Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Windwitch is the sequel to Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. I will link my review of Truthwitch if you are interested in checking it out. I will try and keep my review as spoiler free as possible.

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Title: Windwitch
Author: Susan Dennard
Publisher: Tor
Audience: Adult
Genre: Fantasy

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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 wasn’t sure what to expect heading into Windwitch after the events at the end of Truthwitch, but I was not disappointed with what we did get. Windwitch had the perfect balance of answering some of my questions but then presenting me with even more.

The characters were the most significant change for me within Windwitch as Merik was probably my favourite character in the whole of Truthwitch, and now he is the character that I dislike the most. It wasn’t so much that I didn’t like his storyline it was more that he kept making foolish decisions and ignoring the facts that were presented to him. I really liked the introduction of Merik’s sister Vivia as I felt that she rounded out the story by giving the other side to that storyline. The book was mainly centred around Merik and Vivia, so we didn’t get to see much of the other characters, but what we did see left me very intrigued for the rest of the series.

Much like the first book Windwitch takes place across many different locations; we are even introduced to some more. I think that Susan Dennard does an amazing job at explaining where you are and the politics of the area without it becoming a long, drawn-out passage of text. She also does a brilliant job at creating an atmosphere at just the right moment, which helps build suspense as something dramatic occurs.

The only slight issue I had with Windwitch was that I found myself getting a little bit bored throughout the middle of the book. I found that some of the passages of time moved either very quickly or very slowly, and this changed depending on the character we were following. This left me confused rather than intrigued as I thought something that I was being told had happened moments ago actually happened days ago.

I can’t wait to see what is going to happen to all of the characters in Bloodwitch soon, especially as it seems the wider politics of the world is going to play much more of a part. However, before I can get to Bloodwitch, I have been told that I should read the prequel novella Sightwitch, which will be my next read in the Witchlands world.

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