Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…
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.
I started reading this in physical form but I really missed the narrator after having listened to Truthwitch so I decided to hold off on reading further until the audiobook came in. I would like to, yet again, blame Katie for insisting I inflict this emotional pain on myself. And now, the review!
The characters were all really well developed and three dimensional. I could very easily see each and every one of them as real people. You know, the kind who have strange, and often dangerous, magical powers. Also, my shipping goggles came out in full force on this one with the tension between Aeduan and Iseult. Ffs JUST KISS ALREADY! *ahem* But yes the characters are brilliant.
I also really liked the addition of the new characters while the existing characters from the previous novel, Truthwitch, got extra development. Surprisingly, the Empress of Marstok came to be one of my favourite characters because she’s so incredibly real. She is so obviously human while still putting on a strong poker face and attacking everything head on. She is yet another of this series’ perfect examples of strong and amazing women.
The world of the Witchlands expands from the existing world building from Truthwitch. It both builds upon the existing information in regards to the locations and moves off to the side to add new locations that might have been mentioned previously but not built up very much. Susan Dennard does a masterful job at world building and before I realized it I was completely immersed in the Witchlands and the stories unfolding there.
So… I was warned that Windwitch would be a literal emotional roller coaster but… I was imaging one of those simple roller coasters where you’re given a padded harness and some popcorn at the end. I was most definitely not anticipating the old school wooden roller coasters where you’re lucky to have a lap bar and are expected to simply “hold on tight” while your car does loop-the-loops and tries to kill you. Obviously, I should have.
The storyline just… I have so many feelings right now. The story flows fairly well, especially taking into account the fact that multiple points-of-view are used. As many of us know, the use of multiple POV characters can generally go one of two ways. It can either add an incredible amount of depth to the characters, plot, and world, or it can fail horribly and rip the reader from the page, generally making them want to throw the book against a wall. There is no middle ground on this! Susan Dennard nailed the multiple POV usage yet again. The story keeps moving from beginning to end as if daring you to put it down.
As I said, I began reading Windwitch in its physical form but I really missed the way Cassandra Campbell reads. She brings the story and the characters in it to life with her voice through her flawless use of storytelling inflection, voice pitching, and accents. There could be no better narrator for this novel and I 100% recommend it if you’re looking for a good audiobook. I definitely look forward to hearing more of her work.
I just finished listening to Windwitch earlier today and I’m still an emotional wreck. From Susan Dennard’s masterful writing style to Cassandra Campbell’s perfect storytelling ability, I could not stop listening from beginning to end. Honestly, the only thing keeping Windwitch from being a full five bookworms is the fact that there are still so many loose ends at the end. I can not wait to read more from these characters, so the fact that Sightwitch will be released tomorrow is giving me the excited wiggles!
Overall, I rate Windwitch 4 out of 5 bookworms.
Don’t just take my word for it. Get your hands on a copy and enjoy it for yourself! A few places you could order from are:
- Amazon US
- Amazon UK
- Barnes and Noble (US)
- Waterstones (UK)
- Chapters (Canada)
- Book Depository
- your local bookstore or local library
That’s all for this post, bookworms. I’m now off to wallow in my bookish feels. Keep living one page at a time! 😉