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Review: Firewalker by Josephine Angelini

FirewalkerTitle: Firewalker

Author: Josephine Angelini

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: The Worldwalker Trilogy (Book #2)

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 1250050901 (FierceReads)

ISBN-13: 978-1250050908 (FierceReads)

Reviewed by: Michelle


Lily Proctor has made it back to 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, and they must hide her new magic or risk endangering 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, malevolent 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.

Quick & DirtyParallel worlds, parallel characters allow for an exciting series of events.

Opening Sentence: Lily lay floating on a raft of pain.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Josephine Angelini’s Firewalker doesn’t follow many standards when it comes to fantasy, or even science fiction. While Firewalker is mostly categorized as fantasy, there are many elements of science, or even science fiction. After devouring Trial by Fire, the first in the Worldwalker series, I couldn’t wait.

In Firewalker, Lily is back in her own world. Luckily, Rowan is there to heal her from the effects of his own world. Eventually, Lily and Lilian continue to converse between worlds, which allow Lily to see how others view her. But Lily finds herself wanting to learn and know more from Lillian — to prevent from following down the same path. Decisions catapult a series of events that bring the two worlds together. And in the end, it will leave your heart pumping.

There are relationships between characters that I could do without. I am not a huge fan of angst, or anything that relates to it. Personal taste prevents me from enjoying that aspect of Firewalker. All of the characters have a connection, that allows for the story to be more personal. It allowed me to connect with more than one character, while valuing them individually.  It did take me a bit of time to refamiliarize myself with the characters. Naturally, I was worried about reaching a stalemate with the characters, but I felt a renewed fondness for a few, and a surprising excitement for others.

With everything that has gone on (without revealing spoilers), it took a bit to separate one world versus the other. Details of fantasy overrule the elements of science. Where I felt that one was taking over, Angelini eventually melds the two together to bring an interesting and unique element to the story. The characters grow, but in Firewalker, I really got a chance to get to know Lilian.

The world building in Firewalker is wonderful. Not only do we have a parallel universe, we also have elements of a present-day setting as well as a fantasy setting. It isn’t too often where I run into something similar. It allowed for comparisons, giving me the chance to truly favor one thing over the other. It helped me connect to the characters, their cause, and the series of events that take place.

There are many revelations in the plot that make for an intense story. It seemed like the intensity grew with each chapter. Angelini did a great job pacing the story, never rushing a scene, or causing the momentum to slow down. I will say that there were a few elements that I’d rather do without, but overall I enjoyed Firewalker.

Notable Scene:

“What the hell just happened?” Tristan shouted. Great trenches were dug in the snow, and deep tracks led into the darkness.

“Lily, are you okay?” Una said. Lily realized she’d collapsed, and Una and Juliet were trying to lift her off the ground. Una looked up at Tristan, Breakfast, and Samantha, standing over them. “Holy shit, did you see that?” she asked, breathless.

Juliet frowned, but said nothing.

“I saw it,” Breakfast said. “They were glowing.”

Tristan crouched down next to Lily, his face grim. “Where have you really been for the past two and a half months?”

The Worldwalker Trilogy:

1. Trial by Fire

1.5 Rowan

2. Firewalker

3. Traitor’s Pyre (September 20, 2016)


FTC Advisory: Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Firewalker.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  


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