a good sequel, though it had some problems. I didn't like that the romance hit the rocks just as it was going so well. The first portion of the book is slow, and then it hurtles toward a climatic finish only to end in an abrupt cliffhanger. Still, I like this series because I think the world building is outstanding, and I love the concept of alternate realities, the witches and firewalking. I am most eager to read the final volume to see how it all ends.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
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