- Page Count: 464
- Release Date: February 28, 2017
- My Rating: 3.5 stars
The breathtaking sequel to the acclaimed The Girl from Everywhere. Nix has escaped her past, but when the person she loves most is at risk, even the daughter of a time traveler may not be able to outrun her fate—no matter where she goes. Fans of Rae Carson, Alexandra Bracken, and Outlander will fall hard for Heidi Heilig’s sweeping fantasy.
Nix has spent her whole life journeying to places both real and imagined aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. And now it’s finally time for her to take the helm. Her father has given up his obsession to save her mother—and possibly erase Nix’s existence—and Nix’s future lies bright before her. Until she learns that she is destined to lose the one she loves. But her relationship with Kash—best friend, thief, charmer extraordinaire—is only just beginning. How can she bear to lose him? How can she bear to become as adrift and alone as her father?
Desperate to change her fate, Nix takes her crew to a mythical utopia to meet another Navigator who promises to teach her how to manipulate time. But everything in this utopia is constantly changing, and nothing is what it seems—not even her relationship with Kash. Nix must grapple with whether anyone can escape her destiny, her history, her choices.
I really like ships and Heidi Heilig’s writing, so obviously this was a fun read.
It took me some time in the first book to figure out the rules for time travel in this series and how everything operated (like how they can go to real worlds and fantasy/mythological worlds as long as they have a map… and how a map can’t be used twice). So this second book was a lot easier to get into! Plus, it really addressed a lot of the lingering questions on the technicalities of multiple realities or whatever.
In this story Nix’s dad tells her that she’ll lose the one she loves to the sea (he has his fate tattooed on him). She loves Kashmir and is determined to save him, so she starts taking more of an active leadership role as a Navigator. There’s a lot of debate about free will and the ethics of changing events as she takes their whole time-traveling pirate ship crew to Ker-Ys, a city from legend. The man who invited her there has his own plans, though, and things become all sorts of complicated…
I really liked how there was a blend of the real world and legend! They’d be in New York City using a cell phone in one chapter and then move on to a mythical city where they drink some Lethe water that takes away memories in the next. This blend was a bit confusing in the first book, but worked better here.
I also really liked that Kashmir had a POV in this book too! There were hints of a love triangle at the end of the first book, but it doesn’t really go there very much. I wasn’t too into the romance, though… it still felt like more of a friendship to me. But I still like both of their characters! And I was glad the description of Nix being part Asian specified that she’s Chinese instead of just sticking with the usual broad/vague label.
This series is really creative and well written, so I recommend it to anyone who liked Passenger & Wayfarer.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC!