Original Title: Firewalker
Year Published: 2015
Published by: Macmillan Children’s Books
Number of Pages: 339
First Sentence: “Lily lay floating on a raft of pain.“
Goodreads Rating: 3/5
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.
I loved Trial by Fire, which made it so extremely disappointing that this book wasn’t as good. Hopefully, the third and final book will be much better. This book suffers hard from the curse of the sequels. It just feels like a long and somewhat boring build up for the final book.
Lily in this book felt very whiny and extremely selfish. I really liked her in the first book, but in this one, I struggled with her as a character. There is no real reason for her to be as whiny either, it just feels like she took a step down. She also suddenly becomes pretty useless, apart from feeding her soldiers with magic. Really disappointing considering the fact that she was pretty badass in the first book.
The plot wasn’t that entertaining either. There were parts that were quite fun, but there were several parts that just dragged on and on. Put it like this, the book should have taken me only a few hours to read, but I read it over several days because I had to put it down in pure boredom. It felt like you weren’t really getting anywhere. The pacing was off and it felt like you were sitting in a car with a newbie driver (starting, stopping, starting, stopping).
Do I recommend it?
Well, if you read the first then yes.
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