Monday, February 12, 2018

Review: Windwitch

Title: Windwitch
Author: Susan Dennard
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release 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 am still 100% obsessed with Aeduan. Don't judge me lol.

So we start off with multiple ship explosions, leaving Safi and Vaness alone and Merik and his crewmate Cam alone. Aeduan is hired to find Iseult (not like we didn't think he'd try to anyway because seriously), and Iseult is on the run from Corlant and cleaved and.. other problem things.

This book has something distinctly different than Truthwitch. We also get to see Vivia's POV. Okay, at first, I wasn't very interested in her perspective. It was interesting enough, but honestly all I wanted to read was Iseult and Aeduan. So I found it difficult to get through really any chapter that wasn't theirs lol. But soon, the whole Nubrevnan conspiracy started taking shape, and I was fascinated to read more of Vivia's POV.

I also loved that Vivia was included as an LGBTQ+ character.

Then of course we have Merik doing some dumb things in the name of Justice. And Revenge. His crewmate, Cam, constantly points out about him possibly being wrong and how he needs help, but Merik does not like to see his own faults.

So Merik embraced the rage. He let it course through each of his breaths. Each of his thoughts. He could use the anger to help his hungry city. To protect his dying people.

He thinks awful highly of himself haha. But that's okay, he can't help it.

We have the introduction of a few new characters, including Caden, Lev, and Zander. I say nothing about them aside from they definitely gave me some interesting revelations.

And let's just circle back to Aeduan and Iseult. They join up fairly early on and begin to travel together, Aeduan tracking Safi so Iseult can find her. I loved seeing them interact. It's so different from Merik and Safi's rage-filled interactions, and yet you can just see it's going somewhere.

So the world is expanded even more from the first book, and I kept having to refer to the map (thank goodness for book maps!), because everyone was spread so far away from each other, it was sometimes difficult to keep track of where I was reading. Still, I'd love to see even more of the world in the next book. And I know there are some even more different places coming in Sightwitch.

The book started out a bit slow for me, but it quickly picked up pace, and I was once again immersed in the world. I cannot wait to see what happens now with Merik and what happens with Iseult and Aeduan.

4 stars

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