Witchshadow is the fourth book in the Witchlands series by Susan Dennard and while I will try and keep this review as spoiler free as possible, I may not always be able to. So if you are not up-to-date with the series, stop reading now! If you want to check out the rest of my reviews for the other books in the series I will leave them linked, just click on the corresponding title that you want to check out. Truthwitch, Windwitch, Sightwitch (the novella between Windwitch and Bloodwitch) and Bloodwitch.
Author: Susan Dennard
War has come to the Witchlands . . . and nothing will be the same again.
Iseult has found her heartsister Safi at last, but their reunion is brief. For Iseult to stay alive, she must flee Cartorra while Safi remains. And though Iseult has plans to save her friend, they will require her to summon magic more dangerous than anything she has ever faced before.
Meanwhile, the Bloodwitch Aeduan is beset by forces he cannot understand. And Vivia—rightful queen of Nubrevna—finds herself without a crown or home.
As villains from legend reawaken across the Witchlands, only the mythical Cahr Awen can stop the gathering war. Iseult could embrace this power and heal the land, but first she must choose on which side of the shadows her destiny will lie.
I was looking forward to picking up Witchshadow as I was hoping that I would finally get some answers to the questions I have had since the beginning of the series. But sadly, I was disappointed with the plot and the lack of action. Witchshadow has come out as my work rated book of the series, and while I think I am going to finish the series when the final book comes out, it will not be a massive priority for me.
When it comes to the characters, I do not feel as if I have an emotional connection to any of them, even though I am four books deep into the series. I seem to have the problem with this series that the minute that I like a character is the point that they change or something happens to them, which means that we don’t get to see a lot of them. I did appreciate that we got to see some of the characters that have been seen before, but I still would have loved some more of our main characters and seen them develop.
The plot of Witchshadow seemed all over the place to me, and I found it quite confusing as, for the first time in the series, we had a time jump. I usually like time jumps as they speed the plot along, but we seemed to miss most of the exciting events within the time jumps, which meant there was quite a bit of catching up. I would have much rather that the series either had another novella that would lay between Bloodwitch and Witchshadow or a whole other book entirely. This would have made it much easier for me as a reader to follow along with the plot.
When it comes to the magic system within the Witchlands series, it has now started to open up, and we are beginning to get a greater idea of the magic and how it works. This is one of the things that I really wanted from this book, so I am glad that it has happened, as I also think it makes the series much more accessible.
I am intrigued as to where the final book in the series will go, as it feels as if there is so much to wrap up, almost to the point where I think it could do with another two books. I recommend giving this series a go but be aware that it is quite confusing when you head into it.