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Wayfinder (Worldwalker Duology #2)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  788 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
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 see
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Published September 6th 2011 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jun 09, 2012 Christine rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult, galley
Warning: This review is for both Truthseeker and Wayfinder.

I had such high hopes for this series, though truthfully I'm not sure why I did. I'd heard of C.E. Murphy before, but hadn't read any of her books before these. Maybe it's because of the inclusion of a fey prince and I was likening it to the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning, who writes the fey princes as walking sex sticks and inhuman to the point of being alien. But that's not how he was written at all. I was actually generally confus
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Aug 30, 2011 Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) rated it really liked it
C.E. Murphy created a beautiful world full of intrigue and mystery and the music of truth. This book really was beautifully written and I found myself drawn into the story more and more with each page that I turned.
I won't lie, I had a little trouble with the first book, I found myself wanting to skim ahead to see what would happen about half way through the book and I didn't find myself wanting to do that with this one.
It was packed full of adventure and mystery from the get go.
I found myself
Jun 30, 2016 Margaret rated it really liked it


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 o

Sep 08, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it
You can also read this review at Reflections on Reading Romance

Wayfinder is the second book in the fantasy Worldwalker Duology, and I highly recommend that you read the first in the series before reading this one. I did not, and while there’s a short plot summary of the first book, Truthseeker, at the beginning of the second novel, it’s actually more confusing than if you simply pick up the second book and start reading. That said, this was an outstanding fantasy with romantic elements, and I’ve
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Wayfinder is the exciting conclusion to CE Murphy's Worldwalker Duology. You can't read Wayfinder without having read Truthseeker or you will literally be missing half the story.

Read my review of Truthseeker

And the truth shall set you free...
Wayfinder begins where Truthseeker ends. Dafydd has been badly injured, betrayed by Merrick and rescued by Iaon, and Lara has followed them to the Barrowlands. She finds time has once more distorted, 6 months has passed and Dafydd has not returned to the Se
Sharon Tyler
Sep 08, 2011 Sharon Tyler rated it it was amazing
Wayfinder by C.E. Murphy is the follow up to Truthseeker, and concludes the story. The heart of the plot lays with Lara Jansen, a woman with the ability to tell the difference between truth and lies, even the little white lies that we tell in polite society. Lara is now caught up in the civil war in the Barrow-lands and surrounded by magic and those that have mastered using their words in such a way that they do not lie, but are not speaking the truth either. If you have not read Truthseeker, th ...more
Sep 08, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I rushed out to pick up Truthseeker when I found out I was approved to get Wayfinder from Netgalley. Both are quick reads, quick enough that I questioned the (probably marketing) decision to split the books into two. But at least the split is in a natural place, not leaving a horrible cliffhanger dangling for those readers who had to wait between books. I suppose one reason the books were split is because Wayfinder takes place mainly in the lands of the Fae, whereas Truthseeker took place in our ...more
C.E. Murphy went in the right direction

Normally I prefer to start a series with the first book, but when I saw Wayfinder (book 2 in the Worldwalker Duology) listed I couldn’t help myself. The cover was nice and premise sounded very interesting. Overall, it turned out to be an enjoyable read. This was a little more on the high fantasy side as opposed to urban fantasy because you spend a great deal of time in the Barrowlands (a post-apocalyptic land for their Faerie-kin). Thankfully, even though
Jun 23, 2011 Elektra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wayfinder is the conclusion to the story begun in Truthseeker, and picks up right where that book ends. For those who haven’t read the first half of the tale, or don’t remember it well, there is a brief recap included to get you up to speed. However, Truthseeker is well worth the time, and also highly endorsed.

Wayfinder is set almost entirely in the Barrow-lands (faerie), as Lara Jansen struggles to master the innate power of the truthseeker. Originally just able to determine whether someone was
Beth Cato
Apr 10, 2012 Beth Cato rated it liked it
I received this as an ARC through the LibraryThing Early Reviewer Program.[return][return]One of my complaints about the first book in this series, TRUTH SEEKER, is that it ended on a major cliffhanger. The good news is that the second book begins right at that point and the action is intense. Lara Jansen used to be a high-end tailor in Boston. However, she has always had an uncanny knack for discerning the truth. That ability gets her into trouble when an exiled Elven prince recognizes her as a ...more
Oct 30, 2011 Nafiza rated it liked it
The second and final book in the Worldwalker Duology continues in the same vein as the first one. And perhaps, for that very reason, it didn’t appeal to me either. It’s not that the writing is bad, it’s C. E. Murphy, there’s no way her writing can be bad. And it’s not even that the plot. The plot is fast-paced, strong and compelling. As I said in my review of the first book, the problem, for me, likes in the characterization of the characters of the novel.

I just don’t like them. No, let’s rephra
Jul 14, 2011 Debbie rated it really liked it
Finding the magical ivory staff in the mortal world may not be the toughest part of her quest to help fix the part of fairyland that the Truthseeker in Lara Jansen was coming to know as Annwn. Returning to the land of the fae only to find out Ioan ap Annwn truly believed that Dafydd ap Caerwyn may be dying from the wounds he sustained helping her. To find Hafgan, the Unseelie King, who was in the same place in the Drowned Lands that Ioan had left Dafydd to either heal or die. Facing all the tria ...more
Tahlia Newland
Nov 30, 2011 Tahlia Newland rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Wayfinder is a unique and engaging story set in a vibrant world and brought to life through evocative writing. I particularly loved the imagery.

Lara’s truth seeking abilities manifest through music. Each thing someone says has an accompanying symphony, discordant if it’s a lie, harmonious if it’s the truth and shades in between for half truths. The descriptions of these perceptions are beautiful and give a real sense of the nature of Lara’s magic. The idea of magic in sound is extended to the po
Linda Baker
Sep 25, 2011 Linda Baker rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Wayfinder is the sequel to last year's Truthseeker and continues the story of Lara Jenson, a mortal who has the gift of hearing whether someone is speaking the truth or a lie. When I requested a galley from netgalley, I did not realize that it was a sequel. I just knew that I loved Murphy's Negotiator Trilogy, and to a lesser extent, The Urban Shaman Series. Even though the events of Truthseeker are covered pretty extensively in the beginning I still needed to read the first volume. I would reco ...more
Aug 18, 2011 Dianne rated it liked it
I seem to be one of the few that really did not like this concluding book as much as I did the first book that built the series.

While it was a lovingly, intricately and very well written story, it was not one that held my attention. It rambled quite a bit in places, and just had very little excitement. I am used to books that portray the Dark and Light Fae much differently and perhaps I just expected too much of the same thing.

This will be a book for those readers that like sweetly written roma
holly quigley
Jun 30, 2011 holly quigley rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
Just in case you missed the other reviews as well as the summary for this book, Wayfinder is part 2 in C.E. Murphy's Worldwalker duology. And while Wayfinder opens with a pretty decent summary of everything that's happened up to that point, it would really be kind of ridiculous to not read Truthseeker before reading Wayfinder.

That said, I find myself with pretty much the same feelings for Wayfinder as I had for Truthseeker. I loved the worldbuilding in this pair of books, loved the fantasy plot
Aug 09, 2011 Stacy rated it really liked it
Shelves: librarything
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WAYFINDER is the second and last book in the Worldwalker Duology. You have to read book one TRUTHSEEKER to even begin to be able to read book 2. WAYFINDER picks up exactly where TRUTHSEEKER left off. Lara has to get back to the Barrow-lands and save the man she loves as well as save the Barrow-lands from an all out war.

WAYFINDER wrapped the series up nicely. Everyone and everything was led to their conclusion. Lara fights to learn everything sh
David Fournier
Jul 12, 2011 David Fournier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens and Adults
“Wayfinder” the second book in the “Truthseeker” Duology is an action packed, world jumping joy to read. There is a lot of action in this story as the heroine Lara bounces back and forth between the Seelie World and Earth (Boston). In her attempt to put right the damage that was done in the Seelie world. All while falling in love with Daffyd ap Caerwyn a Seelie prince.

I don’t want to tell too much about what happens in the story, because I don’t want to ruin it for you. But I did take away one m
Nicki Markus
Aug 29, 2011 Nicki Markus rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-paranormal
When I requested this book from NetGalley, it was not obvious from the blurb that it was the second in a series. That worried me a little when I found out, but in the end it was not too much of a problem. There were references to earlier events, but while I was missing the finer details, I did have an overview of what had happened from the nice recap at the start of the book.

I loved Lara's character as well as the idea of her 'gifts'. The concept of Truthseeking was very original and well portra
Nov 29, 2011 Michelle rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, adult, magic, romance
I was pretty bored by this story. There seemed to be a lot of traveling to and from, while racing to get somewhere before the villain. I found myself skimming through until it seemed like the action was imminent. I never really felt any urgency even though everyone was supposedly in a lot of danger. It felt like there were lots of little quests like retrieve Dafydd, save Ioan, return to Farie etc instead of one main goal where all the pieces fit into the overall story. [return][return]Even thoug ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy, first-reads
This was an ARC received from goodreads. Thanks so much!

This is the second book in this series. Truthseeker is the first book. I did not read Truthseeker. After reading reviews of Truthseeker that said it ended in a cliffhanger, I was nto surprised to feel a little lost at the beginning of the book. Although I still enjoyed this book, it is definitely best read after the first.

That being said, this was a good book. There were definitely some areas that I trudged through, but that was probably m
Ann Gimpel
Apr 25, 2012 Ann Gimpel rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fanttasy
Well, I still like CE Murphy as a writer, but this book was not one of her best. It lacked the crisp prose I've come to expect from her. She belabored the point that glamours give the protag headaches to such an extent I considered throwing my kindle across the room. And when Boston ended up with a wide swathe of destruction cut through it, I had a terrible time with suspension of disbelief. Also, towards the end, there was a very long section where Daffyd was absent. I knew he had to be there, ...more
Aug 13, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing
I read George MacDonald when I was a child and then moved on to many other genres as I grew up. With urban fantasy, I’ve rediscovered my love of Celtic mythology. C. E. Murphy draws on this source for Wayfinder, and successfully too. While the book is set mostly in the world of faerie, Murphy weaves in contemporary elements cleverly. We come to care for the characters, whose stories began in Truthseeker, which is a necessary precursor for Wayfinder. Murphy does a good job of keeping the action m ...more
Jul 29, 2011 Hilary rated it it was amazing
A quest to save a prince in a dying land, heroic companions, an ancient bard and a mortal woman could make this Welsh-rooted fantasy a very typical read... but they don't. Although the basic plot seems almost conventional, the thread of the Truthspeaker - a woman who can always sense the truth, and must tell it - brings vivacious new life to the story. The writing matches it, feeling true to the old tales from oral tradition but revitalized to be familiar to the modern reader.

As someone who has
Nov 22, 2011 Leah rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading the first in the Worldwalker duology, but I liked Wayfinder even better. The plot was well-paced and I found I liked the characters better this time around because we get more back story. My favorite aspect was how the characters traveled between worlds and how the time difference made for some interesting plot directions. The conclusion was satisfying and the twist at the end gave insight into a character I couldn't connect with before. My only complaint is the is the role of ...more
Jul 13, 2011 Bonnie rated it it was ok
This is your pretty standard fantasy story that wasn't bad but was definitely far more memorable.

'Lara Jansen is a truthseeker, gifted—or cursed—with the magical ability to tell honesty from lies.'

I was sold completely on the originality of the plot but was sadly disappointed at how dull it ended up being. Wayfinder drives right into the action from the supposed cliffhanger ending from the first installment. I didn't actually read the first one and didn't feel like I was missing too much by ski
Chrysoula Tzavelas
Feb 17, 2012 Chrysoula Tzavelas rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, faeries

I started this, the second book in a duology, shortly before my second son was born. Months ago. And now, I've finally finished it. I'm glad I did, and sorry it took me so long. My only complaints are that one of the character traits I loved about the protagonist was dropped as her power grew, and I missed seeing her sidekick friend at the end. It ended in the right place, despite that.

Really, this is exactly the kind of old school fantasy I cherished when I was young. Immersive, thoughtful
Sep 14, 2011 Colleen rated it liked it
I owe myself a real review at some point. In the meantime, let me hasten to assure anyone who has read Truthseeker that this book does end out the duology very well. I was surprised and pleased by the consistency of the characters as well as the clean unraveling of the ending. That ending had one expected revelation and one very strong decision that I did not see coming. Murphy left two small plot holes unpatched, and I'm ok with that, because I can imply my own conclusions that I like, and walk ...more
Geneva Vand
Sep 26, 2011 Geneva Vand rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of relatively clean romantic fantasy
Book two was soooooo much better than book one. And I did like the first one. I especially like the final story of how the land was broken because it wasn't quite what I was expecting. For those following the romances, those are tied up nicely or left with sweet potential. I do suggest you start with book one, "Truthseeker", if you don't want to be extremely lost.

Thanks to netGalley for giving me access to this title.
Jenna Howard
Nov 08, 2011 Jenna Howard rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Oh this was a fun ride with Lara, Dafydd and Ioan.

What I enjoyed about this book (and the first one) was that it was all about Lara essentially growing into her strengths. I liked that she was the one rescuing the men. C.E. Murphy has such an amazing world building skill even when you're being slammed from one world to another then back again with the same dizzying breathlessness the characters feel.

I enjoyed this short series. A lot. It's refreshing and fun.
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C.E. Murphy is a writer of fantasy novels and short stories. She also writes "action-adventure romance" novels under the pseudonym Cate Dermody, which was her grandmother's maiden name.
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