Not only is this a compelling and fast-paced read from veteran writer Murphy, this novel also has a lot to say about women and their voices. Turning the usual inside out, in this book it’s the woman who saves the prince and redeems the land. Filled with thoughtful dialogue and witty banter, Wayfinder is a satisfying and well-written conclusion to a fantastic story that began with last year’s Truthseeker.
Lara Jansen has an uncanny ability to know when the truth is being told (or not) and in this second half of the story, she continues to grow in power. Much less meek and subdued than she was at the beginning of her story, she embarks on a quest to rescue her lover, the Faerie prince Dafydd, from the Drowned Lands. Lara must face three trials if she wants to be given the opportunity to save Dafydd, and accompanied by Aerin, Dafydd’s childhood companion, she faces them with aplomb — only to find herself in the middle of a tragedy that is both thousands of years old and sadly modern at the same time. (DEL REY, Sep., 352 pp., $15.00)