Personal classification: 5/5 stars
Synopsis: Passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.
In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.
“It’s our choices that matter in the end. Not wishes, not words, not promises.”
The thing that scare me the most when I decided to read it was if I was truly going to enjoy this book, I’d read so many mixed reviews about the duology and there was too much hype surrounding this book that I was afraid.
I loved the writing on this book, it was a quick rad for me (but I was one week apart from it, so I had to wait to finish it). I loved the characters Nicholas Carter and Etta Spencer, although I kept guessing whether or not the romance introduced was realistic or not, in the sense of was Nicholas just using her or not, despite that fact I adored them together and shipped them. I have an intense hatred for Cyrus Ironwood (You’ll understand if you’e read this book).
I can safely say it exceeded my expectation, and I didn’t know where they stood when I started reading. I can’t wait to get Wayfarer on my hands and fly through it. I highly recommend this book, and I can say that I can’ wait to read other books from this author.