Book Review: Wayfinder by C.E. Murphy

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, there is a brief introduction to the world and story, but I highly suggest reading both books. I liked the little reminders of the earlier story, since it seems like it has been far too long since I read Murphy’s work.

In Wayfinder, we pick up the story right as Truthseeker has left off. Lara is only sure of one thing, that she loves Dafydd ap Caerwyn.  The faerie prince might have been the one that initially got her involved in the danger and intrigue that currently surrounds her, but she has a mission and will see it through to the end. Now Dafydd is missing and the Barrow-lands are closer than ever to imploding. Lara needs to harness the perilous magic of the staff and her own truth seeking skill to discover the truth behind the division of the faerie world, and put it to rights if possible. Finding missing friends and surviving a series of perilous trials along the way keeps Lara, her companions and readers on their toes. Deception, danger and discovery are the key elements that keep the story going, and just when readers might think they have it all figured out, and that Lara and her friends are out of danger, new twists and conflicts arise until the very last page.

Wayfinder offers readers a world that is as complex and layered as the characters and their motivations. The use of magic and music was done very well, and as someone that loves music, it added an extra element of interest to the story. Thus far, I have greatly enjoyed all of the urban fantasy Murphy has written, and I honestly think that Wayfinder might be the best I have seen from her yet. My only regret is that I did not get a chance to read the galley earlier; I really could have used such a great read a few weeks ago. If you like urban fantasy that uses Celtic mythology and complex stories that draw you into new worlds then I highly suggest picking up Truthseeker and then Wayfinder and enjoy.
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