by Josephine Angelini
Published on September 1, 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
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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!
The second installment of the Worldwalker series, Firewalker, definitely did not fall prey to the second book blues. There were points where I worried that it might, but before long I was on the edge of my seat wondering what would come next. I definitely finished this book with a few choice words to say. The moment I finished it, I was yelling “That can’t be it! It can’t be!” I seriously cannot wait until I get the time to pick up Witch’s Pyre.
The beginning starts off immediately where Trial by Fire leaves it. Lily badly injured and unconscious and Rowan trying to save her. Miraculously, Lily managed to get them back to her own world. What annoyed me a little was just how *easy* everything seemed to be for them. Lily’s mom immediately found them because of her power and Rowan gets the help of Lily’s friends with little to no freak outs. I guess what I am trying to say is just that I wanted a little bit *more* – a little more struggle, a little more freaking out and questioning “why is this happening – which is why I rated it 4 stars instead of 4.5/5 stars.
One other thing that kind of annoyed me was the relationship between Lily and Lillian. One minute Lily hated Lillian and kept telling her to go away and that Lily wasn’t going to listen to her anymore. Then the next she was begging Lillian to tell her Lillian’s memories of the Ash worlds. Lily was always too curious and it’s exploded her relationship with Rowan. Though I do like that nothing ever came of the teensie tiny love triangle that I feared was starting to brew.
On to the things that I absolutely loved about this book…The new characters. Una and Breakfast, two of Lily’s friends that Rowan convinced to become her mechanics, were definitely two of my favorites. I liked that Una had a darker past than some of the “Modern” world characters did and how she faced everything new thing as a learning experience and moved past it. She was definitely a strong and independent character. Breakfast on the other hand was the clown of the group. He was the one who always had a joke ready to give at the bleakest times. But he was also very sensitive and caring about the people he loved. He may have been considered the weakest mechanic of their little group, but he made up for it by being the soul of it, by keeping everyone striving to reach their goal. That’s why Una and Breakfast’s relationship works so well; they balance each other out.
With the amount of things that happened once Lily and the gang returned to Lillian’s world, I have to say the ending was my favorite. The battle was amazingly epic and definitely surprising. There were things that I did not expect to happen, but there were also a lot of things still left in the dark. This novel definitely continued to intrigue me in a way that caused me to be unable to put the book down. I want to know more about the Woven and why they did not immediately kill Lily and the others. I want to know what is on the West Coast of their version of America.
I highly, *highly* recommend this series if you enjoy quick, action packed fantasy/paranormal novels.