Title: Fire Walker (Worldbuilders #2) by Josephine Angelini
Genre: YA Fantasy
Synopsis: 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!
I’m baaaacccckkk. Kind of. I’ve actually had a few minutes to read in the last two weeks, which is nothing short of miraculous. Being a first year classroom teacher is tough work. It’s even tougher when you are teaching with no books and have an extra grade lopped in there. That being said, I love it.
Know what else I love? This book. I was lucky enough to read the first in the series quite recently and devoured the next one. Let’s go ahead and break it down.
What I liked: Rowan is one of my favorite male YA characters. He’s sexy but caring. He definitely drew me to him in the first book, but I feel like we learn even more about him in the second book. What Angelini really did well in her sequel is that she raised the stakes. Her first book spent a good chunk of time building her alternative world and introducing the stakes, but the second book really focuses on Lily and Lillian’s struggle to save their worlds. While in “World Walker” I struggles to really understand “the point,” because there were not true stakes. That is definitely not the case with book two. The stakes are higher than ever and Angelini is not afraid to make some hard literary choices.
What I didn’t like: The beginning of the book felt a little slow to me. Angelini spends a great deal of time having Lily “recover,” which was realistic but really stunted the pacing. Outside of that, I began to feel like suddenly everyone was involved in the conspiracy. It would have been nice to see a little more separation between the two worlds.
Overall, I adore this series. I think it is imaginative, face-paced, and the romance is on-point 5/5.