Welcome to my stop on the Sightwitch by Susan Dennard blog tour! I am so thrilled to participate in this amazing tour that has such an eclectic group of posts. This tour organized by the lovely Kelly over at Live, Love, Read YA promises to get you excited to read Sightwitch through a variety of thoughtful reviews, images and so much more!
Title: Sightwitch (The Witchlands #0.5)
Author: Susan Dennard
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
Summary (from Goodreads): Set a year before Truthwitch, Sightwitch follows Ryber Fortiza, the last Sightwitch Sister as she treks deep underground to rescue her missing best friend. While there, she encounters a young Nubrevnan named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he wound up inside the mountain. As the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, and as they brave one close call after another, a tentative friendship forms between them—one that might one day grow into something more.
Sightwitch is told through Ryber’s journal entries and her sketches, as well as through supplementary materials (such as other journals, pieces of songs, clippings from history books, flashbacks, etc.). Though meant as a companion novella, this story serves as a set up to Bloodwitch as well as an expansion of the world.
I hope that you are super pumped to get some more of Susan Dennard’s The Witchlands series into your life because you are not going to want to miss this amazing novella! Sightwitch is so much more than a little novella. This whirlwind of a book has a format that is sort of like a scrapbook. It contains some incredible world building, interesting characters, and enough breadcrumbs to satisfy the hungriest fans of the series.
If you have been following the blog for a while, you will know that novellas aren’t typically something that I read. The Sightwitch novella, however, is one that I am so happy to have read because not only is it a really unique addition to the series, it is pretty substantial with just over 200 pages. The images that I was able to see in the e-ARC edition that I read were so amazing, and the songs were just so much fun to read.
The world building in Sightwitch is fascinating and quite amazing for a shorter book. Susan Dennard really takes her readers further into the Witchlands in this novella. Readers discover the exciting and unexpected story of how Ryber and Kullen first meet. Also, a greater understanding of the witcheries of the Sightwitches and Glamourwitches is gained by reading this story. It almost feels like you are reading a brief history of the Witchlands, as you are taken back further in time to find out how the story began.
There is no shortage of compelling and fascinating characters in Sightwitch. Told in differing points of view, we get the perspectives of Ryber, Tanzi, and Eridysi. Tanzi is Ryber’s friend and is also a Sightwitch who really understands Ryber and what makes her tick. It is so interesting to read Tanzi’s side of the story and her opinions of Ryber being a stickler for rules. The sections of Eridysi’s journal entries take the story even further back in time, and help to form an understanding of how so much came to be. Most notably, there is also a bird, The Rook, that plays a vital role in the story. The Rook is one of my favourite aspects of the story, as he is so intriguing and mysterious.
This book is one that fans of the series will want to read before picking up Bloodwitch next year, as there are some tidbits not to be missed.
Whenever a story that I am reading involves food, I am instantly enticed to try it myself. Bread seems to make an appearance in the novella a couple of times. One of the songs that Ryber sings to herself just before she meets Kullen involves making bread. Also, there is a picnic that Eridysi and a soldier go on where they eat fresh baked bread. The aforementioned breadcrumb hints are something to look for as well while you are reading Sightwitch.
This bread recipe that I chose to feature is one that I think would have been similar to something made by the Sightwitch sisters, as it has simple ingredients and has an old fashioned quality to it. It is from Bread in 5 and the complete instructions can be found on their website. If you are interested in a gluten-free version, there is one featured over at Know Gluten.
Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. Working in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to you yet, Asia!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor.
She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series as well as the New York Times bestselling books Truthwitch and Windwitch, and when not writing, she’s usually slaying darkspawn (on her Xbox) or earning bruises at the dojo.