Review: Josephine Angelini – Witch’s Pyre

Witch’s Pyre
If You Fail, You Burn
Josephine Angelini

Lily Proctor has mastered world-jumping and is finally whole – in body at least. Dumped by the Hive outside a new city, Lily and her mechanics must once again cope with deadly threats from Woven – just in a different way than they ever have before.


I confess that I wasn’t that keen on the ‘star-crossed lovers’ theme going on between Rowan and Lily. It seemed painfully obvious to me that everyone, since they can’t lie mind-to-mind, will make a mess of things if they don’t actually use their words! I think Lily says something to this effect near the end of the novel about being able to communicate and not have so many differences that aren’t really differences.

I enjoyed this novel. The pacing was good, I didn’t know what was going to happen, and even though I thought Lily was pretty whiney, it was good to get the perspective of the other characters.

I did not see where this novel was going to go at all. Crazy! You don’t realise until half-way through the novel (nor does Lily or Lillian) what has been going on in the whole world. I’m amazed by how the rest of the world exists.

How about that ending huh? Mmm, yes. Very satisfying. Even if it seems to me like Lily could just keep picking more and more mechanics… Where will the world go from here? Will everyone live forever? Will everyone unexpectedly die? Will everyone travel everywhere? I’m giving it 4 stars for ending where it did, and leaving the ending just perfectly for the future.


Macmillan Children’s Books | 30 August 2016 | AU $19.99 | Paperback

2 thoughts on “Review: Josephine Angelini – Witch’s Pyre

    • Yes, it’s the last novel in the series! I can definitely recommend reading them in one fell swoop, particularly the first two due to a bit of a cliffhanger.

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