Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Wayfinder (Worldwalker #2) by C. E. Murphy - Book Review

Title: Wayfinder (Worldwalker #2)
Author: C. E. Murphy
Publisher: Random House (Del Rey)
Publication Date: 6th September 2011
Pages: 298
Format: E-book - EPUB
Genre: Fantasy
Source: ARC from NetGalley


Lara Jansen is a truthseeker, gifted—or cursed—with the magical ability to tell honesty from lies. Once she was a tailor in Boston, but now she has crossed from Earth to the Barrow-lands, a Faerie world embroiled in a bloody civil war between Seelie and Unseelie. Armed with an enchanted and malevolent staff which seeks to bend her to its dark will, and thrust into a deadly realm where it’s hard to distinguish friend from foe, Lara is sure of one thing: her love for Dafydd ap Caerwyn, the Faerie prince who sought her help in solving a royal murder and dousing the flames of war before they consumed the Barrow-lands.

But now Dafydd is missing, perhaps dead, and the Barrow-lands are closer than ever to a final conflagration. Lara has no other choice: she must harness the potent but perilous magic of the staff and her own truthseeking talents, blazing a path to a long-forgotten truth—a truth with the power to save the Barrow-lands or destroy them.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

When I requested this book from NetGalley, it was not obvious from the blurb that it was the second in a series. That worried me a little when I found out, but in the end it was not too much of a problem. There were references to earlier events, but while I was missing the finer details, I did have an overview of what had happened from the nice recap at the start of the book.

I loved Lara's character as well as the idea of her 'gifts'. The concept of Truthseeking was very original and well portrayed with some excellent descriptive passages and the book had a great fantasy feel throughout, which I really enjoyed.

The action moved at a good pace, keeping my attention from start to finish, but also allowing time for characterisation and continuing development and there were some nice twists and turns in the plot that I didn't always see coming.

I would definitely go back and read the first book in the series and would read more works by this author.

I would recommend this to fans of paranormal/fantasy, but would suggest reading the books in order as I think it will allow greater appreciation of the plot and characters.

I received this book as a free e-book ARC from NetGalley.

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