Bloodwitch: A Witchlands Novel by Susan DennardBloodwitch: A Witchlands Novel by Susan Dennard

Bloodwitch: A Witchlands Novel

bySusan Dennard

Hardcover | February 12, 2019

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Susan Dennard's New York Times bestselling, young adult epic fantasy Witchlands series continues with the story of the Bloodwitch Aeduan.

Aeduan has teamed up with the Threadwitch Iseult and the magical girl Owl to stop a bloodthirsty horde of raiders preparing to destroy a monastery that holds more than just faith. But to do so, he must confront his own father, and his past.

"Worldbuilding after my own heart. It's so good it's intimidating."-Victoria Aveyard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen

The Witchlands
#1 Truthwitch
#2 Windwitch
#3 Bloodwitch
Sightwitch (illustrated novella)

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. Working in marine biology, she got to travel the world -- six out of seven continents (she'll get to Asia one of these days!) -- before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series, as well as the ...
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Title:Bloodwitch: A Witchlands NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:February 12, 2019Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0765379325

ISBN - 13:9780765379320

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! More Please! Talk about a rush! Aeduan's story was one I've wanted to read ever since he was first introduced, and not only was I treated to a truly heart-wrenching backstory and a tale of overcoming doubt and societal stigmas, I got to read one of the most action-packed WITCHLANDS stories to date! While Aeduan did the most growth, given how the book was centred around him, others followed their own path. Safi was trapped in lies and conspiracy and suffered a huge betrayal, while Iseult struggled with her new relationships and her ultimate goal. I was also happy to see more of Merik, though I'm still deciding if I liked his storyline or not. It wasn't what I expected, but it will definitely lead to some complex situations down the line. Especially given how it ended! Gah! Still, Aeduan was the prime element of the book, which also featured virtually non-stop action from about the halfway point onward. Seriously, I was barely able to catch my breath before there were explosions, chases, near-deaths, chaos, and shocking twists. All of it leading to an ending that has me begging for more! I've missed this series and these characters so much, and BLOODWITCH was definitely worth the wait.
Date published: 2019-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book was amazing! This book was amazing! It completely lived up to my expectations and more. There’s only so much I can say without intense spoilers so, here are my top 4 reasons you should read this book: 1. The writing is compulsive. Even though I’ve read a sneak peak (up to page 178), I was hooked from the start. The first ~20 chapters weren’t new to me, but the tension running through the pages meant I read far later than I should have. I just couldn’t put the book down because I was snared into the story and world. WINDWITCH feels a little like three separate stories, but BLOODWITCH, which has more story lines, feels like a single narrative. The villains are brought front and centre – and they’re terrifying. 2. The twists! There are so many twists and turns to this story, revelations that shake the series to the core. It’s part of why it’s such addictive writing, but prepare for everything you think you know about the Witchlands to be challenged. 3. The relationships Obviously, the Aeduan/Isuelt relationship is the main one explored here – and it is toe-curling brilliant with so many ups and downs that feel natural. However, the other relationships are just and fun and surprising: Safi and Vaness, Safi and Habim, Merik and Kullen, and Vivia and her father to name a few. 4. The ending. It was utterly stunning, fast-paced and continually surprising me. Obviously, this is the most spoiler-prone part to talk about, but it was brilliant. The stakes are up, while the story has a satisfying conclusion that leaves you clamouring for more. I can’t wait for the next book now!
Date published: 2019-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED IT The end of Windwitch leaves us with the perfect setup as we enter Bloodwitch knowing all our players, where they stand, what they want, and where they need to go. Then, as we all expect and hope for in an epic fantasy, Susan Dennard breaks everything . Chapter by chapter, we rotate between all our favorites. There are poisoned arrows, exploding buildings, horses racing through forests, and trebuchets launching seafire. Mountain bats hover, hiss, and fly. Monks betray monks. Monks betray their vows. Hell, everyone breaks a promise at some point! Interrogations, sacrifices, hard choices and thread families knit together and come apart at the seams. This book has deaths, near deaths, minor injuries, and near-misses. Truths and lies and everything in between! There is no rest at the end of the 20-year truce and the entire Witchlands wobbles towards war. Coming into the last 6 chapters, my favorite of the series was still Sightwitch which deftly weaves a dual narrative that brings the past and present together. And Bloodwitch is made 1000 times more enjoyable having read Sightwitch. But then chapter 55.... oh boy. And then chapter 56... momentum building. Susan hits us hard in chapters 57, 58, and 59. Oh my lord! 59! And then we settle into a stunned plateau to marvel at what was given to us. When I think about all that came together in the last six chapters, after all 54 amazing chapters before them, I just stand back and clap. Susan Dennard has delivered a truly marvelous addition to her Witchlands series. One that will forever have a place on my shelf and, probably, a near annual re-read.
Date published: 2019-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible action-packed fantasy series! Bloodwitch is the book all Witchland fans have been waiting for, and author Susan Dennard does not disappoint! Everyone's favorite Bloodwitch Aeduan takes center stage, but each point of view we see offers plenty of excitement, pulse-pounding action, and heart-wrenching character growth. While this is the third full novel in the series, many elements introduced in the Sightwitch novella become very prevalent here, so be sure to have read that first in addition to the other two full novels (best reading order is Truthwitch, Windwitch, Sightwitch, Bloodwitch). There's something about the Witchlands books that continues to feel so fresh and immersive in Bloodwitch. The world is extremely well-developed - each nation/empire has its own agenda, history, strengths and weaknesses, and Dennard does an exceptional job of not drawing a stark line between "good guys" and "bad guys." The characters read like real people - they all have lovable quirks and defining flaws, they all make mistakes, some of them try to learn and be better, and some don't, but nobody is presented as inherently morally superior. Bloodwitch does an exemplary job of juggling plotlines and perspectives that span continents without the pacing dragging or one point of view overwhelming the others. While each character arc feels unique, the overarching theme of the book is agency, and how people react when theirs is taken away. If you want an action-packed high fantasy series with complex characters, amazing friendships, tenuous alliances, slow burn romance and incredible magic, you should definitely pick up the Witchlands books!
Date published: 2019-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! The Witchlands series just keeps getting better and better with each book. If you've read any of the preceding books - Truthwitch, Windwitch, and Sightwitch - you can't miss this! Bloodwitch greatly expands the world (you'll be missing a lot if you miss Sightwitch though so don't do that!) and the characters grow so much. Old mysteries are solved, new ones remain, and there is a wonderful feeling that the plot threads are starting to come together. The writing is as good as ever and there are many passages that feel so resonant. The large and diverse cast of characters make for many interesting character pairings, some of which have yet to be focused on. All in all, this is a great read and I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2019-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Be prepared for BAeduan *I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review. **Since this is a review for a sequel, I will try to avoid spoilers from the previous books as much as possible, but some are still present. I feel like I have been waiting for this book forever, and it was everything I hoped for and more. In anticipation of the book, I reread the first three novels to get its full effect and it was great! Bloodwitch picks up after the events of Windwitch, and you continue following all the characters you've met previously. In the first two books, you see how they meet and how their lives became entangled together only to be separated, and then you wonder how they will meet again and under what circumstances. It really builds up the momentum of the story. Also, as the title suggest, "Baeduan" is very much present. I loved that we learned more about him and I thought the plot related to him added more depth to a character I already loved so much. Another aspect I really like about the story is the politics - the dynamic between the empires is intricate and shows several sides rather than just being black and white. With a war just waiting to explode, you never truly know who you're to trust. I would sometimes react out loud and my siblings would look at me with concern. You also learn more about the magic system, it's story and limitations and I can't wait to see more of it. The only tiny issue - and I really mean microscopic- is that the chapters seem short at times, and I want to follow and learn more about a certain character, but the chapter ends and we jump onto a new one. It's completely understandable since they are many interesting characters; Susan Dennard does develop them all, and she does so very well. On an Instragram post, she also mentions about making all her characters go through the same lesson but in different ways and meaning to build resonance, and that is something I thought she did really well - honestly, she does it in a subtle and smart way that when you realize it, the effect is really impactful. Overall, I loved it and I NEED the next book now. But alas, I have no time machine so I must find peace in waiting like the mere mortal that I am. I will definitely reread the series before starting the next one when it comes out. I can't wait!
Date published: 2018-11-29

Editorial Reviews

"The Witchlands series is back with higher stakes, new tricks and a deeper dive into this already epic world. Readers are in for a treat as more of the world is explored and Dennard continues to dazzle with nonstop action, beautifully crafted characterization and stunning prose. Fantasy at its best as the last page leaves your adrenaline pumping, heart broken and a yearning for more!"-Katie Stutz, Anderson's"It's hard to find a book in which I can't wait to read every character perspective, but with these characters -- each connected by threads of friendship, love, and loyalty -- I couldn't wait to see what would happen next! Placed in Dennard's stunning world and amidst her compelling plot, they had my heart racing and oozing emotions! Bloodwitch is the best Witchlands book yet!"-Meghan Vanderlee, Schuler's"Brace yourselves for this heart pounding, gut wrenching, spellbinding third installment to the Witchlands. You may even need to stop and catch your breath."-Melissa Lee, Blue Bunny Books, BostonPraise for the Witchlands Series:"Worldbuilding after my own heart. It's so good it's intimidating."-Victoria Aveyard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen"A world you'll want to inhabit forever!"-Alexandra Bracken on Windwitch"A richly imagined magical world, ruthless politics, steamy romance, and characters who grab you and won't let go."-Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestselling author, on Truthwitch"Featuring vibrant characters and an innovative system of magic...a fast-paced adventure and a wonderful tribute to the power of the binding ties of friendship."-Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author, on Truthwitch"A cake stuffed full of your favorite fantasy treats: highway robbery, swordplay, deep friendships, treachery, magic, piracy on the high seas, and romance. This book will delight you."-Robin Hobb, New York Times bestselling author, on Truthwitch"[Dennard] sets scenes so skillfully that the descriptions of the geography become immersive, and the characters continually develop along familiar lines. The plentiful action in this exciting fantasy almost makes it feel like one is in a multiplayer online game."-Booklist on Windwitch"Dennard's rich descriptions, insightful characterizations, and breathtaking action sequences will keep readers on their toes."-Publishers Weekly, starred review on Truthwitch"Intense friendships and burgeoning romances.Epic adventure and steamy smooches make for a crowd-pleasing formula."-Kirkus Reviews"Dennard has upped her game."-Deseret News on Windwitch"5 stars: Emotionally charged... with complicated politics and personal relationships that are full of surprises."-RT Book Reviews, on Windwitch"Susan Dennard is taking the reins of the genre that is fantasy, making it apparent that she is here to stay and I cannot wait for more of her amazing writing in the future of this series."-TeenReads on Windwitch