Sunday, October 23, 2016

Witch’s Pyre by Josephine Angelini

Series: The Worldwalker Trilogy (bk. 3, finale)

Genera(s): Paranormal Romance/Fantasy/Dystopian Sci-fi

Subjects: supernatural, witches, magic, parallel universes

Setting: California, in another universe and Salem, Massachusetts

POV/Tense: 3rd person POV, past tense: Lilly Proctor

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 376 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $18.99

Publisher: MacMillan: Feiwel and Friends

Summary/ product description: “Lily Proctor has come a long way from the weak, sickly girl she used to be. She has gained power as a witch and a leader, found her way home, chosen to face battle again, and (after losing her first love and being betrayed by her new love) she has learned more about loss and grief than she ever wanted to know.

Thrust once again into a society different from anything they have ever seen, Lily and her coven are determined to find answers―to find a new path to victory, a way to defeat the monstrous Woven without resorting to nuclear weapons or becoming a tyrannical mass murderer like her alternate self, Lillian. But sometimes winning requires sacrifices . . . and when the only clear path to victory lies at Lillian's side, what price will Lily be willing to pay?

Internationally bestselling author Josephine Angelini takes us on another emotionally wrenching thrill ride in the stunning conclusion to her Worldwalker Trilogy.”

My Review: Witch’s Pyre is the final book in the World Walker trilogy. If you have not read this series, I recommend this series to fantasy fans, especially fans of parallel universe books such as: Tandem by Anna Jarzeb, A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray, and Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris. And fans of witch books. Also if you liked Red Queen or The Jewel or anything mix of dystopian and fantasy.

Lily, Rowan, Tristan, Breakfast, and Una are brought to Bower City (it what’s coastal California in Lily’s world) by the Hive. As newcomers, they are honored with a ball so the elite of Bower City can see them.

The witch Grace, who at one time was an Outlander, runs Bower City. They meet Toshi, the apprentice of Grace’s head mechanic, Ivan. Toshi is a powerful healer and his willstone is a deep garnet color. He’s of Japanese descent and the rest of his family live outside the city wall.

Lily and her coven discover the truth behind the Hive and who really runs them. They uncover dark secret behind the Woven’s creation and decide they must take action to save this world. Lily expands her abilities and claims many willstones so she can build a powerful army of allies.

I loves the world building still. I love books about parallel universes, especially when there’s some fantasy elements. The only thing that really confused me about it was Lilly having to go into a Pyre to provide her claimed with power. I guess she somehow “transmutates” the heat of the fire into power. I found the Hive to be very creepy sounding. I don’t like the idea of giant bee-ladies. Some of the other woven, like the tamed Greater Drake sound cool, because the look like dragons, but huge insects are just gross.

This finale was mostly enjoyable, but I always having trouble getting into a book when I can’t recall what happened previously, or who’s who character-wise. We get to see a very different city from Lillian’s Salem and meet new characters. There are some interesting discoveries. There were some parts with funny dialogue, mostly exchanges between Lilly and Rowan. I really like Rowen, but I feel like there was not enough romance in this book. Lilly and Rowan are both a bit stubborn and they took to long to make-up. I always glad when this work out in the end, but it would have been nice to get more romantic scenes.

Cover Art Review: I like the complexity of the cover. The willstones are a nice touch. I don’t like the image of the girls with the swords and the fire behind them.

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