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!