Review: Firewalker by Josephine Angelini || An intriguing mid-bridge

Title: Firewalker
Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: Worldwalker trilogy, book 2
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Slightly warm
Page Count and Format: 339 pages, Paperback
Published: August 27th, 2015 by Macmillan Children’s Books
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Lily Proctor has made it back to her own universe, and it’s finally time for her and Rowan to be happy and relax. True, she almost died in the Pyre that fueled their escape, and they must hide her new magic for the safety of the world, but compared to fighting the monstrous Woven and leading armies in the alternate Salem, life is looking good.

‘You think I’m a monster, but my choices, as ruthless as they seem, are justified.’

Unfortunately, Lillian, ruthless ruler of the 13 Cities, is not willing to let Lily go that easily. Lily is the closest version of herself she’s ever seen in all her worldwalking, and Lillian’s running out of time. If she can’t persuade Lily and Rowan to return to her world, she’ll have to find a way to make them come back.


*Minor Spoilers*

After Lily’s last battle at Salem which left scarred and very weak, she and Rowan both managed to world jump and return to Lily’s world. But Lillian wants her to come back and the police were looking for her here, she is not safe in either of the worlds. When she begins to learn the shocking secrets of Lillian, she is forced to make a choice which will ultimately lead her to freedom or her own doom.

Firewalker is considerably slower than the first book, Trial by Fire but I was thoroughly entertained throughout the book and the plot kept me engaged till the very end. After fighting with Lillian which left Lily in a pretty bad condition, she along with Rowan are successful in returning to Lily’s own home. I actually quite enjoyed their time in Lily’s world. It acted as a buffer to what happened and what was about to come. Rowan was completely foreign to technologies and stuff like that and it was pretty enjoyable to watch him adapt in this world.

In this book, Lily finally but reluctantly opens her mind to Lillian and she decides to keep it from Rowan which leads to some major drama in the latter half of the book. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed the romance in this book, I absolutely loved Lily and Rowan together, although I did want Lily to be more open with Rowan and she went on making the same mistake as Lillian. When Rowan found out the truth, I understood his initial reaction but what he did later, I really, really hated him for that.

The world-building in this book was amazing, we got to explore a bit of the both worlds and it was really stunning. Two more characters are introduced in this book Breakfast and Una who become Lily’s mechanics along with Lily’s Tristan. It felt a little unrealistic how easily they believed Lily’s truth. Anyway, I was really worried about Lily’s feelings but I was so glad and veeeery relieved to see that she was not torn between two guys as it usually happens. As much as I didn’t like Tristan in the beginning, he slowly warmed up to my heart but that ending!! I couldn’t believe it, it came off just freaking nowhere and left me heartbroken.

Overall, Firewalker was a good read, albeit not as exciting as the first book but it still was an engaging read. As usual, I loved Lily and Rowan and my faith in Rowan kinda shook after what he did. Nonetheless, the writing was beautiful and pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what do you think about this book? Have you read this series yet?

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4 thoughts on “Review: Firewalker by Josephine Angelini || An intriguing mid-bridge

  1. It was definitely slower and I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t love the first one but I was optimistic about this installment given everything that happens in Trial by Fire near the end. I think I just expected more action instead of them just bumming around in Lily’s real world.

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