"Fantastic first rate urban fantasy"
World-walkers, using a gatestone, can traverse parallel
worlds; and their job is to keep the orbs separate and
prevent the use of unauthorized world-walking, which would
mean the destruction of all the worlds. The New Worlders do
not believe what Central Headquarters enforces. They feel
unlimited world-walking would keep the connections that
were meant to be viable in order to keep the parallel
worlds safe from the destruction that Central in its
ignorance is causing.
The Other (Jesse) is illegally going from one world into
another searching for something that he never had and
desperately wants: peace of mind. World-Walker Suli Grail
is charged by Central to contain him or kill him because he
is a natural, able to walk the worlds without the stone.
His travels change the fate of his doppelgangers in other
worlds; musician Jesse Farrell is wanted by the police
thanks to the machinations of the Other. Suli gets in the
middle of the confrontation and her actions loosen the
emotions encased in ice around the Other. Working together,
they try to find a way to insure that the Other is free to
walk the worlds he chooses thus assuring that the worlds
will continue to exist.
Melisa Michaels has written a fantastic first rate urban
fantasy. The Other and the other Jessies were verbally and
physically abused by their fathers and depending on how
they reacted to abuse, each Jessie in his own world is a
little different from their doppelgangers. The OTHER isn't
evil but that doesn't matter to Central who wants to punish
him for breaking the rules, not realizing he is the pivot
upon which all the worlds rest.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
September 11, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 25, 2007
Melisa Michaels' newest novel, World-Walker, is a tale of alternate realities, love, and the possible destruction of the universe. The creation of Central, with its corps of trained world-walkers, signaled the beginning of the end of the Ages of Chaos, but it took generations to restore peace, order, and the integrity of the worlds. It is common wisdom that unregulated travel between the countless parallel worlds that make up our universe weakens their boundaries and in the long term threatens them all. But common wisdom is not always accurate. Suli Grail is a world- walker whose sworn duty is to uphold the integrity of worlds. Jesse Farrell, known to Central as the Other, was Suli's lover . . . until he stole her gatestone so he could walk where he pleased, searching for the one perfect world that would bring him peace. In his travels, the Other enters the world of another Jesse Farrell, thus knocking him out of it. Now Suli must capture or kill her lover. Jesse Farrell must find his way back to his world without losing the woman he has come to love in his new world, and the Other must face his past to learn the secret of the gates between worlds . . . or die trying.