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Waywalkers (Sam Linnifer #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  393 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Sam Linnifer works part-time at a London university as a translator of obscure ancient texts. He's a quiet fellow with a few friends and an affection for cats. He's also immortal and the Son of Time. You might know him better as Lucifer, the Devourer of Souls, or the Devil. And with all the gods in Heaven about to go to war over the ownership of Earth, you're going to be e ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Little, Brown Book Group
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Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was an absolute gem of a book especially as Catherine Webb was apparently still a teenager when she wrote it. It is one of those YA books which has appeal to all ages as long as you like a taste of fantasy on the side.
Sam Linnifer , the hero, is actually Lucifer only he is a little different from the Devil we normally hear about. I loved reading about his amazing talents and I think he may have been a fore runner to my favourite of this author's characters, Matthew Griffin in The
"Lucifer - Träger des Lichts" von Catherine Webb ist ein Roman mit einem sehr interessanten Ansatz.

Lucifer, der Sohn von Magie und Vater Zeit, wird von seinen Brüdern und Schwestern gemieden, weil er von seinem Vater als Waffe, nämlich als "Träger des Lichts" erdacht wurde und eine Macht besitzt, die seinen Geschwistern fremd ist. Als er sich auch noch dagegen wehrt, seinem Vater zu Willen zu sein, muss er den Himmel verlassen und findet in der Hölle und auch in der Welt der Sterblichen eine Zuf
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at Mhairi Reads:

An oldie but a goodie, Waywalkers was published in 2003 by Catherine Webb. It’s the first of two novels about Sam Linnfer (or The Devil as he is more commonly known). He’s out to discover who is responsible for the murder of his half-sister Freya. Sam soon learns that Freya’s death is part of a much larger plot to control Heaven, Hell and Earth and whoever is behind it is now trying to eliminate Sam as well.

Webb draws from several mythologies for this ser
Patrick Houweling
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, but given that this is from one of my favorite authors (The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, Touch, The Sudden Appearance of Hope written as Claire North) and that she wrote this while she was still a teenager, I've ticked the 4 stars icon. I liked how Webb combines religious and mythological characters (Lucifer, Jehovav, Buddah), places (Heaven, Earth, Hell) and concepts (Love, Hate, Greed, etc) into a single coherent family and uses them in an action-packed story. Nonetheless, I ...more
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I found this book on goodreads, I gotta admit I was pretty excited to read it (so of course it was the last book to arrive in the mail nearly 2 weeks after I ordered smh). But yeah, I love it when authors put a new spin on the Satan mythos, especially when they make him out to be very different than how he’s portrayed in religion. Waywalkers totally delivered on that front and more. Not only was good ol’ Lucifer given a personality makeover, but so was religion in general, with all the majo ...more
Harry Boyd
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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It was only after reading the book that I noticed that Catherine Webb, at the time of writing, was only just doing her A-Levels! Personally I was very impressed as the book, for me, was a non stop action packed thrill ride. A lot of the book was the protagonist, Sam, running from one battle to the next on various train journeys before winding up near dead back in Hell again. A seemingly repetitive maybe even tedious story when said like that, but I for one was on the
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-books
The blurb for this book is intriguing, but also misleading. As soon as Sam Linnifer has been introduced as this slightly weird academic, he goes home to find a couple of policemen in his flat wanting to ask him questions about the death of one Freya Oldstrom, and from there on his cover identity is abandoned and never mentioned again. He has his own questions to ask about Freya's death, and a much better chance of getting answers than the police have...though the answers come slowly, and sometim ...more
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
I reread this book as a comfort read. I do a fair bit of reading of new material as part of my job of a high-school librarian. However, every now and again I feel the need to read something I know I will enjoy, which is not necessarily something I could recommend to a student. This book is one of those books.
A highly original take on the many different religions which have populated the earth since very early days, and using the last person one would normally think of as the hero, this is an exc
Gerard Jayetileke
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books of fiction I've ever read. Simple but rich in plot and material. I especially like the use of deities and from different religions and mythologies into a novel divine council so to speak.
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Interesting concept, poor execution. Dull action scenes and a main character who turns out to be pretty featureless don't help matters. Poorly defined powers and plot points kill off any real joy. In the end, I was reading simply to finish, rather than because I wanted to know what happened in the end.
Kelly Macfarlane
Feb 07, 2015 rated it liked it
I'd give it 2.5 stars, but that's not possible. It was OK, but ... I really enjoyed 15 Lives of Harry August, so thought I'd try another by the same author, but this one just didn't grip me. Too much of a muchness and too much telling rather than showing and too little on plot and character development.
Bree Foster
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a brilliant book, I read it just when I was beginning to become fascinated with the supernatural and mythology and it was brilliant. It was a perspective I'd never thought of and kept me gripped and it was a characterization I wish there was more of in today's books. Just superb, I wish it was more popular.
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book mixes mythologies and gods from various pantheons. Normally I love this kind of thing but this book left me cold. There's lots of action and missioning around the globe from Tibet to London to New York via Hell but not enough meat on the bones for me.
Apr 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Anybody who can make a world where Lucifer is the hero has got to be good - and to think the author was only a teen at the time! Insanely jealous!
Lucy Thorneycroft
Feb 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy stories like this. It was a refreshing change to read it from the Devil's point of view and find out that he's not as bad as he's made out to be!
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
Gave up half way through!
Jul 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
i loved this :)
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can find my video review of this novel on my blog.
Jun 04, 2008 rated it liked it
I don't remember much about it, but I remember enjoying the tone. Catherine Webb has a very nice writing style and tone.
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable read

An enjoyable book, although the premise isn't a startlingly new one. Good pacing and a sympathetic protagonist in the same vein as MAtthew Swift.
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