Published: January 03, 2017
“What was history anyway but the lies of the winning few? Why was it worth protecting, when it forgot the starving child under siege, the slave woman on her deathbed, the man lost at sea? It was an imperfect record written by a biased hand, diluted to garner most agreement from competing parties.”
All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.
Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.
As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them.
Wayfarer is the concluding novel to Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger Duology. To be honest I was hesitant to read this book because I am not a fan of the first book but then I pushed myself to read this and I am glad I did.
What I like the most about this book is the plot. Unlike the first book where it was overshadowed by the romance, in this book we finally have an interesting plot. I feel like the first book, without the romance, also has a good underlying plot but the romance is really overpowering. In this book, we get to know more about time travelling and the darkest part of it. We also get to know the other time travelling families and what started their feud. Moreover, the characters are more likable, especially Sophia. The friendship that developed between the characters in this journey warms my heart.
However, I am more disappointed now with the first book because the ending of the second book feels rushed. I wish the conflict was elaborated more but the book was long enough and yet I am not satisfied with how the story was wrapped up. There are still unanswered questions and unexplained things here and there. And if the first book does not focus solely on the romance, we could already have more depth in the story but we only get the full picture in the second book.
Plotwise and characterwise, this book is definitely much better than the first. And overall, the duology is okay. The romance is just not my favorite.
That’s all for this review.
Till next time!