Review: Wayfinder {Worldwalker Duology #2} by CE Murphy

Title: Wayfinder {Worldwalker Duology #2}

Author: CE Murphy

Published: DelRay September 2011

Synopsis: 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.

Status: Read from September 05 to 06, 2011 — I own a copy {Courtesy Random House/Netgalley}

My Thoughts:

Wayfinder is the exciting conclusion to CE Murphy’s Worldwalker Duology. You can’t read Wayfinder without having read Truthseeker or you will literally be missing half the story.

Read my review of Truthseeker

And the truth shall set you free…
Wayfinder begins where Truthseeker ends. Dafydd has been badly injured, betrayed by Merrick and rescued by Iaon, and Lara has followed them to the Barrowlands. She finds time has once more distorted, 6 months has passed and Dafydd has not returned to the Seelie court. With King Emryn and warrior Aerin she sets out to confront Prince Iaon who reveals he has placed Dafydd in The Drowning Lands to help him recover. To find the truth, Lara must face the trials of the sea to awaken both Dafydd and Hafgan, the Unseelie King but her accomplishment is threatened when Merrick intervenes throwing Lara and her companions back into her own world. To defeat Merrick and save Anwen, Lara must find a way for them to return to Faerieland and fulfil the prophecy and her promise to heal the world.
I am glad I waited to read Truthseeker until Wayfinder was released as I was enjoyed Truthseeker so much I was eager to read the conclusion as soon as I had finished it and the delay between publication dates may have otherwise blunted my pleasure.
All of the elements I thought highly of in Truthseeker are evident in Wayfinder and Murphy pushes everything just that little bit more to ensure the adventure stays fresh and exciting. Wayfinder moves at a faster pace than Truthseeker as it races towards the conclusion. Again the author juggles shifts between worlds and time with skill adding to the tension as Lara struggles to prevent the destruction of both worlds.

The author carefully matures both Lara’s talent and her personality to meet the demands the storyline makes on her character. Lara continues to develop her unique gift of truth which gains new subtleties and strength the longer she spends in Faerieland.
The characters from the first novel all have a role in the second though their importance varies. Lara’s relationship with Dafydd becomes a more substantial part of the plot but Lara continues to shine as the heroine of the story.
The conclusion has a twist I didn’t expect but perfectly completes the various story threads and perhaps intentionally, leaves the glimmer of a possibility for Murphy to return the characters and this world again.

The Worldwalker Duology is a well crafted, imaginative and exciting story with appealing characters to which Wayfinder is the wonderful conclusion. I enjoyed every moment of the adventure through Boston and Faerieland with Lara and her companions. I’m hoping to read more of CE Murphy’s series soon starting with The Walker Papers.


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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trackback: Review: Truthseeker {The Worldwalker Duology #1} by CE Murphy « book'd out
  2. blodeuedd
    Sep 14, 2011 @ 06:29:06

    I just saw that someone had a post which said she wanted this book. But this is the first review I read (and of book 1 too btw)
    And it does sound cool



    • shelleyrae@ Book'd Out
      Sep 14, 2011 @ 10:18:22

      I think given it’s a two book ‘series’ it’s a great way to sample the author without committing to her longer series



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