♡ This is a spoiler free review. Please be cautious if you’ve not yet read Passenger.
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 realises 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 unrecognisable … and might just run out on both of them.
Wayfarer – much like its prequel Passenger – takes you on a slow, action-filled journey through history. It continues the story of Etta and Nicholas; two time travellers separated by time and circumstance. Wayfarer is a detail rich story that will instantly turn you into a Wanderluster – but beware, this story is definitely not for those looking for a fast-paced adventure.
Don’t be fooled though; it’s definitely filled with loads of action and adventure, it just happens at a slower pace. The separation of Etta and Nicholas created a great sense of anticipation that constantly kept me turning the page; hoping and wishing that they’ll finally find one another again. Although Etta and Nicholas’ relationship was not the sole focus of this book (something which I dearly missed) I really loved meeting new characters and learning about old ones.
Something else that I thoroughly enjoyed was the travelling. Identifying as a Wanderluster myself I obviously enjoyed travelling to different places as well as different time periods in history. It was interesting to see how Bracken handled each historic time period and how much research went into everything. She also included some pretty kickass female characters which I totally loved! There are some drops of diversity woven into the plot; we have a protagonist of colour and a brief F/F kiss. I felt the diversity a bit lacking and I definitely wanted more.
All in all Wayfarer is a really slow read that was sometimes filled with too much detail, but I’m glad that I pushed through and finished it. It really managed to wrap up the duology; yet I felt that there was still some missing pieces and unanswered question and I could definitely do with a novella to address all of this.
♡ Have you read Passenger or Wayfarer yet?
♡ Did you enjoy it as much as I did?
♡ I kindly received a copy from Pan Macmillan SA for review, this has in no way affected my opinion.