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Truthseeker (Worldwalker Duology

Truthseeker (Worldwalker Duology #1) by C.E. Murphy — Art: Gene Mollica

Wayfinder (Worldwalker Duology -2) by C.E. Murphy

Wayfinder (Worldwalker Duology #2) by C.E. Murphy — art by Gene Mollica

Worldwalker Duology by C. E. Murphy

Genres and Sub-GenresEdit

Urban Fantasy, Fantasy

Series Description or Overview Edit

✥ Lara Jansen has always been able to sense when someone isn't telling the truth and another consequence of this ability is that she is unable to lie - whether to herself of anyone else. When her best friend tries to set her up on a date, she finds herself drawn to him, yet she knows he's hiding something huge. He finally tells her the truth and she has a hard time accepting that he's a prince of Faerie, even though she knows he is being truthful. She agrees to help him and ends up getting more than she bargained for in so many ways. Can she find out who really killed Dafydd's brother before it's too late? ~ The Bibliophilic Book Blog: Book Review: Truthseeker by: C.E. Murphy

✥ Lara Jensen is a tailor who just happens to know when you tell the truth. You’d think that this is a handy thing to have, but it’s just a pain in her you-know-what. After all, how much fun can it be to know when people aren’t being honest with you? Then she meets David, or Daffydd ap Caerwyn, a Seelie prince who’s been searching for a Truthseeker for close to a hundred years. The lucky guy convinces Lara to help him find out who killed his brother, but when they get to Faerie, all hell breaks loose. In a race against time, Lara and David have to find and stop the mastermind who’s trying to embroil Faerie and Earth in war. If they can survive long enough to do so. Truthseeker by C.E. Murphy... - drey's library

Lead's Species Edit

  • Truthseeker—

Primary Supe Edit

  • faeries

What Sets it ApartEdit

Narrative Type and Narrators Edit

  • Third Person narrative mostly from Lara Jansen's perspective.

Books in Series Edit

Worldwalker Duology:

  1. Truthseeker (2010)
  2. Wayfinder (2011)

Other Series Edit

World Building Edit

Fang-tastic Fiction: Murphy, C. E. (Catie): WORLDWALKER DUOLOGY

Setting Edit

  • Modern-day Boston
  • Annwn: The name for the land of the Fae
  • Barrow-lands: (an underground land beneath Wales) aka Faerie—Seelie & Unseelie Courts

Other Places:

  • Washington:
  • Wales:
  • Unseellie Court:
  • Turner Falls:

Supernatural Elements Edit

✥ Truthseeker, Faeries, gods, sea god, faerie prince, Barrow-lands (Faerie), enchanted and malevolent staff, Seelie and Unseelie courts, portals, Fae politics and war, 

Glossary: Edit

  • Truthseeker: person with the rare talent of being able to tell truth from falsehood;
  • Barrow-lands: a Faerie world embroiled in a bloody civil war between Seelie and Unseelie

Groups & Organizations:Edit

  • Seelie Court:
  • Unseelie Court:

World Edit

✥ In the Barrowlands, Lara discovers that not only has Dafydd not been entirely truthful with her but she has stepped into the middle of a brewing civil war between the Seelie and UnSeelie. Someone is stirring up trouble, targeting fairy royalty and as a Truthseeker who is prophesized to be the one that ‘breaks the world’, Lara’s presence is unwelcome, particularly as her power grows. With an unseen enemy that threatens both fairyland and her own reality in Boston, Lara must search for the truth of the schism and master her unique ability in order to save the two worlds from destruction. ~ Review: Truthseeker {The Worldwalker Duology #1} by CE Murphy | book'd out

Protagonist Edit

Lara Jensen is such a unique heroine for the urban fantasy genre, her strength doesn’t lay in her ability to kick ass, but instead in being able to recognise the truth. It’s such an intriguing idea because half truths and white lies are part of everyone’s everyday interaction and Lara’s ability impacts her life in ways I would never had considered. In Fairyland however her ability is a gift and truth has an inherent power that ordinary society is afraid of. Lara, able to see the truth, doesn’t waste time denying the existence of fairyland so there is no painfully wilful self deception, instead she embraces the hidden world. ~ Review: Truthseeker {The Worldwalker Duology #1} by CE Murphy | book'd out

✥ She is a Truthseeker, gifted or cursed with the magical ability to tell honesty from lies. However, as her powers grow Lara finds she can use her gifts to return things to their true form and find paths to that which she wishes to find. ~ Shelfari

Sidekick Edit

  • Name: Kelly / What: human / Sidekick-to: Lara Jensen / About: best friend / Book First Seen: Thruthseeker

Characters Edit

Characters What About
Lara Jansen Truth seeker: able to detect a lie She herself can speak only the truth; uncanny intuition; runs a Boston tailor shop,
David Kirwen / Dafydd ap Caerwyn second Seelie prince Seely (faerie) prince from the Barrow-lands; local TV weatherman; asks Lara to solve his brother's murder;
Kelly Richards: human, best friend; great sidekick; repeatedly helps the Fae and Lara escape human notice; Accepts Lara's unique talents unconditionally; optimistic and impulsive;
Emyr Seelie king of Barrow lands; powerful and amoral; commands ice; Dafydd ap Caerwyn's father
Aerin Seelie faerie Dafydd's friend and former lover. She is a high ranking member of the Seelie court
Merrick ap Annwn son of the Unseelie king Dafydd's foster brother; sent to Seelie court as a child as a hostage to ensure his father's nonaggression; his experiences among the Seelie make him twisted and corrupt;
Rhiannon Goddess of Annwn lost Queen of Annwn; first ever fae; betrayed by Emyr and Hafgan;
Ioan ap Caerwyn Dafydd's elder brother hostage at the Unseelie court; turned to the Unseelie cause after his long years among them
Hafgan King of the Unseelie
Dickon Kelly's fiance Dafydd's former cameraman (when he lived among humans). He feels betrayed by his friend and fiancee and is initially hostile
Llyr sea god Rhiannon's father
Reg Washington detective Boston police; injured in one of Merrick's attacks on Lara and Dafydd;
Mrs. Moloney old lady, seer She gives them the third part of the prophecy; An old lady in our world that Lara and friends meet in hospital. She is diagnosed with Alzheimer's but Lara realizes she's actually a seer;
Niamh goddess Rhiannon's younger sister and Merrick's mother
Cynthia Taylor receptionist Steven's daughter; works at his tailor's shop where Lara works as a seamstress
Aerin Seelie fae close to Dafydd
Jake old man at Turner Falls; turns out to be the guardian of the Worldbreaker;
Ruth human acquaintance of Lara's
Steven Taylor tailor Lara's mentor. Owner of Lord Matthew's bespoke tailoring shop in Boston
Rich Cooper parole officer gets in over his head when he gets curious about Lara's disapperance
Rachel friend of Lara'a
Brendan medieval saint crossed from Ireland to America in ancient times. Lara comes to believe he brought the worldbreaker to America
Pete parolee recovering alcoholic from one of the support groups Lara occasionally helps out at
Hafgan Unseelie King missing king of the Unseelie
Sharon friend One of Lara's friends
Gretchen Jansen Lara's mother

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C. E. Murphy

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~ Source: ISFdb Bibliography: Wayfinder

Awards Edit

Publishing InformationEdit

  • Publisher: Del Rey
  • Bk-1: Paperback, 320 pages, Pub: Aug 31st 2010—ISBN 0345516060
  • Bk-2: Paperback, 352 pages, Pub: September 6th 2011—ISBN 0345516079

Book Cover Blurbs Edit

BOOK ONE BLURB—Truthseeker (2010): ACROSS TWO EXTRAORDINARY WORLDS, TRUTH IS THE DEADLIEST MAGIC Gifted with an uncanny intuition, Lara Jansen nonetheless thinks there is nothing particularly special about her. All that changes when a handsome but mysterious man enters her quiet Boston tailor shop and reveals himself to be a prince of Faerie. What's more, Dafydd ap Caerwyn claims that Lara is a truthseeker, a person with the rare talent of being able to tell truth from falsehood. Dafydd begs Lara to help solve his brother's murder, of which Dafydd himself is the only suspect. Acting against her practical nature, Lara agrees to step through a window into another world. Caught between bitterly opposed Seelie forces and Dafydd's secrets, which are as perilous as he is irresistible, Lara finds that her abilities are increasing in unexpected and uncontrollable ways. With the fate of two worlds at stake and a malevolent entity wielding the darkest of magic, Lara and Dafydd will risk everything on a love that may be their salvation - or the most treacherous illusion of all. ~ Truthseeker ~ FF

BOOK TWO BLURB—Wayfinder (2011): 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 of one thing: her love for Dafydd ap Caerwyn, the Faerie prince who sought her help in solving a royal murder and dousing the flames of war before they consumed the Barrow-lands. 

But now Dafydd is missing, perhaps dead, and the Barrow-lands are closer than ever to a final conflagration. Lara has no other choice: she must harness the potent but perilous magic of the staff and her own truthseeking talents, blazing a path to a long-forgotten truth—a truth with the power to save the Barrow-lands or destroy them. ~ Wayfinder ~ FF

First Sentences Edit

  1. Truthseeker: "-once upon a time, not so long ago, driven by a little old lady I knew personally.
  2. Wayfinder: Prologue: Once upon a time... In the City of Bosto, there was a tailor who could not be told a lie. / Chapter One: Music tore the world apart.

Quotes Edit

“Truth will seek the hardest path, measures that must mend the past, spoken in a child’s word, changes that will break the world.” ~ Truthseeker, Book 1
“Truth will seek the hardest path, measures that must mend the past. Finder learns the only way, worlds come changed at end of day. ~ Truthseeker, Book 1
Music, unleashed, can uplift and create and destroy, stripping away pretenses and leaving raw, exposed vulnerability behind. ~ Truthseeker, Book 1

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