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Windwitch: A Witchlands Novel

bySusan Dennard

Hardcover | January 10, 2017

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Susan Dennard returns with a follow up to New York Times bestselling novel Truthwitch.

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister's treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak-which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her-yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife's edge-especially when the pirates' next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies.

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:Windwitch: A Witchlands NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.57 × 6.38 × 1.33 inPublished:January 10, 2017Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0765379309

ISBN - 13:9780765379306

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bit Lack Luster compared to Truthwitch Honestly, I did not enjoy this novel as much as I was anticipating. After finishing Truthwitch and loving the majority of what was going on; I knew I wanted to jump right into Windwitch to continue riding cloud 9. However; this novel was not what I was anticipating. Knowing that Merik is a Windwitch, I was thoroughly excited to read more from his point of view. He was one of my favourite characters in the first novel, his banter, his values and what he was trying to accomplish. I was behind it all. But what was got in this novel was a destroyed and broken Merik that was angry and honestly boring. The only parts that I really enjoyed was towards the end with the Shadowman and finally the very end with his sister Vivia. And Vivia had her own sections; and I found them very lack luster; until almost the very end. There was seriously no need to have that much of Vivia when all she was doing was swimming around and feeling sorry for herself. I will say I really enjoy that in this novel there is a very diverse cast of characters with different ethnicity, religions, sexual orientation, and personal perception. It's really fantastic to have all of that included in one series! I will say that my most favourite part of this installment were the chapters of Iseult and Aeduan. Honestly, I've been shipping them from the start -- so it was very exciting and intriguing to see more scenes with just the two of them. I think Aeduan is probably my favourite character from this entire series because he is still a bit of a mystery; he's complex and interesting. I can't wait for more of him. My biggest concern with this novel though was the lack of Safi and Iseult scenes together. I know they are separate; and they weren't likely to reunite in this installment...but their friendship is the foundation of this novel. Book one was amazing because of those scenes; because of the banter of Safi with Merik. And it those elements were completely gone in this novel. Towards the very end Iseult learns how to communicate through her sleep; but we get a very brief few paragraphs about how they are filling each other as to what happened to each of them. I'm hoping that book three there will be more scenes of them actually communicating and working together. I am going to continue on with the rest of this series; I still enjoyed this novel it just felt a lot slower and much different than novel one. I have a feeling there is going to be a bit of a love triangle between Safi;Caden and Merik. She really got close to Caden during this novel. Not only do they have a bit of a sorted past together; but he really opened up to her. Caden showed her some secrets regarding the Hell-Bards. That was also really intriguing throughout this novel; why they have magic but Safi can't use her magic on them. I am hoping of more of the 3 musketeer Hell-Bards in the next novel. This installment was definitely a roller-coaster of things I really appreciated and enjoyed; versus slow moving plot and lack luster characters. I am still really excited to see where the next novel goes from here; I have my suspicions and what I want to happen. But I'll just have to wait and see! I'm hoping this novel is just has the second book slump-- and book 3 and the prequel get back to what was at the heart of Truthwitch
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible from start to finish! WINDWITCH by Susan Dennard was incredible from start to finish. Filled with action, heartache and some of the greatest moments of character development I’ve ever read, this book is sure to become a favourite of 2017. The world-building is so rich, it practically leaps off the page. Enemies become allies and allies become enemies in this stunning sequel to TRUTHWITCH. I want to take a moment to talk about the writing. It was so beautiful that I’d take the time to analyze every paragraph, every sentence, and every word. I feel like, in a way, Dennard’s writing can be compared to the gorgeous, imagery-like writing of Laini Taylor. I’ve never really considered this before, but the world-building and character development is so complex, so rich, it’s reached that level. This is the best Dennard book to date. Like in TRUTHWITCH, this novel is told in 3rd person, multiple POV’s. We have characters already familiar to us: Merik, Safi, Iseult, and Aeduan. However, Dennard adds a 5th voice: Vivia Nihar, Merik’s older sister. Having this many voices in one book can go really wrong, but Dennard is flawless. In fact, WINDWITCH is one of the best examples of a book told in multiple POV’s. The transitions were so smooth, that when character A’s POV ended, even though I wanted to know more about character A, I was satisfied enough to continue on with character B. There have been times when I’m reading a book with only two different POV’s and the voices weren’t different enough. I understood that these two characters had different personalities, traits and ambitions, but the voices sounded too similar; as if I were reading a book with 1.5 POV’s rather than 2. I’m really astounded at how flawlessly Dennard pulls this off. Moreover, Dennard usually followed a specific pattern that helped make these transitions smooth. The first couple chapters had only 1 POV per chapter but eventually a POV would change mid-chapter. These POV “pairings”, as I’m calling it, were usually Merik and Vivia, Iseult and Aeduan, or Merik and Safi. Merik and Vivia, and Iseult and Aeduan were usually in the same location or general vicinity, so it made sense to have pairings like these. Like I said, this is one of the best books with multiple POV’s and if you’re writing a book like this or planning to, I’d recommend you study Dennard’s style. I think it’d be really helpful for writers to see why this style worked for Dennard and whether or not it could work for you. The character development is so amazing, along with the sort of relationships we see between different characters. This book is Merik’s arc and the focus is mostly on him. He has so much rage and grief and regrets, that it’s funnelled into a new identity: the Fury. There’s also a focus on Vivia, and Merik & Vivia’s relationship as siblings/rivals. This relationship was the most prominent and I loved every moment of it! Iseult/Aeduan fans will be very happy with this book. These two create a temporary alliance and start traveling together in the Contested Lands. Their chapters ended up being my favourite, mainly because Aeduan is my all-time favourite character! There was the makings of a slow burn romance and I mean slowww, but this book starts them off as could-be-friends and allies, which is something I’m really happy about. Some readers might be a bit disappointed because, in a way, that strong friendship between Safi and Iseult, the one that drew readers to TRUTHWITCH isn’t as prominent. Safi and Iseult are definitely fighting to reach each other in WINDWITCH but it ends up more about how these two fight for survival without the other. These two characters are so strong together, but how do they fare without the other to lean on? Some very tough and heartbreaking decisions are made in this book. The reader ends up seeing a different side of the relationship we first encountered in TRUTHWITCH and I really liked that. WINDWITCH takes the characters we loved from the first book and has them forging new, exciting and sometimes difficult paths. I was slightly confused at the beginning because a character death (that happened in TRUTHWITCH) is mentioned and I honestly couldn’t remember it happening. This was more on me than the book. I did read book #1 about 1.5 years ago. The last couple of chapters, the POV’s would change three or four times in one chapter and my heart was actually racing. All I could think about was getting to the end, it was so good! I’m very excited for book #3 BLOODWITCH – which happens to be Aeduan’s arc – and now plan to re-read TRUTHWITCH. I cannot recommend this series enough. Also, because of something that happened near the end of the book I feel like I know what book #4 will be called. Okay, I’m not totally sure on the exact title but I kind of felt a foreshadowing of events to come in book #4. Dennard mentioned in a chat I think, one of the Witchlands novels was supposed to be called THREADWITCH (Iseult’s arc) but B&N wouldn’t accept that title so she had to change her plans. This ended up worrying me because I started thinking “Oh no! Everyone gets a book named after them except Iseult?!”. However, I am not worried anymore.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exciting Sequel 4.5/5 stars -- This book did take me some time to get into but once I started to get to the good parts, I sped through it. I loved Aeduan and Iseult's relationship development and their interactions were the best parts of the book for me. Merik's story arc was very good in terms of him growing into a stronger person but still has some old memories haunting him. Safi's POVs were a bit dull at times but I liked how she stood her ground when she needed to. Overall, Susan Dennard continued building up her fantasy world well and progressed well in terms of the four main characters' storylines. Each of them had their own development, growing more comfortable with themselves or discovering a side of themselves they didn't realize they had. They embrace this new side to their themselves. I'm excited for the 3rd book especially since it is titled Bloodwitch -- Aeduan's book!
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pleasantly surprised! Admittedly, I wasn't 100% on board with the first book in the series; some of the elements of the story (i.e. threads) were unfamiliar to me and thus hard to keep up with. I picked up this second book only because I knew it would be reasonably interesting, reasonably quick read... and was DELIGHTED to be shoved right into the action. It took me off guard at first, but goodness did I end up loving this book. It has it's flaws in execution, but I loved the three different story arcs (each in their own way). Overall, I think this is a 4.5! Excited for the rest of the series.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3.5 Stars I enjoyed this book, but it wasn't as good as i hoped. There was great character development, especially with Merrik. I cannot wait to see where this series goes.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Sequel!!! ***REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS*** Rating: 4 stars! One Word Review: EPIC! I don't even know where to begin, so I'll start with what I did like and then move on to what I didn't like. WHAT I LIKED: The character arcs in this book just blew my mind! Especially with Vivia! Half way through the book, I wasn't sure about her character. It seemed for a second that she was completely different from what she was like in Truthwitch. But, the problem with that was that we only saw a glimpse of Vivia in Truthwitch, and what we did see was her trying to be who she thought she should be, instead of just accepting who she was. I loved that moment when she finds the underground city and lets that mask fall off and reveals her true self to Stix! It was just perfect and made my heart clench with happiness! Aeduan's character also really surprised me! We get to see a completely different side of him in this book and I'm honestly shipping him and Iseult so hard now!!! AHHHHH!!! The way his and Iseult's relationship formed in this book was perfect! The way they slowly start trusting one another and helping/saving one another...The way Aeduan helps Little Owl...so good! Iseult's character arc was interesting. Seeing her going from the lack of confidence she has because Safi isn't with her, to be able to fend for herself, make her own decisions, and trust in her judgement was so so good! She became such a confident young woman and I absolutely loved that! And we see the same thing happening with Safi in her POV. Iseult finally succumbing to Esme was not my favourite part of the book, but I was expecting it to be honest. Deep inside though, I was hoping it wasn't going to happen. Aeduan does say in the book: <blockquote>"She was what she was, and fighting one's nature only brought pain."</blockquote> I guess this goes back to Vivia. She accepted both aspects – her Nihar rage and her mother's love for their people and their country. I honestly really hate Esme. She creeps me out so much! I just hope Iseult doesn't turn into her by using this new Weaverwitch power. I'm not really sure about Merik's character arc. I felt like out of all of the characters, his POV was the most difficult to understand. I definitely got what Merik was going through. He's angry and confused and he wants revenge for what happened to him and his ship. And like Cam says: <blockquote>"Stop seeing what you <i>want</i> to see, Merik Nihar, and start seeing what's really here!"</blockquote> But I feel like Merik wasn't completely in the wrong. Yeah, he thought he could get trade for Nubrevna, but I don't think he was seeing something that wasn't there. I think he was blind with hope and yeah things didn't work out, but it wasn't wrong for him to hope or try. He says he thought the navy needed him as a leader, when they didn't and again, I don't think thats true. I feel sorry for Merik cause he doesn't feel like he as a role to play in Nubrevna at all. And he thought that by being the Fury, he could take revenge and make things right and actually do some good. And yeah, he was wrong about Safi and Iseult and Cam, but that doesn't necessarily make it a bad thing – he just judged them before getting to know them and that happens, but he realized where he had gone wrong. As for wanting the throne for himself, I think that was mostly Vivia's fault for cutting him off and trying to be someone else. Merik started to see Vivia as the enemy and not as someone who also cares about her people and at the same time is struggling to show she cares in the right way. I don't know. Merik is complicated. Definitely a difficult character to understand. I want to talk about the second half of the book cause literally it went from being pretty good to CRAZY in two seconds! So much happened, there were so many plot twists, and it was AMAZING! For some reason, I don't know if I'm blind like Filip (lol), but I didn't guess that Kullen was the Shadow. I thought the entire time that the Shadow was Ragnor or one of his minions or something. And he was going around cleaving people??? I'm still confused about all of this, which I'll get to later. So when it was revealed that it was Kullen, I was a) confused about what he is and what he's actually doing, and b) I felt like slapping myself, cause of course it was Kullen! He's definitely changed a lot from who he was and I honestly don't understand all of it. I'm assuming what Esme showed Iseult in her dream about keeping that friendship bond b/w the blacksmith guy and his threadbrother is what happened to Kullen and Merik. And that explained a lot! Especially after Merik realizes that he is dead and the only reason he's alive is because of Kullen?? Lol I am so confused!!! That's one big thing I didn't like about this book that I'll mention again later. Onto Safi...I was hoping for a Safi and Iseult reunion, and that kind of happened in the end which I liked, but it was interesting seeing Safi on her own. And like I mentioned above, she really does change a lot. She starts trusting herself and her decisions. AND she starts thinking before acting rashly, which was a fine thing indeed! I didn't like her rashness in Truthwitch and seeing her acting more calm and watching her surroundings and thinking was a nice change. I definitely wasn't expecting to see Caden aka Chiseled Cheater again! I really hated him in the beginning, but once more is explained about who the Hell-Bards are (though not enough is explained), I started to really like him and the other Hell-Bards! And Vaness has also become a new favourite. She's so badass and powerful, yet she cares about her people! I really can't wait to see more of Marstok in Bloodwitch! Another thing I want to bring up, is the diversity!!! I loved everything about this book because of how diverse the cast is! It's so refreshing to see that in fantasy! ON TO THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE: Iseult sums this up so well, I'm just going to quote her: <blockquote>"More than anything, Iseult wished for answers."</blockquote> I feel like Iseult is saying what's on everyone's minds: WE NEED MORE ANSWERS. I will admit, the reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because I still feel confused. I don't fully understand what is going on with Merik, Kullen, and the "dead-but-not-so-dead" men, and also the Hell-Bards. Not to mention what Ragnor is planning and what that has to do with Little Owl and HOW DOES ALL THIS MAGIC WORK??! I feel like there are even more unanswered questions now than there were before. I'm still confused about Leopold (and I'm sad he wasn't even here), the mysterious blood-scent Aeduan keeps smelling...it's a little frustrating I'll admit and I hope Bloodwitch actually answers some of these questions because it's getting confusing staying on top of everything. One other thing I didn't like was the multiple POVs. I don't mind multiple POVs – I actually enjoy them. But in this case it felt kind of all over the place. I wish Susan Dennard had dedicated one chapter to each character, instead of switching (multiple times) within one chapter. A lot of the times, we would get a glimpse of Vivia's POV for a couple pages and then it would switch to Merik or Safi or Iseult or Aeduan. And it got a bit too jumpy. Considering this book is supposed to be focused on Merik, it didn't feel like that entirely. Another thing I didn't like was Aeduan and Iseult's last few scenes. The whole fighting against the Red Sails and the Baedyeds was confusing and I really wish we had a map of the Contested Lands. I was so confused about who was going where and where this Amonra River was. That scene where Iseult appears out of nowhere to kill the Firewitch and save Aeduan made no sense. Like if he's travelling north and he's using his magic to run really fast and Iseult is heading south towards the river, how does she end up where Aeduan is? And how does this river run exactly? Like does it loop down towards the southern point of the Contested Lands???!!! I don't know? I'm confused again. And maybe I'm the only one, but I like to be situated where I am in a story. If I don't know what my surroundings look like, it gets confusing. Same thing goes with Safi and Vaness and the Hell-Bards. The Contested Lands aren't even labeled on the map. I'm going to stop here, cause I was probably the only one who had this issue. PREDICTIONS FOR THE REST OF THE SERIES (These are completely random and probably all wrong lol, but just what I'm thinking might happen): – Something romantic is going to happen between Safi and Caden (I can feel it in my bones) – Merik and Kullen are both going to die (like actually die), or some kind of magic thing will happen and one will sacrifice himself for the other – Serrit isn't dead – Iseult is not going to stay at the Carawen Monastery and instead is going to join Aeduan - Leopold is going to come back – AEDUAN AND ISEULT (YES YES YES) – Merik, Cam, and Ryber are going to bump into Iseult and Aeduan in the Sirmayan Mountains – Vivia and Stix (hehe) – Corlant is going to die and Iseult is going to kill him Okay, so that's it. I literally can't wait to get my hands on Bloodwitch! Also, for those of you who've read Windwitch, I've heard there are things that happen in Truthwitch that make more sense after reading Windwitch. Did you notice anything? Please tell me if you did! I think the only think I noticed was the Hell-Bard necklace thing.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting Sequel Been waiting for this one for a while, and it was worth it! Not everything I expected to happen ended up happening, but I'm not complaining, because the story was really good and it was great to watch characters I love change or adapt or become more detailed. The story was split in a bunch of different directions following different sets of characters and bringing back faces that I never thought we would see again, or that I seriously deemed unimportant, which added to the surprise factor. There were some great twists throughout, including a major one with Merik at the end, that left my jaw hanging open for a couple seconds. It's hard to say, but I think I liked Aeuden and Iseult's the most. Or maybe I liked Safi's storyline better (she had the best fight at the end––wow!), but then there was Merik's story too... Gah! So much going on! I loved the expansion of the world and the use of powers. Those really are my favourite elements to this series. As far as characters, well, I loved everyone pretty much! I definitely have a growing soft spot for Aeuden, love the Threadsisters, and am no longer finding Merik to be cranky and crazy. Sure, everyone had their plans foiled and they made some questionable choices at times, but it all led up to an action-packed finale that belongs in a Hollywood blockbuster. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to see where it goes from here! So many options and so many more thrills will be had!
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This one took me a bit to get into, as I felt a little lost in the beginning, but it did grow on me the further I got, and it was a good read. I feel that it’s primary target is a female audience, age 14+, but there are things that male readers will like too.  Susan Dennard is building a world here and some aspects are richly developed.  I do look forward to the next installment, Windwitch. 
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Whirlwind of a Sequel! My heart is so full after finishing Windwitch. This book is absolutely worth the wait! Explosive, riveting, it was a damn awesome read! I couldn't get enough. Since the characters were all separated at the end of Truthwitch, we follow three different paths in this sequel. Ms. Dennard slowly builds each story up while sneaking in foreshadows to the future. As the climaxes hit, I was all in. All the POVs were equally as exciting though personally I had my eyes on one particular pair~ I am so content with the slow progression of my two favourite characters. I loved every interaction between Iseult and Aeduan in this book. Nothing romantic really happens but they established rapport and trust in each other. Aeduan surprised me with his soft side and Iseult gave me hope with her determination. Seeing the two of them work together made my heart gallop. They'll be the most lethal force yet to sweep through The Witchlands ;) Merik does the most growth in this book, aptly named Windwitch. He has a hard time coming to terms with the losses and betrayals in his life. He's repeatedly put to the test. Especially when a threat reveals itself. Though he has a loyal follower in Cam, he struggled to stay sane. Eventually, with more allies on his side than expected, Merik finds his way; a purpose to keep him going on the right path. Vivia, Merik's sister surprised me with her complexity. She was a welcomed POV- a total force to be reckoned with. Despite all her insecurities she shows she's more than fit to be a queen. I look forward to her vision of Nubrevna. Danger has a way of finding Safi. The majority of her story was spent in the company of a certain mysterious and deadly force. They gave me the chills but at the same time I want to know more about their plight. Safi's had a trying journey with the Empress of Marstok albeit getting to explore unfamiliar territories and to learn its histories was exciting. Iseult's never far from Safi's mind (and vice versa). I'm glad to see even without her Threadsister by her side, she's still got her sarcasm and wit about her. With the introduction of new characters more relationships are added. Most notably I'm seeing a shift in the romance department. I won't name names but I see endless possibilities. All the relationships are still very much up in the air so I guess I'll trust Ms. Dennard to steer my heart towards the best ships~ And of course all that comes after saving The Witchlands! After the amazing sequel that is Windwitch I have no doubt Ms. Dennard will continue to bring us even more magic and adventures. Just like with this sequel, I'll be here (im)patiently waiting for the next book to come out!
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dennard is working magic on these pages, Windwitch blew me away! Last year I really enjoyed Truthwitch, yes I had a little trouble getting into it at first but only because there was so much going on in this beautiful, diverse new world. And by the swoony dance scene a few chapters in I was 100% invested! After reading the second book I can tell you that Dennard has a firm grip on this world and how it works. The story takes place in three different landscapes and each one is painted so vividly that I see it, feel it, and smell it (which was unfortunate at times – you’ll have to read it to know what I mean). It takes a masterful hand to deliver a complex, vivid new world to a reader without overwhelming them and I can’t wait to explore it more in book three! There are so many incredible places to visit and new creatures to run into, the witchlands is quickly becoming one of my new favorite fantasy worlds. In the second book in the witchlands series the characters are separated and so we read from five points of view throughout. I find that MPOV is hit or miss and this was a hit! I was never confused or forgot who I was reading about because each character had such a distinct voice. I really enjoyed the way that some of the characters stories overlapped and influenced one another and I hope that continues as the series does. That being said, I favor some of the characters and couldn’t wait to get back to their chapters! (Sorry Merik) That is not a criticism of the authors writing though just my personal preferences. In fact, I had no dislikes when it comes to the characters. Each of them faced a different struggle both internally and externally and I felt that the author managed to maintain each character’s integrity throughout. I would imagine it can be hard to stay true to each character’s nature when switching back and forth but Dennard did it without a hitch. I personally related to Iseult the most, there is a moment around page 260 that just broke my heart because I’ve been there myself. This book showed more depth to the characters, their vulnerabilities and the pasts that haunt them. Making them all the more real and loveable to me. There wasn’t a lot of romance in this book, but there was build up and tension between certain characters that I SHIP SHIP SHIP!! They are just like my OTP of all time. Their interactions were like a well choreographed dance, a graceful, intense push and pull between them that was so steamy in a subtle way. I felt like Dennard’s writing was good in Truthwitch and it only improved in Windwitch. The thing that blew me away was the unpredictability. There were all these hints along the way and I was trying to figure it out but I never saw the reveals coming. Once they happened, I thought back and realized all the clues I needed were there! There is a line in Truthwitch, “With your right hand give a man what he expects and with your left cut his purse: and that’s exactly what Dennard did. She left you clues but you were looking in all the wrong places when the answer was right in front of you! It was masterful, all the pieces fell into place and I think that is exactly how a story should be written. I’m not capable of describing this books amazingness, just go read it for yourself, trust me. I am dying for book three already, mostly because of the build up in book two. Second books are often dull, dragging things out unnecessarily. Windwitch however, sank its claws in right from the start, offering twists I didn’t see coming and new intriguing side characters. Dennard gave us a little time to get reacquainted with everyone and then the adventure took off, keeping a nice pace that had me turning the pages well into the night. As the book went on the intensity the action built and built until I was on the edge of my seat reading the last few chapters, well aware even before reaching the end that I was heading for a major book hangover. Be ready for the ride of your life because there is never a dull moment with this cast. I devoured this book, fell in love with the characters, laughed at their sass and related to their sorrows. I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves fantasy, Dennard is working magic on these pages and I have a feeling she’s only going to impress us further in Bloodwitch! A big thank you to Tor Teen for sending me a copy of Windwitch for this review!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Grand Adventure and a Solid Sequel Windwitch was a solid sequel; not exactly paling in the light of Truthwitch, but not exactly shining either. Dennard successfully captured the voices and journeys of the four main protagonists - Safiya, Iseult, Merik and Aeduan- while telling a quite fantastic tale, all the while laying the groundwork for the building tempest in the background of the story. Windwitch is just as grand an adventure as its predecessor, with the protagonists being in a constant state of stress and danger as they seek each other, themselves, and the answers to why their world is quickly crumbling beneath their feet. As with Truthwitch, Dennard dives right into the action, giving the story of Windwitch very little time to build before launching into the action. The story is told from five third-person narratives - Safiya, Iseult, Merik and Aeduan, in addition to a new protagonist. This type of storytelling allowed Dennard to cover a lot of ground, especially since Safiya, Iseult, Merik and Aeduan are now scattered across the Witchlands, each engaged in a fight of their own.By having multiple perspectives, Dennard was able to keep building the rich, but vast and complex, world of the Witchlands with relative ease, without info-dumping or confusing the reader overmuch. Which is saying something, given how much ground the five protagonists cover - truly, the fact that Dennard was able to handle such a crazy, twisting plot with such ease is a testament to the quality of her writing skills. Dennard is not only telling the explicit story the reader is experiencing, but also weaving together magic, politics, and legend to continue building and weaving together a complex over-arching plot. Having multiple perspectives also allowed for a significant amount of character building, which again, was very much appreciated. While the reader already knows Safiya, Iseult, Merik and Aeduan, the latter (Merik and Aeduan), as well as the new protagonist, definitely benefited some from more exploration of their characters. There were two main reasons I felt this: because their characters had not yet been fully developed in Truthwitch (as the girls' were), and/or because they had undergone some major life changes which greatly altered their perspectives an/or behaviour. That being said, while the girls shone in Truthwitch, the boys definitely stole the stage in Windwitch - as one might expect, the book being titled after everyone's favourite Windwitch, Merik. Merik and Aeduan arguably had the most engaging story lines and underwent the most development as individuals. Both started off somewhat aimless, but as their story progressed, each found their purpose, came to terms with the demons in their past, and ultimately found their purpose before the book wrapped up. Unfortunately, Dennard dropped the romance in Windwitch. After some steamy scenes between Safiya and Merik in Truthwitch, and the obvious tension/attraction between Aeduan and Iseult, one would expect that Windwitch would feature some romance. But, despite some trust building between Aeduan and Iseult, some pining thoughts and some (implied) potential future relationships, there's really nothing on the romance front. Beyond the romance, the reader may feel a bit jilted as relationships developed in Truthwitch aren't acted upon, since the characters simply don't see each other throughout the novel. Overall, I liked Windwitch just a bit less that Truthwitch. Arguably,Windwitch had a lot to live up to, but in the end, it just fell short. The characters, and their relationships, were a huge part of why I loved Truthwitch, and to have not only budding romances but strong friendships separated was disheartening. That being said, I would still recommend Windwitch, simply for Dennard's fantastic world and exemplary storytelling (4/5).
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CAN'T WAIT!! I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK!! I LOVED THE FIRST ONE SO MUCH!!
Date published: 2016-12-28

Editorial Reviews

"Dennard has upped her game." - Deseret News

"5 stars: Emotionally charged... with complicated politics and personal relationships that are full of surprises." - RT Book Reviews

"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