Sightwitch: A Tale Of The Witchlands by Susan DennardSightwitch: A Tale Of The Witchlands by Susan Dennard

Sightwitch: A Tale Of The Witchlands

bySusan Dennard

Hardcover | February 13, 2018

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From New York Times bestselling author Susan Dennard, Sightwitch is an illustrated novella set in the Witchlands and told through Ryber's journal entries and sketches.

Before Safi and Iseult battled a Bloodwitch...

Before Merik returned from the dead.

Ryber Fortiza was a Sightwitch Sister at a secluded convent, waiting to be called by her goddess into the depths of the mountain. There she would receive the gift of foretelling. But when that call never comes, Ryber finds herself the only Sister without the Sight.

Years pass and Ryber's misfit pain becomes a dull ache, until one day, Sisters who already possess the Sight are summoned into the mountain, never to return. Soon enough, Ryber is the only Sister left. Now, it is up to her to save her Sisters, though she does not have the Sight-and though she does not know what might await her inside the mountain.

On her journey underground, she encounters a young captain named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he got there. Together, the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, their road filled with horrors, and what they find at the end of that road will alter the fate of the Witchlands forever.

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:Sightwitch: A Tale Of The WitchlandsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.61 × 6.45 × 0.93 inPublished:February 13, 2018Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250183529

ISBN - 13:9781250183521

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made me feel like the pepe silvia meme It's so rare to find a woman of colour, let alone a black woman, be a lead in a fantasy series. So it's definitely wonderful to see a character like Ryber not just play an important role in the Witchlands series, but actually have her story told too. Set a year before the events of the first book, Sightwitch takes Ryber Fortiza, also known as the last Sightwitch, on a journey deep below the Sirmayan Mountains in order to rescue her best friend and Threadsister, Tanzi. But what starts out as a quest to find her Threadsister quickly reveals an adventure more intricate and grand than Ryber ever expected. Told through a series of journal entries, done by not just Ryber but by the supporting characters as well, Sightwitch is the perfect addition in the Witchlands universe. The illustrations, textbook excerpts, letters, and maps—they all work so well together in exploring the world of the Witchlands. Every little detail serves a purpose in the series’ overarching story, and I’m so impressed with the amount of work Susan Dennard has put into this. How well thought-out this all is. I think sometimes novellas are a bit of a hit-and-miss. They can be too short, or too long, or worse too unnecessary, but this one hits home just right. At a little over 200 pages long, its premise feels like more than just an afterthought. It shines a light on a lot of the best parts of the series, while doing a wonderful job of fleshing out more of Ryber’s character, her relationship with Kullen, and the world-building of the Witchlands as a whole. Although not necessarily a "required reading" for the series, it's arguably integral to the expansion of the Witchlands, and it will definitely leave readers wanting more.
Date published: 2018-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! SIGHTWITCH by Susan Dennard is a book like no other. The third book in Dennard’s fantasy series, this illustrated novella is set one year before TRUTHWITCH and is made up of journal entries, sketches, maps, letters, notes, and records as well as songs, prayers & rules pertaining to the Sightwitches. There is so much to this novella, but it is never overwhelming. Dennard’s writing skills have reached new heights. SIGHTWITCH is one of the most creative forms of the novel. This book has two main POV’s: Ryber Fortiza, a character we met in TRUTHWITCH and WINDWITCH, and Eridysi, a Sighwitch Sister who lived a 1000 years ago. Separated by time and connected by the thread of fate. The character development Ryber experiences is incredible! At the beginning, Ryber wants so bad to be summoned and given the Sight. That desire was so strong and I wanted that for Ryber, so badly. This desire to be summoned by Sirmaya is one of the strongest I have ever felt from a character, in all the books I’ve read. Then Ryber goes on this journey and she grows so much – I loved being able to witness it all. She also meets Kullen Ikray, an Airwitch we first read about in TRUTHWITCH. I loved having him in the book because we saw a deeper, more honest side of him. He is truly a precious cinnamon roll. I don’t think I could ever read a Dennard book and be disappointed – the character development was phenomenal. The development of Eridysi, a character who lived a thousand years ago, was also great because we learn about an actual person, and not a legend or someone’s over exaggeration of Eridysi’s life. I connected so much with this character that I wouldn’t mind an entire book (or series) from her POV. World-building is always my favourite and I especially loved the way I got to experience it here. The journal entries and sketches made up most of the book and were amazing to read. However, it was the notes and the songs and the Sighwitch rules written to the side that completed my experience. Being able to learn about the Witchlands and Dennard’s characters in this way was undoubtedly one-of-a-kind. Here’s a quote from the finished copy that I love re: the world-building: 38. THE RULE OF DISPUTED TRUTH Oftentimes, Memory Records offer different accounts for the same event. As such, all Memory Records are true and all Memory Records are false, for what is life except perception? Page 118. SIGHTWITCH has changed my perception of the Witchlands – both past and future. Which brings me to my final point: we are introduced to a darker, more ominous side of the Witchlands, a side we saw hints of in the first two books. The suspense I felt in this book, the way my heart raced, other books cannot even compare. There are Death Maidens and shadow wyrms and much, much more. Fans of TRUTHWITCH and WINDWITCH will not want to miss this highly anticipated, new release from Susan Dennard. Sighwitch: The True Tale of the Twelve Paladins. The illustrations in this book were created by Rhys Davies. My recommended reading order: Truthwitch, Windwitch and then Sightwitch. Although Sightwitch is set a year before Truthwitch, I feel your reading experience will be much more positive if you’re already familiar with the world of the Witchlands. Also, things happen in Sightwitch that would be kind of spoilery to people who haven’t read Truthwitch or Windwitch. Here are some more of my favourite quotes: Tanzi had recognized that the stars, the Rules – none of it was real. It was only what we chose them to be. Page 205. I rested my hands on either side of his face – that beautiful, lined face that I had grown to love. “This is what the Goddess wills, and so we must obey”. Then, when he had made no move to turn, I murmured the only No’Amatsi words I knew: “Mhe verujta” Trust me as if my soul were yours. Page 219. And if I was being honest, I wanted to find him. But there is always the sharp, hidden side of Lady’s Fate’s knife, where what we want is not what we ultimately get. Page 225. I received an eARC from the publisher. This has in no way altered my honest opinion of the book.
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect For Witchlanders! 4.5! That was a super cool book. I'm a huge fan of the growing illustrated novel trend and I really enjoy the WITCHLANDS stories, so this was a great prequel story featuring some familiar faces and some intense magic! The story was told from a few different perspectives and followed two major storylines that I didn't know how were going to connect until the end. While I enjoyed the second one with Dysi, Ryber totally stole the show. She was a great lead to follow and encountered a familiar face that put crazy feels into my heart. There was a decent amount of action for such a short book, and one chapter near the middle that actually scared me! I had a great time reading the notes, looking at the sketches, and seeing the dialogue in the margins. It made for a truly unique reading experience. The only nitpicks I have are more with me than anything else. It's been sooooo long since I read a WITCHLANDS novel that I kind of forgot why certain people were so important and how the magic worked in the world. I know, I know, for shame! While it did take me out of the experience for a time, it's in no way the book's fault, and I still did love it. Even though this is a prequel, I don't actually recommend it to readers unfamiliar with the series. It's more of a bonus story meant for those who want more of the WITCHLANDS world. And why wouldn't you? This was a great short story that I finished in a day and that is leaving me aching for more!
Date published: 2018-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic and Integral Addition to the Series! I have been eagerly awaiting the release of Sightwitch by Susan Dennard for quite awhile now - I absolutely fell in love with the idea of a novella about Ryber, and with the fact that this novella would include illustrations. I was lucky enough to receive an early preview of the first couple chapters of the Sightwitch novella, and after reading them, I was even more impatient to get my hands on this book! I loved Ryber's unique narration, the use of illustrations as artifacts to support the story, and how this novella really contributed to the world-building of the Witchlands universe. Ryber is undoubtedly the main protagonist of this novella, and her youthful and inquisitive perspective to the story is so refreshing. Other primary characters include Tanzi (Ryber's Threadsister), Kullen Ikray, and Eridysi Gochienka (a famous Sightwitch who lived a thousand years before Ryber). Tanzi is Ryber's opposite - whereas Ryber adheres to the Sightwitch rules with unwavering loyalty, Tanzi is more than willing to bend the rules. Where Ryber is serious and stoic, Tanzi is jovial and adventurous. Her perspective is a good balance to Ryber's, and gives the reader a good perspective into aspects of the Sightwitch sister life. Eridysi Gochienka is, as mentioned, a famous Sightwitch who lived a thousand years before Ryber, and like Ryber, she does not possess the Sight that her other sister have been graced with. She is, however, a motivated inventor, who quickly becomes embroiled in a desperate political plot to escape the oppression of the ruling class. Her story parallels Ryber's own, as she too struggles to save her people from an ominous threat. Finally, Kullen Ikray, everyone second favourite Nubrevnan, makes his appearance, albeit without his memories or knowledge of who he is. He joins Ryber on her quest to save her sisters, slowly rediscovering who he is along the way - and his presence reveals far more to Ryber about the nature of the danger she is facing than do any other occurrences in the novel. All the characters in this novella were enjoyable to read about, and each contributed to the story in a unique way. As mentioned, the story is primarily told through Ryber's journal entries, detailing how she became the last Sightwitch sister, but there are also entries from Tanzi (Ryber's Threadsister), Kullen Ikray, and Eridysi Gochienka (a famous Sightwitch who lived a thousand years before Ryber). There are also ripped pages from essays, the rules of the Sightwitches, and Nubrevnan messages (from Merik himself!) , among other artifacts. These characters, artifacts, and the story told in Sightwitch flawlessly connected the story to the rest of the Witchlands series, resulting in a novella that is not just a side-story, but instead an integral piece of the series. Finally, I know a lot of people were hesitant about this novella, but I really want to reassure readers - it is so worth it. Really - it is an integral piece of the series, and you need to read it. Plus - while many novellas are often a little too short, and overpriced, and don't actually add much to the overarching story, the characters, or the series in general. But Sightwitch isn't just a standalone story - it is flawlessly connected the story to the rest of the Witchlands series. It tells an important story that gives more power and meaning to the actions of many characters, and reason behind the whats and hows of many happenings within the Witchlands. And, as it is a 200+ page novella published in hardcover, its basically a novella, and there are stunning illustrations - all contributing to a fantastic novella and addition to this series. In conclusion, I would highly recommend Sightwitch. It can be read as an introduction to the series (if you haven't read Truthwitch or Windwitch yet), or can serve as a fantastic addition to the series, shining light on some of the finer aspects of the Witchlands. Really, Sightwitch is an intriguing and heart-stopping addition to the Witchlands series, and it'll leave you wanting to both reread Truthwitch or Windwitch, and pining for the Bloodwitch.
Date published: 2018-02-13

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the Witchlands Series:"Susan Dennard has 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 WindwitchDennard'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 on Truthwitch"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