January 9, 2017

ARC Review: Windwitch by Susan Dennard

ARC Review: Windwitch by Susan DennardWindwitch by Susan Dennard
Series: The Witchlands #2
Published by Tor Teen on January 10, 2017
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 400
4.5 Stars

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 Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

If you know and bring up the topic of fantasy books around me than you should know Truthwitch is one of my favorite fantasy books, ever! Well, I am telling you know that the sequel, Windwitch, does not disappoint! Susan Dennard has said this book has been the hardest for her, but it’s also her best work yet. I’ve always been a fan of Susan’s writing, but her prose in WW are on another level.

felt like I was in the Witchalnds with Merik, Safi, Aeduan, and Iseult. That I was next to them, experiencing what they were. The world building is so rich and descriptive, the words transport you into a new world. A world that I desperately want to visit. You know, when it’s having a good day.

There’s a lot to say about all the events in this book, some fangirly, some oh sh*t, and a whole lot of plot thickening, but I want to keep this review as spoiler free as possible, so here we go.

This book, keeping the theme of the title, lets you know more about Merik, but after the events of Truthwitch, he’s not the same Merik as before. He’s different, he’s changed. He’s learning to adapt to living a life in a world that believes him to be dead. He’s no longer Merik to the world, but the Fury. The one who fights for the voices that are forgotten.

And while the book focuses a lot on Merik, we get healthy douses of our other favorite witches, Safi, Iseult, and Aeduan. The threadsisters are separated and Iseult will stop at nothing to get back to Safi, even if it means traveling with the bloodwitch, Aeduan. AND OMG I LIVED FOR THEIR TRAVELS! I have two ships in this series (Merik and Safi 5eva are one and Iseult and Aeduan are the other). Them traveling, their banter? OMG I WANT ALL OF IT! I NEED ALL OF IT! I wanted to smash their faces together every time they were on the page together. No, I don’t have a problem. The fangirl is just strong in this one.

This book was a thrill to read, one that was a combination of tension and fun to read. The end of your seat, rapid heart beating, furiously flipping pages to figure out what happened next was me from start to finish. I was insanely busy when I picked up this book, but whenever I had even the smallest time frame to read, I had Windwitch in my hand. I hated not being in this world and experiencing the adventures so much that I even snuck in reading at work (I work in retail so there’s not much down time to read during the holiday season but I still did it lol).

The sequel to one of my favorite books of 2014 DID NOT disappoint! It was the perfect follow up to one of my favorite books and has solidified my love for this series. DO I REALLY HAVE TO WAIT A WHOLE YEAR FOR 2018 FOR THE NEXT BOOK? WHO DO I HAVE TO BRIBE FOR THE NEXT ONE?

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