“There were advantages to being a dead man.” ― Susan Dennard,
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’ve been holding off on writing this review for about a week now because I wanted to gather my thoughts and feelings before just ranting about how much I loved Windwitch.
When I read Truthwitch, I was eager to get my hands on its sequel immediately. Unfortunately for me, I had to wait an entire year and the anguish was nearly unbearable.
Let’s first start with the varying points of views. Dennard manages to do an amazing job writing each character while focusing on a larger cast of characters. Not just that, but Dennard is also tasked with crafting a story with all of her characters scattered across the world.
I came into Windwitch looking for some development in Iseult and her possible alliance with Aeduan. And oh boy, I got even more than just an alliance as the two became significantly closer throughout Windwitch. Part of their relationship in Windwitch is based heavily in Iseult’s discovery of her witchery. Even without Aeduan, we see Iseult learning who she is without Safi.
And speaking of Safi. That girl is such a brilliantly written character. She’s still hilarious and vulgar and just a total bad ass. Her story gives us more of an understanding of the forces that chase her from her home kingdom.
And of course, Merick and his sister, Vivia. Merick is a disaster and he’s out to take his sister down. Merick’s story-line is one of the few that I’m not as excited for, but I think it’s simply because there are so many interesting characters.
Unsurprisingly, I loved Windwitch. Dennard has spoken openly about how much she struggled writing it and, honestly, if she hadn’t spoken about it I would have never known.
Have you read Windwitch? What did you think? If not, do you think you will read it?