Author: Susan Dennard
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: February 12, 2019
Fans of Susan Dennard's New York Times bestselling Witchlands series have fallen in love with the Bloodwitch Aeduan. And now, finally, comes his story.
High in a snowy mountain range, a monastery that holds more than just faith clings to the side of a cliff. Below, thwarted by a lake, a bloodthirsty horde of raiders await the coming of winter and the frozen path to destroy the sanctuary and its secrets.
The Bloodwitch Aeduan has teamed up with the Threadwitch Iseult and the magical girl Owl to stop the destruction. But to do so, he must confront his own father, and his past.
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Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard is an incredible third instalment in The Witchlands series. The book has no shortage of epic battle scenes and the female characters are both fierce and heroic. The world-building is off the charts and will have fans of high fantasy desperate for more.
❀ Gruesome Conflicts
If there is one thing that I have come to expect from Susan Dennard’s writing, it is her ability to craft an amazing fight scene that is both gripping and intense. The battles in Bloodwitch are the most exciting in the series so far. The use of magic and the fact that women are at the forefront of these gruesome conflicts is absolutely thrilling.
❀ Well-Developed Characters
While this book has a focus on the Bloodwitch, Aeduan, it digs deeper into the lives of all the characters. Vivia continues to struggle with her ability to lead Nubrevna, and her perseverance in the face of so much opposition is one that is very relatable. The novel also follows Safiya and Iseult, as they continue their journeys to find one another. Owl’s character becomes more developed as well. I look forward to learning more about her in the last book of The Witchlands, as she is so intriguing.
❀ Amazing World-Building
The world of The Witchlands is unlike any other that I have ever read. All of the different witcheries that are present in the book are fascinating. In Bloodwitch, readers learn about many new types of magic, such as Ice Witches. In a fantasy series such as this, it can seem overwhelming to take in all of the different aspects of the world, its witcheries, and characters. Susan Dennard, however, gives her readers lots of details and reminders surrounding the events. I found that I was instantly back to where I left off in Windwitch without having to refresh my memory at all.
If you have yet to give The Witchlands series a try, I highly recommend it to anyone who loves the fantasy genre. The series is incredible with its fantastic battles and wonderful characters. It is a world that will lure you in from the first page.