Windwitch by Susan Dennard
Series: The Witchlands #2
Publisher: Tor Teen
Published January 10th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, YA
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.
Wow. This book was much more interesting than the last one. Although I really liked Truthwitch and gave it a 4 out of 5 stars. This one was much better! It had a lot more feeling and although just like the other, it has a lot of action, this one was not just on the run (You know what I mean, if you read Truthwitch).
If you read my review on Truthwitch – if not, you can check it here – I had some doubts related to the world building. I would love to say that they were explained in this book but the truth is, they weren’t, which is why I absolutely NEED a prequel on this series!
The world is amazing. There is no doubt about that – extremely intersecting and imaginative, full of magic and also some darkness. It did become a bit richer and clearer in this book BUT we don’t really have an answer for the “why” the world is like that. It doesn’t explain the rivalries between empires. It doesn’t show any history on the type of witches and the Void. And although it does have a map, that I fully appreciate, it’s not really enough to fully understand what’s happening.
Putting that apart. I still enjoy reading all that’s happening. I think it’s getting more interesting every time and very messed up dark, which I enjoy! I really wish to know more about this puppeteer that also appeared in the last book and about this king.
We can see that the characters are changing and getting stronger in all aspects. And although in this book, just like in the end of the last one, Iseult and Safi are not together, they still think about the other and get worried when their stone shows the other is in danger. Also we don’t have the Merik – Safi interaction from the last book in this one, which for me wasn’t a big deal since…
The thing I am most interesting to read about is the bloodwitch, Aeduan and Iseult. I am really liking their connection and I love how smooth it has been developing. How they started i the first book and how they are turning out? LOVE it!
Mini rambling – Otherwise if this will have a romance and they end up with other persons, it would be so messed up! Think about it… The fact that their magic doesn’t work in each other is the only way possible to actually feel something for the other person, if it would work and Iseult could see that persons feelings it would be so stupid. Or if Aeduan would have a girlfriend and he could feel her blood pressure? Creepy. – End of Rambling
I really enjoy both characters. Certainly my favorites in this book. They are amazing and overall a bit similar. Since from the last book we ended up knowing that they are both from the Void (?).
We also know a bit more of Nubrevna and Vivia, and I actually ended up really liking Vivia and what she stands for, while in the last book she really pissed me off.
In my last review I think I forgot to talk about the writing style (how could I forget that I don’t know…) and I definitely really enjoy it! It improved from the last book and I think the author does a great job in making the action in the book thrilling and emotional. The book didn’t have a minute of boredom, while the last one was a bit difficult to pass past the beginning.
And of course, I couldn’t stop mentioning once more how amazing the covers are. Look at that! It’s Beautiful and I freaking love it!!
In conclusion, I loved this book and I definitely recommend it if you liked Truthwitch even if just a little, this is definitely an awesome sequel. I just wished we had some more insight in the world building, and I am really excited for the next one – Bloodwitch – that sadly only comes next year. Sigh.
“Everyone lies. It’s in the way we banter with our friends. It’s in the mundane greetings we give passersby. It’s in the most meaningless things we do every single moment of every single day. Hundreds upon thousands of tiny, inconsequential lies.”
“Stop seeing what you want to see, Merik Nihar, and start seeing what’s really here!”
“Though we are safe with our friends near, we are safest with our enemies nearer.”
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