Superheroes, 1820s, and London – Oh My!

by | 26 July 2019 | Books | 6 comments

As a bit of a superhero fan myself, I am incredibly pleased with the slow spread of superhero books.

There’s a plethora of superhero movies, but not all that many good superhero novels. When I heard of K.M. Weiland’s new book, I was excited for several good reasons.

  • K.M. Weiland’s books are amazing (or Storming was, anyway)
  • Wayfarer is such a cool title
  • I love the cover to eternity (“don’t you do that for all books Jane?” you ask. Hush. I am a cover lover, what can I say? 😂)
  • It’s set in 1820s London
  • Also superheroes


Needless to say, I devoured this story as soon as I had my hands on it. And. I. Loved. It.


This isn’t really an official book review, because I’m mostly taking my own advice and screaming for five paragraphs, so hold your hats! Before I start raving, here’s a quick blurb so you know what on earth I’m talking about. 😛


Think being a superhero is hard? Try being the first one.

Will’s life is a proper muddle—and all because he was “accidentally” inflicted with the ability to run faster and leap higher than any human ever. One minute he’s a blacksmith’s apprentice trying to save his master from debtor’s prison. The next he’s accused of murder and hunted as a black-hearted highwayman.

A vengeful politician with dark secrets and powers even more magical than Will’s has duped all of London into blaming Will for the chilling imprisonments of the city’s poor. The harder Will tries to use his abilities to fight crime, the deeper he is entangled in a dark underworld belonging to some of Georgian England’s most colorful characters.

Only Will stands a chance of stopping this powerful madman bent on “reforming” London by any means necessary. Unfortunately, Will is beginning to realize becoming a legend might mean sacrificing everything that matters.


Wayfarer was suuuuch an incredible book. I did not want to put it down. Ever. I did, however, because I’m sometimes responsible and go to bed on time despite books trying to convince me otherwise.


Will Hardy is an amazing main character. He accidentally becomes a superhero and then everything just gets worse from there. He’s so relatable. He doesn’t want to be a nobody country lad. He wants people to see him. To appreciate what he does. And I don’t know about you, but that’s so relatable for me. (A little too much so, actually. 😬)

It was so cool to follow his oh-so-real struggles and mistakes. I love how, while he has these incredible super powers, the real heart of the story is, well, in the heart. It’s not about being the fastest and the best. It’s about doing what’s right and protecting the innocent.


All the other characters were also absolutely amazing. So real and dynamic. I couldn’t help but be completely invested in the story, rooting for them, aching for them, feeling all the feels.


A moment for the setting too because it was TOO COOL. I adore that not only is it a superhero story, it’s a superhero story in London. In the 1820s. Seriously, how could that NOT be cool?? It took me back to Fawkes (Nadine Brandes) and I just love that sort of historical, urban setting.

Masques and balls, the Duke of Veneering, highwaymen, pickpockets, city fog and street lanterns. THE AESTHETIC OF IT. 😍 It just gave me happy tingles to think about a superhero in a tricorn hat and a long coat, jumping from rooftop to rooftop across London. I need to find more books in this genre!


All the epic elements of this story ganged up on me and stole my heart. I looove K.M. Weiland’s style, and this one is right up there with Storming and is such an amazing read. It was so vivid and aesthetic and superheroes! I got all the feels from this one, and I highly recommend it!

(Jump over to my review on goodreads if you want to read my spoiler content warnings.)


What superhero books have you read? Have you read any of K.M. Weiland’s masterpieces? Let’s chat in the comments!

Jane Maree

Jane Maree

Jane Maree is an Australian writer, adventurer at heart, beloved daughter of the King of Kings, and believer in at least six impossible things before breakfast. Raised on fairy tales, scraped knees, and makeshift swords, she has yet to outgrow any of them. In her day job, Jane teaches music and freelances as an editor, but by night she crafts daring stories of broken heroes overcoming extraordinary odds.


  1. Evelyn Kelly

    Eek… I really need to read this. XD

    • Jane Maree

      Yess, you 10000% do. 😍

  2. Mem

    :-O THIS BOOK SOUNDS AMAZING. I MUST FIND IT. I haven’t read much superhero things, besides the Reckoners series by Brandon Sanderson. 🙂 I need to find more.

    • Jane Maree

      FIND IT. DEVOUR IT FOR SECOND BREAKFAST. I really enjoyed it.

      The Reckoners! Ahh, I forget how much I loved those (despite the odd ending to the series). 😀

  3. Kendra Lynne

    A superhero in a tricorn hat. That is BRILLIANT.

    I love the concept of this book!! I shall be on the look-out for it, to be sure. *nods* I haven’t really read or watched anything having to do with superheroes?? (a sad fact that is going to change) This sounds like a great book to introduce me to the genre.

    Oh my goodness; I can relate to the need for significance and appreciation too. I often feel overshadowed by siblings, friends, etc., and I want to do something and be something memorable and unique. I don’t want to be in the background, on the outside looking in. I want to DO something, BE someone worthy of remembrance.

    Will sounds like a very relatable character! 🙂

    • Jane Maree

      YES, I love it so much.

      *gasp* Whaat? I respect that you’ve somehow come this far without contracting the superhero plague. 😆 This book is so much fun though so I hope you can get it and enjoy it!

      I absolutely feel you on that! I think it’s a struggle that people with a lot of siblings can often have, and it’s so hard to fight it. 😅

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