Firewalker (The Worldwalker Trilogy #2) by Josephine Angelini
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Released: August 27th 2015
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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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.
Firewalker - the follow-up to Trial By Fire - is another sexy, fast-paced thrill ride from internationally bestselling author of the Starcrossed series, Josephine Angelini! (from Goodreads)
Erm, wow. What the frickity frack just happened? I can’t deal with this cliffhanger. I need the next book. I don’t want to wait. Why is life so unfair.
After the cliffhanger of the first book, I was dying to get my hands on Firewalker. Things picked up right where we left off in book one and we got to see the aftermath of Lily firewalking (or burning herself to a crisp - seriously, the scenes where Rowan was trying to heal her were quite graphic at times. I have to admit I was a bit grossed out). It took a while for her to recover, and while she was, she was still communicating with Lillian - something she was hiding from Rowan. It was interesting to see Lily back in her own world, because she had changed so much. Now she knew she was a witch, how would she live the rest of her life in a world where no-one else had magic? She had never really considered her future before and now she had a lot of decisions to make. It was great to read about how she interacted with her old friends and acquaintances as well - everyone noticed something was different about her. Most people were convinced she was kidnapped for three months, so Lily and her family had to spin some story to throw off the FBI and everyone else who was wondering what the hell happened to her. Obviously they were all still suspicious, and that was another thing Lily had to deal with, as well as help Rowan adjust to life in her world, which was so different to his.
Speaking of Rowan…just. Ugh. How could you, Rowan? After everything! Things were going so well, he was being so sweet, he was becoming fascinated with computers and being all adorable and he and Lily were so damn cute together - I was shipping it so hard. Then bam. Now, I don’t know what to think. I could understand Lily’s feelings. I know keeping secrets always ends badly, but when it came to Lillian, Rowan wasn’t rational about stuff. And honestly (as much it pains me to admit it), I felt sorry for Lillian. She had suffered. Of course, the horrible things she did were inexcusable, but I could see what had driven her to it. I have no idea what’s going to happen with the romance now. I really did not want a love triangle, but now I can’t even predict what’s going to happen next. I liked Tristan (from Lily’s world) as her friend, but I still couldn’t forgive him for cheating in book one. And now after that ending…oh my God. I need the next book.
Plot-wise, it took a while for things to really start happening, but once they did, I got really engrossed. The beginning was mostly Lily recovering and experiencing a few of Lillian’s memories, which were interesting, but it was a bit of a slow start. When Lily decided to [minor spoiler, highlight to read]tell Tristan, Una and Breakfast about her powers and claim them[end of spoiler] things began to pick up. I do think some things were a bit unrealistic. Certain people just seemed to accept that magic and parallel worlds existed a bit too easily, and it seemed a bit unbelievable that they would then go ahead and risk their lives and their homes for a girl they didn’t know very well as a result. But, while it was weird, for the most part, it didn’t actually bother me that much. I really enjoyed the interaction between Tristan, Una, Breakfast and Lily. They became closer and it was nice to see Lily have other friends, besides Tristan, from her own world. Rowan and Tristan also grew close, though I do wish we could have seen Rowan interact a bit more with Breakfast and Una. We were told they became very close (Rowan like a brother to Una) but I didn’t really feel it. Another thing I quite enjoyed was the way Lily seem to be piecing together information to build a theory about the Woven. The people from Rowan’s world had never really stopped to consider them, they were too busy trying to stay alive, and hated the Woven more than anything else. Lily was not from that world, and had a different perspective on things, and something was bothering her about it. It was a bit frustrating a times when people like Rowan kept dismissing her theories which obviously had some merit to them, but I could understand; Rowan had lost a lot of people to the Woven, and didn’t want to seem them as anything other than monsters. As for the ending…well. I honestly have no idea what will happen next, because I have no idea what actually happened. Nope. I am not believing anything until I have concrete proof. So, book three, I await you and your explanations.
Overall, I really enjoyed Firewalker. It didn’t suffer from second book syndrome and was a solid sequel. I’m definitely looking forward to book three, and recommend this series!