The second book in The Witchlands Series, Windwitch by Susan Dennard, will completely shock and surprise readers in the absolute best of ways. The book has a slightly different tone from the first and takes the reader deeper into the fantastical world that has been introduced in Truthwitch. This story begins to give the series the feel of an epic saga, as it contains various points of view, characters, and subplots. There are numerous diverse characters as well in Windwitch, making this book both interesting and distinctive, since I rarely see diversity in fantasies.
Series: The Witchlands #2
Author: Susan Dennard
Also by this author: Truthwitch
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
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.
❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃
Review: Windwitch by Susan Dennard
The entire mood of Windwitch is a sort of desperation of all the characters, which is also present in Truthwitch. However, the danger of the entire continent becomes very clear in this second instalment. Although the different characters have their own sets of problems to overcome in their subplots, the impending war between the empires seems to be at the heart of all that is endured. The battles and excitement continue in Windwitch and their descriptions are so vivd that they seem real.
The format of this book is so wonderful, as there are many stories told at the same time. There are multiple perspectives and a dramatic serial style to Windwitch that leaves one subplot to begin the next. It sounds as though this style might be confusing, but it actually makes the reader desperate to keep reading and get back into each of the storylines. The fast-paced style also propels the different stories and keeps everything moving along.
A Diverse Read
What is most incredible about Windwitch is the inclusion of so much diversity. Fantasy novels are really blank slates for any type of character, and Susan Dennard has created a cast of new characters that some readers will find relatable and inspiring. Without spoiling the story, I will just say that this is one aspect of this book that will really enlighten its readers.
The first two books, Truthwitch and Windwitch, in The Witchlands Series are epic, exciting, and bursting with an eclectic cast of characters. If you are a fan of high fantasy, battles, and adventure, I highly suggest this incredible series. WIndwitch by Susan Dennard is just as epic as Truthwitch, and I cannot wait to discover what happens in the next two books, since the first two have definitely got me hooked!