The characters, the subplots, the world building, this is storytelling on another level. Dennard has taken the really good tale she began weaving with Truthwitch and elevated it to something truly amazing in Windwitch.
How can you make reading Windwitch an even more enjoyable experience? By pairing it with this Compass Winds Sauvignon Blanc. Not only because of the obvious “winds” reference, but also because you’re going to need a compass to guide you through all the regions of the Witchlands you’re going to get to visit during this amazing novel!
The Nitty Gritty:
- Title: Windwitch
- Author: Susan Dennard
- Publisher: Tor Teen
- Pub Date: January 10, 2017
- Pages: 400
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.
Be prepared to be blown away by the sheer brilliance of Dennard’s writing. (Pun totally intended). There is just SO MUCH happening in this novel and Dennard weaves it all together so brilliantly. I’m 100% convinced that she is a Weaverwitch herself.
All our favorite characters are back, but each is on their very own individual journey. Safi, Iseult, Aeduan (AKA BAEduan), and Merik, are all present and accounted for and facing some seriously high-stakes situations, along with some other character from Truthwitch that you may not have been expecting.
There are so many things that Dennard did an amazing job with here, but what I think she did best was the pacing of the story. She always flips perspectives at just the perfect moment. She keeps you GLUED to these pages and masterfully balances the intense action scenes (which there are A LOT of) with the quieter, more introspective scenes, and then sprinkles in some scenes that are just plain fun. Her timing is impeccable.
The world building in this novel is also mighty impressive. Dennard takes her readers on an adventure to some new locations in the Witchlands that are even more captivating than those in Truthwitch, and she truly brings them to life this time. I wanted to visit the Witchlands after reading Truthwitch, I feel like I have after reading Windwitch.
My one criticism with this novel is that I really, REALLY wanted more swoon-worthy moments. I feel like Dennard set the stage brilliantly for those to happen in book 3, but I would have loved to have just a little but of swooning going on in book 2 as well.
I can’t even imagine how daunting taking on the writing of a second book in a series would be, and it’s rare for a a second book to actually be better than the first. I am by no means bashing on Truthwitch when I say this, but Windwitch truly is SO. MUCH. BETTER. It’s everything you loved about Truthwitch just taken to the next level of awesome.
This is truly a special book. And if you don’t like it, well, then “weasels piss on you.” 😉
I like the cover of this book, but I don’t LOVE the cover of this book. It perfectly captures Merik’s character and reflects where he’s at on his own personal journey in this series, but it just isn’t exactly pretty.
There are some INCREDIBLY swoon-worthy characters in this book. There just aren’t any real standout swoon moments. As I mentioned above, I was a LITTLE disappointed by that, but overall, I still rate this as a 5-star story, because it makes up for that in so many other areas. Plus I do feel like Dennard really set the stage for some major book 3 swooning. I’m trusting you with that, Sooz! Don’t let us down!
Windwitch Book Tour
I’m really, REALLY glad I got to read this book early, because I am going to have the immense pleasure of meeting Susan Dennard and Alexandra Bracken during their tour stop here in Salt Lake on Monday! I can’t wait! Check the tour schedule below to see if she’s stopping by a city near you!
How excited are you to read Windwitch next week? If you’re only of the lucky ones who’ve already read it, did you like it as much as I did? Are you going to see Sooz on tour?
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