Windwitch by Susan Dennard
Published by Tor Teen on January 10, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Magic
Pages: 384 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased
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.
Why did it feel like the wait for Windwitch was way longer than a year? It seems almost like a lifetime since I picked up the first Witchlands installment but Susan Dennard’s follow up to Truthwitch drops the reader right back into it. Separated from each other and with danger at every turn Safi, Iseult, Merik, and Aeduan face even more adversary as war is quickly approaching.
Returning to these characters felt fluid and comforting. The POVs were more distinct this time and each personality shone through. It was wonderful to see learning and growth as they dealt with what came before and of course their current predicaments. Plus Dennard brings more of the side characters to the forefront and I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Vivia, Cam, Vaness, and the Hell Bards.
The rocky political climate continues to fuel this story as Nubrevna is still starving and the Pirates of Saldonica make their move. It’s the players working in the shadows, pulling the strings that everyone should be looking out for though. Dennard does a fantastic job of weaving all of these story lines into place and creating seamless movement between the major players. Her worldbuilding and research skills definitely leave their mark on the page.
Unfortunately it felt like there wasn’t a continuance from Truthwitch but an entirely different set up in this second novel. Windwitch definitely suffered from middle book syndrome, moving the story along but not delivering a big payoff. I still like where the story is heading. There’s so much left to be discovered, so many stones to be upturned. I just wish there had been a better transition between books is all.
Overall I enjoyed Windwitch quite a bit but felt it lacked that extra spark of magic that the first one possessed. The characters though all but made up for it and journeying with them felt so right. Dennard continues to layer this world and create new questions to answer which hopefully will be fulfilling in the end. I’d still recommend this series to most even though I know not everyone will enjoy it as much as me.
So have you gotten to Windwitch yet? Have yet to start the series? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!