Firewalker - Book Review
Book #2 in the Worldwalker Trilogy
UK Publisher: Macmillan children books
“You think I’m a monster by choice, 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 fuelled 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 …
Firewalker is the second novel in Josephine Angelini’s Worldwalker trilogy. Packed with emotions, backstory and a few new surprises, it was a most enjoyable read. However as much as I liked this sequel, it didn't wow in quite the same way as the first book, Trial by Fire.
Picking up within minutes of where the last book left off, this book sees Lily returned back to her world. Yet her other self, Lillian, still resides in the alternate reality of New Salem, and she is desperate to have Lily return. Even if it means revealing a truth that will tear Lily and Rowan apart.
Yet as Lillian begins to share the her own memories with Lily, Lily finally begins to understand that Lillian may not be as evil as she first appears. In fact- she is just trying to prevent the demise of her own world, and for that she desperately needs Lily’s help.
But Lily cannot help Lillian on her own, but the question remains, just how much is Lily willing to sacrifice for a world that is not her own? And which of her friends will make it through the war with the Woven alive?
Despite a few nit-pickings, I ultimately enjoyed this book. Firewalker sees the return of some old characters, who add a great emotional depth to the story, and its also nice to see Lily expanding her circle of friends. However while their quick acceptance of Lily’s situation seemed a little unnatural, its didn't take away my enjoyment of the plot.
Yet while the plot is slower paced, we finally get to learn more about Lillian’s character through a series of flashbacks and shared memories. I really enjoyed this backstory as Lillian is somewhat of an enigma, and the more I learn about her the more interesting she becomes.
Lillian also helps Lily grow as character, for while Lily doesn't necessarily agree with the choices Lillian has made, Lily at least now understands the reasons behind Lillian's seemingly ruthless decisions. Not only does this allow Lily enough information to make her own choices, but she is smart enough to learn from Lillian’s mistakes.
The romance in this book also becomes more complicated. Lily becomes forced to keep secrets that of course, lead to conflict between her and Rowan. And while Lily’s old flame Tristan is in the story, it was a little heartbreaking to see how the dynamics of their friendship have changed after Lily’s time in the other world. While Tristan may have been a jerk in the previous book, I couldn't help but feel sorry for him in this one.
Overall a great read! With such a cliffhanger of an ending leaving me thirsting for more, I can’t wait to get my hands on the last book! 4 stars!