“Why do you hold a razor in one hand?
So men remember that I am sharp as any edge.
And why do you hold broken glass in the other?
So men remember that I am always watching.”
– Susan Dennard, Windwitch
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.
As you guys may know last month Eden, Caitlynn and myself traveled to Nashville, TN to attend Susan Dennard’s Windwitch signing. Well, I was finally able to read Windwitch and let me tell you. I was completely blown away. I know Dennard has said that Windwitch was incredibly difficult to write. That hard work definitely paid off. I read Truthwitch in January and really loved it. However, I enjoyed Windwitch even more.
This book is the second in the Witchlands series. So, you are met with characters you’ve already had a chance to get to know and love (or hate). That being said all of the characters are constantly evolving. They continue to grow based upon their environment, the situations they find themselves in, and the relationships they build. So, the characters never feel predictable in any way. I can see their motivation and their actions always feel organic but they still keep me guessing.
I was happy to travel more with our original characters. I loved Aeduan, Safi, and Iseult from the first novel. This book just solidified that for me. It also gave me more of an appreciation for Merik and the person that he is.
Along with our old cast of characters we also get to know some new characters. These new characters were able to interact with the originals in a way that added more depth of character. I really appreciated that we got to see more of Vivia in this novel. Having her perspective really helped. I feel like I got more of an understanding as to who Vivia is and what she wants. She started out being a villain and ultimately turned into a character I loved and wanted to protect.
This book enlarged an already relatively large world. Seriously, the Witchlands are expansive. Dennard has meticulously created a world that is enormous. There is diversity of ethnicity and nationalities throughout the novel. Yet, she does all of this without info-dumping. The world works together because of, and in spite of, a colorful past. Many times with worlds this large ideas and politics can become muddled in my mind. However, Dennard integrates the politics into the story seamlessly and in a way that is easy to understand.
I can’t praise this book enough. I gave it 5/5 stars on Goodreads. If you haven’t read it yet go out and get it now. If you haven’t read Truthwitch yet then what are you doing?! Go. Go read it now.