I sat down yesterday morning and started reading. Boy, it did not disappoint. Even now, about five hours after I finished, my head is still reeling. In a good way!
Windwitch picks off about two weeks after the events in Truthwitch, and you’ll see the same characters from the first book: Safi, Iseult, Merik and Aeduan—along with characters who have a bigger role in Windwitch than in Truthwitch, and very interesting new characters that I immediately loved.
And let me tell you, the character development is phenomenal. For ALL of them. Yes, you read that correctly. I love, love, LOVE the story, the world, the Witcheries—EVERYTHING—but the thing I love most of all in this book is the character development. As the story continues, each of the characters has their own struggles. Sometimes they face it alone, sometimes in the company of others, sometimes they are close to each other without knowing, and sometimes they cross paths. But each character has its own story to tell, its own development to go through and Susan Dennard delivers. She really, really does.
My favourite character? I can’t even tell you. I love all of them. Their quirks (they are so typical!), their strength and weaknesses, their differences--everything about these characters is on point. And bonus points for the diversity in this spectacular fantasy world.
With Windwitch, Susan Dennard keeps building the world she set out in Truthwitch, and it’s written in a way that is both natural and incredibly vivid. It’s in the little details, added with a subtlety only a skilled writer is able to do. The pacing, phrasing and flowing is just there. It never falters. It never stumbles. I love this world. I can imagine every landscape, every city, every Witchery. I can smell it. I can feel it. I can hear it.
Talking about this incredible story—can someone just make sure this gets turned into a TV series or a movie? Because if someone is able to capture what I see in my head, it’s the next hit.
If you enjoyed Truthwitch, make sure to pick up Windwitch. It is a masterpiece.
(If you haven’t read Truthwitch yet, please, please, please fix that. You will not regret it.)
Published: 10 January 2017
Rating: 5* (but I wish I could give it 10!)
Source: ARC from the publisher. (THANK YOU!)
If you preorder Windwitch, you can get super cozy Windwitch-themed socks, a patch and a signed bookplate!
When 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.
In this follow-up to New York Times bestselling Truthwitch, a shadow man haunts the Nubrevnan streets, leaving corpses in his wake—and then raising those corpses from the dead. Windwitch continues the tale of Merik—cunning privateer, prince, and windwitch.