I received this galley in consideration for an honest review.Firewalker by Josephine Angelini
Series: Worldwalker #2
Published by Macmillan on September 1, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
"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.
When we left Lily, she was burning herself on a pyre so that she and Rowan could escape the dangers of the other Salem. Much of Firewalker was spent trying to build Lily’s army, or at least decide what to do, in her world. I really loved seeing Rowan and Lily in the modern world and it gave some perspective between the two worlds; one still primitive by today’s standards and one (our world) that had forgotten its magic. Rowan was as patient and swoony as ever, although his motivations still seemed mysterious to me, at times. Lily’s disappearance was not unnoticed, so there were some tense moments as they dealt with the consequences of Lily’s world-jumping. The presence of Lillian is never far away and I was really glad that we finally found out some of the missing pieces from Lillian and Rowan’s previous relationship, although the truth was pretty devastating
We are introduced to some new characters in Firewalker and by the end of the story, I was very attached to them. They gave Lily much needed emotional strength and grounded her as she faced her next seemingly impossible task. The pace picked up toward to the end and I found myself mad because I wanted more pages! I think I can see where the story is heading, and if I’m right, the third book is going to be pretty epic. While not as strong as book one, Firewalker filled in some much needed information and was a good set-up for what will surely be an amazing finale.