Quickie: WAYFINDER by C.E. Murphy

Posted 26 November, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 6 Comments

Urban Fantasy
352 pages
Available now (Sept. 2011)
Publisher: Del Rey
Review copy purchased

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.

When I picked up this book, I was thinking it was just another C.E. Murphy novel and, of course I had to read it (Love her Walker Papers series). But when I started reading, it seemed really familiar. Eerily, in fact. Well, duh. That’s because it’s the second novel in a duology that started with TRUTHSEEKER. I’ve been in this world before. I really didn’t remember a lot of what happened in the first novel so it took me a while to get adjusted to the world and all the events in WAYFINDER. But, once on top of things, I fell into this world and enjoyed the story. 

While the first novel takes place mainly in the human realm, this one is mostly in the Barrow-lands filled with mean Faeries, most of whom despise Lara because she’s human and because of the magic she possesses. Lara takes it all in stride, kicking butt when needed, talking them to death when she’s able, until she gets her way. The story itself is deeply intricate and can be confusing at times — I wasn’t able to zip through this one like I normally do.

All in all, WAYFINDER is an intriguing journey into a dangerous Faerie world by a woman determined to rescue the man she loves and help prevent a deadly war.

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6 Responses to “Quickie: WAYFINDER by C.E. Murphy”

  1. I haven’t read anything by this author. I love the sounds of this series though. A truthseeker sounds really cool and original! And I love how you didn’t know you’ve read part of this series before haha. I’ve had that happen too! I’ve reread whole books before I realized I had read it before. And I agree with Alex – I thought it was Adult too because of the cover.

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  2. I’ve heard of this book, but it does sound quite interesting! I like the cover. It’s pretty! She looks like a killer! Hehe. Great quickie! Thank you for sharing!

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  3. Okay, so it was a little late when I wrote that review…

    It is, in fact, an “adult” urban fantasy, though it’s more PG-13 than R (for the most part).

    And it was, indeed, the second in a two-parter.

    Sheesh. Sorry about the crappy review, y’all! Teach me to write too late at night. Sleep-deprived reviews are NOT good!

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog and checking out my Everneath review! The end actually made the whole book that much better. It’s like it’s not a happily-ever-after that you hope will resolve in the next book! And I’m content to wait! But I’m REALLY looking forward to reading it!