Sightwitch is the novella that falls between Windwitch and Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard. As it is a novella in a series the contents do spoil the events of the first two books, so please only read my review if you have read the previous two books. I will leave my reviews of both Truthwitch and Windwitch if you have not already seen them.
Author: Susan Dennard
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.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Sightwitch as it is very different from both Truthwitch and Windwitch, but I still enjoyed my time reading it. Sightwitch is told in a mixed-media format with two different diary entries running throughout the course of the book. And while it took me a while to get into it, I really enjoyed my time when I did.
When it comes to characters, there are two main characters within Sightwitch, Ryber and Eridysi, but there are also occasional diary entries from Ryber’s best friend Tanzi. I liked the mix between the characters and the way that their plotlines developed separately but then conjoined at the end. Ryber is a character that we have already met throughout the course of the first book, so I found it quite a bit easier to get into her POV than I did Eridysi.
Sightwitch is told in a mixed-media format, making for a really interesting dynamic between the characters and the reader. We spend the whole time reading the characters diary entries, so we are learning with the characters, particularly in the case of Ryber. The only thing that I would have loved was some more drawings throughout the book, as I feel like they tied the whole plot together.
When it comes to the plot of Sightwitch it is much more about tying up some loose ends that have been left from the main books and answering quite a few of the questions that I have been asking from the first page of Truthwitch. Sightwitch does an excellent job at this as it makes you work for the answers you are looking for and makes you feel as if you have accomplished something once you have finished the book.
I highly recommend Sightwitch if you are a fan of the Witchlands series or are just starting to read the series, as it is a brilliant tie into the book.